How to Transition to Fall by Mixing Fabrics

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Happy Tuesday, friends! I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop waiting for a sweet friend to bounce some ideas off of. Anyone else find that some of the best conversations happen over coffee? Wine probably falls into that category, too, but it’s 9:15am and my mind can’t go there yet. Haha.

Today we have another exciting post with Clotheshorse Anonymous! Today we’re talking about how to style our clothes for this interim period between summer and fall. I always feel a bit crazy talking about this mid-July, but it’s almost unavoidable when retailers start pushing Fall in early July.

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This last time I went to my favorite consignment store, I was on a mission to find pieces that would help me transition to Fall. It does get tricky when temperatures are still over 100 in Dallas. I would normally say that adding layers – a denim jacket or cozy cardigan, is the easiest way to dress for this transition period. However, I’m sweating just thinking about wearing a jacket. So, instead, I opt to begin transitioning my wardrobe by mixing fabrics.

The first thing you want to do when attempting to mix summer and fall fabrics, is to identify what the typical Fall fabrics are.

Fall Fabrics:

  • knit
  • corduroy
  • leather
  • satin
  • suede
  • tweed
  • velvet

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Once you’ve identified fall fabrics, you can begin to look for pieces that fall in those categories. Fortunately for me, I spotted these leather J.Crew shorts right away at Clotheshorse Anonymous. The leather is one of the fall fabrics I listed above and the light color makes it work for summer. I’ll be able to add a hint of fall to my look without sweating bullets or looking out of place.

Knowing I already had one element with a fall fabric, I looked for a flowy, top to pair with it. I found this summery blouse from White House Black Market and loved that it brought a summery feel to my leather shorts. I tied the whole outfit together with nude leather, strappy sandals from Tory Burch. Again – leather for fall, but strappy sandals for summer.

So what do you think? It’s not as hard as it seems, right? By mixing fabrics I was able to create a look that still feels like summer, but hints at the coming season. So, if you live in a hot environment that isn’t conducive to layers just yet, opt for mixing fabrics for the next couple of months!

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top: white house black market c/o CA | shorts: jcrew c/o CA | sandals: tory burch c/o CA | bag: gigi new york | sunnies: karen walker

photography: fort lion studio

This post was created in collaboration with Clotheshorse Anonymous. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support Fleurdille.