Don’t pack away all summer clothes… Just some of them

The Just Like Jess Shorts ($79.99) by Mink Pink offer a fall-friendly pattern and a lush texture, and are better suited with tights for fall than bare-legged for summer (Image courtesy of ModCloth.com).

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The Just Like Jess Shorts ($79.99) by Mink Pink offer a fall-friendly pattern and a lush texture, and are better suited with tights for fall than bare-legged for summer (Image courtesy of ModCloth.com).

This time of year leaves fashion-addicts dealing with a frustrating situation: it is cold in the morning and hot in the afternoon. While waiting for Mother Nature to pick a side— is it cold or is it hot? Decide already!— St. Louis residents can continue wearing certain summer pieces through this transitional season, while other pieces are simply too summer-specific to wear this late in the year.

Flimsy sundresses: Hide them till summer

While many summer-esque dresses are appropriate for all seasons with the addition of tights and sweaters, flimsy, cover-up style dresses do not translate into the colder months. Whether it is a triangle-top maxi or a lightweight mini, these fabrics look silly when paired with chunky knits or leggings and are too moveable to be worn during the strong autumn winds. Pack them away for a tropical winter getaway or next year’s warmer months.

Tailored shorts: Keep them through fall

The Just Like Jess Shorts ($79.99) by Mink Pink offer a fall-friendly pattern and a lush texture, and are better suited with tights for fall than bare-legged for summer (Image courtesy of ModCloth.com).

Tailored shorts transition smoothly into the chillier season when paired with tall stockings, socks or tights. To play up the contrast— and cope with the chillier temperature— aim for tights or thigh-high socks with a knitted texture, as this will add the dose of fall the outfit needs. Pair with warm layers on top and fall-appropriate footwear, such as low boots or oxfords.

This look works best when worn in fall-appropriate shades, such as jewel tones, neutrals and muted colors. Preppy, sailor-inspired patterns and painfully-bright colors should be saved for next year, as they look more costume-like and less city-chic when worn over tights.

Straw totes: Hide them till summer

While straw-woven totes are playful and appropriate in the summertime, they do not belong paired with a cool-weather outfit. The look is simply too quintessentially summer to rock in the fall; if nothing else, remember they are fragile and probably aren’t designed to be carried year-round. Store them stuffed with other summer essentials to keep them from losing their shape until next year.

Platform sandals: Keep them through fall

The Button Thigh-High Sock in “Cream” ($14) looks cheeky when worn with summer platforms, and still keeps the legs warm (Image courtesy of UrbanOutfitters.com).

While the no-socks-with-sandals rule might be ingrained into the minds of the masses, platform sandals with thick straps look chic and on-trend when paired with socks or stockings, especially when worn with a fall dress. Aim for opaque foot-coverings when trying this look, as it keeps the toes visually covered and helps the straps pop against the background. Black, grey, taupe and cream are both fall-appropriate and accentuate a variety of sandal shades.

Until temperatures drop lower, open-toed shoes are still appropriate when worn barefoot. Wedges and peep-toes look great with dark denim. It is, however, too far past summer to continue wearing rubber neon flip-flops, which are best fit now for wearing in public showers.

Wide-brimmed sunhats: Hide them till summer

While these cute shade-blockers are fitting during the heat, they look out of place and impractical during the fall. The floppy sides get caught in the wind and the light, often straw, material gets dirty fast as soon as it’s ripped off your head by that passing breeze. Pack it up with the straw bag; it’ll look great next year.

Sunglasses: Keep them through fall

The epitome of fall eyewear, the Marc by Marc Jacobs MMJ 315/S sunglasses ($120) in “Havana/Brown Gradient” work with both classic and edgier styles (Image courtesy of Zappos.com).

Scratch that, keep sunglasses forever. Since sunglasses are more readily available at stores during the summertime months, stock up now in case your favorite style can’t be found come October. While it may literally be sunnier in the summer, the sun is still there in the fall and especially there, reflecting off everything, in the winter.

Dark lenses wrapped in tortoise shell frames are the most fall-appropriate, followed by any other dark-tinted combination. While plastic neon wayfarers tend to scream, “I won these at a bar,” they do the job in a pinch. Don’t be that guy going to class while trying to block the sun with your hand this autumn. Walking into a statue or palm tree isn’t a good look for anyone.