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September 18, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Easy transition: Take your wardrobe from summer to fall with on-trend pieces that pop


By Megan Arpin / Special to Sunday Market

With shorter days and cooler temps fast approaching, the inevitable is upon us: It’s time to start swapping out those flirty summer dresses, breezy blouses and cool tanks for fall gear.

With a season’s worth of new trends, but not necessarily a season’s worth of cash flow, it’s important to make what you have work into autumn. We found some key pieces that are not only on-trend for fall, but also easy to mix with many of your favorite warm-weather looks.

Here are 10 ways to wear fall trends with your summer favorites and hit the town in style.

The moto jacket

An edgy alternative to the classic blazer, motorcycle jackets are all the rage for fall, and are available in a wide range of fabrics and textures. Layer one over your favorite floral dress, or pair it with a tee and denim from your summer stock for the perfect transitional ensemble.

Get the look for less with the faux-leather Mossimo Moto Jacket ($35 at, or splurge on the real deal, such as the Sanctuary Quilted Moto Jacket ($388 at Anthropologie).

The boyfriend jean

The lived-in look of this denim style has been gracing runways for enough seasons that it looks like it’s here to stay. Wear a pair, such as the 1969 Destructed Sexy Boyfriend Jeans ($70 at Gap), with a simple V-neck tee from summer, a classic blazer and booties, such as Joe’s Seren Boot ($199 at Nordstrom), for a fall look that’s low-key, classic and chic.

Animal prints

Not only were statement-making animal prints hot to trot in the summer months, they’re sticking around this fall. Mix the pieces you already have with fall cover-ups and accessories, or add something new, such as the Animal Spot Print Haircalf Belt ($39.50 at Loft). It pairs well with the bright colors of summer as well as the rich tones of fall. Animal print feel a bit wild? Go subtle with the Moth Leo Pullover ($98 at Anthropologie).

A pop of color

Rich jewel tones are a fall staple, and pastels are also having a moment. Try mixing a bold emerald-green skirt, such as the Piped A-line Skirt ($98 at Banana Republic), with lighter-hued sweaters or tops from the summer months.

The luxe sweatshirt

While warmth and comfort is key in the fall and winter months, that doesn’t mean it’s time to sacrifice style. Cozy pullovers in no-fuss fabrics — such as the Whetherly Hayden Top ($128 at Horseshoe) — make it easy to stay on trend.

Men can pair the Cotton Cashmere Shawl Cardigan ($60 at Gap) over a graphic tee or button-down shirt for a laid-back vibe that can still be work-appropriate.

Something leather

This luxurious material — whether real or faux — is the look for fall. A leather cap, such as the Replicant Cap ($48 at from Ballard-based online boutique Blackbird, adds a sporty vibe to any girl’s or guy’s ensemble.

Go bolder with a leather dress, such as the Bailey 44 Decode Faux Leather Boucle Dress ($262 at Nordstrom). Or pair a mini, such as the Imitation Leather Skirt ($25 at H&M), with a T-shirt or pullover sweater.

The classic pullover

For a layered-yet-dressed-up look, try a fine-knit pullover with a graphic print, such as the Carpe Diem Pullover (on sale for $64 at Banana Republic) or the Monogram Top Dog Pullover ta($98 at Anthropologie). Pop the sweater over a collared button-down with a bold check or stripe print from seasons past, or add a statement necklace in a bright hue for a pulled-together look.

A structured satchel

A classic satchel pairs well with casual to dressed-up ensembles from any season. Try it in one of the favorite hues of the season — a bold blue — with the Satchel in Purple ($45 at, from the new 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target line. (Now mostly sold out.)

Statement outerwear

Once the autumn and winter months hit, sporting versatile outerwear that keeps you dry is of the utmost importance. Trending this season: ladylike details, color and unexpected texture.

A feminine Cape ($60 at H&M) or eye-catching vest, such as Seattle-based designer Elizabeth Roberts’ Constance Vest ($295 at, layer easily over denim, skirts and dresses. For men, the Twill Jacket ($60 at H&M), with faux-leather sleeve detail, strikes a balance between classic and trendy.


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