Summer to Fall Accessories 2016

Let’s admit it, fashionistas, the moment we hear the words “cold front” in South Florida, we immediately pull out the winter box from high atop our closets. The dips in the temperature—although short-lived—excite us to wear all or at least a few of our cold-weather favorites.

Who cares if our choices seem outright ridiculous to visiting snowbirds, they’ll be gone soon enough! But it’s important to prioritize so your most important pieces see the light of day first. So, here is my list of the top six summer to fall/winter swaps. They are so fun, you’re going to want to run out and get them if you don’t already own them.

1. Swap a flowy sundress for a light sweater dress.

If you think about it, flowers bloom in the spring and blossom throughout the summer. During fall and winter, however, flowers take a backseat to the changing leaves in the most fabulous array of burnt orange, gold, and burgundy. So, why not follow suit? Pack your flowy, flowery sundresses away (for now!) and give way to sweater dresses like these:

Available at Target.com; $29.99
Available at Target.com; $29.99
Available at Gap.com; $79.95
Available at Gap.com; $79.95

Dare to wear your dress slightly relaxed (try sizing up). And, to complete the look, opt for faux suede over-the-knee boots with a low block heel like these and a cross-body bag like this one or this one.

2. Swap a mini skirt for a midi skirt.

When midi skirts hit the scene a few years ago, I was instantly hooked. Not only is its A-line design and length flattering on practically any body shape, but the midi skirt is also a refreshing, unexpected choice for South Florida honeys. In my opinion, it’s completely underrated. Here are my picks from ASOS, Macy’s, and Target:

midi-skirt-asos
Available at ASOS.com; $83.00
faux-suede-midi-skirt-macys
Available at Macys.com; $26.99
Available at Target.com; $27.99
Available at Target.com; $27.99

A few fashion rules to keep in mind when you’re out shopping for your midi: 1) keep the outfit feminine; 2) proportion is key (try a slim-fitting top you could tuck into the waist); and 3) complete your look with leg-lengthening heels or embellished ankle boots. 

3. Swap strappy sandals for ankle boots.

I couldn’t be more excited about this swap. I just adore ankle boots, and apparently, fashion’s hottest “It Girls” do too! I own four pairs of ankle boots and wear them all year round. Maybe these stand-out styles will inspire you to do the same?

Available at HM.com; $59.99
Available at HM.com; $59.99
Available at HM.com; $49.99
Available at HM.com; $49.99
Available at HM.com; $49.99
Available at HM.com; $49.99
Available at Target.com; $49.99
Available at Target.com; $49.99

Ankle boots pair beautifully with cropped or ankle-length skinny jeans. This season, why not try a pair with a frayed hem like these?

4. Swap a cropped denim jacket for a lightweight puffer jacket.

I don’t have enough great things to say about a denim jacket. It’s classic and always cool. I remember the moment I became a fan…it was in the mid-80s when Madonna rocked a few variations in her Borderline music video. But like the changing seasons, it’s time to enjoy something new if at least temporarily. Don’t think puffer jackets are possible in South Florida? Think again! The neutral styles you’ll see here are lightweight, so you can enjoy them now through spring.

Available at Gap.com; $110
Available at Gap.com; $110
Available at Target.com; $39.99
Available at Target.com; $39.99

5. Swap a thin scarf for a faux fur stole.

Fur in South Florida? Why not? Just make sure it’s fake, lightweight, and in an unexpected color for some added fun. Just like you would a scarf, wear it around your neck and over a t-shirt, a light sweater or a cocktail dress. My favorite trend this season? Wear the fur stole over one shoulder and let it hang or belt the ends at your waist  over your outfit. The important thing is to keep it fun! 

Available on Zara.com; $49.90
Available on Zara.com; $49.90

6. Swap a Panama hat for a wide-brim felt Fedora.

After ankle booties, wide-brim Fedoras are my all-time favorite fashion accessory. A well-fitted, beautifully structured Fedora is worth its weight in gold on days when you don’t want to fuss with your hair. And, it’s an elevated alternative to a knitted beanie. My only advice is, put the hats away at night, ladies. They are strictly a daytime accessory, IMHO.

Available at Target.com; $19.99
Available at Target.com; $19.99

These small seasonal swaps in your wardrobe will demonstrate you’re a babe who pays attention to detail. And, in fashion, it’s always about the details.

Stay warm, everyone!

Xo – Yve

Yvette Valencia
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My world is made up of faith, many blessings, and lofty dreams. I'm a wife of twelve years, mother to two amazing boys, and a career woman who owns and runs a content marketing company. Fashion and music move me.

4 Comments

  1. Nicole Martinez Reply

    I am love with the new block heel on ankle boots this fall. Must get a pair of blue suede ones soon!

  2. Thanks for the guidance! So thorough! I love that you give multiple options. Cold weather, here I come! Xo

    • Yvette Valencia
      Yvette Valencia Reply

      Thanks for commenting, Pie! It looks like we may have to travel out of the state for some winter feels 🙁

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