Summer to Fall: Transition Dressing On A Budget

It’s October, and for many of us that means days that swing from, say, 45 degrees in the early morning to 75 degrees in the early afternoon—a range that challenges even the most, ahem, seasoned fashionista. We’re soooo ready for the richness and texture of fall, but the weather still has a bad case of the mood swings—and lets face it, sweating OR shivering through that afternoon meeting just ain’t cute. So what can a girl do to make that transition from summer to fall just a little more comfortable (and stylish)? Some tips to keep you fall fabulous and weather appropriate, on a budget of course.

Summer Pieces for Fall Fashion

Shorts – They’re Not Just For Summer Anymore.

Women's Tailored Ponte Blazer

Depending on the day’s forecast, shorts can be perfectly appropriate for fall. For your downtime, go updated 90s and consider a pair of high waisted denim shorts with a graphic T-shirt under a cute plaid shirt (which can be shed if the temps rise)— try this Tartan Plaid Shirt, $19.90 from Forever21 with sheer tights and ankle boots Lace Up Boots, Charlotte Russe, on sale $25.  For a more sophisticated look, don a pair of tailored shorts with a silky tank and a structured blazer Women’s Tailored Ponte Blazer, Target, $29.99, with fabulous flats and a bold clutch Urban Expressions Laine Clutch, $34.95, DSW.

Accessorize With a Vengeance.

Geo-Fringe Triangle Scarf

We’re not quite ready to be done with those summer dresses just yet – but how can you do light and flirty when the leaves are starting to change? Easy – it’s all in what you pair with it. The recipe? Take one summer dress (try to pick one that has a more tailored cut and deeper hues) – add a cute cardie (one in a perfectly Pantone Fall 2014 color, like this red cardigan from Modcloth, $34.99, a light scarf in a contrasting pattern Geo-Fringe Triangle Scarf, Urban Outfitters, $29 and on-trend fall boots and you’ve got a style recipe that will stand up to whatever Mother Nature chooses to throw your way.

Layering Pieces Are Life.

Hooded Utility Jacket

For fall of 2014, think cargo or utility jackets Hooded Utility Jacket, $33.90, Forever21, drapey vests DKNY women’s vest,, leggings and that trusty standby, the cardigan. A few fall-perfect layering pieces let you take your summer basics – t-shirts, flirty skirts, tailored shorts – straight into fall fashion fabulousness. The whole point of layering is to have a few fabulous pieces that you can disassemble and reassemble as the temps rise and fall, ensuring you’ll be perfectly stylish no matter what the fickle fall weather throws at you.

The Shirtdress – Buy One. Now.

Shirt Dress

The shirt dress is a perfect fall transition piece – you can wear it on it’s own with flats, with a scarf and boots, with leggings and a statement necklace, with … well, pretty much whatever you want and whatever the weather dictates. It’s a stand alone transition piece. Perfect. And since denim goes with everything, we like this H&M denim shirt dress, just $34.95.


Angela is a senior writer who's been hanging around TBF since way back in 2007. When she's not weighing in on the merits of, say, feathers as a fashion statement, Angela works as a bridal consultant in the St. Louis area. She also enjoys sunsets, and long walks in Target.