This time of year can be tricky. Technically, it's still summer, and the weather continues to be hot. But our heads -- and all the giant September magazine fashion issues weighing down our bags -- have us thinking fall.
Add in the cooler nights that are starting to follow the warm daytime temps, the back-to-school season, and pre-season football, and we're caught up in a full-on web of clothing confusion.
Marshalls and T.J.Maxx style expert Sonya Cosentini says there are simple ways to balance your fashion picks as summer eases into autumn and you begin to incorporate fall trends into your current wardrobes.
"The best way to begin flaunting the fall must-haves when it's warm out is to update with accessories," she tells StyleList. "Add pops of fall to all those neutral-hued pieces from spring with a faux fur handbag or a fold-over cross-body style in a feminine metallic like gray or bronze."
And Cosentini says scarves will be a key accessory from fall into winter.
"Why not try a lightweight cashmere scarf with ruffled edges over a tank top and pair of designer denim? And then, there's the shoes," she says. "Pair an over-the-knee boot with a favorite summer dress or pair of short shorts. Peep-toe booties with cut outs or zipper and grommet details are a great match for anything already in a woman's spring/summer wardrobe."
Style expert and personal shopper Carla Nemiroff, of Carla's Closets, says during transition months, it's all about layering.
"Going into fall is where you get that 'still hot in the sun but really chilly in the shade' weather where you'll find yourself taking off and putting on layers throughout the day, not to mention the temperature in your office could be a little unpleasant," she tells StyleList. "I recommend using scarves and pashminas, which are great for outdoor and indoor wear, cardigans over tanks and tees and a light jacket on top on cooler days."
Here is some more advice on weathering the fashion storm between seasons.
- "As the nights get cooler, investing in a few updated sweater coats is the perfect way to keep warm and layer onto your summer favorites," Cosentini says. "Try a belted sweater coat with rosettes, ruffle detailing and oversized buttons. Light-weight cardigan options with stripes and Fair Isle prints are perfect over a casual summer look."
- "Dresses are great transitional pieces," Cosentini says. "And, when paired with updated cardigans, accessories and footwear, they can be taken into the fall months."
- "A silk/satin dress, depending on the style, can work into cooler months with tights and boots," Nemiroff adds.
- "The lace-up military boots that have become very popular this past season were worn with dresses and short skirts all summer and are sure to continue throughout the winter with skinny jeans, leggings and tights," Nemiroff says.
- "For shoes, suede can be reintroduced to the wardrobe and paired with the same silk dress you wore all summer with a jean jacket," Cosentini adds.
- "There were so many fun, feminine tops in spring and summer, such as blouses with ruffles and rosettes and studded tanks," Cosentini says. "These become great layering pieces in the fall under updated jackets and cardigans. Blouses with feminine details such as lace, fringe and ruffles will be big this fall, but can be paired with skirts and Capris already in any woman's summer rotation."
- "Satin/silk tops that are flattering and fitted, yet not tight and float on the body are the perfect item to invest in," Nemiroff says. "These look fantastic with jeans and heels and basic jewelry and accessories year round, and can be put under a jacket or blazer, worn with a pant suit or dark skinny jeans and booties in winter. Leather jackets will be back this fall/winter and look fabulous over skirts, dresses and skinny jeans."
- "Update your jeans and bottoms," Cosentini advises. "Any time is a good time for denim, and this season, cuts are running on the skinny side, but feature bigger stitching and are bit lighter wash. Also, try cargo pants, which are great with tank tops already in a woman's wardrobe, and then can be transitioned easily into the cooler months."
- "Military chic is one of the hottest trends this fall, and everything from the draped tops with military inspiration at the shoulder and zipper detailing to jackets in navy and gray with strong shoulders and large buttons follow the trends and can be incorporated with summer pieces," Cosentini says.