By Linda Seidel
Once summer begins to shift to fall, finding the perfect thing to wear can become even trickier than usual. After all, that handful of weeks between seasons often comes with cool mornings that fade to warmer afternoons, leaving you either overdressed or underdressed for the weather. To help bridge the gap between summer and fall in style, add these five on-trend pieces to your transitional rotation.
Equal parts sexy and chic, the slip dress worn solo is the perfect antidote to sultry summer nights. But, once the mercury begins to drop, add a few layers to this slinky trend for an ensemble that is just as suited to the cooler breezes of fall. To create the perfect ensemble for in-between weather, throw a midi-length slip dress on over a thin, knit turtleneck or simple long-sleeved tee. Alternatively, Who What Wear suggests, pair the lingerie-inspired trend with a statement jacket that can easily be ditched if the day grows warmer than expected.
One of the most popular trends for the summer season, the off-the-shoulder neckline isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, making it a fashion must-have for fall, too. As Style Caster writes, designers have shrugged off the idea that cold weather has to mean covering up, instead featuring necklines that bared vast swaths of clavicle dresses with cutouts that exposed shoulders along with one-shouldered jackets, and sweaters that thumbed their nose at practicality. To make this trend work during the transitional phase, look for a shoulder-baring style that offers coverage everywhere but the neckline (think maxi dress, long-sleeved top, or chunky knit with well-placed peeks of skin).
Practical yet pretty, it’s not surprising that flats have taken over heels as the new must-have shoe. The wear-anywhere style features many variations on the classic silhouette, but one of the most popular for 2016 is the slipper slide. With an open back that makes it easy to slip on and go, the bedroom-inspired shoe is cast in rich fabrics that, as pointed out by Lyst, is great for adding a dose of luxury to your wardrobe. Pair the slipper slide with ankle-length trousers to make them the star of your ensemble.
Kick Flare Denim
A good pair of jeans is an essential in any season, which makes adding kick flare jeans (or cropped flare jeans) to your collection a no-brainer. The Audrey Hepburn-meets-Jane Birkin style is ideal for transitioning from summer to fall thanks to its ankle-grazing hem. For warmer days, Glamour recommends wearing the denim trend with a basic T-shirt and sandals or sneakers. Then, when cooler days are here to stay, pair them with tailored pieces, like button-ups and blazers, or a simple sweater and finish with ankle booties or chunky pumps.
Floral Midi Skirt
Floral midi-length skirts are having a definite fashion moment, giving us plenty of reason to wear the super-feminine, universally flattering trend into the fall and beyond. Even though florals are usually thought of as a spring and summer motif, Fashionisers points out that the blossom-filled print is gracing every fall 2016 collection as well. To bridge the gap between seasons, pair a high-waisted midi skirt with a crop top and a leather or bomber jacket to add a bit of an edge to the ladylike skirt.