How To Transform A Summer Dress Into A Fall One

When you invest in a quality dress, you want to get your money’s worth. So how do you take a dress that you’ve worn all spring and summer, and  make it work in Autumn?

It’s really as simple as changing your accessories! Here’s how to layer on everything you need for a new fall look.


Spring and Summer

In spring and summer, a simple sheath dress looks stylish and ladylike paired with a light-colored bag, sophisticated open toe sandals and sunny gold jewelry.


purple dress for fall


When temperature drop, it’s time to move into this look into the gray zone. Simply:

  • add a gray jacket
  • switch a cream/white bag and shoes for gray/black
  • substitute open-toe sandals for closed- toe pumps -suede says fall
  • switch to cool jewelry to complement the gray
  • add a chic scarf to tie it all together

Chic on The CheapYes it’s that easy.  Please check out these other ideas on how to transition from summer to fall. I have 10 great tips on how how to create a transitional fall wardrobe.

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Casual, Chic Ways to Transition into Fall Style

Knowing what to wear this time of year can be challenging.  One day it’s hot, the next day it’s cool. You don’t want to look like you’re still wearing your summer clothes, yet it’s not cold enough to break out the turtlenecks.

Here’s a couple of ideas for how to gently transition your summer wardrobe into fall.

Your Summer Look…..

Summer Look

Your Fall Look…………..

Keep the green top and jeans but change the rest. Continue Reading

3 Pretty Ideas for What to Wear To A Baby Shower

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If you are 40+ it may have been a long time since you last went to a baby shower. But with nieces, friend's kids and maybe even your own kids starting to have children, that's probably about to … Continue Reading

What To Wear When You Are Dating At 40, 50 and Beyond

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Sure you've dated before, but finding love the second time around can be awkward and scary. At 40, 50 and  beyond, what do you say, how do you act, and what the heck do you wear on a date so you look … Continue Reading

Working From Home – 3 Ideas For What To Wear

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When going to work is as simple as rolling out of bed and walking across the hall to your home office, it's hard to feel motivated about dressing up. Your p.j.'s or workout clothes can easily become … Continue Reading

Time to Debunk Those Mother of the Bride Dressing Myths – {Video}

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If you’re the mother of the bride or groom you’ve probably been bombarded with advice from friends, family and “experts” about what you should wear for your important role on the on the big day. So … Continue Reading

How To Travel In Style

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Has this ever happened to you? You spend so much time packing for your summer vacation to take just the right things, that when it's time to hurry up and get to the airport, you throw on some boring … Continue Reading

How To Dress Professionally In Summer

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As the temperature rises dress standards at work can fall to an all time low. Here's how to keep cool and look classy doing business in the summer. To command respect and increase your chances for … Continue Reading

What To Wear When Visiting NYC – Part 2

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If you read my recent post on what to wear in New York City,  you got a few ideas on how to dress if you were walking around Central Park or hanging out in Times Square. Since then many of you wrote … Continue Reading

What To Wear (And Not Wear) In NYC

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Jetting off to the Big Apple this summer and fretting about what to wear? Relax. Even though New York is the fashion capital of the world, you don't need to worry about stuffing your suitcase full … Continue Reading