fall boots

Warm up this fall with a cute pair of boots. Photo used with permission from My Thirty Spot.

It’s finally time to begin implementing some of the major trends of the season into our wardrobes. Believe it or not, fall is just around the corner and winter lingers shortly behind. Our days of shorts and sandals are numbered and it’s time to start thinking about fresh fashion looks that correspond with the impending weather.

But before you topple into the mindset that an entirely new wardrobe is necessary, keep in mind there are undoubtedly tons of items in your closet that are right on par with 2015’s hottest fashion trends and are simply waiting to be re-imagined for the upcoming season.  Looking for some tips on how to transform some of your summer staples for cooler temps? Lucky for anyone hoping to re-invent themselves (or, at least, incorporate a trend or two), my fashion advice has you covered. Here are some tips on how to take advantage of the dropping temperatures.

Fall Footwear

Pack away those sandals because it’s time to begin rocking those boots. Combat boots really are a timeless trend and go with almost any outfit. They’re great to pair with leggings or jeans and believe it or not, they’ll add the perfect amount of edge to an otherwise girly dress. If you’re looking for something bolder, try a pair of knee-length riding boots. If you’re looking for a classier alternative, go with a timeless pair of Oxfords.

Update your footwear even further by tucking in a pair of lacy knee-high socks underneath your boots. The bold aura of boots balanced with the soft girly touch of the socks coexists beautifully and creates a styling balance.

Thick Knits

Cooler weather, longer sleeves and warmer fabrics go hand in glove — and what better way to rock fabulous fabrics than through sweaters? Bulky oversized sweaters are a classic staple for any girl’s wardrobe and super easy to throw on in the morning. With chunky sweaters, beware of looking too bulky. To prevent this, roll up the sleeves or opt for tighter bottoms and shoes.

90s fashion is making a comeback this season. Phot o used with permission from lookbook.nu.

90s fashion is making a comeback this season. Phot o used with permission from lookbook.nu.

90’s Comeback

90’s fashion is making its comeback and it isn’t about to stop at summer fashion. It’s time to trade in those crop tops and high-waisted shorts for grungy flannel and pencil skirts. Peasant blouses, knit tops, and duster cardigans are all classy and understated pieces. Throw on a cocoon-shaped coat to up the fancy factor in frostier temperatures.

Layering 101

Don’t stash away your tank tops just yet! Tank tops aren’t just for summer — think of them as an essential building block for any outfit. The beauty is you can wear them alone or paired with a sweater, jacket or vest when the weather turns chilly. Cardigans are a perfect way to continue rocking those tank tops during colder weather. Throw on a boyfriend cardigan for a more carefree aura or shoulder on a blanket cardigan for a more sophisticated alternative. Add accessories and scarves for that extra pizzazz.

Mix and Match

Clashing or complimentary, subtle or bright — mixing colors is fun! Don’t be afraid to mix and match prints, it shows creativity and breathes new life into basic pieces. A good rule of thumb is if the colors look good together, most likely the prints will look good together as well.

While the study of color is quite academic, it’s also personal and your choices need to make sense with your lifestyle. Try cable knit, striped and polka-dotted patterns for a more put together look.

Frazzled about color? Go dark. Ox blood and military green are incredibly trendy colors for this fall. Incorporate these colors through military jackets, boots, tops and scarves.

Rugged Rocker

Plaid is a surprisingly versatile print and great for a rugged autumn look. Pair it with neutral solids and consider the fit-you’ll be good to go. When pairing different patterns, color coordination is key. Nobody wants to look like a walking disco ball.

Aiming for a bolder grungier look? Leather is the way to go. Leather jackets are effortlessly chic and perfect for that rocker feel. If you don’t want to look too scruffy, opt for a tighter or cropped jacket. If you want to be entirely parallel with this season’s trends, skip the traditional black leather jacket and opt for a jewel-toned shade instead.

Update your summer dresses with warm accessories like scarves this season. Photo used with permission from A Southern Drawl.

Update your summer dresses with warm accessories like scarves this season. Photo used with permission from A Southern Drawl.

Dress Dynamics

Don’t sacrifice your dresses in colder weather! Swing, bodycon, and skater dresses are a staple this season and can be dressed both up or down. Pair them with a pair of leggings or stockings and they can be worn with practically anything. You can even wear them with long shirts and sweaters; just make sure it covers everything it needs to. Be warned —wearing leggings for pants is a blatant fashion don’t.

Suit Up

Everybody loves jackets. From cropped and studded to distressed and moto, the possibilities are endless.  If you’re aiming for grungy, go with military or army jackets. Looking for a more “rocker” feel? Choose the leather jacket. If you’re targeting a preppy look, reach for those double-breasted jackets. If you want to stay classy, suit up with a blazer. All are stylish options and perfect for molding the look you desire.
*My tips have offered up an enormous array of look-changing options for this season but never forget to integrate your personal preference into every look you sport! Fashion is chiefly a means of expression and should never be unerringly duplicated for the sole purpose of being trendy. After all, it’s the diverse variety of opinions that makes the constant evolution of fashion so exciting. Most importantly, make sure you feel good in what you wear and that what you wear expresses who you are- every quirky fabulous part of it. Good luck!

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