As we have been seeing more and more recently on the likes of Princess Kate, Victoria Beckham, Keira Knightley, and Anna Wintour, even celebrities sometimes love a piece so much, they aren’t afraid to be seen in it twice. The most famous fashion-bloggers have taken this story a step further: for the last couple of years, the so-called capsule wardrobes have been all the rage. The idea that a few key pieces can work in different seasons and situations, depending on what you pair them with, is practical on so many levels: financially, environmentally, and in terms of closet space. So let’s see: what are some chic ways to recycle your summer wardrobe staples for the fall season?
Just because you can’t see the sun everyday, it doesn’t mean you need to pack away your sundresses. A good dress is an excellent choice all year-round. Pair your favorite summer frocks with opaque tights and slouchy boots, layer with a cardigan and a boho scarf for warmth, and voila – you have yourself a perfectly stylish look!
When you want to mix it up a little, a pair of good shorts works just as well as a skirt. Just ask Taylor Swift, Chloe Grace Moretz, or Julia Roberts. A combination of sky-high stilettos and shorts will make your legs go on for miles. For a dressy occasion, pair them with a sparkly top or a sheer blouse and a good blazer. If you’re going casual, just pop on a sweatshirt or a slouchy sweater, a pair of biker boots or wellies, and add a leather jacket for extra warmth and style points.
Celebrities such as Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Aniston have brought new flare to this timeless classic by rocking it on red carpets all over the world. For a crisp, professional look nothing beats a well-tailored ladies suits. Instead of your light summer tops, go with a turtle-neck or a long-sleeved blouse, and top off your look with a classic trench. It’s a great idea to buy several compatible ones, and then mix and match.
Those ballet flats you practically lived in during the summer can stay in your shoe closet well into the fall. Apart from being a comfy respite for your feet, they can be just as stylish as the highest heels. Just think of the iconic Audrey! On dry, sunny fall days, wear a stripy, long-sleeved top, skinny jeans, and a trench or peacoat, for a perfectly put-together look.
A quintessential summer piece, the denim skirt is, believe it or not, still very much wearable even when leaves start to turn. For a brave, on trend look, wear it with a nice chambray shirt. If you doubt your sartorial savvy, go for the safer, yet still trendy option: a white, long-sleeved button-down and a thick, cozy poncho. It will still look amazing.
As fall starts and days grow colder and shorter, a bit of bright summer colors will help you feel more energized and kickstart your day. It might not have occurred to you, but your sarong is not just a pretty reminder of lazy sunny days on the beach. Take one out on a particularly drab day, and use it as a scarf – it will give your outfit and your mood a welcome burst of color!
As you can see, a new season does not need to make a sizable dent in your finances. Take a look through your wardrobe, and try to see it in a new light. Surprise yourself with new and unexpected pairings, and spice it all up with a piece of statement jewelry and cool accessories. You might just reinvent your style, and have fun in the process!
Elise is from Denver, Colorado and an ordinary girl with an extraordinary life that she shares with her eight pets. She is a health and fitness fanatic who adores hiking, long bicycle rides, paragliding and all sorts of extreme sports. After all, she did spend hundreds of hours in the air. She loves writing about health, beauty, adventures, experiences and life in general. Twitter @EliseMorgan1 Facebook: Elise Morgan