Transition Summer Work Wardrobe to Fall

Style Suite: Affordable Chic From Summer to Fall

You can incorporate summer items with fall trends right from your closet for the perfect power look. (Image: Knightmare6 Photography)

Welcome to the Style Suite with Kéla Walker, your source for fashion and style trends for power plays in the workplace. Every Tuesday and Thursday, she’ll share tips and suggestions to help maximize your style on a budget. Whether you’re the style devil in Prada or the apprentice with limited apparel, you’ll find something in the Style Suite to suit your needs.

Without question fall is here, urging many of us to pull out our cozy knits and thicker threads. However, if you are anything like me, you keep pushing off that wardrobe switch from your summer clothes to fall and winter clothes. With the right adjustments, you may be able to hold off just a little bit longer, as there are a couple of summer staples that can easily transition into the cooler days of fall.

Bold print pants: These were a huge trend in the spring and summer that carries through into the fall and winter. Instead of packing them away and buying a new pair for fall, just change up your tops. Switch out those complementing colorful tops for darker ones with more substantial weight. Play up the dark color in the prints with complementing long sleeve blouses and knits that can easily transition from the hot days of summer to the cool days of fall. (Shop the look here.)

Maxi dresses: These are again, great pieces to transition from summer to fall. Pile on a couple of layers, and your maxis easily flow into fall. Start off with a cardigan, a blazer or a soft leather jacket. On even cooler days, turn that maxi dress into a maxi skirt, piling on turtle necks, cozy knits and pair of tights to protect yourself from the cool weather chill. The trick with taking summer dresses into fall is to work with a dress that has some weight to it. Stay away from fabrics like jersey, linen or light silks. Those are way too summery and will not transition very well into the cool weather fall promises. (Shop the look here.)

Before you take the time to pack away your summer, think about what pieces can make the transition into fall. These are just a couple of tips to transition you wardrobe, but always remember, its the fabric and the quality of the material (such as cotton and cotton blends) that will help you determine what will stay and ultimately what will be packed away.

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Kéla Walker is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated producer and TV host, who has contributed lifestyle and entertainment content for outlets including NBC’s LXTV, Getty Images, YRB Magazine, Madame Noire, and RTL Germany. She also has a passion for fashion and offers the latest in fab fashion trends and consumer deals with Her chic style and trendsetting blog has been lauded by sites including and Huffington Post Black Voices.