While summer will soon come to a close, the promise of amazing fall fashion is enough to wash away any pain we might be feeling. Before fall, however, there is another period – pre-fall, as they call it in the fashion world – that can pose a dilemma. Specifically, what should you wear when it is too cold for a sun dress but too warm for a coat? Luckily, today’s Style Tips story has the answers to see you through. Yes, thanks to four stylish ladies – Alexa Chung, Fearne Cotton, Zoe Saldana, and Rose Byrne, to be exact – you are set to have all the tools you need for a stylish pre-fall season.
Pair a mini skirt with a lightweight sweater.
If you take notes from Alexa Chung during the transitional weeks, there will be no need to pack away your mini skirts. Au contraire! Instead, just look for a skirt in a thicker fabric – like leather – and pair it with a lightweight sweater instead of a tee. These two elements combined will make for a chic pre-fall ensemble. To try, check out these key pieces: James Perse’s French Terry Sweatshirt ($110), BB Dakota’s Kerry Miniskirt ($106), and Paul & Joe Sister’s Cartell Leather Mini Skirt ($485).
Cover up your dress with a boyfriend blazer.
If you’re not ready to give up your summer dress, you can do as Fearne Cotton has done and make the transition with one small, chic tweak: a boyfriend blazer! Not only will it keep you cozy in unpredictable weather, but it also gives your outfit a smart twist, making it perfect for the girl-on-the-go who needs an outfit that works in multiple settings. Ready to try? Pair a blazer like Topshop’s Ponte Blazer ($70) or Zara’s Lapel Jacket ($50) with a dress like ASOS’s Tea Dress ($25).
Add a button-down and booties to your look.
Sometimes the easiest way to change up your look for pre-fall is by making a few swaps, a la Zoe Saldana. By wearing a long-sleeved button-down instead of a summery tee and by trying booties instead of sandals, Zoe has created a look that effortlessly walks the line between the two seasons and doesn’t look out of place. To try this look yourself, pick up pieces like J Crew’s Selvedge Shirt ($98), Greylin’s Heaven Blouse ($58), Belle by Sigerson Morrison’s Charis Boots ($295), and Ash’s Suede Booties ($220).
Try a dress with three-quarter sleeves.
As simple as this advice may seem, there is actually logic behind it. Sometimes creating the perfect pre-fall outfit is as easy as covering up, even if it’s just a little. By wearing a dress with longer sleeves like Rose Byrne has done, you will continue to give off a summery vibe but you won’t be caught out by a weather change! To try, check out these sleeved summer dresses: French Connection’s Southern Summer Flare Dress ($60), Tucker’s Classic Silk Mini Dress ($343), and ModCloth’s Beneath the Veranda Dress ($70).
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