Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Seamless Transition

This time of year is so tricky because summer is beginning to wind down, the back-to-school hustle has begun and new fall styles are hitting stores...but most places aren't yet experiencing significantly cooler weather.  I was chatting with a reader earlier this week about how difficult it is when you want to dress for one season, but your reality is something different.  So today I'm highlighting two new looks & sharing my styling hacks for how to handle this awkward in-between phase by making just a few easy changes.  All the pieces I'm wearing here are under $40 + you can get an extra 30% off your online order (today only!) with code SWEET.

1) Opt for lightweight tops in darker hues
Look for breezy blouses in pretty jewel-tones or rich florals that you can wear both now & later.  Even though it's long-sleeved, this crinkled gauze tunic is so light and airy + the black floral pattern makes it ideal for transitioning into the next season.  I'd also wear this top untucked with white denim & lace-up flats.

2) Swap out sandals for mules & booties
This is a simple way to take any outfit from summer to fall & these are both versatile footwear options because they work just as well with denim as they do with most skirts & dresses.  These open-toed mules & these peep-toe booties are ideal for autumn & are on sale now!

3) Update your denim
I have an impressive number of skinny jeans, so if I'm going to add another pair to my closet, it needs to be a style that is different from the others I already own.  The scoop pockets on this pair create such a flattering fit & give them a cool modern feel.  These have more stretch to them than my Rockstar's from last year & I found that they stretched a bit throughout the day, so I recommend going down a size if you prefer a really snug fit.  

What I'm wearing:
c/o Old Navy Crinkle-Gauze Tunic (wearing XS), c/o Old Navy Mid-Rise Rockstar Jeans (wearing size 2), 
ShoeMint Mules (similar here, here or here), Madewell Bag (similar here or here), Forever 21 Choker (similar), 
Pieces Earrings (similar), ASOS Ring, Lucky Brand Bracelet, Nails: Essie Big Spender

4) Mix one summer piece with one fall layer
This is a great example of how to stretch your warm-weather wardrobe.  Even though this floral print tank is light & summery, when paired with a rich autumn-hued cardigan, it instantly gives it a fall-ready feel.  Other great pairings to try are a white lace top with cognac culottes or a sleeveless dress with a printed scarf.

5) Try something new
Even though you may know your body type & personal preferences, it's good to step outside your comfort zone every now & then.  When it comes to denim, I tend to stick with skinnies 99% of the time - but, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved the other styles I tried on.  These flared jeans have an ultra-slimming, leg-lengthening effect and these boyfriend jeans are such a comfortable, relaxed fit without being overwhelmingly baggy.  I found that both styles ran big - I went down a size in the flares & down two sizes in the boyfriend jeans. These also have less give to them than the Rockstar's, so they won't stretch out as much with wear.  

What I'm wearing:
c/o Old Boyfriend Cardigan (wearing XS), c/o Old Navy Floral Tank (wearing ), 
c/o Old Navy Boyfriend Skinny Ankle Jeans (wearing size 0), Jeffrey Campbell Flats (similar here or here), 
Banana Republic BagPieces Necklace, Bracelets: SoKo (similar) & Banana Republic, c/o InPink Ring


Thank you to Old Navy for kindly sponsoring this post.
All opinions are 100% honest & all items were hand-selected by me.


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