How to Put Together a Summer to Fall Transition Wardrobe on a Budget

As summer begins to draw to a close, our wardrobes can look sparse. You can’t go to dinner with a light, chilly wind on a cool day and wear a romper and Converse, or a maxi skirt and halter top. And that turban isn’t going to be enough to keep you warm!

Have Your Summer Wardrobe Ready for Fall!

Accessing what you do have lets you know what you need to buy, and realizing that a few add on pieces can easily transition your wardrobe from summer to fall lets you breathe a sigh of relief- and keep your favorite summer pieces in rotation.

By choosing just a few additional pieces to bring in your wardrobe, some of which you probably already own, you can spend very little for a new, Fall look. Let’s look at some essential pieces.

Essential Transition Pieces

Tights

Add Tights
Nicole Ritchie wearing tights.

Throwing tights underneath your summer dress is easy and chic. Here, Nicole Ritchie does it twice!

Oxford Shoes

Change Shoes

Switching out your flip flops and sandals for Oxford shoes, for instance, instantly changes the tone of your outfit.

Long-Sleeved Shirt

Layer Vest
This Lucky Magazine cover perfectly illustrates how layering a vest over a long sleeve (or short sleeve) shirt announces the fall season.

Darker Colors

Change Colors

Pop in some traditional fall color—darker orange, red, blue, mustard.

Tailored Blazer

Add Blazer

Pick a beautiful, tailored blazer and throw it over your summer dresses, fall colored skirts and jeans on colder nights.

The Knit Scarf

Add Scarf

Pick a beautiful, tailored blazer and throw it over your summer dresses, fall colored skirts and jeans on colder nights.

MaggieE

Maggie is a writer in San Diego, California. She has been obsessed with fashion while simultaneously too broke to afford it since teenage years, and writing about budget making beauty is the perfect match.