Much as we’d like to hang onto summer for a few months longer, we can’t. But that doesn’t mean we have to stash our favorite wardrobe pieces. Stylist and Pulse contributor Shandi Alexander gave tips on how to seamlessly transition summer to fall style.
It’s not time to get back to black just yet. “We are still…trying to hang onto our summers so it’s nice to still incorporate a touch of color in our developing, seasonal muted color palette,” Alexander said. Try a bright blue blouse with a neutral-colored pant or tone a pink dress down a bit with a black blazer. Better yet, opt for red, which Alexander forecasts will be en vogue for a while. “I see red…carrying into fall and even winter.”
Like colors, wearing florals helps stretch that summertime feeling into fall. But Alexander suggested steering clear of combining the trends and opting for darker florals as the days grow shorter. As for how much floral to flaunt, “Designers showed more options of florals from full-on to being accent points.” Tread softly on the head-to-toe look to avoid looking like a sofa.
Alexander credits Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri’s “beautiful ballet-dancer creations of tulle and lace” for this trend. “But one can really wear this in a very easy and more subtle way.” Alexander loves a lacy cami under a men’s jacket and—good news—suiting is big for fall. “However, one can also wear a very elegant slip dress, an eternal classic.” Think old-school Calvin Klein, Kate Moss and Tonne Goodman. As the mercury dips, slip a chunky knit sweater, blazer or jean jacket over the frock.
“The most perfect garment ever constructed in my opinion!” Trenchcoats look great on anyone, gender or shape be damned. It’s no wonder they were the outerwear of choice on rainy summer days. Keep reaching for ‘em come fall when heading out coat-free is no longer an option.
A classic pinstripe shirt paired perfectly with shorts or white pants for days spent out on the boat. But some of this season’s pinstripes came with an updated, abstract twist. Though Rag & Bone showed a fairly standard shape, “Monse looked like they took the shirt, cut it up and stitched it back together while watching A Clockwork Orange or some other psychedelic film.” Whether you’re going for classic or edgy, Alexander expects to see the trend making its way to fall. Swap shorts and white pants for jeans and darker neutrals.
For more fall fashion, pick up the September issue of Pulse, out now.