How to Transition Your Wardrobe from Summer to Fall

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August and September are transitional months. Summer vacations are coming to an end, kids are going back to school, and the weather is starting its yearly shift from hot to warm to chilly.

But transitioning from one season to the next doesn’t have to be a pain, especially if you prepare for the fact that change really is the only constant when it comes to the seasons.

Three women demonstrating how to transition your wardrobe from Summer to Fall

Here’s our best advice to gracefully transition your wardrobe from summer into fall:

1. Layer, layer, layer

San Franciscans are layering experts. Within a single day in our city, you can experience a 45 degree, foggy morning, to a 70-degree sunny afternoon, to a bone-chillingly cold (and windy) night.

To test out layering, the next time you reach for a chunky knit, think again. Instead, opt for a few lighter pieces that you can layer on top of each other—and take on and off throughout the day. Example: throw a jacket over a short-sleeved tee, so that as it heats up throughout the day you can peel that jacket off and stay cool.

P.S. if you’re craving sweaters early, keep it thin. It’s too early to pull out the cashmere and wool just yet.

2. Invest in staples you can wear year-round.

Similar to building a capsule wardrobe, we believe that your basics should carry you throughout the year. Instead of buying a deep purple work tote for fall and a white tote for summer, just buy one in a classic neutral—like camel, for example—that can take you through the entire calendar year.

Same goes for white tees (that you can wear alone in the summer or layer underneath a sweater or jacket in the fall), thin blouses, staple jeans, and accessories. The simpler and more classic your pieces are, the more you’ll be able to wear them.

3. Reach for colors that work in summer and in fall.

Brights inherently make you think of a hot summer day by the pool, while oxblood makes your brain dream of crisp fall days. On your next shopping trip, choose hues that work in both worlds—hot and cold—like white, navy, denim, or army green. These neutrals will help you build a transitional wardrobe, and keep you looking chic even as the months change and temps drop.

4. Invest in a few new bras that can carry you through the upcoming season!

Transitioning from one season to the next is a great time to clean out those drawers and build up your dream bra drawer. We suggest rotating between a few bras (7 is ideal) to extend the lifetime of each, so now is the time to try new things.

Why not try a new style, like our newly launched Longline Lace Balconette Bra? Or, check out a classic style in a new hue, like our T-Shirt Bra in Pinot.

How are you transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall? Tweet at us!