When you’ve got to get dressed up in that fuzzy time in between full summer and full fall, evening wear gets tricky. You’ve got that fabulous little dress that always makes you feel terrific, but by the time dinner is winding down, you’re going to be freezing. There are ways around all of that, and they can all keep you looking terrific. The best part is that you don’t even have to spend a dime. Most of what you need to transition your summer evening essentials is already in your closet.
Layering Is Always Your Friend
Whether you’re layering a cute cropped sweater over your flirty summer dress or you’re putting your sundress on over a pair of leggings or a long-sleeved shirt, layers are your friends. There are countless options for layering, really, and there’s no wrong way to do it as long as you like the overall look. Chunky knits work best for really cool evenings or later in the fall, while thinner layers work better closer to summer. Play around with different ideas. You never know what you’ll love together, and who knows? You might just find something that you adore already in your closet.
Use Warmer Accessories
The great thing about winter and fall accessories is that they usually do double duty. Not only are they cute as all get out, but they’re warm, too. So take advantage of that. Layer your cashmere pashmina over your outfit. Use a chunky fall or winter scarf instead of that flowy chiffon number you usually wear with that outfit. Got a pair of warm, knee-high boots? Use those with your warmer weather evening wear and you’re instantly tying your outfit into both seasons.
Slip on Tights
Even if you’re not a fan of pantyhose, (and who is lately?) tights are a fabulous way to transition into the new cooler weather. Choose a shade that matches your shoes to elongate your legs. You can even play with patterns and colors to switch up the effect. Tights are so much warmer than they look, but they keep you from having to wear pants if you don’t want to. As the weather gets cooler, look for thicker tights with chunky knits. You can even wear them under your jeans when the weather gets Arctic by the time winter rolls around.
Those weeks between fall and summer can be tricky when you need to dress up a bit. Get creative, though, and you’ll find you have more options than you thought.