Add layers, accessories to transform fashions for fall

With so many summer clearance sales going on, you’ve probably shopped yourself into a tank-top delirium.

But don’t cry over spoiled looks. There are dozens of ways to carry summer clothes into fall without shivering.

Keylee Sanders, fashion expert and founder of Style Studio, has worked with big-name celebrities and stylists, including Ashlan Gorse and Clinton Kelly. Sanders, who’s based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is originally from Louisburg, Kan., so she’s familiar with Midwestern weather. Her advice for late-summer shopping? Buy wisely.

“I’m a big proponent of sales,” Sanders says. “Especially because most of the pieces you see on sale can be incorporated into your wardrobe year-round.”

She recommends investing in classic pieces and silhouettes that transfer from season to season. “Tank tops I never get rid of. They go underneath anything and add an extra layer against your skin in the winter. Sun dresses are good, too — just stay away from patterns that scream summer. You can easily wear dresses into the fall with a cardigan, a belt and a pair of boots.”

But the best trick for transitional dressing? Layers.

Sanders recommends thinking outside the box. Fall vests, coats, cardigans, blazers, long- and short-sleeved shirts can all be mixed and matched with other summer pieces that can be stripped or added if you get too warm or chilly.

Layering your lower half with tights allows you to continue wearing summer skirts and shorts. “Tights are still going to be in this season, and that’s a great way to transition and keep some summer pieces in your wardrobe for a couple more weeks,” Sanders says.

And don’t forget your feet.

Full-coverage shoes are ideal for cooler mornings and evenings, but when temperatures are up during the day, we long for sandals. Sanders’ solution is the peep-toe.

“As long as there’s no snow on the ground, you can wear open-toed shoes,” she says. “Boots are even designed with peep toes now, and they go with everything.”

Staying in vogue doesn’t require the fashion-conscious to splurge on high-priced items. Last season’s look can be upgraded with the right accessories, says Meagan Doyle, owner of Addie Rose Boutique in Overland Park.

“If you’re on a budget, accessories are the easiest way to move into a trend,” Doyle says. “You can wear a T-shirt or blouse from a few years ago and add a cool-weather accessory, like a fedora, a couple bangles and feather earrings, and you’re in the trend.”


This airy floral top is thin enough to wear during the hottest days of August. Or add a leather jacket for cool September nights.

Floral boho blouse $74, Ark Co.; denim leggings $52, Flying Monkey; leather wrap bracelet $64, Lilly Dawson Designs, all from Addie Rose Boutique

Ruched camisole $38, Classiques Entier, Nordstrom


A long-sleeved blouse and a pair of tights (left)

make wearing shorts in autumn a not-so-shocking statement.

Kristi CDC top $278, Marc by Marc Jacobs; Cari silk linen short $198, Marc by Marc Jacobs, both from Nordstrom

Wood, metal and leather bangle set $30, ZAD, Hemline

The maxi skirt (right)

is the new maxi dress, says Meagan Doyle of Addie Rose Boutique. “They’re showing a lot of maxi skirts with the oversized sweaters.”

Cropped knit top $30, Piko 1988; Sienna maxi skirt $62, Karlie, both from Addie Rose Boutique

Gold bar shield necklace $30, ZAD; wicker bracelet $20, Kenze Penne; Coraline distressed leather sandals $180, Mesœeca, all from Hemline


Sleeveless dresses in dark hues are ideal for fall, especially when paired with cool-weather booties.

Delia silk charmeuse pleated dress $360, Milly; Carmen short lace boots $298, Frye, both from Nordstrom

Gold weave bracelet $30, ZAD, Hemline


“The bell-bottom type jean was really big for summer, and the lighter color denim can be worn through fall,” says Annie Kennedy, owner of Hemline. “The sweater can be worn with a bando under it in summer, and you can add more warmth in the winter by layering thicker pieces underneath.”

Multistripe pullover $108, Free People; seamless bando $15, Fornia; Blue Hippie bell bottoms $178, Seven for All Mankind, all from Hemline

Fantasy heels $45, Liliana, Addie Rose


Wearing white after Labor Day is no longer taboo. “White on top or a white dress is more easily accepted than white pants, especially if you add a chunky knit sweater or some brown boots,” says Meagan Doyle, owner of Addie Rose Boutique in Overland Park. “But you can do white pants if they’re a heavier material. It’s all about finding the right fall jacket or shoes in a fall color.”


Scarves are the easiest way to add an ounce of warmth when a jacket is warranted.

From Kohl’s: Chloe Crinkled Floral Scarf by Apt. 9, $28.


“Bringing different layering pieces together and combining them in new ways will make you feel like you have a whole new wardrobe,” Kennedy says.

Scuba leather jacket $995, Vince, Nordstrom

Boxy oversized top $98, Free People; mustard seamless tank $15, Foznia, both from Hemline

Marled open-front sweater vest $50, Apt. 9, Kohl’s


A supple belt is seasonless. Try it with jeans or cinch a cardigan at the waist.

Tan leather belt $15, Sam Brown, Hemline


The clog trend is still in style — with a new, slender heel approach — and will keep the toes protected.

Jerrell heel $138, Vince Camuto, Nordstrom


The cross-body bag is ideal for fashionistas on the move and causes less strain than carrying other purses.

Saddle bag $180, Melie Bianco, Hemline


Addie Rose Boutique:

4870 W. 135th St., Overland Park, 913-681-2224


Country Club Plaza, 610 W. 48th St., 816-753-0150, Kohl’s :

for area locations


Oak Park Mall, 11143 W. 95th St., Overland Park, 913-492-8111, Skyline Downtown Salon:

2001 Grand Blvd., 816-221-2001, CREDITS


Tiffany Toombs and Katie Cowan, 385 Agency,

Hair stylist:

Angi Ouderkirk, Skyline Downtown Salon

Makeup artist:

Nick Jenkins, Skyline Downtown Salon