So, even though it is still in the mid eighties here in Idaho regularly, we've been lusting after all things fall. Fall food, fall crafts, and especially fall clothes! I can't wait to bust out all my slouchy sweaters and wear pants and scarves again. But, I will also miss some of my summer favorites!
With this in mind, I (Jessica) decided to take my top 5 summer outfits and DIY's and show you all how I'll transition them into fall and winter, using some of my go-to layering pieces I talked about here. Here we go!
Vintage Hawaiian Dress:
Summer outfit info here. Jacket: thrifted// Purse: " " thrifted// Boots: " " J.C. Penny's ($10 with gift card)// necklace: handmade, thrifted//boot socks: DIY// Dress: Jam's World, vintage,
This vintage Hawaiian dress was the hardest piece for me to transition into fall. I love it so much, but the colors are very "summer," (neon pink anyone?) and therefor not easy to style for cooler weather! Especially if you're like me and are obsessed with black/grey/brown all year 'round anyways.
I finally settled on neutral accessories like the taupe bag and olive coat to bring out the neutral colors of the dress (They're in there I promise!). I used more utilitarian layering pieces to play down the Lisa Frank intensity of the dress's summery floral pattern as well. And with the boot socks I added a touch of a light color on the bottom to help balance out all the dark neutrals. if anyone wants a tutorial for the boot socks let me know! These were a ridiculously easy DIY, no sewing involved!
Refashioned Peplum Top:
Summer outfit info here. Cardigan: Target brand, thrifted// chambray peplum top: DIY// Jeans: Old Navy, thrifted// Boots: " " JC Penny's// Belt: Target brand, thrifted// Purse: La Bagagarie, thrifted
This was kind of a no-brainer outfit for me. I love the look of dark and light denim layered in one outfit, so I paired my refashioned chambray peplum top with jeans. The collegiate stripes of the sweater help add pattern and color to all that blue. The belt I threw on to show that you can incorporate some of the pattern mixing I showed you for spring into the cooler months as well. Layers are a great opportunity to add a pop of pattern!
Refashioned '90's Dress:
Summer outfit info here. Dress: Gap, refashioned by me and thrifted// Cardigan: Caslon from Nordstroms// Vest: Old Navy, thrifted// Scalloped scarf: DIY// Boots: vintage//Necklace: Piperlime.com
This 90's era blue Gap dress was one of my favorite summer refashions. I just re-hemmed it and it took on a whole new life! In the original post I had asked for advice on how to style this dress into the cooler weather, because it's a shame that such a cute piece might get put away for four months! I got a lot of great suggestions, but my adorable and stylish bloggy friend Amy from SewsNBows suggested boots and a cardigan and really got me thinking!
I decided to go with my dark brown vintage leather 70's boots with a stacked wood heel, and threw on my ancient white Caslon sweater that I've had for seriously nine years (I wore it in one of my first outfit posts ever!). I didn't feel like I had quite enough visual interest, so I also added my Old Navy cargo vest over the top of the sweater. And over it all, I added my own self-crocheted scalloped infinity scarf in the same color as the boots. Whew! It was close to 90 degrees when I took this pic, and I was sweltering, but I love this outfit and will wear it all the time as soon as it gets below 75 degrees again!
DIY Perfect Slouchy Tee:
Summer outfit info here. Blazer: Calvin Klein, thrifted// Belt: Target brand, thrifted// Def-Leppard tee: DIY// Gold flats: Bass, thrifted// Necklace: c/o Styled by Tori Spelling// Clutch: Hobo International, thrifted// Scarf: unknown, thrifted.
This outfit was my favorite by far. I LOVE this DIY slouchy shirt, and have been wearing it non stop since I made it. This shirt would have been easy to pair with jeans and Converse, but I thought that it'd be fun to dress it up a bit instead. I chose black jeans, added this gorgeous layered necklace from the Styled by Tori Spelling line, gold flats and threw on a sharp blazer. And of course, my beloved leopard belt! I would totally still wear this to pick up my daughter at school, and it's just as easy as workout shoes and a hoodie to throw on.
Vintage Maxi Dress:
Summer outfit info here. Dress: Vintage// Sweater: Handmade, thrifted// Bag: " ", thrifted// Scarf: Vintage// Biker boots (not seen) BCBG, thrifted
This vintage '70's maxi dress was so fun to style for fall! I love maxi dresses and skirts, and I know I will be making mine work all year come hell or high water. They're so warm and cozy when it gets cold! I thought it would be perfect to pair this dress with a big slouchy sweater that still lets the cute tie shoulder strap detail show.
I added a large casual bag, and my vintage leopard scarf to tie the black, cream, and taupe into the rest of the outfit. I totally love that this outfit is 25% handmade, 50% Vintage, and 100% thrifted! The only issue with the big-sweater-over-maxi look is that it almost completely hides your shape. Next time I'll either choose a cardigan, or belt the sweater to add a little waist definition.
I hope you all enjoyed my little dress-up session! I love fall, so I'm sure you'll be seeing many more cool weather outfits very soon!