The days are getting shorter, and I can feel fall in the air. It seems like it is coming early this year, but maybe it is my imagination. I have been looking online for fall transition clothing, and also, some fall decor items. I have already bought a couple of things to decorate with for fall, and I’ll share those with you later in the blog. You would think that my home would be all decorated since I love “decorating” with clothing, but home decor does not come easy to me. So, I have a hodge-podge of furniture that is hand-me-downs, or yard sale items. But, I am feeling the need to change and update. Would you gurls please comment the name of some decor bloggers that I can check out? My style is the “lived in” look, I don’t want to have anything that the grandchildren are afraid to sit on or touch.
The blog post yesterday was all about the mess of remodeling. Before you get the “after” look that you are wanting, you have the ugly mess that is called…remodeling. I am taking the same approach to remodeling that I do with my clothing. I am going to pick some essential items (furniture), and then I am going to start adding accessories. In clothing, accessories are the items that can “make” the outfit, and they usually are not expensive. With decorating my house, I feel like the accessories of a room would be the rug, curtains, lamps, pictures on the wall, and the nick-nacks that sit all around. Maybe if I approach decorating the house in this way, I won’t feel as overwhelmed and will have a home that looks “put-together.” That would be a first for me! Lol!
When you are ready to transition your summer to fall, there are a few things that you will want to consider.
1. Pack up summer clothing
I know that some people take their summer wardrobe and pack it away to make room for fall and winter items, but I want to make sure that you leave your tank tops, tee shirts, and sleeveless tops in the closet. These are perfect for layering with cardigans, denim jackets, blazers, and coats. Plus, you won’t have the bulk from the sleeves that long sleeve items can have.
2. Darker Colors
Jewel tones are now going to be the color of choice. So, slowly starting adding caramel, burgundy, deep teal, and charcoal to your summer wardrobe. The bright floral looks can be toned down if you pick a darker colored print and add a sweater in that color. You can still wear white pants, but add a darker top like burgundy instead of a bright color like hot pink.
3. Adding Animal Prints and the Colors of Leaves
Anything animal print is perfect for fall. Leopard print in all shades is fabulous for fall. I love wearing leopard print, but for those who aren’t as big of a fan, then maybe add a small amount like a scarf, earrings, or even loafers. Also, start to think of the colors of the leaves that will soon be falling. Rust is a great color for fall, as well as mustard golds, deep maroons, and caramel colors. In this outfit, adding a touch of animal print was my first hint of a fall transition look.
4. Open-toe and Ankle Boots
I have already started to pull out a few open-toe ankle boots and wedge shoes. You can wear a cute swing dress, and adding a pair of taupe ankle boots will immediately transition the look to fall. Ankle boots are fabulous when worn with cuffed jeans, that is probably my favorite look.
5. Denim Jacket
Fall usually means that it is time for high school football to start. That may not be the case this year, but wearing a cute denim jacket is still my go-to fall items. You can add a denim jacket, a wrap or poncho, a leather jacket, or thick cardigan with dresses, or tee-shirts and leggings, for a cute fall transition outfit.
Vests are also an easy fall transitional piece. A vest adds just a tiny amount of warmth, but keeping your core warm can make all of the difference. You can wear puffer vests, waterfall vest, utility vests, or fur vests in the fall, and all of them will make the summer transition to fall easy and fashionable. Here is a great example of me using a waterfall vest to look fallish while wearing a sleeveless top.
7. New Makeup
If you didn’t see my Friday Favorites post, then you need to check it out now. Changing up your makeup makes a big difference when you are ready to transition from summer to fall. Summer colors are brighter, pinker, and for fall, you need to go more for nudes or mauves. I even like changing up my hairstyle also, and for some reason, I tend to go shorter in the fall and winter, and longer in the spring and summer.
8. Keep Your Legs Warm
Fall will bring cooler weather, so keeping your legs warm is a priority. Most of us will choose jeans as our go-to fall leg-warming item, but there are other choices available. I like wearing my maxi dresses or skirts in fall and winter to keep the colder winds from giving me a chill. Plus, if you add tights to your look, then you will have an extra layer of warmth. Leggings that are lined with fleece are another way to keep your legs from turning blue, and unless you are a Smurf, blue legs aren’t in style.
9. It is all about Layering
Fall weather can be cold in the mornings and at night, but the daytime temperatures might get almost hot. So, layering is the best option that you can make. Pick your outfit for the hottest part of the day, and then add layers that can be worn in the mornings and evenings, but easily removed during the day. A lightweight blazer, jacket, or cardigan is the easiest option. You will get bonus points if the blazer, jacket, or cardigan can be tied around your waist for a cute look. No one wants to have to keep up with the removed layered item, so tieing it around your waist is a fantastic way to keep up with the clothing and look fashionable at the same time.
10. Forget about Rules
There are no hard fashion rules that you have to abide by. Wear what makes you happy and comfortable. I like distressed jeans, but that might be a hard NO for you. I love wearing white all year long, but that might stress you out. So, in the words of my daughter, “You do you!” Take my suggestions, and make them work for YOU!
I almost sound like I know what I am talking about, don’t I? LOL! You can take everything that I say with a grain of salt because I am not trained in fashion. I just love clothing, and I love sharing, so blogging is a perfect way that I can do both at the same time. Today, I am sharing about this gorgeous tie-front blouse that I adore. I bought a pink version of this blouse and liked it so much that I bought this deep green palm print one also. This blouse is a transition item for me because of the color, and also because of the longer sleeves. I do not want to go from short sleeves to a winter coat, so 3/4 sleeves is a great way to start the transition.
This is an oversized blouse because of the dolman sleeves. But, I love the way this top hugs your hips, and I think that it has a very slimming effect. I am wearing a size 1 in this blouse, and it fits me great. Also, this blouse is on sale for $50.00 off!
The lightweight oversized earrings that I am wearing are the Val silver hoops. These earrings have small crystals on them, and I love how thin these are. The earrings make a statement, but they aren’t overpowering. My Jae star choker necklace is a necklace that I only bought a month ago, but I love it already. It is dainty, and it fills the void in a v-neckline perfectly. You can’t see my Zorte bracelet very well in this photo, but it is a hammered metal double-bar cuff bracelet that is on Final Sale. It is a thick heavy weight bracelet, and large is the only size available.
Here is a look at how the blouse has a high-low hem. I like it when my rear is covered, and I don’t have to worry if I wear this with leggings. The jeans are So-Slimming Girlfriend Ankle Jeans in Deep Indigo. I have soooo many of these girlfriend jeans that I can’t even start to count them. I have become utterly obsessed with the fit of these jeans. A size 10 is usually the size jeans that I wear with most brands; however, I wear a .5 in these jeans.
This camel suede loafer by Steve Madden is a perfect fall shoe. I love this soft neutral color, and these shoes are super comfortable to wear. They are also part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and they are under $40.00! They recommend sizing up a 1/2 size, and I did, but they are loose on me. I think that sizing down might make them too tight, so I think that I’ll stick with this size. If you wear socks with your shoes, then sizing up a 1/2 size will probably be smart.
Here are a few fall decor items that I got from Kirkland’s. I am loving the white pumpkin look and everything neutral.
I bought this tray to set the arrangement inside:
Some of this has already arrived, and some are going to take longer to get in. I hope that they come before fall is over. Lol!
Today is one of those “pop-up” surprise days where I am gifting a Kate Spade Circle Necklace to someone who has left a comment on my blog. Valerie, who commented on my Sunday post, is today’s winner!!! Be watching for the email, I’ll need your mailing address.
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