3 Trendy Ways to Transition to Fall with Cotton

Sweater weather is almost here! It’s time to pack away our lightweight cotton dresses and tops and usher in autumn. Fall is the time of year when we all gratefully don jackets and sweaters again and look forward to cool breezes, the changing of the leaves, and nights by the fire. It’s also the time of year when we have to balance our daily looks between summer and fall, where transitioning a wardrobe means having to be comfortable from day to night without too much effort. Cotton’s comfort and versatility make it the perfect fabric to build a great transition wardrobe—here’s how.

Layer, Layer, Layer

Any knit dress or top with short sleeves or longer, especially if it’s a darker color or print, can easily be transitioned into a fall wardrobe by adding tights and a jacket or blazer. Longer blazers are a huge trend this year, and look perfect added over dresses for a work-appropriate look. Skip the tights if it’s still too warm out, and instead forego your usual summer sandals for a closed-toe shoe.

For a more casual look, try a bomber jacket—especially if it’s embroidered—or a utility jacket over a dress. You can even embellish khaki cotton jackets with patches or pins for an ultra-personal touch. If you’re into the 90s trend, a cropped sweater on top of a skater skirt with a denim choker is the way to go!

Upgrade Your Denim

If you haven’t tried it yet, fall is the perfect time to snag yourself some raw-hem jeans, or even DIY it with a pair of jeans you already own. The optimal blend for denim is 98% cotton and 2% stretch, to ensure comfort. Remember that too much stretch in denim eventually makes your jeans lose their shape!

For fall, the denim jacket is always a classic, but for a trendier flair on a timeless piece, opt for a denim trench. The longer style looks effortlessly chic and will work to keep you warm on cooler days.

Try New Trends

This fall and winter, you’ll want to try out polka-dot print tops, cropped plaid pants, asymmetrical-hem skirts, and Victorian collars. Opt for neutral and darker colors, as well as warm hues like mustard yellow, burgundy, and forest green, to echo the changing colors of the autumn foliage.

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