How to Make Summer Staples Work for Fall

Summer is one of the most exciting times of the year. Not only is the weather nicer and there is so much to do, but you get to bring out some of the great fashion choices that you can only wear just once a year. But does it really only have to be once a year that you enjoy your summer staples?

What are some of the best summer fashion choices that most people have in their closet?

  • Shorts don’t get much use when the cooler weather rolls around
  • There are quite a few pairs of shoes that people will only use during the summer
  • Certain colors are sometimes avoided outside of the few summer months, too

The truth is that you can use your summertime clothing and accessories at different parts of the year, including the fall, as long as you know how. It’s not as difficult as you might think. It’s actually a smart thing for you to do. And transitioning your summer fashion staples into fall is a great way to maximize your wardrobe and stay stylish as the weather cools down. 

Let’s take a deeper look at what to do if you want to take your summertime staples and make them fall favorites.


One of the best things you can do is layer the clothing that you already have. Layering couldn’t be any easier. Just simply add layers of clothing like cardigans, sweaters, lightweight jackets, or vests over your summer staples to keep warm. Some people choose to pair summer khakis or chinos with a thick, cozy knit cardigan as well as boots to go with it.


Few pieces of clothing are more associated with the fall season than the scarf. For time immemorial, people have wrapped up in scarves when the windy, cool temperature comes to town. And you can use a scarf to make your summer clothing more appropriate in the autumn.

Scarves are versatile accessories that will instantly make an outfit feel more comfortable and appropriate in the fall. To do this, wrap a cozy scarf around your neck when wearing a summer shirt or pair of pants to keep warm as well as add a touch of fall flair. 


Don’t forget the shoes on your feet when you are taking what you wear in the summer and make it something great in the fall. Generally, you will swap out your summer sandals for closed-toe shoes like boots, loafers, or sneakers. These choices not only provide more warmth but also align better with the styles typical of the fall season. However, as long as your summer shoes keep you warm, you can still bust them out when fall starts. Just make sure you are being smart and safe and try to avoid things like flip-flops when the thermometer drops.


Invest in a stylish fall-appropriate jacket or coat that can be thrown over your summer pieces. A trench coat, for example, a denim jacket, or a lightweight puffer jacket might be the perfect fit for this. 

Earthy Tones

Far too many people forget to focus on the colors that they wear in the fall. Incorporate fall colors into your outfit. The good news here is that some summertime pieces will have these colors and you can seamlessly move them from one season to another.

Mix Textures

Mix textures to add warmth and depth to your outfits. You can do this by combining your lightweight summer fabrics with some cozier materials such as knitwear or suede.

Hats and Beanies

A stylish hat or beanie can not only keep you warm but also add a touch of fall fashion to your look. Consider wide-brimmed hats, berets, or knit beanies. But don’t discount the hats you wore in the summer. They can add some fashion and a casual feel to your fall wardrobe.


Don't be afraid to experiment with different combinations. Mix and match your summer and fall pieces to create unique and stylish outfits. Sometimes, unexpected pairings can turn out to be the most fashion-forward. Toy around with what you have, see what looks good to you, and constantly strive to get the most out of your closet.


Remember that layering and mixing textures and accessories are the keys to transitioning your summer fashion staples into the fall. With just a little bit of your creativity and some bravery and experimentation, you can create stylish and comfortable outfits that work when you are transitioning from one season to another.