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7 Easy Ways to Transition From Summer to Fall Fashion (The Right Way!)

How to transition from summer to fall fashion is a topic that’s near and dear to my heart.

You see, it’s easy to get “season confused” when you live in the desert. After all, it’s technically “fall” in Arizona, but we’re still in the triple digits.

So what you’ll see is a pretty big mish-mash of styles. Some gals will still be in summer shorts while others will be in leggings already, regardless of the heat!

Listen, if it’s unreasonably hot, there’s no reason to pull out your over-the-knee boots.

But hopefully these ideas on how to transition from summer to fall fashion will help you feel stylish in this in-between season.

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7 Ways to Transition From Summer to Fall Fashion (The Right Way!)

Bust Out the Booties

One of my favorite tricks for transitioning my summer clothes into fall is pairing my summer dresses and skirts with booties.

fall skirt outfit metallic shimmer midi skirt with booties

This pleated midi skirt looks excellent paired with an ankle boot.

The tank is great for the warm weather but the boots definitely signal you’re ready for fall fashion. It’s such an easy fall outfit formula to try.

Layer, Layer, Layer

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The most-used item in my wardrobe is a great cardigan. Which is why I can never resist stocking up on several! They’re the easiest way to layer like a pro and look great with summer tops, camis and those little dresses.

Here, I layered a cardigan with black leggings and a black tank–it’s such an easy outfit to recreate! I can wear it while working from home and throw on some heels to dress it up a bit.

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Wear Your Summer Shorts with a Sweater

shorts with bodysuit outfit

Adding a few fall pieces to an otherwise summery outfit is a great way to transition into the cooler months. Case in point: pairing shorts with boots.

pink abercrombie shorts with chicwish cropped blazer outfit black gg marmont gucci crossbody

While shorts are pretty much a summer fashion staple, you can definitely wear them to transition to fall fashion.

Incorporate fall accessories into the look like a hat or blazer.

Try White Boots


This dress from Amazon is the perfect way to transition from summer to fall fashion.

The fabric is breathable enough to wear if it’s still warm with a cute pair of wedges, but you can easily layer on a coat if needed.

Pair it with some white ankle boots, which are right on trend for the fall season.

cowboy boots with sweater dress

What’s more, white boots can easily be worn year-round!

I’ve been loving these white Western boots, which are right on trend for this season. Cowboy boots outfits are an easy way to transition to fall fashion!

Try to find some ankle boots or cowboy boots that lean creamy, not stark white, so that you can easily style them through the fall months.

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Bust Out the Jeans

jeans and ankle boots outfit with blazer

As the temps start to dip, it’s time to bust out the jeans again!

An easy way to start incorporating denim back into your wardrobe is to start with cropped denim styles. And yes, you can absolutely pair cropped jeans with ankle boots!

Don’t have cropped jeans? Not a problem!

A lot of women are still not a fan of that style. You can easily transition your straight-leg jeans into fall with some light layers and shoe swaps.

For the summer, I styled these Abercrombie mom jeans with a crop top and wedges; for an easy transitional look, I styled the same jeans with boots, a bodysuit and this white button-down.

The button-down is right on trend for fall, or you could also try a shacket. What’s more, you can easily take off that layer if it gets too warm!

Not sure how to pair jeans with ankle boots? Read my ultimate guide here.

Try Fall Colors and Textures


Sometimes all you need to transition from summer to fall fashion is to incorporate fall colors and fall trends.

This tulle skirt in tan is an excellent fall fashion pick. Pair it with a cream top in the warmer months and black come fall and winter.

Embrace Fall Trends Now

ways to wear satin animal print skirt outfit combat boots crop top outfit

Leopard print is still a strong fall fashion trend, and it’s one you can definitely start incorporating into your outfits now!

This leopard print skirt is light enough to wear when it’s warm out but still can give off fall vibes.

You can also style this with ankle booties or high heels for a cute date night look. Throw on a faux leather jacket and you’re ready for a night out.

RELATED: 5 Ways to Wear Animal Print This Season

Pair Your Skirts with Booties

cream skirt with cream sweater and cream booties outfit ysl loulou bag

Just like you do with your shorts, pairing your skirts with fall pieces like cardigans and booties are a great way to transition to fall fashion.

There’s not need to bust out the tights just yet, but a few fall items will make you feel in the season yet temperature-appropriate.

Especially for those of us still sweating it out in the desert!

I hope this post has given you some great ideas on how to transition from summer to fall fashion—even if it’s still hot out!

Which one is your favorite look? Do you have any favorite tips or secrets on transitioning to fall fashion? Share them below!

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  1. it is definitely 100% still summer here in Virginia but I am looking forward to layering once the cooler temps arrive!

    xx rebecca // thecrystalpress.com

  2. YASSS, this post speaks to my soul. I think people just get so antsy for fall fashion (which I totally get), but let’s get it together people haha. Calm yourself and enjoy the rest of summer and mix in fall pieces like your booties and cardigans over camis. Such a great post and I’m so happy you did this!

    xoxo Bryanna

    1. Oh I’m so glad this was helpful! Yes, I find it so annoying too lol. It’s still well over 100 degrees here, it’s not time yet. Our time will come 🙂

  3. Tons of great tips here! The ones with leopard print are my favorite! I’ve already been using some of these tips because it’s chilly in the morning but then warms up later…layers, layers, layers!

  4. Yessss girl, these are exactly the tips and tricks I use to try and embrace autumn before the temperatures fully change. You’re obviously a pro!

  5. Plaid and dress with ankle boots are for sure my fall transition go-tos. Love your recommendations!

    Allie | LunaVida

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