How to Effortlessly Mix Summer Staples Into Your Fall Closet

New Jersey's weather is allll over the place. I shouldn't be surprised since I've lived here my entire life but every year it comes as a surprise. Cold in the morning and sweating by 3pm. This schizophrenic weather is wrecking havoc on my closet. With it reaching into the mid-eighties this entire weekend, it's time to pull out the layers. 

I've always been an advocate for simplicity and sometimes layers are anything but. If you're anything like me, you're worrying about textures, colors, and having all the right pieces. But, getting back to that whole simple thing, I developed three super simple outfit formulas to mix summer staples into my fall closet.


shorts: anthropologie, shirt: lush, espadrilles: similar, cardigan: similar, necklace: madewell, bag: similar

Shorts and a long cardigan

When it's still too hot to pull out the jeans, shorts will have to do. Though I opted for a shorter cardigan for this look, a longer cardigan or even a duster makes for a dramatic, almost-fall look. 

Tied chambray shirt lover your favorite summer dress

I'm preparing a whole other post about layering up to make your summer dresses work for fall but for now I'm sharing my easiest way. Since you should already have a chambray shirt in your closet (if not, my favorites here and here), all you have to do is throw it on top of that beloved summer dress. Lighter than a jean jacket, it can be worn open or tied up or down. If it gets too hot, tie it around your waist old school style. 

Long sleeve tee and cut-offs

I'll admit it: I love my jean shorts. Who doesn't? If a cardigan is too much, try light cotton long sleeve top. J.Crew's tissue style tops are just perfect for this look. I also like to throw on a pair of Converse sneaks or worn-in moccasins to keep it fall-ready. 

Though I might complain, this is my favorite time of the year. Despite craving sweaters and jeans and flannels, it's kind of nice to have one last breath of summer. I'm also trying to make more of an effort to enjoy it this year. Usually September is a whirlwind of paperwork and long days at work.

In an effort to maintain my life and sanity, I'm making a conscious effort to get out whenever I can. This weekend I'm headed to Philly and Long Island to spend time with some creative people and my family. In Philly, I'm headed out on a tour of the city with Founding Footsteps, my first time taking an actual tour of the city I'm always exploring. Then on Sunday it's out to Long Island to spend time with family. I love slow weekends but a little hustle and fun is good for the soul. 

Do you have a favorite summer to fall look? How are you spending your September weekends?