Transitioning Your Wardrobe: What to Wear for Every Season


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Think it’s time to bid farewell to your favorite strappy tank top or cozy sweater just because the season is changing? Think again. While your mother might have packed up her entire wardrobe every year on Labor Day and Memorial Day, modern rules of dress are a bit more flexible and allow for getting more wear out of pieces once written off as season-specific.


Here’s a closer look at several wearable wardrobe ideas aimed at helping you seamlessly transition between seasons.  


Transition Dresses

If you haven’t yet embraced the adaptability of transition dresses, now is your chance. Perhaps no other wardrobe item is as flexible as a day dress, which can be warmed up, cooled off, dressed up, or dressed down depending on the weather and occasion.


Some always-hot picks when it comes to fall color clothes with through-the-seasons staying power? Classic black; versatile neutrals, on-trend florals and metallics; and vibrant jewel-toned hues of navy, emerald, and ruby.


Maximize the wearability of your transitional dresses, meanwhile, by partnering dressier pieces with more casual elements for polished fall outfits. For example, a jean jacket balances out the more formal aesthetic of a cocktail dress, while a tailored blazer or leather jacket escalates a flirty and flowy dress or skirt.


Fall Wardrobe Transition (Summer to Winter)

Make your summer wardrobe pull double-duty in the fall with a little help from a fashionista’s favorite trick: layering. Whether you partner a sleeveless shift dress with a turtleneck sweater or slip a poncho on over a strapless number, you’ll be delighted to discover how well most summer dresses and shirts fare in the “off” season.


Not to mention that from hot “summer” afternoons in early October to a blustery mid-May morning, the only thing truly predictable about the weather is its unpredictability. Layers are also your new best friend when it comes to dressing for uncertain weather. The formula is simple: Add a layer when the thermometer rises and subtract when it drops. Light layers are ideal as they can be stored in your purse when not in use.


And speaking of adding, accessories are also an elegant way to turn summer dresses into fall outfits.  Patterned scarves, opaque tights and booties or tall boots make dressing for autumn a breeze.

Hayes Stretch Bootie 



Even lighter hues meet their match with layered looks. For example, a vintage-inspired ivory party dress paired with ballet flats embodies sweet simplicity in the summer, but also makes a chic statement when worn with a black turtleneck or jacket, tights, and pumps in fall and winter.


Vintage Striped Lace Sheath Dress 



Layers are also the perfect partner for day to night looks. Pair a flattering jersey dress in a dreamy print with a fitted jacket for the office, then leave the topper behind for drinks and dinner. Or, layer a denim shirt over a stunning summer dress for a Sunday morning stroll through the farmer’s market before champagne brunch with friends. 


Sleeveless Crepe Sheath Dress with Embroidered Florals 



Spring Wardrobe Transition (Winter to Summer)

When it comes to shifting from cold to warmer weather, layers are still a girl’s best friend. Winter pieces like sweaters are cute and comfortable layered over tank tops when there’s still a chill in the air. Summer shorts can make an early appearance when partnered with patterned tights, while lightweight dresses look fresh with flannel. (Just remove it and tie it around your waist when the weather warms during the day.)


One handy rule of thumb? When mixing and matching textures in the spring, introduce only one “heavy” fabric and keep the rest in season. The same principle applies in reverse: When wearing fall dresses and winter dresses in the spring, opt for a lightweight fabric instead of a cozier, heavyweight knit.


Even winter cocktail dresses, holiday dresses, and winter formal dresses can enjoy new life with winter’s end.  Seemingly seasonal hues like red, green and gold look fresh in the spring with a bare leg, nude handbag and strappy sandals.


Floral Sequin Embroidered Cocktail Dress 


Ready to Transition Your Wardrobe?

Gone are the day when the flip of a calendar page meant resigning half of your wardrobe to the back of your closet for the next six months. Instead, embrace the potential of transition dresses and other stylish staples, trendy accent pieces, and your own sartorial savvy. Shop the women’s clothing collections at Adrianna Papell today for multitasking pieces designed to see you chicly through the seasons.