Stylish Transitions for Changing Weather

Septermber is a tricky month for wardrobe choices.  The calendar says it’s Fall but – in many parts of the country – the thermometer says maybe it’s still Summer.  And the balance shifts back and forth daily.  What to wear is an ongoing challenge.  Here are tips to recombine your pieces to suit this shifting environment …

Changing out just an element or two can shift the seasonality of an outfit.  Obviously, building your wardrobe in a consistent color story makes this versatility easier to achieve.  If you haven’t already identified (or updated!) your most flattering range of colors, we’ll be happy to help.  Check out the details on a virtual Color Certainty consultation.

I started this example with a favorite late-summer combo – stretch cotton blazer in a multi-hued print, mid-wash jeans and a tank in one of the print colors.  Straw bag and canvas wedge sandals send a warm-weather message.

By mid-September those same tops felt more seasonal with a darker jean and suede mules and tote.  The berry accessories echo another color from the print.

On a cooler day — or later in the calendar — I can shift that look again by trading the dark-wash denim for a stretch corduroy pant in a deeper berry tone.  Clearly a more fall-ish fabrication.

Eventually the cotton blazer and tank will start to look too summer-y, and I can sub in a cuddly long-sleeve tee instead.   A scarf easily links the variety of  berry tones into a cohesive look.

And the gray elements in the scarf print remind me that I can layer in a gray cardigan as the temperatures continue to drop.  A gray suede ankle boot (not pictured) can replace the open-toe mules and keep my tootsies warm.

Take a few minutes to play with a warm weather outfit from your own closet and see how you can reimagine it through the changing weather ahead.  We’d love to see pictures of your discoveries.



About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Trish on September 19, 2022 at 9:43 am

    Thank you, Nancy, just the thought process I need to help me create a seasonless wardrobe for my current location and lifestyle. My beautiful, new, silver gray hair requires lighter colors, which I’m finding difficult as we move through the seasons. I’ll keep following your great suggestions,
    a faithful fan,

  2. Mary Berg on September 19, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Thanks Nancy! A great illustration of not only transitioning through a shoulder season, but also how to get more out of my wardrobe.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on September 19, 2022 at 3:36 pm

      So glad you found ut helpful – it was a bit of an eye-opeer for me too.

  3. Nancy Goestenkors on September 19, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    Amazing how many outfits you got out of about 15 items!! And all absolutely beautiful looks!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on September 19, 2022 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks Nancy. It’s all about building a wardrobe in a cohesive color story and then setting up an exercise like this one to stretch your ideas about what works with what. Can’t wait to hear about how it works in your own closet.

  4. Constance Spaulding on September 19, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you for the great, practical advice, Nancy! I need to check out my wardrobe to figure out what will work for me.

  5. susan on February 5, 2023 at 9:56 pm

    You look beautiful—especially with that great smile of yours! That would be the accessory all women should carry–a smile! You carry it well.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on February 6, 2023 at 7:43 am

      Gosh, thanks for that nice compliment. And thanks, too, for pulling my attention back to this post. Soon we’ll all be playing with our clothe in the opposite direction – making cool-weather outfit step progressively toward warmer weather.

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