College football season officially has started for me yesterday (GO UTES!), which for most people marks the beginning of Fall. Throughout a lot of my posts lately, I have been talking about starting to transition your clothing for the changing seasons. September seems to be that middle month where you can still get away with all your warm weather favorites but you are yearning to pull out last years obsessions and purchase this years newest trends. It’s always a battle for me to give up summer, so a lengthly transition into Fall wear tends to happen year after year.
Casual midi dresses were one of my favorites this summer and when the lovely folks over at Venus showed me this olive midi dress, I knew it had to be mine. Sure it might be a bit warm for the upcoming season, but the color certainly had me thinking autumn. Olive is one of those rare colors that looks as neutral every season and yet is as classic as black and white.
But how do you transition a summer midi into a fall dress? The answer is relatively simple, duster cardigans. In most cases I am not the worlds biggest fan of classic cardigans. Sure I own a few but they have always given me a sort of overly modest feel. I have never felt like myself always trying to cover up a tank top with a cardigan just to make sure its ‘classier.’ There is a time and a place for cardigans (esp big chunky knit ones in fall) but in most cases I stray away from the conservative go-to. So why duster cardigans do you ask? Well point blank, they are simply amazing. The duster to me is a beautiful marriage between a trench coat and a cardigan, the perfect dramatic length with the pure coziness of a simple sweater; which also fit the bill for my olive midi dress. The long length gave the perfect layering effect, while the long sleeves made this warm weather dress perfect for cool nights on the town (I have also been known to pair dusters with shorts for another option to Fall transitional wear).
Never the less, our summer favorites don’t need to get pushed to the back of our closets just because the calendar says so. Using the right combination of layering and fall pieces we can transform our summer favorites into our fall favorites and save money too. Cause clearly the last thing I need is more money to buy clothes… hmmmm maybe I need to start a vacation fund so I can re-wear all my favorite summer items for a tropical getaway. Fall clothing, problem solved.
Photos: Haley Nord