You know that floral dress you’ve lived in all summer? The one you wear at the beach and to the bar and to your friend’s weekly backyard barbecues? Don’t stash it away just yet. You’re mourning the end of summer, even though there’s actually still about a month left of it officially. Then, yes, the sleeves, pants and hemlines will get longer. It’s only practical. It gets pretty cold around here, but with a little creativity and style (and Long Island Pulse readers have both of those), you can get more shelf life out of your summer staples. Style and Sointheknow.com fashion blogger Nayri Gregor tells you how to ace the summer to fall wardrobe transition.
Culottes have become the must-have pant over the last two years, and that won’t change come fall. Pair with a crop top and wedges or flats right now. When the cooler weather sets in, rock them with a sweater, blazer and pumps for work.
Gregor’s Shopping Tips: “Shop neutral colors that would work for both summertime and fall/winter,” Gregor advised. Think beige, camel or navy blue. Add pops of color with accessories, like a bright red clutch or scarf. One more thing: Culottes have a tendency to look like a midi-skirt, which are also trendy but not what you’re going for. Look for a pair with a high waist. “It creates illusion of longer legs and cinches the waist so your waistline looks smaller and more proportionate,” Gregor said.
Great South Bay Music Festival has come and gone, but don’t pack up that fringe poncho. “In the last couple years, fringe has outgrown the festival style. People have been repurposing it,” Gregor said. Now, you can swear it with shorts and a cute top or as a cover-up during a beach bonfire. Later, consider it your new favorite happy hour piece by pairing it with jeans, cutout pumps and a metallic bag. A fringe poncho with form-fitting slacks and loafers are great for a day at the office.
The days of florals being a warm-weather print are no more. “Floral dresses can be worn during any season,” Gregor said. Savor the rest of summer by wearing your frock as is. This fall, wear it over a pair of leather leggings, with stockings or throw on a leather jacket. Colorful fringe pumps add a pop, and edgy jewelry keeps it from looking too whimsical.
Gregor’s Shopping Tip: Keep your go-to floral dress flirty, fun and office appropriate by sticking with an A-line style. “Tighter, form-fitting styles don’t translate every season,” she said.
You know what to do right now. Put on a pair of printed shorts and add heels, flats or wedges and a cute top. Shorts tend to be one of the first items we eliminate from our wardrobes as summer winds down, but with stockings, a sweater and a coat, you can get some extra shelf-life out of your favorite pair.
“I think a long tunic is one of the most versatile pieces to have in your closet,” Gregor said. For the rest of the summer, wear as a day dress or beach cover-up. In cooler temps, layer with a cardigan, tuck it under jeans and throw on a scarf.
Gregor’s Shopping Tip: When shopping for a long tunic, go for something you’re comfortable wearing as a dress. “My favorite type is a button-up, maybe even a sheer style so you can use it as a layering piece,” Gregor said.