5 easy pieces to transition from summer to fall

happy sunday, gang! can you believe it’s Labor Day weekend? i know i’ve said it before but where has summer 2020 disappear so quickly? it’s been the longest of summers and the shortest. but before long my favorite fashion season will be knocking on our door. so it’s time to think about transitioning our outfits from summer to fall.  today, i’m sharing 5 easy pieces to transition from summer to fall. but i will also share three style tips that keep us looking stylish on the shoulder season.

5 easy pieces to transition from summer to fall

here are five pieces that transition with ease from summer to fall.

  1. cotton canvas jacket
  2. white denim
  3. neutral handbag
  4. denim shirtdress
  5. peep toe suede booties


style tip #1

go back to the basics. what are the basics? well, the basics aren’t glamorous. they don’t grab your attention when you step into your favorite store. there are no ruffles, bows, or sequins attached. but i promise, if you want to be well dressed or look effortlessly chic you have to build your wardrobe with the basics. and you can never have too many wardrobe staples. these are the pieces that easily transition from outfit to outfit and span the seasons. the more basics you have on hand, the more outfit options available. so think white tees, black sweaters, white denim, black pants, or chinos. 

when you take the time to invest in the basics, you are laying a foundation for a functional wardrobe that will prepare you for anything. and who doesn’t want that?

style tip #2

a neutral color palette will help ease your outfits from one season to the next. nude, black, grey, white, olive, navy or burgundy are all good choices. don’t get me wrong, i love pops of color all year long. but when it’s time to transition from summer to fall or fall to winter neutrals are your best friend.

style tip #3

add a third layer. while i love summer and lightweight clothes that are necessary to beat the heat when it comes to fickle temperatures a third layer will come in handy. whether you choose a lightweight jacket, blazer, or cotton cardigan a third layer will keep you looking chic and keep the chill at bay.


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  1. Francesca B. wrote:

    You are a wonder Beth, thank you for your advice and your generosity! I have been reading and following you for six months now and I feel so good about my new look and more importantly my new found confidence! All my family have seen the change. You are a shining star. Hugs from a grey haired lady:)

    Posted 9.6.20
    • nothing makes me happier than to hear this! keep up the good work!

      Posted 9.6.20
  2. Cindi Bennett wrote:

    Like that you are dressing a little different recently. More contemporary. Thanks!

    Posted 9.6.20
    • i always get a kick at how readers interpret my outfits. if you follow my Instagram feed you will see that i always put a contemporary twist to the classics while bringing in the trends. that’s why i consistently get s**t about wearing distressed jeans, above the knee skirts, shorts, puff sleeves, pattern mixing, fill in the blank. style is always about staying true to yourself and relevant.

      Posted 9.6.20
  3. Maria Gutierrez wrote:

    Love Your Hair Keep Up The Great Job Thanks For The Advise

    Posted 9.6.20
    • thanks for following along, maria!

      Posted 9.6.20
  4. Kathy wrote:

    And basics last forever. With Covid, I am certainly more casual. No place to show off my fabulous wardrobe, darn. You are an inspiration for me to shop my closet to put together looks like you have! I love your hair!

    Posted 9.6.20
    • there’s lots of places to show off your wardrobe with Covid or without. life goes on with a virus in our midst and we should too.

      Posted 9.6.20
  5. Eve wrote:

    How many neutrals should we wear together? I usually go with just three. I do consider animal print, camo, chambray shirt as neutrals. I love your new hairdo. Looking forward to third layer dressing.

    Posted 9.6.20
    • i think you’re on the right path! thanks for the feedback.

      Posted 9.6.20
  6. Christine wrote:

    As always , fashion sense that I can relate to and similar accessories that I may already have !

    Posted 9.6.20
  7. Andrea wrote:

    Talk about timely! We snowbirds have mainly summer wardrobes, with sprinklings of spring and fall. Well Covid19 through a spanner into that. I was really in the dumps this week as our fall is in full tilt mode and although we aren’t out and about, we have weekly safe distance happy hours with one other safe couple, sooooo? Then your post drove the clouds away – neutrals. It’s funny how a funk will just mire our brains while the answer is right there in our closets. Thank you Beth, for opening my eyes to a whole wardrobe of possibilities. Hugs Andrea

    Posted 9.6.20
  8. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Love this post! Speaks to me. Thank you for helping us find ourselves!~

    Posted 9.6.20
  9. Gray wrote:

    Love these booties! But I’ve been trying hard to find some like that without the 4″ heel and I just cannot!!! Also love the denim dress – I have one very similar and love it…

    Posted 9.6.20
  10. I like the Lauren.

    Posted 9.6.20
  11. Cheryl wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    Love the basics you’re highlighting in this post. I’m a basics girl….start simply, add the frills.
    Quick question…love the gold sandals you’re wearing in the first photos…can you add a link for them?
    It’s the end of sandals season here in Georgia, but I always keep a bunch my closet…wear them continuously from April to September.
    Happy September!

    Posted 9.6.20
  12. Janice East wrote:

    Thanks Beth for sharing your fabulous sense of style. Here in Australia we’re transitioning into Spring and summer but your tips remain the same. I’ll be showing my hairdresser your latest hairstyles next time I go as well. Have a great break.

    Posted 9.8.20

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