With a little layering and a few simple tricks, you can turn these summer pieces into fall favorites.
By Nicole McGovern
Wear It Now: The timeless color combo comes alive in an of-the-moment tribal print. A white peplum lightens this graphic pencil skirt for a crisp, pulled-together outfit.
Skirt, Karen Kane, $78. Shirt, W118 by Walter Baker, $128. Sunglasses, Michael Stars, $78. Necklace, Carolee, $125. Bracelets, Coldwater Creek, $40 each. Belt, Joe Fresh, $8. Clutch, Lulu's, $36.
Wear It Later: When winds turn brisk, cozy up the skirt with a turtleneck, ankle booties and, if you like, opaque tights.
Sweater, Zara, $30. Jacket, W118 by Walter Baker, $198. Bag, Lulu's, $66. Booties, Simply Vera Vera Wang, $90.
Wear It Now: Mix bold pants with neutrals, such as a soft, drapey white tank and beachy accessories. High-waisted styles like this elongate legs.
Pants, Loft, $69.50. Shirt, Three Dots, $98. Hat, Scala, $22. Earrings, Jessica Simpson, $35. Bracelet, Vince Camuto, $48. Clutch, Talbots, $89.50. Sandals, Coconuts, $65.
Wear It Later: A shimmery knit topped with a belted khaki jacket and a statement necklace makes these playful pants feel autumnal and polished.
Shirt, WD.NY, $48. Jacket, Talbots, $99. Earrings, Roberta Chiarella, $38. Necklace, Carolee, $95. Belt, JCP, $15. Clutch, Lulu's, $36. Sandals, Cosmopolitan, $35.
Wear It Now: The feminine ruffle and exposed zipper give this top a sweet-but-edgy feel. Pair with cream-colored shorts to strike the perfect balance between dressy and casual.
Shirt, W118 by Walter Baker, $118. Shorts, BCBG, $138. Sunglasses, Silvano Apparel, $45. Earrings, R.J. Graziano, $45. Bangles, R.J. Graziano, $40 for set of 3.
Wear It Later: Weather the fall effortlessly by mixing this silky sleeveless shirt, a layering go-to, with rich (faux) leather and a cropped blazer.
Originally published in the August 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.