What to Wear: Transitioning from Summer to Fall

By Samantha Gross
Elm Staff Writer

It’s a bit of a tricky situation, whether you deem it silly or not. What is one to wear when the humid weather finally begins to drop to the cooler temperatures? After all, it’s not quite cool enough to pull out your riding boots and knit sweaters, but it’s not nearly warm enough to consider the standard summer uniform of shorts and sleeveless tops.

The solution is fairly simple (and it’s not a pair of sweatpants and a T-shirt). If you keep a few of these tips in mind, I promise you, you’ll be able to avoid both goose bumps and pit stains while maintaining comfort and some semblance of proper style.

Check the weather in the morning.
It’s the easiest way to determine what to wear. If the weather suddenly drops to the sixties, it’s best to navigate the warmer side of yourwardrobe. If it suddenly rises to the eighties, then starting with shorts is probably a better option.

Mix your lengths.
Mixing patterns has been a big trend this past year, but mixing lengths serves a less obnoxious and more practical purpose. When I say lengths, I mean long-sleeved shirts and shorts or short-sleeved shirts and pants. One of my personal favorites is a cozy flannel shirt with a pair of jean cutoffs and gladiator sandals.

Befriend Tights.
No, I do not mean leggings here (though I’m hardly opposed to them). I mean tights. As in those nylon, semi-opaque things that do not allow you to shorten the hemline of your skirt or wear particularly long shirts. Tights are to be worn under dresses and skirts and even shorts as a precaution against cooler weather.

On the flip side, if the day suddenly heats up, it’s easy to simply slip into the bathroom, pull them off, straighten yourself out, and proceed with your day.

Remember, accessories are transitional.
Lightweight scarves, closed-toe flats, and the classic Chucks are perfect choices no matter if it’s hot or cold outside.
Layers, layers, layers.
Not a particularly new concept to keep in mind but perfect nonetheless. Put on a thin cotton tee (I prefer solid colors sans logos or obnoxious designs), layer a thin cotton sweater, and throw on an old leather (or faux-leather) jacket, and you’re ready to go. If it’s too hot, simply peel a layer off.

If you’re still having difficulties figuring out what to wear, allow me to give you some examples.

Flats + Capris + A Henley + A Scarf

Sandals + Skinny Jeans + A Loose Tank

Short-Sleeved Dress + Tights + Flats

Long-sleeved Shirt + Skirt + Flats or Sandals

The key to transitional dressing is to be comfortable. It’s hardly fun to be freezing while hanging out with friends or sweating while making your way to class. And always remember to have fun with getting dressed in the morning. Clothes aren’t supposed to be a chore.

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