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When you bought clothing and you are not eager to wear it immediately, then better bring it back and get your money back. It’s a sign you bought the wrong piece. Now what when it’s not the season yet or you bought an item on sale for the next time the season is around, but you still want to wear it right now. Well, first, congrats you most likely bought a great wardrobe addition. Read how you can wear your fall wardrobe now.

  1. Combine Old Summer and New Fall Items
  2. Wear it now, wear it later
    • Summer Dress with a Jacket
    • Silk Skirt with Blazer
    • Top with Leather Jacket
    • Add a Jean Jacket to Your Fav Warm Season Look
    • A Light-weight Coat for Chilly Mornings
    • Porcelain Kate Middleton inspired dress
    • Chinos
    • Polka Dot Dress
  3. Wrapping Up Wear It Now, Wear it Later

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Combine Old Summer and New Fall Items

When you started creating an awesome fall wardrobe early, you may have already bought some great fall pieces you are eager to wear. Thus, riot your closet for items you already own that give the vibe of the season you want to dress for. A pretty fall dress can be worn on a chilly summer day with the right shoes. Chinos also look great in summer with a classic top and sandals.

Wear it now, wear it later

Recall, it’s already fall weather up here in Alaska. Here I show the new fall outfits and feature how I wore the respective item in summer.

Summer Dress with a Jacket or Cardigan

This look is straight forward adopted from clear sky summer evenings. You added the cardigan when it turned a bit chilly after sunset. In fall, just wear the cardigan all day and add a light trench coat or windbreaker for the commute from and to work. Another great possibility is to wear a dress with a biker jacket instead of a cardigan like in the photo below. To keep your legs warm go for pantyhose or nude fishnets.

style influencer transitioning a dress from summer into fall
Banana Republic gray purple abstract print sheath dress styled for two seasons (left) with Hermes H-bangle, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and purple Prada pumps and (right) Coach bag, silver Herve Leger leather motorcycle jacket (all own), and suede pink pumps c/o Wikibuy


I bought this fit-and-flare fall dress for fall on my last trip to Louisiana. I wore it without jacket/cardigan for the last days of Alaska’s short summer. Later in fall, this dress looks great with a cardigan or cropped jacket.

fashion blogger over 50 presenting the same floral print dress once styled for summer, once for fall
Banana Republic purple abstract print on shades of gray fit-and-flare dress styled for summer (now) and fall (later).

Silk Skirt with Blazer

Wear a short-sleeve cashmere sweater with a light skirt a blazer …

same shirt-skirt outfit styled for a warm and cool day for the office
Same DIY shirt-skirt as in the second photo collage styled for a warm (left), and cool day (right) with Brooks Brothers cashmere short sleeve sweater, statement belt, Anne Klein glen check blazer, Hermes collier de chien bangle and leather bracelet, head band, and Celine tote (all own)


Top with Leather Jacket

stylist in the same abstract print top in a summer and transitioned into autumn
Shein abstract floral print short sleeve top with uneven hem line styled with Oliveo striped leather skirt, Michael Koers cork plateau sandals, Hermes collier de chien bangle (left) and Studio strappy sandals, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Newport News pink leather jacket, Hermes enamel bangles (all own), and cropped pants c/o White House Black Market


Not a fan of pantyhose? Tip:
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Add a Jean Jacket to Your Fav Warm Season Look

In the outfits below, all it took was a different pair of shoes, adding a scarf and a jean jacket to make the look work in the transition season.

older woman wearing the same shirt and pants in a summer (left) and fall outfit
Dress pants c/o White House Black Market and own Carhartt gingham shirt (pocket cut off) styled for summer (left) with silk geometric print scarf, statement snake tail buckle belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Jord bamboo watch, statement bracelet (all own), clutch c/o Uno Alla Volta, and Matisse c/o Soft Surroundings. The same pants styled for fall (right) with Fossil white jean jacket, and Vittora car shoes


mature fashion blogger wearing a shirt-skirt styled for different ambient temperatures
DIY shirt skirt made from a Vintage Silk men’s silk shirt styled with (left) Jones New York sleeveless top, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, statement chain belt, Jord bamboo watch, Hermes collier de chain bangle, and L.K. Bennett pumps (all own), and (right) Moda International short sleeve cashmere sweater, statement belt, Ray Ban sunglasses, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Aerostrophe ankle strap pumps


A Light-weight Coat for Chilly Mornings

stylist showing how to transition a summer dress into fall
Gap camouflage shirt dress with Left: pink statement belt, Winkwood sunglasses, Cartier juste un clou bangle (all own), and Ivanka Trump c/o Wikibuy. Right: Banana Republic floral coat, Hermes collier de chien belt, Winkwood mirrored sunglasses, statement necklace, Christian Louboutin pumps, and Longchamp pilage (all own)



style blogger wearing an Hawaiian print skirt in camouflage colors once styled for warm vs. cool conditions
Hawaiian camouflage inspired print DIY A-line shirt-skirt made from a Vintage Silk men’s shirt styled for warm weather (left) with Shein utility top, statement Dagwood necklace, Chanel bag, Hermes enamel H-bangle, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Ivanka Trump ankle strap pumps (all own), and cool weather with Great Northwest suede utility jacket, Loft silk sweater, American Meteorological Society neckerchief, statement belt, and L.K. Bennett open toe plateau snake print pumps


Porcelain Kate Middleton inspired dress

Blue and white work for all seasons. Thus, even when you bought a blue and white dress for fall you can style it with open-toe pumps or sandals for now. Later you opt for more sturdy foot gear and may be even wear a cardigan.

stylist in the same dress for different temperatures
Shein blue-white porcelain dress styled for the Dog Days and for early autumn
over 50 years old woman in blue and white sheath and cardigan Indian summer look
Zoom-in on Shein porcelain short sleeve sheath, The Limited cardigan, Michael Kors fall wedge sandals, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and sunflower yellow Longchamp pilage




Chinos are a bit more dressy than jeans, in my opinion. They are my staple for the transition between the warm and cold season. However, one can don them already on a cool summer day with a classic top, strappy sandals and a statement necklace. Learn more on how to style Chinos for fall in the guide at the link.

stylist presenting chinos styled for the warm season and autumn
Oliveo chinos styled for a cool day in the warm season, and for autumn
midlife style blogger in chinos, jean jacket, statement pumps and belt plus tear drop whole top
Oliveo chinos, BGBC studded pumps, smoky quartz statement belt, Star jean jacket, Longchamp pilage (all own), and tear drop whole top c/o Covered Perfectly

Polka Dot Dress

I got this polka dot dress in summer for the transition season. Yes, I coudn’t wait to wear it. You saw the dress already twice on the blog. In case you missed it, here are the links how I wore the Pretty Woman inspired dress with tan accessories and a second time I went for a green with cooper outfit. Below see how I styled it for the transition season and earlier in July.

mature woman donning a dress for two seasons
Zaful polka dot fall dress now and later
lifestyle blogger in cooper, white green office outfit and green bag
Zaful cooper and white dress, green Hermes collier de chien belt, collier de chien bangle, and Medor watch, Michael Kors sandals (all own), green artisan made Italian designer bag c/o Uno Alla Volta


fall polka dot dress with denim jacket
Great Northwest denim oversize jacket, Zaful polka dot dress, statement belt, Michael Kors fall sandals, DIY amber bangle, statement necklace that picks up the shades of the look, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own), wood sports watch c/o Jord, and blue fish clutch c/o Bellorita


Wrapping Up Wear It Now, Wear It Later

Wearing pieces bought already for fall at the end of the summer is a great way for a summer to fall transition. In the same concept, you can incorporate these pieces on chilly summer days.

Photos of me: G. Kramm

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