Is it Silly to Style Off-Season Clothing?

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Gingham for fall

Is it Silly to Style Off-Season Clothing?

Honestly, I used to think it was silly to try to style off-season clothing. You know that page in the fashion magazine where they take a summer dress and make it work for fall? I used to think it would be better to have the “appropriate” clothes for the season instead of wearing your off-season clothing.
My, my how my thinking has changed.

Quote of the day: “Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.
Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.” Cherie Carter-Scott

For no other reason, than to have fun, I challenged the three of us to take an item we’ve worn on the blog before as part of a summer outfit, and style it for a fall look.
Now when I say “fall look”, I wanted to push the limit. In my head, each season comes with a set of colors, but personally, I decided not to fall back on those colors.

What makes this outfit fall for me? Layering the top portion, less legs exposure, closed-toe shoes, and a felt hat (trust me, if you’ve never worn a felt hat in hundred-degree weather, it is WARM).
For reference, I styled this for a fall day, not winter, so, therefore, there is still skin showing.
Make sure to see how Charlotte approached this challenge and what Lesley wore too.

Pants: Ann Taylor~~ Gingham Top: QED London ~~White Top: J. Jill~~ Shoes: Belong Lifestyle~~ Earrings: Audra Style c/o~~ Purse: Aldo~~Hat: Norstrom

The Off-Season Clothing I Picked

I decided to wear a top that normally I would only wear for summer. This red gingham, off-the-shoulder shirt, was a purchase from ASOS (which you might consider a young girl’s store) many years ago.
You can see my wearing it here and here in two different looks. I’d like to point out that I still have all of the original items in my closet now except the sandals from the post with mom and Nancy.

Now, I realize the easiest thing to do with a summer top would be to layer a cardigan over it. Which is exactly why I didn’t do that. I wanted to try something different. So I layered this summer top over another top.
The underneath top is a 3/4 length sleeve top with ruffles at the sleeve hem. It’s really such a basic top with the fun twist at the sleeves and it was sent to me 3 years ago shown in this post.
To make it seem a bit more fallish, I also made the top sit upon my shoulders instead of being off the shoulders.

Fall Accessories

The details to convert this off-season clothing included a felt hat and snakeskin purse. I’m also wearing animal print earrings but they aren’t easy to see with the hat.

Since the entire outfit was lighter in color, I didn’t want to get too heavy with the colors in my accessories. That’s why this tan, felt hat made an appearance. Because it’s felt instead of straw, it lends a fall vibe.

I wanted to keep the purse a lighter color too yet make it not seem summery. Plus I was gravitating towards the animal prints, so this purse made the cut.

Insider tip: The handles of this purse are starting to come apart. You could blame me that I’m hard on my items or the fact that I don’t spend a lot on these purchases. Either way, the rest of the purse is fine, so I wrapped two different Gibby’s scarves around the handles to camouflage the fact. I bet you wouldn’t have noticed if I didn’t point it out!
I learned this trick from Liz on her YouTube channel.

Layering with off season clothing

Fall Pants

I’m sure most of you would not think of white pants as what to wear for a fall look. Yet, I was considering the heaviness of these cropped, wide-leg pants instead of the color. Sure, our colors tend to get darker in the cooler months, but they don’t have to.

In fact, I wore these pants back in October last year to showcase 5 different tops and shoe combinations with them. Just like I talked about in the Fall Trends 2021 post, we are seeing different silhouettes in our pants. At first, you may not like them, but the more you see different silhouettes, the more you get used to them and think they are normal.

Animal print sneakers

Fall Shoes

Now I didn’t go all out and wear booties. I figured any kind of closed-toe shoe would signify a cooler environment.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times, cute sneakers are the way to go for any day!
And maybe if you look real close, you can see my Sheec socks. I never thought I needed socks with my shoes before I found these. They really do help absorb the sweat.

Wide leg crop pants with off season clothing
Off season clothing ideas

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

My Goal

Thank you for visiting my space on the internet. I like to showcase how it’s never too late to look great for women of any age, size, or working with any budget.
I feel I’m here to help move beyond the fashion rules of yesterday and evolve. Style and clothes are made to give you joy. Not cause us stress because we are worried about what others think.

My hope is that you get ideas and inspiration from Charlotte, Lesley, and myself. It’s not about copying what we wear, but about using what you already have and updating items along the way.
Most of all it’s getting us to think differently and dare I say, have fun?


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