Wear Your Summer Pieces Into Fall with Alison Deyette

as seen on NBC Today, 9/22/07

No need to pack away your Summer clothes when the temperature drops. With a few key additions and some clever styling tricks, you can wear many of your pieces through the Fall and into Winter. And the best news? We did it all on a budget.

Look 1  

Summer piece:  printed dress (BANANA REPUBLIC), sling back black peep toe pumps (FASHION BUG)

Style it for Fall: chunky knit cardigan (FASHION BUG, $32.99), wide belt, black tights (DKNY), peep toe pumps

  • Printed dresses were a summer staple this year, worn with sandals and bare legs.

  • The good news is, you don’t have to retire yours from your wardrobe until the weather warms up again – just add a pair of tights and a belted chunky knit cardigan and you can wear your dress all year round.

  • Peep toe pumps were another hot summer trend. Wear yours through the fall with tights – just be sure to tuck any visible seams underneath your toes.


Look 2

Summer piece:  menswear vest (THE GAP, $49.50)

Style it for Fall: white tie neck button down (MARSHALLS, $49.99), knee high boots (ECCOUSA.COM $200) and skinny jeans, burgundy patent handbag (ANTHROPOLOGIE)


  • As worn by our favorite celebrities, the menswear vest was a hot trend this summer, and luckily it returns for the fall.

  • We paired it with a long tie-neck feminine button down, skinny jeans and knee high boots for a chic menswear-meets-equestrian look.  Skinny jeans tucked into knee high boots helps balance body proportions.


Look 3

 Summer piece:  floral skirt (LIZ CLAIBORNE, $99), gray silk blouse (LIZ CLAIBORNE, $79)

 Style it for Fall: black turtleneck and burgundy textured tights (DKNY), pumps, structured black patent tote


  • Floral skirts are a summer favorite worn with everything from tanks and tees to lightweight cardigans.

  • Short sleeve blouses are also a summer staple.

  • We gave both of these summery items a second life by layering a turtleneck underneath the blouse and wearing opaque tights to keep legs covered.

  • A skinny patent belt and chic pumps pull the whole look together, creating a look that’s perfect for the office.


Look 4

Summer piece:  sheer feminine blouse (FASHION BUG, $27)

Style it for Fall: pastille purple plaid trench coat (LANE BRYANT, $79.50), dark denim jeans (LANE BRYANT RIGHT FIT COLLECTION, $39.50), gray suede booties (KOHL’S, $59.99)


  • A short sleeve sheer feminine blouse can be worn long after Labor Day when used as a layering piece.

  • We paired ours under a chic cropped plaid belted “trench” that easily subs for a traditional blazer. Plaid is a huge hit for Fall plus this jacket will work well into November.

  • Dark denim jeans and stylish gray booties complete the look.


 Look 5

 Summer piece:  short sleeve cropped jacket (TJ MAXX, $19.99)

 Style it for Fall: red turtleneck (KOHL’S, $40) and tweed wide leg pants (TJ MAXX, $29.99), brown suede boots (ECCOUSA.COM, $200), clutch (ELEZAR)


  • A short sleeve cropped jacket was a big trend this past spring and summer, paired with everything from jeans to dresses. The perfect piece for air-conditioned offices and dinner dates.

  • No need to shelve yours for fall – just layer a turtleneck or thin long sleeve top underneath to make it appropriate for chillier temperatures.

  • We paired ours with a wide leg tweed pant – another big fall trend which also helps to add some warmth to the look.









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