The leaves are changing, and that means retailers are busy trying to get you to change your entire wardrobe too. With enticing displays of sweaters, jackets, and other cold weather apparel and accessories, it can tempting to overspend on new fall outfits. Resist the urge to splurge. Be a budget-smart fashionista this season by repurposing summer pieces you already have in your closet and turning them into great autumn styles. You’ll save money and look fantastic with on-trend outfits that are perfect for the transition to cooler temps. Here are some ideas for everyone in the family:
Try tights or leggings
Extend the season for summery skirts and dresses by wearing them with tights or leggings. Choose a simple solid color, add texture with a cable knit style, or show off your creative side with fun printed design. For little girls, knee socks are also a cute option.
Bring out the boots
Switch out sandals for boots and booties and give summer outfits a more autumn-appropriate look. You’ll keep your toes toasty as the temps drop, and no pedicures are needed! While you should probably avoid true winter boots such as UGGs, other styles like over-the-knee, cowboy, ankle, riding, and combat boots are absolutely suitable for adding some fall flair to your summery fashions. Mix and match boot styles to see what looks best with your maxi dresses, leggings, sundresses, and even shorts.
Add a cozy cover-up
Ward off the fall chill by topping a sundress, short-sleeve blouse, tank top or maxi dress with a blazer, cardigan, or denim jacket.
Accessorize with scarves
Scarves are versatile accessories that can dramatically change your look in any season. The key to transforming your warm weather outfit to fall with a scarf is to choose a scarf made of a slightly heavier fabric or one that has rich, warm colors. Here is an example of how a lightweight summer denim dress can turn fall fabulous by simply adding a blanket scarf.
Wear long sleeves under sleeveless
Wear a long sleeve shirt under a sleeveless dress and get more mileage out of your favorite summer styles. For a really fashion forward look, mix different patterns and fabrics, like shown in this Pinterest pin.
While it might be too warm to take out the wool pullover sweaters, fall is the perfect time to throw a cardigan, denim jacket, or lightweight blazer over a t-shirt or button-down shirt. Check out this Pinterest pin and see how a plaid blazer transforms a white t-shirt and jeans into an eye-catching autumn ensemble.
Go for texture
Take a break from standard denim jeans or khakis and bring out the corduroy pants. Corduroy pants can be dressed up or down, and the heavier fabric gives you a bit of extra warmth for those cooler fall days. Pair them with any shirt for an effortlessly stylish look.
Wear sweaters with shorts
Daytime temperatures in the fall can be warm so there is no need to stow away your shorts just yet. Be prepared for fluctuating temps by topping your shorts with a lightweight sweater or a hooded sweatshirt. Layer with a t-shirt underneath so that you can take off the top layer if it gets too hot. The look is fashionable and ageless, too – see how an adorable little boy sports this style.
There’s no need to invest in completely new attire this season. With these money-saving ideas, you and your family can enjoy those beautiful autumn days and nights in awesome, affordable style. It’s good for your wardrobe and your wallet!