Sustainable wardrobe tips: transition summer pieces into fall

The change of seasons is the most creative time in fashion. The mild temperatures not only allow you to wear your favourite summer clothes, but to pair them with a cosy autumn staples. This is good news for your sustainable wardrobe: fewer clothes/more combos.

Here are some of my favourite ways to transition summer pieces into fall:

1. Wear your summer skirts and dresses with tights and sweater

Don’t want to say goodbye to your favourite summer skirt or dress? You don’t have to: light, flowing delicate summer dresses and skirts look awesome combined with heavy sweaters, sporty sweatshirts or leather jackets. It’s this combination of fragile and rough fabrics that work so well.

Sustainable wardrobe: transition summer pieces into fall

I love to wear a long flowing skirt with a sweatshirt. I think it creates a fresh, new combination where elegance and sport create a bit of a tension. 

Long summer skirt with a sweatshirt
Long summer skirt with a crop-top sweatshirt

If you wear a fuller skirt, make sure your top piece is not too bulky, otherwise the whole silhouette will become too square and unflattering.

Headband with flowers

Sustainable wardrobe tip: Go ahead and combine girly or glam accessories with sporty streetwear. 

2. Wear summer dress over trousers

Easy-peasy: just wear a summer dress or skirt with skinny trousers/jeans for a most flattering look. 

pink dress over jeans

London Fashion Week A/W ’17. Photo: Moeez

Want to experiment further: you can go for a 70’s feel with flared jeans or a long camisole and boyfriend jeans. Whenever you have time just match pants and dresses you have, practice makes perfect!

skirt over jeans

source: www.luckyshops.com

3. Or you can wear short sleeve dress over a sweater

You can experiment with wearing a long sleeve shirt, thin or thick sweater under a dress. Again, practice makes perfect here as well… Just set some time aside and try, try and try some more.

velvet dress over a thin sweater

I borrowed this dress from Lena library, cool, right?

4. You can still go bare-legged…. Sometimes

Yes, you can! All you have to do is to wear something warm on top. A sweatshirt-dress, a warm sweater with skirt or shorts or leather jacket with a summer dress.

an orange sweater dress

I’m sort of obsessed with streetwear at the moment. 

an orange hoodie dress - everyday sportswear
an orange sweatshirt dress with a hoodie

Is it age appropriate? I’m not sure… Do I care? Absolutely not!

a sweater dress with a skirt
Sweater dress and skirt combo

So not the most flattering combo… but so cosy. By combining the sweater dress and the skirt the whole shape became a bit long&rectangular. But I do like to play with the geometry of my outfits and, for me, the outfit doesn’t have to be “classically” attractive every time.

5. Shorts are not just for the summer

You can wear your shorts all the year around (hello sustainable wardrobe!), simply pair them with an opaque or woollen tights.

Green leather shirts and tights

A bit of a military thing I’ve got going on here. The army shirt is the “real deal” Dutch male army shirt I picked at one of the clothes swapping parties. 

Army shirt and green leather shorts

Wearing a part of a real military outfit sometimes makes me wonder what this shirt and a man mearing it went through. That’s why I love vintage and second-hand clothes: I feel like they have a real history & some stories behind them.

Military jacket- detail

6. Summer top on top

Yep, you’ve guessed it: you can wear your favourite summer top over long sleeve top or even a thin sweater. This is the most complex look, but go ahead and try, you might be surprised!

Thin camisol over a sweater

Source: www.stealthelook.com

A crop top over a shirt

Source: www.poschstyle.com

Bralette over a shirt

Source: Instagram user @blaireadiebee

This last look I’m not sure enough. I love it… but am I brave enough? Are you?

14 Comments
  • October 16, 2017

    I love the layering transitional pieces. It gives you so much more mileage to your wardrobe and you can create so many looks. Thanks for giving me ideas.

  • October 16, 2017

    These outfits are so cute. Love how they are transitioned. Great post.

  • Neely Moldovan
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    October 16, 2017

    IM a fan of wearing summer dresses with long sleeves or with a chunky cardigan and boots!

  • October 16, 2017

    These are some great ideas! I’m definitely trying to expand my wardrobe without feeling like I need to buy new pieces so I’ll have to try some of these.

  • October 16, 2017

    Great ideas! It’s definitely that time of year where we have to start transitioning our wardrobe and these are great options 🙂

  • October 17, 2017

    I love this transition look! I am all about sweaters and skirts.

  • October 17, 2017

    I love layering clothes, so these are great ideas. I definitely use tights and jackets to layer over dresses. I think that red sweatshirt dress is too cute! Looks comfy.

    -Lauren

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