How to Wear Your Favourite Summer Patterns When Summer is Over

Sometimes it's just too hard to say goodbye to those bright summer prints and colours when the weather turns cold.
Publish date:
September 30, 2014
fall, summer, Florals, cardigans, transitional clothing, gingham

I've been clinging to the last shreds of summer with all my strength, but even I have to admit that it is now officially 100% Fall. That's right, the season for ice cream, swimming pools, and sweet little dresses has passed, replaced by pumpkin spice lattes, scarves and leaf raking (does anyone actually do that anymore?)

Don't get me wrong, I love all of the seasons, but it's undeniable that I thrive best in short shorts and sunshine.

One of the saddest things about fall for me is that moment when I officially have to pack away all my fun colourful summer clothing. I get so attached to my ditsy floral prints, my sheer tank tops and my hologram sandals, and saying goodbye just makes me so horribly sad. What do you mean I can't wear those white pants until next year? What about my pineapple headband?!

So this year, I've made a decision: I refuse to say goodbye, even to the most summery items in my closet. There has to be some way to make them multi-seasonal, right? RIGHT?

Cutesy Gingham

It has been a great summer for gingham, and I find myself really hesitant to let the trend go just because it's more picnic-blanket than cozy knit throw. To make the wearing gingham in the fall challenge even more difficult, I decided to try making a look with baby pink gingham short shorts. Yup, I went there. Luckily, there isn't much that won't be fall-ified when paired with a cardigan and toque!

Soft Florals

Nothing says summer like a soft pastel floral print right? Well I say fall needs more flowers (lets be real, the world can get pretty bleak without them), and what better way to boost the population than wearing them on our skirts, tops, and hair bows? I have a ton of florals in my wardrobe, but for this little autumn-ification game I picked a pastel floral skirt with adorable button details (who doesn't love a good button?) I paired it with a warm fluffy sweater, tights, and a trench, which I could easily trade for a warmer coat when the temperature drops.

Bold Prints

I somehow managed to completely forget to wear this bright abstract floral print tank by Mumu all summer long, so the pressure was really on for me to make it wearable now (I have a strict "two months without wear means donate it" policy!) The combination of sheer fabric, bright colours, and spaghetti straps makes this tank an ultimate summer item (dare I say bathing suit coverup worthy?) but that doesn't mean it can't be made to work for fall outfits! I added a black leather belt, hat, and a warm cardigan, and voila! Totally fall ready.

What are your favourite summer prints and patterns? Let's work together and figure out how you can wear them this fall!