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How to style your summer wardrobe for autumn

How to style your summer wardrobe for autumn


by Sarah Finnan
01st Sep 2023

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but summer is over, my friends. If the raucous cheers of parents dropping their kids off at school didn’t tip you off, then the appearance of pumpkin-themed everything in your local supermarket probably did.

The grand stretch has all but gone and there’s a definite crispness to the air that can only mean one thing; autumn is nigh. A favourite for many, solely based on the sartorial choices it affords us – shiny patent loafers, taupe trench coats, cashmere pullovers – it’s a season synonymous with cosiness. That said, we can’t always rely on the Irish weather to cooperate and September usually entails cool mornings, hot afternoons and muggy temperatures that leave us at a loss for how to get dressed in the morning. 

The good news is, you don’t have to retire your silky slip dresses just yet and there are plenty of ways to extend the life of your summer wardrobe while still making it autumn-appropriate. 

Here are three ways you can bridge the gap between both:

Colour palette 

One of the easiest way to make your holiday ‘fits work in autumn, is to look for pieces that match the next season’s colour palette. In summer, it’s all about bright hues and floral prints; in autumn, the focus is on richer shades of rust, khaki and cream. If those specific tones don’t suit you, stick to neutrals (beige, brown, black, white) that you can style in different ways. 

For example, linen pants work just as well in autumn as they do in summer, the key is in what you pair them with. On holiday, you might wear them with a matching crop top and a pair of sandals – back home, a boxy tee, a cardigan and a pair of Birkenstock Bostons make it September- acceptable.

Layers

I’ve waxed lyrical about the importance of layers before, but no harm in hammering the point home once more; layers are an Irish person’s best friend. Why? Because they allow you to prepare for every eventuality. The forecast may say ‘sunny and dry’, but we all know better than to take that as gospel. Start with a simple base outfit – a pair of jeans and a tee, for example – then add a light cardigan or something similar. The idea is that you can add or subtract layers throughout the day without having to really change what you’re wearing at all. 

The same applies to summer dresses. For shorter silhouettes, a pair of tights will probably be necessary but for maxis, a long-sleeved top underneath is all you need. Button-ups also work really well over a pair of trousers (only button the dress down to your waist so it looks like a hybrid top/kimono of sorts).

Shoe swap 

A simple shoe swap can work wonders. Sandals scream summer and aren’t always the most practical… that doesn’t mean you have to go straight to Uggs though. Dr Martens, ballet flats, or even a pair of red cowboy boots will all do the trick and help make an outfit more in line with the weather. 

Feature image via @charlottekuhrt.