By Bree Coven Brown / Special to Sunday Market
As the weather transitions and the seasons change, so must your wardrobe. But you can squeeze a little extra life out of your summer staples with some versatile pieces that will keep you on-trend into the fall.
Don’t put away your summer camisoles just yet. The underwear-as-outerwear trend is still going strong, and a cami as a base layer is flirtier and more contemporary than a shell. Ann Taylor’s Silk Cami ($59), in autumnal hues of dark pine and deep wine, works well under a cardigan or blazer.
Urban Outfitters’ Pins And Needles Embroidered Mesh T-Strap Cami ($44 at urbanoutfitters.com) has delicate embroidered mesh, a scalloped hem and a skin-baring T-strap back. Wear it with jeans and a cardigan, or top it off with Margaret O’Leary’s Raglan Mesh Tee ($150 at Margaret O’Leary, U District) for the hot sheer layered look.
Classic outerwear shapes will be showing up in surprising fabrics this fall. Two examples: Hinge’s Hooded Leather Jacket ($328 at Nordstrom), which is cut like a hoodie but made of soft gray leather, and Banana Republic’s Moto Sweater Jacket ($98), with motorcycle-jacket styling in soft textured cotton.
Eddie Bauer’s Sport Shop MicroTherm StormDown Vest ($149–$169) performs equally well on a late-season camping trip or out in the city. It’s light, it’s warm and it has a slim silhouette instead of puffy bulk.
Embrace the statement-jacket trend with the Free People New Lengths Fuzzy Sweater Jacket ($298), a soft, extra-long sweater.
Rewind to the ’60s, because mod mini-dresses are back. Mystree’s The Search Is Over Dress ($78 at Horseshoe Boutique, Ballard) comes in a modern patchwork in ultrasuede fabric. It moves easily from late summer — worn with bare legs and tall boots — into fall — with tights and chunky booties.
The Ann Taylor Geo Faux Leather Collar Shirtdress ($139) dresses up the style in crepe fabric with a faux-leather pointed collar. And the Coach Travel Dress ($50 at modcloth.com) comes in seven color/print variations — including an on-trend houndstooth — and sizes up to 4X.
Chunky textured knits are hot for fall. Invest in a piece you can wear with anything, such as the flowing Acrobat Cut Class Poncho ($208 at Horseshoe Boutique). It has multiple cable-knit patterns and a high-low hem that pairs well with leggings, skinny jeans or a pencil skirt.
The Treasure&Bond Box Stitch Sweater ($78 at Nordstrom) has a brick pattern that’s just right for heading back to campus. Or opt for Out of Line’s Jersey Top ($78 at etsy.com/shop/outofline) by Seattle designer Beki Wilson. Folded detailing and an envelope neckline add textural interest to this cotton jersey piece with flattering elbow-length puff sleeves.
Long and short
Over-the-knee socks are enjoying an extended moment, especially when paired with shorts in fall fabrics, such as 1.State’s Metallic Tweed Cocktail Shorts ($78 at Nordstrom), and ankle boots.
Try the look with K. Bell Socks Pointelle Over the Knee Socks ($12 at Nordstrom), which feature a cable-knit texture, or Nikita Over-the-Knee Socks ($20 at The Sock Monster, Wallingford), which would jazz up a basic-black ensemble or accessorize a retro shift dress with their bold vertical racing stripes.
You know the sunshine won’t last much longer. When the rain comes, make a splash in Sakroots’ Rhythm Rainboot ($49 at sakroots.com), a tall rubber boot that comes in a variety of cheerful prints. Or take it low with the Trio Rain Ballet Flat ($39 at sakroots.com), which keeps you stepping out in style and comfort, rain or shine.