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Labor Day marks the end of summer, and sadly, that means it’s almost time to put away those sandals and sundresses. Fortunately, there are a few summer pieces you don’t have to hide away just yet. We’ve picked two summer staples, white jeans and black shorts, that we think will effortlessly transition your look from summer into fall.
The question of white jeans always comes up around this time - can you wear them after Labor Day? We say absolutely! As long as your styling indicates the change in seasons, don’t let this ‘rule’ stop you. The key is to pair your white jeans with items that highlight some of fall’s main trends. We’ve chosen a chunky sweater, ankle booties, and a bold collar necklace. And don’t forget the wine-colored nail polish, of course!
The next transition piece we’ve chosen is a pair of black shorts. The key to wearing shorts into fall is the material and the color palette. Make sure your shorts are a heavier weight - a thick linen, wool, or cotton is good. It’s also important that the color is not too summery. Avoid lightweight shorts in pastel colors - you’ll have a hard time making them look seasonally appropriate.
Here we’ve gone with a black cotton and silk blend. We love the panels on the sides of these shorts - they add an element of trendiness and edge to the look. As with the white jeans, in order to make these shorts work for fall, we’ve paired them with some of the season’s biggest trends, a jewel-toned blouse and studded flats. This ensemble would also look great with tights and a blazer when the weather starts getting colder.
One of our dresses recently made an appearance on the Today Show! Jenna Wolfe was spotted wearing the Elie Tahari Henderson Dress, which we sell at CakeStyle.
We love how Jenna paired the dress with a simple necklace and bracelet, since the cobalt blue and chartreuse detail make such a statement on their own. We took notes from Jenna when styling the dress ourselves, pairing it with one of our simple, classy Dana Rebecca necklaces in rose gold. We also added some studded chartreuse heels to complete the look.
When August rolls around, many of us start longing for boots, sweaters, scarves, and everything else that comes with fall (pumpkin lattes, anyone?). Even though we have a month or more of hot weather left, it’s not too early to start picking up the next season’s trends. For fall, we’re looking at two things: leather and lace. Check out some examples of how to wear them - we have ideas whether you want a bold look or a subtle hint of each.
Leather jackets are nothing new, but for this season we expect to see them paired with extra-feminine materials (think floaty neutrals or lace).
Like a little less leather? Go for a piece with leather paneling or trim, like this jacket. It keeps you trendy without overwhelming the rest of your look.
Neutrals and lace are both in for fall, and this dress combines the two. We love the flower pattern of the lace.
Not ready to go full-on lace? Not to worry, because lace paneling (like leather paneling) will be big this season too. We love the femininity the lace adds to this gorgeous dress.
[images via shopbop]