The summer-fall divide can be one of the toughest times of year to get your look right. The heat of summer has peaked and soon the nights will feel noticeably cooler and shorter. You feel overdone in summer brights but you’re not quite ready to settle into chunky knitwear and your winter coat. A middle ground is tricky but possible with a little forward planning. We have brought together our favorite fashion secrets to transform your transitional wardrobe. Try these easy tips and see out summer in style.

All About Layers

Transition dressing is about being ready for anything. From an unexpected shower to a cool night-time stroll. The best way to achieve this is with light layers you can use to adjust your outfit to the conditions. Try a fine knit sweater you can roll up and throw in your bag. Or an oversized pashmina style scarf that can double as a wrap and protection against the evening breeze. This beautiful satin pashmina from Calvin Klein is a gorgeous autumnal claret color that will refresh your transitional wardrobe.

Calvin Klein Satin Pashmina

Play with Length

Your early fall look is just a little more covered than your mid-summer look. Sleeve and trouser length are extended, not to full winter coverage, but to hint at the cooler weather to come. Choose a sleeve that grazes mid forearm or a trouser that hits just above the ankle to indicate the change in seasons. These military inspired cropped utility pants from Phillip Lim make for a great casual transitional outfit. Pair them with a simple tee or light sweater.

3.1 Phillip Lim Cropped Utility Pants

Tone Down Shades

It’s time to turn down the volume on some summer brights as we wave goodbye to the long light days. Let neutrals and deep indulgent shades of orange, red, blue and green guide the way. You don’t have to pack away your summer favorites just yet though, you can use pops of color as accents throughout your fall wardrobe. Take the color of the changing natural world as your guide. This beautiful cocktail dress from Jason Wu has just the right palette for your transitional event.

Jason Wu Cocktail Dress

Clever Hosiery

Transitioning shorts, skirts and dresses into fall is easier than it seems. It’s now perfectly acceptable to pair some summer favorites with mid to full coverage pantyhose and extend their wardrobe length by months. To add a little more fun to this look try patterned or woven pantyhose. We have a soft spot for this polka dot pair from Commando.

Commando + Chic Polka Dot Pantyhose

Awesome Ankle Boots

Ankle boots are perhaps the most versatile shoe you have in your collection. They look great with bare legs for warmer days and equally stylish with narrow cut trousers or pantyhose. They keep feet dry and comfortable in transitional weather and are flexible to almost any look. Treat yourself to a new pair of ankle boots to update your late summer wardrobe and get ready for fall. These Cole Haan ‘Abbot’ Chelsea boots are currently at the top of our transitional wish list, being both beautiful and practical.

Cole Haan Abbot Ankle Boots

Be a transition trendsetter this year and explore Shop It To Me for your favorite crossover looks.