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Using a few street style-inspired tricks, you can take your look into next season without expending a ton of effort—or cash, for that matter. Click through for five simple styling tricks that'll help you refresh your closet for fall!
Layer under your current favorites.
You don't have to pack away all your summer slip dresses and fit-and-flare favorites the second the mercury starts to drop—nor do you have to bury them under your outerwear. Instead, try slipping a white button-down, a chambray shirt, a turtleneck or even a solid-colored tee beneath that seemingly summery dress and presto—a whole new look that'll take you straight through fall.
Cover up that crop top.
There's no need to purge your closet of anything belly-baring just because fall's around the corner! Simply slip on a cardigan, a leather moto, a denim jacket or some combination of the three, add high-waisted, longer bottoms (a midi skirt, wide-leg pant or vintage jean will work well) and you're good to go for at least a couple more months. Still too much skin on display for your liking? Try a button-down (silk or cotton!) underneath your favorite cropped shirt.
Dare to wear a dress over pants.
Giggle if you will, but the look was all over the fall runways—and is surprisingly easy to pull off in real life. Try a sheer chiffon style over your favorite skinny jeans or leather leggings—or fake the look of a two-piece set by layering a structured dress in a solid color over sharp trousers in the same (or a complementary) hue.
Borrow from the boys.
Yes, menswear is always a smart place to pull style inspiration from—but it's even easier to do so in the fall, when layering's your natural instinct. Apprehensive about taking dressing cues from dudes? Ease into the look with accessories—say, by pairing some oxfords or brogues with your favorite fall dresses or picking up a structured satchel. Then, work your way up to trying a tailored blazer-style maxi coat or cuffed wide-leg trouser.
Slip on some sneakers.
What to wear when it's not quite hot enough outside for your favorite sandals, but not yet chilly enough for boots? Sneakers, of course! Swap in some athletic lace-ups (or slip-ons!) where you'd usually reach for ballet flats, smoking slippers or oxfords—we especially love them paired with an otherwise super-feminine dress or skirt, and you can't beat the comfort factor.