5 Easy Ways to Extend Your Summer Wardrobe into Fall

Photo: Joshua JordanPhoto: Joshua JordanBy Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg

As Modern Family star Sofia Vergara shows, all it takes are a few key pieces to turn summer staples into fall's big news.

A Floral Dress with a Cardigan or Trench


This floral silk dress is perfect for an end-of-summer party, and it segues easily into fall with a chunky cardigan and high-heeled galoshes or a trench and stacked-heel boots. "These are fun outfits because they're so unexpected," Vergara says.

Floral silk dress, CH Carolina Herrera; Chunky cardigan, Nanette Lepore; High-heeled galoshes, Hunter Boot; Trench, Burberry Brit. Stacked-heel Boots, Tommy Hilfiger; Heels, Christian Dior.

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Photo: Joshua JordanPhoto: Joshua JordanTop Off Your Maxidress with a Cozy Sweater

This airy cashmere-cotton pullover beautifully complements fall's floor-grazing skirt with a thigh-high slit. "Maxi lengths are so easy, and you look put-together," Vergara says.

Pullover, Rebecca Taylor; Skirt, Jenni Kayne; Tank, Michael Michael Kors; Earrings, Roni Blanshay for Jennifer Miller; Bracelet, Marissa Klass, Muse Imports; Shoes, Edmundo Castillo.

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Photo: Joshua JordanPhoto: Joshua JordanWear Teal with Anything

Teal is about to crop up everywhere, so pairing a wardrobe staple in the saturated shade-like a pencil skirt-with a statement piece like this short velvet motorcycle jacket makes for an easy closet update. "It's a showstopping color," Vergara says, "and the jacket is not something you would see everywhere."

Pencil skirt, L'Wren Scott; Motorcycle jacket, Callula Lillibelle; Earrings, Alexis Bittar; Ring, Nicholai by Nicky Hilton

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Photo: Joshua JordanPhoto: Joshua JordanPair Tees and Cardigans with a Pleated Skirt

The newly popular pleated skirt gets year-round wear with plain separates: Match it with layered tees now, a brightly colored cashmere cardigan come September. Traditional autumn shades-orange, bronze, gold-are also in style this summer.

Pleated skirt, Jill Stuart; Cardigan, Mai Cashmere; Small and large spear necklaces and brass necklace, Suzannah Wainhouse; Three-ring necklace, Dannijo; Shoes, Jimmy Choo

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Photo: Joshua JordanPhoto: Joshua JordanMix Sheer Tanks with Tuxedos

A snappy white tuxedo jacket takes a sheer tank top and cropped pants straight through winter. With its fitted cut and leather lapels, the jacket adds polish to jeans or leggings. A lacy metal clutch, sparkling bangle and cocktail ring have a similar smartening effect.

Tuxedo jacket, Tibi; Tank top, Bella Luxx; Cropped pants, Ann Taylor; Clutch, Bottega Veneta; Sparkling bangle, Atelier Swarovski by Mary Katrantzou; Cocktail ring, Suzanne Kalan

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