Is it just me or did 2020 fly by? Even though we have been mostly locked indoors because of COVID-19, I sure hope that we have all made the most out of this year. Living in beautiful and sunny California, I have spent summer 2020 visiting the ocean in San Diego, hiking, enjoying the cool and clear waters of Lake Tahoe, and just soaking up all the sun I could get – while maintaining social distance of course! However, all good things must come to an end. But just because summer is over does not mean that we have to pack away our bikinis, tank tops, and denim! Here are some of my tips on styling your petite summer clothes to fall outfits. And no, these tips go beyond throwing on a pair of boots.
If you live anywhere that is similar to Cali, you would know that fall is a weird time wherein it is not as hot as summer, but it gets hot enough that you have to take off a layer of your outfit at some point during the day. Well, I’d like to think that I have found a way to stay comfortably warm and cute without buying a whole new set of clothes. Don’t worry, these outfits are perfect for all body types, especially petite women like me.
1. Fall Bikini Babe
I don’t know about you, but I basically wear bikinis every single day of summer. I find wearing bikinis super comfortable, sexy, and just generally empowering! Now, if there is a way to wear bikinis all the way through fall, wouldn’t you just love that? You can reuse your bikini tops as a regular top, layer it with a cute cardigan or a sweater, a statement piece like an accessory – and bam! You’ll stay comfortable all day without feeling too hot or too cold. The best thing about this outfit is that you can show enough skin to show off your summer tan before it goes away.
2. Light Layers
When I am not wearing bikinis, my go-to summer outfit is a nice little summer dress or a cute cropped top. As you style your petite summer clothes to fall outfits, you do not have to say goodbye to these pieces. With a light jacket, you can still rock your summer dress through fall.
3. Play with fall colors
Next, this may seem pretty basic, but nothing screams fall like brown, red, and orange colors. Sometimes, you just have to embrace these fall colors in your closet, mix and match, and the next thing you know, you have styled your petite summer clothes into a pretty darn cute fall outfit.
4. White Shirt Magic
White shirt + mini dress. Now that seems like two summer pieces that won’t go in a fall outfit, right? WRONG. By layering two simple summer clothes, you can create a fresh and warm fall outfit!
5. Denim Delight
Another summer clothing piece that you do not have to say goodbye to is your denim skirt. Paired with last winter’s turtle neck, you can stay warm and stylish all through fall without buying new clothes.
6. Leggings for Days
Mini skirts are usually a summer staple. While this little cutie is perfect with a cropped top and open-toed sandals, you can also style it for fall. One word: leggings. Light, opaque leggings are perfect for staying warm in October without feeling suffocated. I also like styling my leggings with dresses and cardigan to create a fresh fall look from my petite summer clothes.
7. Sweater Weather
Like I said, don’t throw out your denims just yet. While denim shorts are another one of my favorite petite summer clothes, you can match it with a light sweater and a pair of your summer white shoes, and you’re set to conquer fall!
8. Let it go!
Lastly, just let go of all the rules. For me, fashionable is comfortable. Wear what makes you happy; wear what makes you comfortable. Besides, with Climate Changes knocking on our doors, fall is basically just a construct. Play around with what you have and make yourself happy, above anything else.
Believe it or not, I don’t usually buy new clothes for fall and winter. I just find new ways of styling my petite summer clothes, take care of them, and of course, buy high-quality items that last a long time. If you have any other suggestions that you would like for me to add to this list, or if you have any topic you would like me to write, leave a comment, contact me, or DM me on Instagram.