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8 Ways to Transition your Fave Dress from Summer to Fall

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time to transition

It's time to break out those transition looks and start working our wardrobe from summer styles to fall fashion. We've talked transition looks before — they are seriously one of my favorite things to style since it requires a perfect blend of functional & fabulous to create an outfit that can be easily worn in warm temps and seamlessly transitioned to cool weather.

While the two piece set is my favorite transition look this year, if I had to choose the most versatile transition piece — the dress would win hands down. It's the perfect place to start if you have no idea how to build a transition look and find yourself throwing on a hodge podge of things that are functional, but not totally chic.

 

transition looks for fall | fall dress looks | never skip brunch by cara newhart #style #neverskipbrunch
transition looks for fall | fall dress looks | never skip brunch by cara newhart #style #neverskipbrunch

What is a transition look?

Is it cold, is it hot — what season is this? Transition looks are for those awkward times between seasons when the weather is all over the place and you aren't quite sure what to wear. Maybe you need to bundle up for the chilly morning and then by the time the afternoon rolls around you feel overheated. Transition outfits aim to solve this daily temperature fluctuation with just one outfit that seamlessly transitions between hot and cold temps.

 Transition looks solve the daily temperature dilemma in just one outfit

Transition looks got their start as a bridge between the very official and set fashion lines coming out in the spring - for spring and summer- and fall - for fall and winter. We needed looks that could hold us over until the weather changed and we were fully ready for the new line.

You need one outfit for the day, but one that can adapt from that chilly breeze as you enjoy your first cup of coffee to that unrelenting sun as you run out to snag a tea on your afternoon break. I'm here to solve some of those weather variation woes with some ideas about how to create a seamlessly chic transition outfit with a dress as your featured piece.

 

transition looks for fall | fall dress looks | never skip brunch by cara newhart #style #neverskipbrunch
transition looks for fall | fall dress looks | never skip brunch by cara newhart #style #neverskipbrunch

 

1 Add a structured jacket

Layers are a transition look's best friend. Adding a warm jacket is the perfect way to take that look from chilly morning to toasty afternoon. I prefer structured jackets since they balance out the flow and bounce of the dress, but if you're wearing a form-fitting piece then you can opt for a cardigan or a slouchy oversized sweater to achieve this same balance.

2 Swap those wedges for booties

A switch as simple as adding booties or even some OTK boots is perfect for adding a little warmth to your look. I have a whole dress + over the knee boot look hitting the blog soon, so this is definitely a go-to for me.

3 Wrap up with a scarf

Simply adding a scarf to your dress gives you the little extra you need to brave the cold but can be tossed in your bag later when it's much too warm. Opt for a light scarf or choose a full-on blanket scarf if you find yourself getting extra chilly. #Perk — blanket scarves totally double as a blanket at your desk for the office - yes, I was shamelessly that girl when I worked in corporate.

4 Slip on some leggings

The jury is still out on whether leggings are pants (I vote yes), but leggings have the full green light to be layered under a chic dress for a little warm-me-up. This is perfect for that pair of leggings that is a little questionable in terms of thickness or that pair of faux leggings that you usually take out for drinks on the weekends.

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5 Opt for a long-sleeved dress

A gorgeous transition look can be as simple as choosing a dress with longer sleeves — whether full length or even just 3/4 sleeve like this lace dress I'm wearing. Super simple, but it goes a long way in helping you stay a comfortable temp.

6 Keep the hemlines long

Choosing a longer-skirted dress has a similar effect as longer sleeves. You can keep this versatile by opting for a super light or jersey fabric that can be knotted at the bottom to take things up if its feeling a little warm.

7  Rock a tunic

Dress in the summer, shirt in the winter — tunics are literally the most perfect of all versatile transition pieces. The only trick to tunics is picking a fabric and length that flatters your figure. You can opt for a more flowy or structured style depending on what fits you best, and then go for a bold print or more subtle color depending on what you're flaunting.

8 Layer it on

Not only can you layer over your dress with a jacket or chunky cardi, you can also layer your dress over another piece to warm it up. Opt for a tee if you're going for a casual look or its still overall a little warm outside. Layer a long-sleeved top or collared button up if you need something warmer.

transition looks for fall | fall dress looks | never skip brunch by cara newhart #style #neverskipbrunch
 photography by  jenna sparks

 

Have some transition look ideas? Any tips for styling a dress to go from summer to fall? Leave a comment below, or use #NeverSkipBrunch

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NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

I'm Cara, the designer & Chief Creative Enthusiast behind Never Skip Brunch. I'm a color & prints obsessed DIY queen who's here to help you create a beautifully lived-in life through home design advice and chic DIY tutorials

Comments

  1. Swapping out shoes and layering strategically is my fave way to transition pieces! A lot of the time, I get dresses I know I can throw over a turtleneck like a slip dress to make them appropriate for the cold weather!

  2. Love all of these tips! Sometimes instead of using a structured jacket, I go for a denim chambray if my look is a little more casual – it gives warmth and changes up the outfit!

    xoxo, Cecilia

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