How To Transition Summer Staples Into Fall Favorites

As far as first-world problems go, it really is a shame that many of our favorite fashion pieces can only be worn for a few months out of the year. As common sense as it may seem to ditch certain piece as soon as cooler weather begins to set in, it doesn’t have to be that way. Simple styling tricks and strategic layering make it possible to further the life of certain pieces. Below, I’ve broken down the best way to transition the romper, crop top, denim cutoffs and t-shirt dress, into full-fledged Fall outfits.



The romper has made its way into mainstream summer staple stardom in the last few years. It’s a go-to piece for beach bumming, a night out or even lounging around the house, and for good reason. It’s extremely comfortable and there’s no reason that you can’t wear it during the Fall.

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(Denim Jacket by Mango, Chunky Socks by Fair & True , Started From The Blossom Bootie by ModCloth, Teddy Knit Tube Scarf by Scotch & Soda)

The romper, much like a summer dress, is easy to transition into fall with just a little layering. Styling your romper with classic fall pieces like a denim jacket and suede ankle booties make the romper more appropriate for Fall. It’s important when styling the romper for fall to not overwhelm its short silhouette. Stick to pieces that are simple, yet effective, like a chunky-knit circle scarf and socks, which add warmth to your look without a lot of bulk.

 Crop Top


(Miss Harlow Crop Tee by Factorie)

Ah, the crop top. It was practically impossible to go into any store without seeing a sea of endless crop tops among the racks. The crop top is obviously great in the summer because it exposes the midriff, which can keep you cooler, but as soon as September rolls around it tends to get less wear. Despite my personal opinions on the over abundance of the crop top in fashion, there’s no reason that it can’t be a versatile, fashion-forward, piece throughout the year.

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(Bomber Jacket by Bullhead Denim Co., MOTO Blue Mom Jeans by Topshop, Belt by Linea Pelle, Lyon Box Calf Loafer by Monsoon)

 I don’t know about you, but while I love fall weather, I’m not a fan of being cold. It’s crucial when transitioning your summer crop top into your fall wardrobe to strategically pair it with items that  help cover up your belly without overwhelming your waist. The “mom” jean, undoubtedly one of this season’s biggest denim trends, is a perfect way to meet your crop top half way. Mom jeans hits at your natural waist, you know, the one that’s actually right at your belly-button, and pair perfectly with the silhouette of the crop top. Add a belt to further define the waist, a short jacket and a pair of loafers and you’re good to go.

Denim Cutoffs


(Vintage Levi Cut Offs)

With their super short hem, rugged style, and claim to fame steaming from Daisy Dukes, denim cutoffs often get a bad reputation for being too scandalous. While most might prefer to only wear them at the beach or to a club, if that’s your thing, I believe you can take this piece one step further and functionally wear them not only stylishly in the Summer but in the Fall as well.

Screen shot 2014-09-04 at 10.51.18 PM(Cable Knit Sweater by JVL, Morgan & Taylor Felt Hat by The Iconic, Cable Tights by Fat FaceIdola Tall Boot by Via Spiga

Much like the silhouette issue of the crop top, denim cutoffs need a top that will pair nicely with it’s shape. A heavy-knit crop top, which should be more than easy to find at this time, is the perfect way to balance out the high waist and  short hem of the cutoffs. However, long sleeves alone won’t keep you warm. The most obvious issue with wearing denim cut offs in the Fall is bare legs. A simple solution to covering up your legs is to also layer a pair of thick fall-centric tights underneath the shorts with knee high boots, which are both stylish and warm. Accessorize with a floppy felt hat and your outfit will scream “Fall” from head to toe.

The T-Shirt DressPlease-dont-go-t-shirt-dress

T-shirt dresses are probably my favorite summer piece, ever. They’re timeless and like a sharp white t-shirt or a good pair of jeans, it’s a piece that deserves cross-season wear.
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One of my favorite pieces emerging this fall have been oversized cardigans. These cardigans, which often times hit well below the knee, are cozy and a great match for an orphaned t-shirt dress. To keep the outfit more fall focused, find a cardigan that either hits at the hem of the t-shirt dress or a little below it. To stay cohesive with the simplicity of the dress, pair a basic chunky boots to balance out the top-heavy look and a light beanie to tie everything together. Adding a belt, bracelets, and a pair of heels can offer even more opportunities for the t-shirt dress and make it appropriate for nicer occasions.

What Summer pieces can you not seem to let go of? Do you plan on transitioning them into your wardrobe this Fall? Leave your answer in the comments below!

Emma Klug started The Style Note in the fall of 2012. Her writing has been featured in DBusiness Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Nothing Major, The Working Wardrobe, Chicago Talks, Inexpensive Chic, and The Wayne State University student paper: The South End. When she’s not writing you can find her eating pizza, binge-watching Netflix and working her day job as a magazine editor.


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