I don’t know about you but I HATE shopping for seasonal clothing. It’s the most confusing thing in the world, because I’m broke and I don’t need any of this because I have clothing already... but I do? I, personally, blame the avalanche that is my closet to the unspoken rule that this is a thing. It’s not a thing. Stop making it a thing.
In fact, why have separate clothing for the season anyway? I mean I get the whole summer and winter difference, but spring and fall are pretty transitional seasons… why can’t we just transition our wardrobes too? Mix and match a few summer clothes with a few winter clothes?
Think about it… fall clothes only last for so long… In fact, most of the clothes marketed for the fall include peep toe boots (which… like what? Are you weather confused?) and ripped, well, everything… Not gonna lie, fall clothing can be really cute… but for the sake of saving money on things we don’t need-- we can all probably agree that ‘cute” is a low priority in comparison to things like “functionality”, and “durability”.
When I was younger, my mom instilled in me the importance of a good collection of shoes. Every outfit you will ever put on can be made, or broken, by the shoes you pick to go with it. Depending on where you live, this could be a rather large or small adjustment-- but it’s well worth it. Good shoes don’t have to cost a lot-- it's all about how well you take care of them.
In the summer, you probably wore flip flops a lot, and no… I’m not going to recommend adding a pair of socks to those… but you probably had flats, high tops, and low tops? Odds are, if your shoes are closed toed, they can transition easily into the fall months. All you really need to purchase for the impending chill is a good pair of boots. Choose a good pair that can help you transition from fall to winter, so that you don’t have to worry about purchasing another pair in just a few months.
If you live in an area where fall isn’t really cold enough to switch back to full pants, try layering your shorts over some tights. It’ll save you from the weather chilling up a bit, but will keep you cool just the same. With the right shoes, this outfit could be great with an oversized sweater, a tank top and open button down, a long sleeved basic top, or anything you’d like, really.
If your skirt hits more than two inches above the knee, pair it with tights-- that’s the easier case.
If your skirt hits your knee or lower, check the weather. Early fall can be a great time to pull out the midis, and maxis. Choose colors that keep the fall season in mind, which is usually deeper, sometimes darker, tones. Think of the colorway of most things Yeezy-- those are pretty standard for autumn.
Skirts are great for adding a bohemian vibe to any outfit-- which is a traditional fall aesthetic. But whatever you’re comfortable in is also an important aspect to this particular article of clothing. If you like it, you can make it work.
As you transition into colder weather, you may want to expose less skin, understandably. I’m going to admit the fact that 80% of my closet is actually crop tops, right now. I wear them in every season. I wear them to class. I wear them to work. I wear them to events.
In an attempt to stay warm, think about ways to cover up. Crop tops look great with high waisted… anything, really-- shorts, jeans, skirts, pants, leggings.
Pair the top with oversized cardigans, or pull a button down over it. If you’re wearing a basic crop top, dress it up or down depending on what you choose to pull over it. Blazers make quite a statement, as do leather jackets. Sweaters look super laid back and comfortable.
Work with your crop top’s neckline by wearing it under an off the shoulder sweater. This works great for halter tops, or sleeveless tops in general.
Summer is THE time of the year to pull out all the bright colors you own. It’s a shock when everything green, pink, yellow, and blue turn into burnt orange, maroon, navy, and forest green in what seemed like a snap of your fingers. But no worries!
Incorporated clothing in a clever way, and make bright colors work. Wear a bright tank top under a flannel. Wear a yellow crop top with a great pair of jeans and boots. Maybe even throw in a leather jacket?
All in all, dress how you want. If you want to keep the summer vibes alive, keep dressing that way. You look the best when you’re happy and comfortable, so aim to be just that. As long as you like your outfit-- you’re making it work.