How to style summer skirts in fall

mature fashion woman in trench coat

Summer clothes are cheap, remind of good (old) times

Since our childhood summer meant some freedom. No school, days in the Sun, outside and no worries about homework. Even though, as adults we have to work in summer and there is no extended time of just living into the day, we still love summer. No wonder that we want to hold on to summer and our comfy summer clothes as long as possible. Especially, the flowy summer dresses and skirts. This post is devoted to get some more wear out of your favorite summer skirt.  The photos in this post, shows my suggestions of how to style summer skirts for fall without looking off-season and without getting cold or feeling uncomfortable.

#Fashionover50 woman wearing a summer skirt styled for fall
Rebekka Taylor floral silk skirt, Keep Calm Let the meteorologist handle it Tee, VS motorcycle vest, Camel bag, Paloma Picasso sunglasses (all own)
#fashionover40 woman in blue white fall work outfit with pieces from summer
Ralph Lauren pleated skirt, Gucci belt, August Silk cardigan worn as top, long cardigan as layering piece, Christian Louboutin pumps, statement necklace (all own), and clutch c/o Uno Alla Volta

Keep the work dress code in mind

In most work places, the dress code is a bit looser in summer than other seasons. It serves to accommodate employees during the heat of summer. Everyone knows that summer heat is a dressing challenge.

Since summer clothes are less heavy than winter clothes, they need less fabric and often less expensive material. Therefore, summer clothes are much cheaper than winter clothes. Thus, there are budget reasons beyond the dream of freedom to hold on to wearing them. Not only denial that fall means the beginning of the cold season.

Another reason is that more clothes mean more weight. Thus, summer clothes feel more comfortable than the layers or heavy coats we wear in the cold time of the year.  Finally, most people prefer warm stress over cold stress. However, both are dangerous!

#agelessstyle woman in blue and white office look
Ralph Lauren pleated skirt, Gucci belt, August Silk cardigan worn as top, long cardigan as layering piece, Jord bamboo watch, Christian Louboutin pumps, Hermes collier de chien bangle, statement necklace (all own), sunglasses c/o glassesonline, and clutch c/o Uno Alla Volta

Get more wear out of summer clothes

Especially, when you live in an area with 6 to 7 months of temperatures below 50F (10oC), you want to get more wear out of your summer clothes. There is so much time to wear winter items. Here, I show you some outfits that I wore lately. Fall starts early in Interior Alaska. Typically, arround end of August when people in the Lower 48s still suffer from and wonder what to wear during the dog days. This year, the leaves started already turning yellow in the Tanana Valley in mid August.

#fashionover40 woman in pre-fall outfit using summer and cold season clothes
Graphic tee with VS leather vest, statement belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, Rebekka Taylor skirt, horse bite fur trimmed slides (all own)

The key tricks to wear summer skirts in fall

Here are some aspects to consider when wearing a summer skirt in fall.

  • Knowing how to layer is key. Add tights and/or an underskirt or slip.
  • Shoes can change the vibe of an outfit. Sandals with chunky heels and/or wood soles work great as fall sandals with tight. Open-toe booties in tan or black create a fall vibe when worn with tights. Go for dress shoes with chunky or sturdy heels.
  • Choose skirts in dark colors, warm colors, fall colors or classic color combinations like blue and white, or black and white. The floral skirt in this post, for instance, has flowers in yellow and burgundy, which are excellent colors for fall.
  • Wear a knit top or a cardigan.
  • Go for silk knit tops or cashmere short sleeve sweaters.
advanced style woman in fall outfit
Rebekka Taylor skirt, Brooks Brothers sweater, Halogen corset, Gucci bag,  coin bracelet, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Gloria Vander Bilt pumps (all own)
#styleover40 woman in summer to fall transition work outfit
Back view of summer to fall transition outfit with Rebekka Taylor silk skirt, Brooks Brothers sweater, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Halogen corset, Gucci bag, and Gloria Vander Bilt pumps (all own)

Inspirations to wear a summer skirt in fall over 40

The following slide shows further examples how to style a summer skirt for fall.

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Do you style summer items for fall? What are your styling challenges in fall? Let me know by email, I love to hear from you.

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