Just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean that your legs should go back into hiding. If anything, the impending fall weather allows you to change up your style even more, especially when it comes to dresses. Rather than pairing a dress with some sandals and calling it a day like you did all summer, the changing leaves opens up a whole world of new options. Here’s how you can experiment with your dress wardrobe this fall:

Go for a matching set

Rather than pairing your favorite plain skirt with a patterned top, kick it up a notch with a matching skirt and jacket set. Chanel made dress suits for women chic decades ago, but it seems to have fallen by the wayside as a boring or conservative look. Change up the skirt suit by choosing a bold pattern or color like a fun circle print or ruby red.

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Lace gives your outfit a romantic edge.

Lace

We love that lace is making a transition from only being acceptable on undergarments to also making fashionable outerwear. For some Southwestern charm and a seamless transition from summer to fall, trade in those beaded sandals for a pair of embroidered cowgirl boots to wear with a classic ivory lace dress.

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Fringe

There does not seem to be a single piece of clothing that isn’t enhanced with fringe. If the idea of going fringey with your accessories, like shoes or handbags has begun to bore you, try something a little more daring, like a faux suede fringe dress. Not only is the material perfect for a cool fall day, but it goes perfectly with those turquoise fashion jewelry sets you have yet to wear!

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Cold Shoulders

One of the greatest things about transitional weather is the fact that you can get away with a wider variety of sleeves on your dresses. Rather than going for a sleeveless ensemble or a dress with a flowy top and elbow-length sleeves, combine them both by opting for a loose-fitting dress with cold shoulders. This type of cut combines the best of both worlds, especially if there are sassy embellishments like beading or studs.

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“Shirt dresses are easy to dress up or down.”

Shirt dresses

Shirt dresses have quickly become a favorite since they’re so easy to dress up or down. Wear a shirt dress with flats on the weekend, and cinch the waist with one of your favorite fashion belts, or pair it with some heels for something a little dressier. Whether you’re transitioning your summer sleeveless shirt dress to fall fashion or going with a three-quarter length option for those days at the apple orchard, it’s a fantastic opportunity to wear a cozy shrug sweater over it.

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Maxi dresses

Contrary to popular belief, the season of maxi dresses doesn’t have to end when the leaves begin changing colors. Instead of shoving all of your favorite ethereal dresses to the back of the closet, wear them with a cardigan or even invest in a maxi with sleeves. These dresses look just as fabulous with a pair of suede booties as they do with the sandals you wore them with all summer!

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Color blocking

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love color blocking? The concept of matching a go-to color like black or white, with a pop of something more bold, such as a cobalt or red is the ultimate way to add a bit of oomph to whatever outfit you’re wearing. Go bare-legged while the weather permits and pair the dress with some knee-high boots for a mod look once it begins cooling off.

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