How to Wear Your Summer Sale Impulse Purchases All Year Long

How to Wear Summer Clothes in Fall

Summer isn't over just yet—we're holding onto it and all its sunshine-and-rosé glory for as long as we can. But as fall approaches, we have to admit we're actually kind of excited for sweater weather. So in preparation for the changing seasons, we compiled a fresh batch of outfit inspiration that'll help us all repurpose our favorite summer pieces into fall-appropriate outfits for the office and beyond.

If you made any last-minute summer sale purchases or want to keep wearing that floral dress you've basically been living in for the past three months, consider this roundup of outfit formulas your solution. The key is to make like an onion. In other words, layer, layer, layer. It's all about repurposing your lighter summer pieces in fresh new ways to be both on-trend and weather appropriate.

Read through to see how to get more wear out of your warm-weather staples next season, and take notes from the nine stylish looks that prove your summer sale impulse purchase was not in vain.

The Flowy Floral Dress

Work Outfit Ideas

Florals aren't just for spring and summer. Make them autumn-proof by opting for warm tones and layers. Simply adding a heavier jacket and a bag in the same color family will do the trick, and instead of your summer sandals, slide into a pair of sneakers or booties.

Hide Quilted Vegan Faux Leather Jacket
Nanushka Hide Quilted Vegan Faux Leather Jacket $625

Available in sizes XS to L. 

floral mini dress
Vivetta Floral Mini Dress $582

Available in sizes 38 to 44.

Women's V-10 Leather Sneakers
Veja V-10 Leather Sneakers $140

Available in sizes 5 to 11. 

The White Pants

Summer Work Outfit Ideas

Who wants to follow the traditional fashion rule book that says we shouldn't wear white after Labor Day when you can look as fresh is this all year round? Warm earth tones, a polished leather belt, gold accessories, and a pair of simple boots can breathe a whole new autumn-ready life into your white tee and jeans. And once it starts to get chilly, opt for a white or cream jersey turtleneck for fuller coverage.

Contrast ribbed turtleneck
J.Crew Contrast Ribbed Turtleneck $35 $12

Available in sizes XXS to XXL. 

flared jeans
Frame Flared Jeans $331 $166
Leather Belt
Gucci Leather Belt $350

Available in sizes 65 to 95. 

The Strappy Sandal

Work Outfit Formulas

If it isn't too cold out yet, there's no reason you shouldn't be able to continue wearing your strappy statement sandals. Bring them into the fall season with a fun pair of trousers and a light trench. If you aren't someone who likes to wear too many bold colors at once, you can follow the same outfit formula except instead of jewel tones and prints, opt for neutrals.

H&M Short Lyocell Trenchcoat $40

Available in sizes 0 to 14. 

Vinnie Floral-print Silk-blend Satin Straight-leg Pants
Stine Goya Vinnie Floral-Print Silk-Blend Satin Straight-Leg Pants $370

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Haines Braided Metallic Leather Slingback Sandals
Gucci Haines Braided Metallic Leather Slingback Sandals $850

Available in sizes 36 to 41. 

The Off-the-Shoulder Top

How to Transition Summer Clothes to Fall

Give your off-the-shoulder-top a more polished look with high-waist paperbag slacks (as we just mentioned, a white pair is fair game if styled appropriately), a top-handle bag, simple block heels, and a light trench or wool coat (depending on the weather). The same can be applied to a lightweight shirt or a strappy going-out top.

Horizon checked off-the-shoulder top
Diane von Furstenberg Horizon Checked Off-the-Shoulder Top $598

Available in sizes XS to L. 

Zara Paper Bag Pants $40

Available in sizes XS to XXL. 

Women's Vagabond Eve Pump
Vagabond Eve Pumps $140

Available in sizes 6 to 11. 

The Button-Down Dress

How to Wear Summer Dresses in Winter

Get more mileage out of a simple button-down summer dress by turning it into a shirt. Simply unbutton the bottom half where it hits your waistline and add a pair of skinny jeans with a slight crop. Blue denim works, too, but we're feeling the moodier vibe of these fall colors paired with the inky hue.

Mango Striped Bow Dress $80

Available in sizes 4 to 8. 

MOTO Washed Black Step Hem Jeans
Topshop Moto Washed-Black Step-Hem Jeans $75

Available in sizes 24 to 36.

Olivia Croc-effect Leather Tote
Rejina Pyo Olivia Croc-Effect Leather Tote $670

The Sundress

Fall Outfit Ideas

Never underestimate the power of a simple top to last throughout the seasons. You can tie it up and wear it over the dress, or layer it underneath depending on your personal preference and the shape of the dress. It'll keep you warm and introduce more dimension and color to your outfit.

Caio Lucia Allegra Top $355

Available in sizes XS to L. 

Wells cotton-blend dress
Staud Wells Cotton-Blend Dress $360

Available in sizes 2 to 12.

Hammered Metal Swirl Earrings
Cara Hammered Metal Swirl Earrings $32

The Slip Skirt or Dress

Sweater Outfit Ideas

Light, easy, and breezy, slip skirts were practically made for a summer work outfit. But they're also incredible during the fall when paired with cozy sweaters and on-trend boots like these bright white cowboy-inspired kicks.

Cashmere-blend Bouclé Sweater
Nordstrom Signature Cable Cashmere Sweater $329

Available in sizes S to XL. 

Paneled Silk-satin Midi Skirt
Vince Paneled Silk-Satin Midi Skirt $285

Available in sizes XS to L. 

Felix Two-Tone Patent And Textured-Leather Ankle Boots
Tibi Felix Two-Tone Patent and Textured-Leather Ankle Boots $795

Available in sizes 35 to 41. 

The Beach Bag

Winterize Summer Clothes

Why put that colorful beach bag away for the season when it spreads so much cheer? Just because it won't be accompanying you to the beach anytime soon doesn't mean it doesn't have a place in your market runs or errand day outfit. Or if it's big enough, use it as your weekday tote when you have to schlep things to and from the office.

Veranduh Multiway Taffeta Shirt Dress $335

Available in sizes XS to XL. 

The Perfect Summer Cropped High-rise Straight-leg Jeans
Madewell High Rise Ankle Jeans $98

Available in sizes 24 to 32. 

Fishnet Pompom-embellished Macramé Tote
Nannacay Fishnet Pompom-Embellished Macramé Tote $200

The Light Skirt

Summer to Fall Outfits

If you purchased a wrap skirt or a miniskirt at the last minute, don't worry. The solution is easy, and it's probably a formula you've been familiar with since your grade school days: sweater, tights, and sneakers.

Acne Studios Ribbed Merino Wool Sweater $340

Available in sizes XXS to L. 

Women's Jerine Zebra-Print Chiffon Miniskirt
Isabel Marant Étoile Women's Jerine Zebra-Print Chiffon Miniskirt $345

Available in sizes 34 to 44. 

H&M Dotted Tights $13

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