The months between September and November can be a bit of a fashion challenge, especially here in the DMV. I love it because layering can go into full effect. I pick from every season in my wardrobe while still shopping some fantastic end of summer sales.  I won’t tell you to layer tights under your shorts.  Trust me, I wore that trend to death enough for the whole planet back in 1993.  No, it is all about taking a simple shirt-dress with its cute rope belt and turning it into a fall staple by mixing it with fall/winter clothing you already own.

Dresses are my favorite way to transition from summer to fall. You can layer a turtleneck, simple long sleeve t-shirt or crew neck under a shift, shirt or sundress for added depth and warmth. Pair it with a cute pair of flats or boots and you can head out the door.  The addition of a belted cardigan or boyfriend sweater can make the dress go beyond fall and into winter too.

Fall Transitions
summer shirt dress for fall

Those skinny capri’s you have been wearing to every summer party can say good-bye to the sleeveless button down and sandals and hello to some jewel or metallic flats paired with a long sleeve button down and crew neck sweater. Add heavier jewelry like a chain link bracelet or baroque cuff for weight.  Placing a fitted jacket or belted trench over top creates a look that says you are ready for fall.


Victoria blogs daily about easy, affordable fashion for women at The Mummy Chronicles.  She lives in Virginia with her husband, three girls and insane Boston Terrier.


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