How to Transition to Fall with a Mixed Wardrobe

Contributed by: Tijana McAllister of A Plentiful Life, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.
Reposted from: September 25, 2019


How to transition to fall can be one of the hardest wardrobes to navigate! Here in Vancouver it can go from sunny and warm to rainy and chilly in one day. I never know what to wear. Layers are key. I wanted to find a few shirts that were lighter, so good for the warm days, but that could work under a jacket or sweater on the cooler days. I was so happy to find a few affordable options at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store.


Three tips: Transition to fall with your summer wardrobe.


Even though it’s fall, pairing your sandals or flats with a nice pair of jeans works for the warmer days. Don’t put all your summer footwear away just yet. I found these Sam Edelman sandals for only $8.99 at the Salvation Army thrift store.



Long sleeved shirts that are lightweight are perfect for the summer to fall transition. If it’s a nice sunny day, you can easily wear it and keep cool, but on those colder days pairing it with a jean jacket or sweater looks great. I found this shirt for only $10 at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.



Add a little texture to your wardrobe as you transition to fall. On nicer days I still use my summer purses to add a little bit of texture to my outfits. No need to go for darker purses right away, summer purses keep outfits lighter and help your wardrobe transition.



Orange Shirt: $10 (Salvation Army thrift store), White Jeans: $25 (Levi’s Outlet), Sam Edelman Sandals: $8.99 (Salvation Army thrift store), Straw Clutch: $5 (Michael’s Crafts), Earrings: $5 (Winners)

TOTAL: $53.99


Using pieces from both your summer and fall wardrobe to slowly transition as the weather changes is the best way to enjoy the last warm days of summer. If you are struggling to find complimentary pieces in your wardrobe, maybe you need to introduce a few new items into your wardrobe. I would recommend longer lightweight shirts or good layering pieces like a jean jacket or sweater. 


A great place to shop on a budget is The Salvation Army Thrift Store. If you know what you need to complete your transition wardrobe, check out a local store. You can easily purchase 3 to 4 new pieces for under $30. Make sure you know what you are looking to purchase and what your budget is!