4 Perfect Fall Add-ons to Extend Your Summer Wardrobe


We have a love/hate relationship with September. While we adore the feeling of back to school, the fresh new styles popping up in stores, and the crisp fall air, we can’t help but mourn the last glory days of summer – especially summer dressing. Easy sundresses, flowy jumpsuits, simple maxis…in soft fabrics, relaxed cuts, and flirty patterns; we could throw one on for a hot summer day and be good to go! With September’s arrival and dropping temperatures, it’s time to throw on some extra layers, but we’re just not quite ready to pack away our summer closet yet. With that in mind, we’ve tasked ourselves with hunting down the cutest and most versatile add-ons from the Centre’s new fall arrivals. By pairing them with our favourite summer pieces, we can rock a transitional style that seamlessly takes us through the changing season.

Here are our top pairing picks:

Add this for fall: a casual denim vest
The vest is one of the hottest pieces for fall, and denim is always the ultimate neutral. Even though it’s a sleeveless layering piece, the added weight of the fabric has just enough warmth for cooler days or an air-conditioned restaurant. Casual, cool, confident – this look is fun to wear AND comfy. Break out those fall boots, grab a clutch, and you’re good to go.

Add this for fall: a trendy varsity jacket
#ThrowbackThursday comes to life with the old school varsity jacket, updated for 2014, of course. We can’t wait to rock this look on the weekend – meeting friends for brunch and taking care of errands. Balance out the masculinity of the jacket (and keep your toes warm!) with some feminine pointy-toe flats and bold jewelry. A chic leather backpack is youthful and holds all your stuff!

Add this for fall: a relaxed oversized scarf
Boho forever! Three simple pieces take an already carefree summer style and move it right into effortless territory. Depending on the forecast, a sumptuous oversized wrap scarf in caramel and mahogany can be draped over the shoulders or wrapped loosely around the neck. Rich golden shades evoke the warmth of fall, perfect for sunsets on the patio and soaking up the last warm days of a fading summer. Oversized hoop earrings are classic and fun, while tan leather sandals enjoy their last hurrah.

Add this for fall: a polished blazer
A more casual summer piece like a jumpsuit or sundress goes from the backyard to the boardroom with a few strategic layers in a grown-up palette. A grey tailored blazer immediately ups the conservative factor, while a luxe printed scarf covers up extra bare skin. We’ll be pairing this look with our most elegant leather statement bag and lace up heels, plus a whole lot of confidence!

What summer pieces are you going to miss the most? Will you be wearing them into fall or retiring them for warmer weather? 

Love what you see? Visit these St. Vital Centre retailers to shop the looks:

Look #1 (denim vest)
Jumper: Bootlegger, $54.50
Denim vest: American Eagle Outfitters, $49.95
Brown boots: Aldo, $120.00
Crystal flowers necklace: Aldo, $40.00    
Gold ring: Aldo, $12 (set of 3)  
Brown wallet: Danier Leather, $69     

Look #2 (varsity jacket)
Jacket: Aeropostale, $99.90
Grey flats: Call it Spring, $39.99 
Necklace: RW&CO, $$22 
Bracelet: RW&CO, $20
Stud earrings: Aldo, $16 (set of 6)
Ring: Call it Spring, $5.99  
Black backpack: Aldo, $50     

Look #3 (scarf)       
Brown sandals: American Eagle Outfitters, $39.99    
Hoop earrings: Aldo, $3.99       
Scarf: Melanie Lyne, $30  

Look #4 (blazer)     
Grey blazer: Melanie Lyne, $225
Black/gold heels: Aldo, $90    
Drop earrings: RW&CO, $14
Gold ring: Aldo, $12 (set of 3)  
Black/gold leather purse: Danier, $199  
Scarf: Melanie Lyne, $40

*Product availability may vary; please check stores for details.

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