by Jennifer Smith September 18, 2018 5 min read

Fall comes with the promise of pumpkin spice lattes, cool breezes and the onset of the holiday season. How could one not fall in love? But if you have a tight clothing budget, these changes in weather might not be so welcome. After all, you just invested in breezy dresses and designer sandals.

Don't worry if the window displays of your favorite stores remind you of your limited budget. Chances are that you already have most of the pieces required for a great fall wardrobe already in your closet. By using them intelligently and wearing your summer staples in new ways, you can step into fall with style.

The good news is that autumn is a good time to put some of your fashion essentials into a rotation. Today, our fashion experts are going to give you some solid advice on how to transition your wardrobe seamlessly into the upcoming fall season.

Here are seven easy outfits that will help you to get more wear out of your summer faves even when the temperature drops:

1- Use your maxi dresses

A great way to transition your favorite summer dresses into fall is to layer them with fall pieces and add chunky accessories- like a bold hat. You can easily wear a cardigan over your maxi dress and some tights underneath to keep yourself warm and cozy. Some other ideas are to wear them with a belted blazer or even a knotted chambray shirt. The key is to layer up and then define your waist to add structure.

Wear it to the beach or on a weekend shopping trip with the girls- you can’t go wrong with this beautiful fall casual outfit.maxi dresses

2- Add tights or leggings

Tights or leggings are a fun way to experiment with your fall wardrobe silhouette. Choose from a variety of patterns, colors, and textures that are fall appropriate. Tights can find a way to extend the life of your favorite summer skirts and dresses. We personally love cable-knit tights that have tons of texture. Wear them underneath a skirt and a pair of boots to look stylish and rock that autumn look.

If you’re not a tights person, then try leggings. Some styles have a print which makes them look like pants, but with a lot of stretch and warmth. They are perfect to wear under your summery tunics to save your legs from the chilly wind, while still maintaining your style statement. Plus, the fact that they are so affordable makes it a fall wardrobe must-have.

Add tights


3- Layer up

Truth be told, fall is actually our favorite time of the year to get dressed in stylish outfits. It’s not too hot and not too cold- in short, it’s the perfect weather for layering. One of this season’s biggest trend is to wear a slip dress over a white tee. So, don't toss away those summer dresses just yet because you can still manage to wear them for a few more weeks.

Layering doesn't only accommodate those old outfits but also helps create new and versatile looks every time.

However, keep certain tips in your mind to rock the layering trend. A rule to follow is to ‘layer long over lean.’ this means that you should wear your longer-length tops like boyfriend cardigans and tunics over leaner bottoms like tights or skinny jeans.

 This ‘long over lean’ rule helps to avoid extra volume, and you won't end up looking bulky that can often be the result of overenthusiastic layering. 


Layer up


4- Invest in a stylish jacket

You’ll definitely need a jacket in the months to come, and fall is a great time to start hunting for one. Jackets, blazers and other outerwear are the areas where you shouldn't think twice about investing your hard earned money. After all, you’ll be seeing a lot of them in colder months.

A stylish jacket can make a huge impact on the overall look of a boring old outfit. A genuine leather jacket over some skinny jeans and a white tee with a pair of sexy boots- and you’re all set to rock a fall-appropriate look.

Of course, a good jacket doesn't come cheap. So if you’re not careful, you can end up spending hundreds of dollars on jackets each season. We recommend you to buy one statement jacket that is made out a good material so that it lasts you for many years to come.

 stylish jacket

5- Switch to a deeper color palette

Nothing compliments the colors of dry orange leaves than a dark color palette. The pastels and neons are well suited for summer and spring. It’s time to choose deeper tones like plum, mustard, and ochres. Even if your closet isn't stocked with these deeper color tones, you can still pair your summer clothes with heavier textures and jewel tones to be able to wear it in fall. 

6- Rock a mini denim skirt

The mini denim skirt is as American as baseball. Seasons may come and go, but there has never been a time where a denim skirt failed to impress. Usually considered a summer staple, the denim mini skirt can be transitioned as a closet essential for the fall season too. Simply add a few fall-appropriate touches to your denim miniskirt outfit, and you’ll love how chic the look will turn out to be.

Our style experts recommend wearing little denim skirts with a well fitted full neck knit top, warm leggings and a pair of boots- now that what we call one sexy fall-ready look!

denim skirt

7- Boots

Nothing makes us more excited for fall than a pair of sexy boots. Not only do they look uber stylish but they also keep you warm and cozy all day long. While you can spend a ton of money on a pair of high-end boots, we recommend you to buy a couple of lower-cost fashion boots for fall. The reason is that they will compliment everything- from dresses to a denim mini skirt and jeans. 

Wear your summer dress with a knee-high boot and a spiked leather jacket. Or if you prefer to be daring, then wear some over-the-knee boots under your chunky sweater for a classy look. Boots are one item that you shouldn't skimp on, so allocate a medium-sized budget especially for buying boots in different heights. Read more about the 20 best boots to buy this fall on Cosmopolitan.




Fall is the perfect time to experiment with different looks. We hope that this blog helped you draw some inspirations for easy outfits that will help you smoothen the transition from summer to winter- no matter what style you prefer.

While it can be tempting to blow your budget on a whole new fall/winter wardrobe, but keep in mind that the turning of the leaves doesn't mean that you can’t use your summer outfits anymore. By adding a few extra layers, richer textures, and darker colors, you can stick around with the clothes you already have for another season. Till then, we advise you to save some money so that you can splurge on functional yet stylish winter wear.

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