How to Wear Your Summer Tops in The Fall

Ruffle Sleeve Top J.CREWRuffle Sleeve Top J.CREW

First, let’s just talk about how cute this pink top is. It’s made of cotton (aka breathable), it’s not tight (aka comfortable), and it’s darling (aka you feel good in it -ha!). Now let’s talk about the color pink. It’s everywhere this fall, which isn’t surprising because it was everywhere this spring/summer! Remember this post?  So, what’s the easiest way to wear our pink, or any other top for that matter, from the spring/summer in the fall/winter?

Ruffle Sleeve Top J.CREW

Pair it with black! Plus, it’s super chic to do right now anyway. But really, pairing any of your more summery tops with black is an easy way to use your wardrobe all year round. Now, what’s the easiest way to make a short sleeved/quarter length sleeved tops warm enough to wear in the fall/winter?

Outfit links: Top- J. Crew by Nordstrom; Pant- J. Crew; Shoes- Nike; Watch- Kate Spade; Earrings- Similar hereRuffle Sleeve Top J.CREW

Wear a chambray shirt under it! What perfect timing, because I have a new favorite chambray shirt -ha!

Outfit Links: Pink Top- J. Crew by Nordstrom; Chambray Top- J. Crew; Earrings- Bauble Bar

I purchased this pink top last week, and I wore it 3 days straight…even though it had a stain after the first day. Yup, I wore it anyway. In the first pictures, I wore the pink top with black to a birthday luncheon. Yes, sneakers and all. Then we had a cool front come in the next day, so I wore it to an appointment with the chambray shirt under. I liked how it looked so much, I wore it for my Christmas card photos! Then on date night with black pants again! Do you think I like my new pink top? Ha! Who says you can’t wear pastels and short sleeves in the fall?

Pictures by Traci Ling

Don’t Rule Out The Crop Top Trend, I’m serious!

Madewell Oxford Popover Shirt

So the crop top sweater/shirt is still trending this fall, and once again, I’m trying to come up with cute ways to make it work for me. I mean, I didn’t even wear crop tops when I was a teenager, so why would I now?! However, I realized from a styling point of view that crop tops can be a very flattering way to define a waistline. They have the same effect as a color block tee or dress.  But how do we make crop tops work for the normal gal (me)? Last year we talked about putting a flowy tunic like this one under a crop top (post here). You can also see this trick in the dressing room pic below.
Madewell Oxford Popover Shirt

Here I layered the Madewell sleeveless tee under the crop top instead of a tunic. Madewell Oxford Popover ShirtWell, this year I’ve come up with another solution- my high-waisted jeansMadewell Oxford Popover Shirt

Outfit Links: Top- Madewell; Jeans- AG; Shoes- Puma; Sunglasses- Ray-Ban; Purse- Similar here, here and here; Watch- Kate Spade

Why didn’t I think of this last year? I have two pairs of high-waisted jeans that I love, one blue and one grey. Now, before you turn up your nose at high-waisted jeans, let me reassure you that they can actually feel extremely stabilizing and sliming for the mid-section. I’ve had clients tell me their favorite pair of jeans are the high-waisted ones that they thought they’d hate. My favorite high waisted jeans are here and here.

Alright, count me in on the crop top trend! I hope you will consider it, too! When done right, they can be cute and flattering!

P.S. Here’s what else I purchased at Madewell:
Madewell Chambray Courier Shirt in Buckley Wash Madewell Chambray Courier Shirt in Buckley Wash

Chambray shirt- MadewellMadewell Classic Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Windowpane Plaid img_2112

Plaid shirt- Madewell

And then I saw this one online, and I had to have it. Eeeek!

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