Style Guide

4 Fab Looks You Need in Your Pre-Fall Closet

Make the most of your summer wardrobe while giving off a fashion-forward—and weather-appropriate—vibe for fall.

By Julia Davila September 12, 2016

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Crisp whites feel fresh in not-quite-sweater season

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Crisp morning air, the crunch of leaves underneath chunky boots and—dare I say—pumpkin-flavored everything. Yes, it’s that time of year again. Transitioning your summer wardrobe for fall isn’t always easy in Texas with the sun shining through the clouds and the heat still upon us. You might be ready for boots and cable knits, but the weather tells you otherwise.

Chunky sweaters and oversized scarves won’t be making their way to the front of my closet for a few more months, but that doesn't mean I'm putting fall fashion on hold. Rather than rush into heavy fall trends, here are some options perfect for shoulder season—looks that designers and creative directors continuously incorporate into their collections, season after season, that make the most of your summer wardrobe while still giving off a fashion-forward vibe for fall.

1. Sweater Dress

A sleeveless sweater dress adds just enough texture to your look that you won’t need to over accessorize—especially if you hit snooze one too many times. Pair it with a blazer and mules, flats or a chunky-heeled bootie for the office.

2. Velvet

As demonstrated in our own recent Fall Fashion feature, investing in this luxe texture is an absolute must this fall/winter season. From accessories to clothing, velvet took the Fall 2015 runways by storm and is even strong in the Spring/Summer 2017 collections just now hitting New York Fashion Week catwalks.


Velvet suits are 10/10

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3. White on White

Monochrome dressing—and white!—don’t have to be reserved for warmer temperatures, no matter what the old fashion scolds tell you. A neutral palette is always chic, no matter the season. Bonus: wearing one color head-to-toe will lengthen your silhouette.


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4. Striped Pants

Stripes should be a foundational piece in your wardrobe, and there's no way to wear them that feels fresher than on a pant. Wide-leg trousers or culottes paired with a crisp button-down or chambray shirt make for the perfect transitional outfit. When in doubt, stick to vertical stripes and tuck in your top to make your legs appear longer.


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