Fall is officially here — have you found your perfect pair of booties yet? While it's still a little warm outside, pair one of these stylish booties with a sweet sundress. When the temperatures drop, wear them with your favorite skinny jeans and your new cozy outerwear. Whether you're on the hunt for something sparkly, studded, or bright, we have a bootie to please every fashion personality — take a look! On Allison McNamara: Topshop dress.
It's that time of the year where some days it's still superhot, and other days it finally feels like Fall is in the air. Even though we don't mind going to the beach in September, the changing weather can make dressing somewhat of a challenge. But have no fear, our style director, Noria Morales, and our fashion reporter, Allison McNamara, are sharing their transitional dressing tips to tackling the tricky change of seasons. On Allison McNamara: H&M jacket.
Pretty soon we'll be trading our iced coffees for a warm pumpkin spice latte; likewise, we'll be making similarly minded adjustments in our closets, trading sundresses for cozier fare. Because the change of seasons is a much more subtle transition (not exactly like turning a switch), we're curating a few of our favorite ways to ready for the weather with ease — the pieces you'll need right now to transform your summery staples for the Fall ahead. With a closet full of feminine dresses, effortless maxi skirts, and work shifts and sheath, we're looking to tailored essentials like a sophisticated blazer, Fall's more covered-up footwear, and a selection of moodier textures and fabrics to give your breezy pieces a little more backbone. Read on for the best ways to ready your wardrobe with a touch of the upcoming season.
- Start simple — a cardigan may just be the best lightweight layer to begin the transition. Invest in soft cashmere versions and longer-length varieties that will wear just as well over your favorite Summer dresses now as they will with skinny pants and denim later on in the season.
- Your footwear is the easiest way to hint at the change of seasons. Start swapping your sandals and wedges for loafers and ankle boots that feel inherently like Fall. You don't have to commit to a head-to-toe Fall style, but changing your favorite gladiator sandals for a pair of loafers with your jeans shows you're on top of the seasonal shift.
- While Summer is the season for breezy cotton, Fall is all about rich, luxe textures. Start introducing corduroy on your pants, leather on your skirts and jackets, and pony hair on your shoes, and look to fur and faux fur detailing when the chill really sets in. Any of these more luxurious fabrications instantly gives your look a moodier, Fall-appropriate feel.
With a new season comes a fresh crop of clothing and accessories to lust after — but what if your budget doesn't allow for a closet full of brand-new Proenza, Dolce, and (Vera or Alexander) Wang? Luckily, there are many items in your current wardrobe that can transition seamlessly into the new season with a few simple tweaks. Adding layers like chunky sweaters, textured tights, and a wool or leather jacket can easily turn your Summer favorites into Fall staples. Here are the trends you should think about keeping (or stashing) for the seasonal shift.
- Colored and printed jeans. Spring 2012 may have ushered in the patterned denim trend, but it's not going anywhere for Fall. The trick is to pair your bright pants with darker hues and Fall-ready fabrics like leather, wool, and cashmere. Prints like paisley, polka dots, and vintage florals will look great for the season — we're especially loving the Looker Magical Forest Skinny Jeans by Mother Denim ($295) — as will colored jeans in rich shades like maroon, emerald, and cobalt blue.
- Loafers. These menswear-inspired flats instantly give off a preppy-cool collegiate vibe, and a good sturdy pair will last you well throughout the season. We're feeling Rachel Comey's Admiral Loafers ($380) and these Suede Tassel Loafers ($40) from Gap.
- Pleated skirts and maxis. Anything that covers your legs during the cold weather is a good piece to keep around. Even your frothy silk and chiffon skirts will look pretty when layered with long-sleeve tops and a leather jacket. Pleated skirts are always going to be sexy and schoolgirl-chic, so don't hesitate to pair yours with chunky sweaters and ankle boots. For chic examples, check out this J.Crew Collection Pleated Maxi Skirt ($198) and Topshop's Pleated Skirt ($30, originally $60).
See more of the trends you should keep this season (and the ones you should stash) when you keep reading.
It's time to talk transition. Though most of us are still beating the heat in cutoff shorts and tanks, before long we'll be faced with dropping temperatures, falling leaves, and crisp weather. We are advocates of the "wear now, wear later" philosophy, and sometimes all you need to warm up your favorite Summer dress is a good coat and scarf. We've rounded up 10 great pieces, all of which will look cute and summery now but can also be layered up with tights, boots, and sweaters when Fall's chillier weather hits. Click through to shop them all now.
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I absolutely adore this look from Fab reader simpleness — it's the perfect example of how to make the most of your chic Spring pieces in less-than-Spring weather. She started with a heather gray maxi skirt, and added cozy layers via a long-sleeved black tee and olive military-inspired jacket. Then, she piled on the accessories — a brown braided belt, chunky knit scarf, and a pair of flat brown boots. I love how wonderfully each piece works together, and can be switched up come Spring!
Everybody else, submit your looks, and I just might feature you on FabSugar!
Consider this your best-of-both-worlds shopping list — since Spring isn't exactly at our door yet, we've picked out five Fab Winter-to-Spring ensembles that take you easily from the remaining chill into warmer weather with a few key pieces. Right now, we're loving the look of socks with our sandals, sleeveless jackets to belt over a floral shift, tunic dresses paired with skinny pants, and just a few more transitional essentials that'll make your wait for sunnier days all the more stylish. Click through to shop five transitional looks we're loving right now!
The marvelous Miller sisters — Sienna and Savannah — understand that at a time like this, we need pieces that can do some seasonal double-duty: functional enough to keep us warm now, but still light and airy enough to show off come Spring. Twenty8Twelve's laid-back Pre-Spring offering is the perfect combination of cozy knits, girly dresses, and tough leather jackets to get you through this confusing time. Inspired by Sofia Coppola and The Virgin Suicides, the collection is equal parts edgy and sweet — and just romantic enough without being over-the top. While you can't shop it yet, keep your eyes peeled for the collection on Twenty8Twelve's website.
Even with lower temps lurking on the thermostat, there's no reason to shy away from a sweet minidress, even a lacy LWD. In fact, your Spring wardrobe will thank you for doing all the legwork in advance. Just stalk up on any of these Fab-approved picks, since they pair perfectly with tights now and will look equally fantastic bare-legged when the sun starts to shine again — plus, they're all on sale, so shop quick!
I don't know if bento barista actually raided her grandmother's closet for the contents of her ensemble, but she looks very granny chic. I love her impeccable layering job, and way to tie it all together with a cool two-tone scarf.
Unfortunately she didn't break down her outfit, so come back and tell us!
Congrats to bento barista!
Everyone else, submit your looks and I might feature you on FabSugar!