Style File: Three Ways to Transition Your Summer Wardrobe to Fall

This time of year is one of the hardest in which to get dressed. Even though we wish donning fall fashions would bring on cooler weather, the reality is that in central Arkansas, it’s generally still too hot to pull out the cable knit sweaters and tights. Here are a few ways to hold on to the best of summer while giving in to some of fall’s most tempting fashions.

Like the color white, many people assume linen goes back into the storage closet after Labor Day. Not so! The weave on this linen dress provides a heavier weight, which offers warmth for the cooler almost-fall mornings and evenings. Also, it doesn’t get much easier (or comfortable) than a dress, scarf and booties. The vibrant colors of this classic sheath dress will make getting dressed more fun on those gray days, when we forget how hot we were and begin longing for spring and summer again. (Linen sheath dress from Beyond Cotton, $244)

Of course, the LBD is seasonless. This one has an asymmetrical hemline to give it more interest. One of several current trends that are throwbacks to the ‘90s, plaid is everywhere this fall. This is an easy and practical way to take part in the trend. If you’ve never worn a vest, you might be surprised how much warmth it really offers on those brisk mornings and evenings. Paired with long sleeves later, this vest will take you through fall and winter.(Black dress, $88 and red plaid vest, $74.90 from E.Leigh’s)

Sportswear is another easy fall trend. This look allows you to combine some of the comfiest pieces you live in during the summer – a cotton tank top and denim – in a way that offers more warmth and sophistication. This short-but-maxi-skirt is the very definition of transition, while the denim mixed with sweater knit in the jacket symbolizes the coziness we associate with fall. The open-toed booties give you an excuse to get an end-of-summer pedicure. (Choker, $78; cuff, $40; hooded jacket, $135 from Steamroller Blues in the Heights)

April Fatula is a public relations specialist with Ghidotti Communications, in strategic partnership with Eric Rob & Isaac. She loves fashion and all four seasons but has a special affinity for sweater weather

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