-1 Click here to view the individual selections pictured above in Debbi O’Shea’s Polyvore of Summer to Fall transition pieces.
I don’t think I’ve ever met a woman who prefers Summer clothes to Fall clothes . . . have you?  There is something so luxe, sensuous, and cozy about the fabrics—buttery leathers, toasty alpacas, fur trims. Whisper-weight scarves woven from silk and cashmere are also a few of my favorite things. Though we may be buying them now, in reality it will be a couple of months until we are wearing them. Here are some suggestions on how to segue from Summer to Fall stylishly, because truly, you must pack away those white jeans. Smoke and mirrors? Maybe just a bit. But with just a little effort, you will look chic and polished this month.  Soon enough we can start wearing all the good Fall stuff. . .
  • Focus on Dark, Lightweight Separates: Navy cotton slim pants, black pencil skirts, printed dresses in shades of burgundy or green, will look great in September.  Pair them with a crisp white blouse, an oversized silk tunic, or a light weight “sweat shirt” style sweater and add a chunky gold link necklace.
  • Make the Cardigan your New Best Friend: Extend the life of every sleeveless sheath dress and blouse you own by teaming it with a cardigan. I’m crazy about the season-less ones available at Zara, and own at least a half a dozen. Add a scarf in rich hues.  Dark sandals or oxfords are fine for now, but when it gets colder, switch to ankle boots.
  • Retire the Summer Handbag: Nothing you carried this Summer will look right now. Two-tone bags are having a huge moment for Fall and will instantly update your look. Look for them in satchels, totes, frame and top handle bags.
  • Be Neutral: The khaki, taupe, and gray shades that looked so effortless and cool this summer are also a natural for Fall. Simply pair them with dark accessories and you are good to go.


Featured above in Debbi O’Shea’s Polyvore of Summer to Fall Transitions: Victoria, Victoria Beckham dresses with belt / Armani Jeans sleeveless top / Dorothy Perkins white long sleeve cardigan / Derek Lam black knee length pencil skirt / Vince navy pants, / Diane Von Furstenberg short boots / Topshop leather footwear / Navy blue flat shoes / Rag & Bone leather satchel purse / Borsetteria Napoli 1985 brown purse / Maria Black black necklace / Bee Charming vintage rhinestone necklace / ASOS steel jewelry / J.Crew scarf.


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  • DivaDebbi September 9, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks B.!
    Happy Fall to you. PS ladies, I am a huge fan of “pleather”!
    Another way to get a lot of bang for your fashion dollar, particularly for fun trendy items that you may not wish to wear forever.


  • DivaDebbi September 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you Diane!
    Here is a link to the cardigans at Zara: http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/knitwear/rib-knit-cardigan-c269190p1293835.html. This is exactly the kind of basic that I wear often but don’t want to invest my fashion dollars on. I did spring for a lovely taupe cashmere one last year…Sadly, the moths I didn’t know I had liked it too. I’m sticking with my Zara’s from now on.

    All the best,

  • B. Elliott September 6, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you for helping resist temptation to wear the white jeans one more time! Looking forward to the new whisper weight leathers.

  • DIane Burgess September 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Love these sensible suggestions for managing still warm temperatures but moving into fall colors and clothes in bits and pieces. I clicked on the link for those cardigans and only found pull over sweaters. Do you have a link for four season cardigans, Debbi?