Fall fashion may be on full display, but all that gorgeous new merch on the racks isn’t our favorite part of this in-between season — it’s the killer summer sales.
There are plenty of hidden gems in those bargain bins that can continue to feel (surprisingly!) seasonal once chilly temps come our way. Given all the colors, prints, fabrics and textures we saw on the runways for fall ’12 — thankfully for you — nearly anything can be made to work for cooler days ahead.
So, grab a few of summer’s discounted staples and turn them into fall’s most unexpected showstoppers with a few layering tricks. We’ll show you how.
The Silk Tunic
Equipment Mina Printed Washed-Silk Top, $75.60 (was $210), available at The Outnet.
The delicate print of this top is perfect for warm-‘n’-breezy weather, and the texture will transition nicely into fall — just add a few cozy layers. This is the opportunity to ease into the dress-over-pants look if you dare!
Carven Crop Trouser, $550, available at Farfetch; Equipment Mina Printed Washed-Silk Top, $75.60 (was $210), available at The Outnet; Dorothy Perkins Cardigan, $57, available at Dorothy Perkins; House of Harlow 1960Triangle Necklace, $70, available at House of Harlow; Nine West Flax Pump, $29.80, available at Forever21.
The Lace Skirt
Marni Lace Skirt, $605, available at Marni
Who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day? Pssh. Dress it down with a graphic sweatshirt and knee socks, and you’ll be able to rock it until the first snowfall (and afterward, with tights!).
Vince Camuto Dena Bootie, $149, available at Shoebox;Topshop Collar Top, $32, available at Topshop; Mulberry Oversized Monster Sweatshirt, $330, available at Mulberry; Marni Lace Skirt, $605, available at Marni; Happy Socks Knee Socks, $12, available at Madewell.
The Summer Dress
Mango Open Back Dress, $47.99, available at Mango.
Backless? Flimsy? The stuff that makes a dress so perfect for summer makes it impractical for fall… unless you wear it with this season’s knee-high boots, a colorblock-friendly cardigan, and a sucker punch of a bright bag.
Jeffrey Campbell Gifted Boot, $258, available at Couture Candy; Proenza Schouler Asymmetrical Cardigan, $750, available at La Garconne; Mango Open Back Dress, $47.99, available at Mango; Modcloth Yellow Bag, $63, available at Modcloth; J.Crew Ribbed Tights, $27, available at J.Crew.
The Printed Trouser
DKNY Eva Print Trouser, $181.50 (was $259.88), available at My Wardrobe.
Those floral pants you would have worn all summer can become a fall staple, too. Tone down the bright colors with neutral, classic patterns and materials like a Breton striped top and a jean jacket for a totally different vibe.
DKNY Eva Print Trouser, $181.50 (was $259.88), available at My Wardrobe; AE Denim Jacket, $49.95, available atAmerican Eagle; Uniqlo Striped Sweater, $29.90, available at Uniqlo; Scotch and Soda Scarf, $88, available atScotch Soda; Givenchy Plisse Short Boot, $950, available at Shop Zoe Online.
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