Summer Pieces for Fall…Simple How To’s

So let’s just get real here.  We live in California.  Near the beach.  That is absolutely a GLORIOUS thing…until September/October when we all start longing for fall.  We drink our pumpkin spice lattes while wearing tank tops.  Sweat while we pick pumpkins at the pumpkin patch.  And worry that our kids might be TOO bundled up in their Halloween costumes, because what if it’s 90 degrees that day??  And while most of our Instagram and Facebook feeds are covered in photos of boots and scarves and mittens, we are still trying to figure out if it’s cool enough to wear a lightweight sweater or even just a vest.

All this being said…obviously it’s great to live in a place with such nice weather!  We wanted to do a post all about how to layer for fall HERE.  And we also know how important it is to re-use and re-purpose all those fun spring and summer items you’ve got in your closet.  So we thought we would come up with some looks using items and outfits you probably have been wearing…and add on some layers for our typical Central Coast cool weather.  Because fur coats?  Rarely gonna happen here.

Look #1: Graphic Sundress to Layered Tunic Dress

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Okay so the beauty of each of these looks is that you can add on these colder weather pieces as the weather gets cooler.  This is a great way to re-use all those graphic or even solid sundresses you’ve got.  We first put on skinny jeans (you can use leggings too) under the dress and then put on a loose fit sweater over the top.  Loose fit sweaters are magic for layering, so if you haven’t got one yet, go get at least one in a neutral color like black or grey.  It will go over SO many things…you’ll be surprised at how layerable all your clothes suddenly become!  Then we swapped out the wedges for tall boots and added a different patterned scarf.  This is a great way to try pattern mixing too if you’re a bit shy about it.  Since there’s a solid sweater between the scarf and the dress, it keeps the pattern mixing more mellow and give a little bit of a buffer between the two.

Look #2: Tank and Mini to Cozy Flannel


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This is a fun look.  Take all those mini OR midi OR maxi skirts you’ve got (you can use your preferred length and the look will still work gloriously!) and that tank you’ve been wearing with it…since it’s been so hot lately.  This is one of those layered looks perfect for when it starts to cool down, but it’s not actually COLD cold yet.  Add on a flannel (flannels make EXCELLENT cool weather jacket substitutions because they’re not as thick or warm as a jacket but they will keep you nice and cozy still) and a large scarf…keep your booties OR add on tights/leggings and tall boots…and you’ve got yourself an outfit!  Another good pattern mixing tip: florals and plaids typically work REALLY well together as long as the colors compliment each other.  So a flannel over a floral top or dress?  Perfect pattern mixing.  You’ll instantly look like a pro.

Look #3: Denim Sundress to Sweater Weather Fab

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Another piece that you will definitely want to have in your closet for the California winter is an open sweater.  These draped front sweaters are so flattering (they tend to be nice and tummy hiding FYI!) and they are easy to add on to summer pieces to warm them up a bit.  Denim is HUGE right now and one of the more unpredictable ways you can wear it for fall is by taking a denim dress and adding on a sweater and a large scarf like this embroidered pashmina we have here.  Booties again work for both warm and cool weather…and again, adding leggings or tights under would work too if you think you’ll be too cold with bare legs.

Look #4: Floral Sundress to Boho Fall Chic

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Okay floral sundresses…we’ve all got at least one right?  Whether it’s a mini, a maxi, sleeved, or sleeveless…the floral sundress and boots is one of the greatest summer outfits of all time.  Are florals appropriate for fall and winter?  You betcha they are!  Just take that simple outfit and warm it up a little…and you’ve got a winner for fall too.  Adding leg warmers or tall thick boot socks is a fun way to not only add warmth to your boots, but also to add height…you can create an over-the-knee effect with your boots by using the same color boot socks or leg warmers and pulling them over your knees.  There’s a great way you can wear the over-the-knee trend without forking over hundreds of dollars for a new pair of boots!  Again, we added a great loose fitting sweater over the top of the dress, taking it from summer to fall.  The floppy hat is one of those key pieces that when added to any outfit, instantly makes you look all Parisian boho chic.  And we all like that feeling right?!

Those of us who are used to the Central Coast type fall know that when it starts to cool down, the weather starts ping ponging back and forth between cool and warm…thereby driving all of us outfit planners crazy.  So the beauty of these looks is that they are the kind of outfits that you can add the layers or subtract them if you, well, didn’t listen to your local weather man that morning.  Now I know you’ve got the summer pieces in your closet.  But I’m gonna recap some key pieces you will want to check off your list in order to ensure a perfectly layered autumn!

  1. Loose fitting sweater in a neutral color OR in a color that will easily coordinate with many of your pieces.
  2. Draped open front sweater…in any color.
  3. Boot socks or leg warmers.
  4. Skinny jeans or leggings to put under your dresses and that will easily tuck into your boots.
  5. A great flannel.

Ahhhh…nothing better than a pumpkin spice latte on a 95 degree day is there?  Happy Fall, Central Coasters!  Come on in if you need some layering advice!  We’ll getcha all set up for the slightly cooler weather to come…and the even colder weather to follow.  We know the drill and we love to help you!

Happy shopping!  (and layering)


Winter to Spring…And Back Again!

It seems that spring has arrived a bit early, hasn’t it?  Although…you know how crazy back and forth the weather gets at this time of year!  Rain. Sun. Cold. Hot.  It’s enough to keep you guessing every single day about what the appropriate layers or lack thereof would be!  It’s just one of those coastal Californian things where the rest of the country is plunged into snow and winter, we are getting the amazing joy of early springtime!

Because layering is an absolute spring fashion necessity, we thought we’d put together some cool to warm (and back again!) weather options where you could take the same outfit virtually, and make it work for the mood swings of spring!

  1. The Ruffly Blouse



So in the early chill of the morning, you’ve got your jacket and your scarf on.  Ruffly blouses are oh-so springtime, but how cute of an addition to a jacket, right?  You can use the ruffle to add a little accent to the warmer pieces by pulling the sleeves through or the collar out to make sure you see that little pop of ruffle!  Take off the jacket, and you’re warm weather ready, but still look really nice for work or whatever you’re up to!

2. The Denim Jacket

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You guys, if you don’t have a denim jacket, you need one.  I know, this can be a scary piece for all those jeans addicts because…how do you wear denim with denim…the easy answer to that question is you JUST DO IT!!!  It’s a huge trend for spring, and besides that, the denim jacket works with skirts and dresses and is a nice lightweight layering piece for this kind of breezy yet warm weather.  Also, notice the pop of lace in the top…it’s a nice little surprise when you take your jacket off!

3. The Floppy Hat

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This outfit is more about versatility than it is about warmth, really.  Notice how the floppy hat and boots get swapped out for white loafers on the second outfit.  The floppy hat is one of those super glam boho pieces that makes you look like Rachel Zoe in a hot second.  Also, the stretchy lightweight sweater vest makes for a good layer over a nice blouse because it adds a little warmth, but not so much that you’ll get heatstroke when it warms up!

4. The Little Floral Dress

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We are in love with sweater coats.  Because they are so comfy, easy to travel with, and toss in your car when it warms up and you don’t have to worry about wrinkling them.  Look how simple it is to add this sweater coat to this summer dress…and instantly you have an outfit for either breezy springtime OR summer when you take it off!  We loved this ruffly scarf to add a little bit of coverage for the really strappy numbers where you feel like you might want a little more of something on top.  Swapping boots for wedges or sandals is a great option also depending on the weather patterns of the day.

5. The Simple Slip Dress

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Here, we took a simple sheath dress/slip dress, and made it more wearable and less like you’re just wearing a slip!  A vest (we used a sweater vest for this outfit because we loved the brown with the pink!) can add warmth while a sheer button down can be worn kind of like a vest to add some coverage and texture to the outfit.  Boots can be again swapped for mary jane’s, sandals, or flats for a springy look!

You probably have some of these elements in your closet…but we will break it down for you so you can recreate these looks (in your own way of course!).

  1. Denim jacket.
  2. Boots and/or booties in a neutral color like brown, black, or grey.
  3. A lighter, springtime scarf.  For those who are scarf challenged, get an infinity scarf so all you have to do is loop it around twice and go!
  4. A floral summer dress.
  5. A midi or maxi length skirt, depending on your body type and preference.
  6. Statement belt…tooled leather, embroidered, or a solid color work great!
  7. Statement necklace.
  8. Slip dress.
  9. A vest or a sheer top…there are so many options for this look.  A crochet top also works to layer over a simple slip dress!
  10. Jacket.

Okay, I think you’re ready to style!  If you need any help, please come in and see us!   We LOVE to help with this stuff, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Happy shopping