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5 Closet Staples for a Seamless Summer to Fall Transition

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As we inch closer to September, it’s time to reorganize our closets and stow away some summer styles to make room for our beloved fall pieces. I must say that transitioning from one season to the next is not a totally big deal for most Californians, especially for desert dwellers like myself. Honestly, I wear summer clothing probably 90% of the time throughout the year because the average December temperature in Palm Springs is still a pretty comfortable 70 degrees. I do get cold easily though – so there’s that… anything below 75 calls for having layers on hand and ready to wear. Have you begun your wardrobe refresh in time for fall yet? Tackle the warm days & chilly nights with these 5 summer-to-fall staples that will ensure a seamless transition into the new season!

Knit, Tweed, & Boucle Dresses

These thicker dresses are nice to have when transitioning into a cooler climate. They layer really well with other autumn-appropriate basics. The possibilities are endless – you could wear a long-sleeved shirt underneath, or cozy up with a warm jacket or a shawl over the dress. These silhouettes are often super chic and comfortable worn over tights or leggings. I’m a big fan of tweed and boucle dresses for fancier occasions like date nights, family gatherings, or weddings (think Coco Chanel!).

Button-Down Shirts

This might be the California girl in me, but a large majority of my wardrobe consists of button-downs and flannel shirts. I love that the sleeves can be rolled up as necessary. If it gets too hot, button-downs are easy to take off all together and can be tied around the waist without added weight or bulkiness. Sometimes I even carry mine in my purse! Button-down shirts can be effortlessly layered over camisoles or under jackets, making them ideal for both warm days and cold nights.

Mules

Open-toed mules have been a hit this summer, and I don’t plan on putting mine to rest this fall. They are so fashionable no matter how you wear them – with tights, jeans, leggings, dresses – you name it! If you invest in quality mules, they are extremely comfortable to walk in. My favorite kinds are the ones with just a bit of heel for that extra touch of elegance. I always joke and say that they’re my one-step-up from the everyday flip flops that I wear casually to walk the dogs. Mules are just as easy to slip on, but work wonders in elevating an everyday outfit. Sometimes, the shoes are what make all the difference to complete your look!

Versatile Handbags

I love bags that can be worn in a multitude of ways. For example, this beauty can be a shoulder bag or a crossbody, or even worn around the arms with the top handles. Since I find myself rotating between the same few bags, it’s nice being able to at least switch up how I wear them depending on my outfit. For fall, I prefer oversized bags because you never know when you may need to put away that button-down or cardigan! Can’t turn down a bag that is not only stylish, but functional, too.

Neutrals

Personally, I invest in neutrals a lot because I can always count on them to carry me in style from one season to the next. They also offer a wide range of styling options. Some neutral colors I often wear during the autumn months include olive, burgundy, brown, white, off-white, tan, taupe, black, and grey. If you are looking to upgrade your handbag or splurge on a new pair of shoes for the upcoming season, consider getting one in a neutral color because you’ll be able to wear them into the rest of the year too. Seasonal pieces are fun, but there’s nothing like spending on investment pieces that will stay relevant through the changing seasons. Who’s with me?

And there you have it – the top 5 summer-to-fall staples that my closet is never without! I recently thrifted a couple pretty textured dresses and cannot wait to share them with you guys. Stay tuned for that πŸ™‚

What are some of your favorite summer-to-fall closet staples?

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73 Comments
  • Laura
    August 16, 2018

    I definitely need to get my self a new knit this year, a neutral one would be lovely. Actually looking forward to a autumnal walk!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 16, 2018

      I am too! It’s finally starting to cool down a bit (well, the humidity died down) so I’m excited about that. Hope you find a new neutral knit that you love soon! xo

  • eileen
    August 16, 2018

    yesssss! neutrals are staples in my closet year-round, and I’ve been loving textured dresses lately too! great suggestions and I love your style babe πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      August 16, 2018

      Textured dresses are the best! I’ve been finding amazing ones on my recent thrifting trips and can’t wait to share them haha. Thanks Eileen! xo

  • Juliet Ly
    August 16, 2018

    So cute I love that button down dress! The colors are perfect for fall! Thanks for sharing!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 17, 2018

      Thank you Juliet! I’m glad you like the dress too!

  • Amanda Alvarado
    August 16, 2018

    I need to hop on the bandwagon and get a pair of mules!
    – Amanda
    http://www.amandadalvarado.com

    • Sharon Wu
      August 17, 2018

      Yes! They are so worth investing in!

  • Jessica Welling
    August 16, 2018

    I love love love that striped dress!

  • Maureen
    August 16, 2018

    I love your entire ensemble. You are so right about investing in neutral pieces. It goes a long way and fits perfectly in all season. I wish shift dresses can have a comeback, they are my “mom sweatpants” for busy mornings.

    • Sharon Wu
      August 17, 2018

      I couldn’t agree more Maureen! Haha I actually do like shift dresses myself – they are so comfy but since I have a smaller frame sometimes it’s hard to find one that fits nicely hahaha

  • Kansas Bonanno
    August 16, 2018

    Ok first off your hair is amazing, it looks stunning with the knit dress. I always love dresses because they are so easy to dress up or down.

    • Sharon Wu
      August 17, 2018

      Thank you love! It’s finally starting to grow back and I love the length it’s at right now! Just like you, I can’t turn down a pretty dress hahaha

  • Serena Hale
    August 16, 2018

    I do like the knit idea. I do not have any yet, but I am certainly after your post considering it. I need some more mules indeed.

    • Sharon Wu
      August 17, 2018

      Knits are everything for fall coming up!

  • Jennifer
    August 16, 2018

    I totally agree with versatile bags! What I use to hold in the winter is a little different from what I use in the summer. Great blog post as always! πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      August 17, 2018

      Thanks Jennifer! I’m just like you! For winter I like bigger bags that can fit some of my outerwear in case I wear layers. In the summer I like smaller, straw bags!

  • Nailil
    August 16, 2018

    That dress is really pretty. I love how casual it is and perfect to wear just about anywhere.

    Xx, Nailil
    http://thirtyminusone.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      August 17, 2018

      Haha those are my favorite kinds of dresses! Glad you love this one as much as I do πŸ˜‰

  • Mariann Yip
    August 16, 2018

    I can’t believe we’re already about to transition into the fall! Time is truly flying by but I do love fall fashion. I think neutrals and mules are great ways to slowly get into chillier months. Thank you for the recommendations!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 17, 2018

      I know right? This year certainly flew by! I am excited for fall fashion too – but only because it’s basically a milder summer here in Palm Springs LOL. I am so done with the extreme heat and humidity! But I’ll miss the longer days…

  • Nicole
    August 16, 2018

    I am so jealous of your California warm weather all year long! While you’re wearing your beautiful tweed dress with button down wrapped around your waist, I’m in a parka, UGG boots, and basically freezing my you know what off in Michigan! Lol!!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 17, 2018

      Haha come visit! Palm Springs is super pleasant in the fall πŸ™‚ And when I want a cooler climate I can just drive up the mountains about an hour from us and it snows! That’s where I wear my UGGs and parkas hahaha

  • Ranelle Ivens
    August 16, 2018

    I love the sweater and especially how tying them at the waist is starting to pop back up here and there

    • Sharon Wu
      August 17, 2018

      I’m glad you think so! Haha it’s my casual way to belting up a dress that’s a bittttt too loose for me. I loved it so much but they only had a medium left! D:

  • Tara Fuller
    August 16, 2018

    all of these are so good! loving the knit on you!

  • Jeannine D.
    August 17, 2018

    That is really beautiful so stylish. I like those great suggestions especially that striped dress.

  • Emma Riley
    August 17, 2018

    Wow, I love that button down dress it looks so pretty and comfortable and looks really comfortable to wear.

    • Sharon Wu
      August 17, 2018

      It really is super comfy! I love it!

  • Deborah
    August 17, 2018

    Oh this is such a perfect Autumn transition outfit! I love all of the textures – especially boucle!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 17, 2018

      Thank you Deborah! I’m a big fan of boucle too! Just got a new boucle dress from a thrift store and I’m soooo excited to style it!

  • Christine Kong
    August 17, 2018

    Fall is my favorite season and I cannot wait to start shopping for these pieces. I love that knit dress and it goes so well with that button down shirt. Perfect transition from summer to fall. I am all about mules/ slides these days as well. Used to be a heels gal but now go for comfort. =). And you know me, I am such a neutrals gal. The colors of this outfit totally speak to me! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      August 17, 2018

      I’m so glad you like this neutral look Christine! I too am excited for fall for once – but only because it’s way too hot in Palm Springs and we’re ready for cooler temperatures. I’m ready for the average temps to be 70 instead of 100 LOL. Personally I love heels but also can appreciate a comfortable pair of mules/slides for day-to-day wear!

  • Alexis
    August 17, 2018

    Super cute ideas! I love the neutrals that transition into Fall so seamlessly. I’m definitely adding more knits to my closet this year.

    • Sharon Wu
      August 17, 2018

      Thanks Alexis! Glad you love the ideas! Hope you’re able to find some knit pieces that you love, to add to your closet in time for fall πŸ™‚

  • Britney
    August 17, 2018

    That striped dress is so fun! I love it with those heels as well. I love neutral colors as well!

  • Preet
    August 17, 2018

    This is so lovely, How I wish I was talented and could pull off such a look. The outfits are really pretty and it fits together really well.

    • Sharon Wu
      August 18, 2018

      You totally could pull off this look darling! xo

  • Renee || Getting Fit Fab
    August 17, 2018

    I have a few knit dresses I have been itching to wear but the humidity has been too much. But neutrals are 100% my go to year-round basically, they always go with everything.

    • Sharon Wu
      August 18, 2018

      I know what you mean! It’s been a humid summer in Palm Springs too. Luckily it seems to be cooling down slowly so I can wear something like this in the early mornings hahaha

  • Shandi Dews
    August 17, 2018

    I love your style, and your suggestions are great! I have never really been one that was real “fashion forward” but I would like to be…maybe I will start with this!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 18, 2018

      Never too late to get into it babe! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the love! xoxo

  • Michelle
    August 17, 2018

    I love your 5 staples,! Great tips

  • Narhee
    August 17, 2018

    Great transition pieces. Love the tweed

    Narhee | Made in Mauve

    • Sharon Wu
      August 18, 2018

      Thanks Narhee! I’m a big fan of tweed too!

  • Kileen
    August 17, 2018

    Love, love, love this outfit babe! This dress is so cute on you and I love the colors.

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • Sharon Wu
      August 18, 2018

      Thanks Kileen! Have a wonderful weekend! xo

  • Morgan Klein
    August 18, 2018

    Loved this post! I’ve been obsessing over button down shirts lately!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 18, 2018

      Tell me about it! Same here haha <3 they are so versatile and easy to wear!

  • Cecilia Harvard
    August 18, 2018

    You are such a babe! Loving this look!

  • Elizabeth O
    August 19, 2018

    The transition to fall is my favourite time of year. I love a lightweight jacket and cosy shirts too. This is such an interesting post indeed.

    • Sharon Wu
      August 19, 2018

      Thank you Elizabeth – so glad you enjoyed the post. I love lightweight jackets and shirts – and have to agree with you that this is the best transition because it’s not too hot and not too cold!

  • tammy chen
    August 19, 2018

    ahhh I need that olive green button-down shirt you have! it looks so soft and comfy! great transitional pieces babe.

    • Sharon Wu
      August 19, 2018

      Thanks Tammy! I got the shirt at my local Marshalls πŸ™‚ Perhaps you can try looking to see if yours will have it too! It was a recent purchase xx

  • Gina
    August 19, 2018

    I love these images!! So pretty!

  • Jessica
    August 19, 2018

    Love the dress dear. So cute and sassy on you.
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Sharon Wu
      August 20, 2018

      Thank you Jessica! Have a wonderful week πŸ™‚

  • Briana
    August 19, 2018

    I love this and the colors, transition season is the best!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

  • Lucy
    August 20, 2018

    Supeb your pictures ! A lot of aesthetic …
    I really like !
    Good continuation

  • Francesca
    August 20, 2018

    Keeping my closet neutral is my favorite way to rewear things throughout the year without them looking too out of place (though I do live in NYC so it’s not surprising to see an out of place outfit on every single corner). I also hold onto mules, both open toed and not, as long as possible until the real east coast chill starts to set it! I need to get more tweed for myself though! I just got rid of one of my beloved tweed items because it’s too big for me now πŸ™

    • Sharon Wu
      August 20, 2018

      I couldn’t agree more with you babe! I love the style in NY – it can be so fun and eclectic! Hope you’re able to find new tweed items you’d love to wear this fall! πŸ™‚

  • Azanique Rawl
    August 20, 2018

    Neutrals are perfect for every season! I think anorak jackets and layerables always transition well πŸ™‚

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    • Sharon Wu
      August 20, 2018

      I love anorak jackets too! I need to get some new ones soon πŸ™‚

  • Samantha Mariko
    August 26, 2018

    This was such a perfect post to read as we are approaching September! I definitely need to go find some more neutrals for my wardrobe- I dont seem to have enough! They seem so handy when styling outfits. I love the knit dress you are wearing too!
    xo Samantha

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