Photo by Shelly Waldman

It’s always a funny thing when it’s still 90 degrees outside—like it is here in L.A.—and everyone is talking all about must-have fall fashions. It’s so hard to imagine investing in wool right now—or a coat?! It’s crazy hot out!

And speaking of crazy, how nuts is it that Spring 2018 fashion shows start in NYC next week? I can’t even wrap my head around fall yet, let alone spring of next year. 

But this Friday is September 1, and fall really is just around the corner. So the big question remains: how can we get into the fall fashion mood while we are still braving the heat? Here are my tips for an easy transition—even if you’re still wearing tank tops!

Start with color. Transition time in the stores mean you will typically see more autumn-esque color palettes, yet still in lighter weight fabrics. So start by investing in fall’s top colors. Go for lipstick red, moody green, deep burgundy, navy, pale pink, soft blue, camel and gray. While it’s still hot, pair your fall colors with whites, light denim and florals. When the weather starts to turn, move to dark denim, creams, olives and camouflage (yes!  It’s a hot print this season).

Look to layers. Invest in layering pieces that you’ll want to pull out as the weather cools in the evenings and then wear all fall—pieces like simple long-sleeve shirts to wear under your dresses or leather motorcycle jackets that add edge to any outfit. Look for jackets in slightly unexpected burgundy and navy, and layering T-shirts in neutral black, white or red.  Retro plaids are also a big trend, and there’s no reason you can’t pick up a new plaid scarf in a lightweight fabric that has all your favorite colors included!  It’ll be the perfect accessory to add to your look, and it looks like fall but feels lightweight and summery.

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Choose wearable silhouettes. While oversized shoulders are a big trend for fall, I personally wouldn’t recommend them unless you have a pear-shaped frame. When it comes to choosing silhouettes, you want to find ones that add versatility to your wardrobe and work best with your body type. For example, midi skirts are a big fall trend and a perfect transition piece. Pick up a high-waisted one and wear it now with a simple tank tucked in. Then, when the fall weather arrives, swap out your tank for a half-tucked sweater. Your look will be chic and fall appropriate. Or go classic Parisienne with a a long sleeve turtle neck tucked into your skirt. Ooh la la!

Pick trends with longevity.  I’m always all about getting you the most bank for your buck, and shopping with longevity in mind is a great way to do that.  That means you can buy something now and wear it for a few seasons, since the trend will be here to stay. Velvet is a perfect example. The trend has made a strong comeback and we’ve seen it have a big impact for spring and fall, not just the holidays. So invest in a velvet dress to wear now, then style it with a coat and boots for the fall, and with glam jewelry and heels for the holiday season. Again, we’re thinking of cost per wear here!

So what do you think—which of these tips will you try? And are you ready for fall or wishing that summer would last just a little longer? Leave a comment and let me know!

Photo by Shelly Waldman