Shorter days and cooler nights tell us that autumn’s on its way. Maybe you’re already thinking of putting your summer clothes into storage. Our advice to you is: Don’t!
Take denim shorts, for instance. You rush to get into them at the first sign of summer (OK, let’s admit it, of spring), but you don’t need to discard them just yet. There are lots of ways to make them acceptable for autumn 2014.
Cover your legs with over-knee socks or opaque tights, the latter being an ideal mix with cuffed shorts and distressed denim. Top with a long-sleeved tee or blouse, and partially tuck it in. Make it a feature with an embellished leather belt, and carry an oversize bag in similar material. Stick animal-print sneakers on your feet, and you’re ready to roll.
Contrast your black tights with slip-ons in a bright floral pattern, or with tan ankle boots, but make sure that your nude socks are peeping over the top of your footwear. Smarten up in longer shorts with a rolled-back cuff, and a jacket of the same length.
Cover up with a long coat, or a faux fur, and don’t forget your fedora! Throw on a bomber jacket – a fringed one with sunnies will match cut-offs. Alternatively, keep snug with fitted knits, a baggy jumper, or a sweatshirt. Ponchos will give you warmth and freedom, with just the right casual look, and a choice of fabrics and styles. Go for a blazer and scarf in daytime, or live in a plaid flannel shirt for the next few weeks.
Sheer tights are less warm, but we promise that some days will be warm enough! Ground the look with a leather jacket, and you’re dressed for playtime. Team with heeled or flat booties, and a leopard-print clutch. And did we mention ripping?
Cut-off denim dungarees are a chunkier, and therefore cosier, option, that will give you a good opportunity to play with layers. Slip on a silk shirt or lacy blouse to keep your overalls in touch with their feminine side, and accessorise with statement jewellery. A tailored blazer completes the picture.
If, like us, you’re getting a vibe that warns of lazy, hazy days turning into a season of mists in the not-too-distant future, don’t be phased by it. Grab some layers and let your denim shorts transition you gently into autumn.
The featured photo is of a girl wearing a heavy knit sweater and denim shorts. Unfortunately we do not know who it is or who took the photo. If you do, please contact us so that we can give them the credit they deserve.
Jessica Stein is wearing denim shorts from Mango combined with a trench coat from Sportscraft, denim shirt from Madewell, boots from Chanel and the sunglasses are from Prada
Cristina Fernandez is wearing denim shorts and black trenchcoat in autumn
Mary Seng is wearing a blue duster from French Connection, white shirt from Alexander Wang, denim shorts from Levi’s, sandals from Rag & Bone and the bag is from Sophie Hulme
Adriana Gastélum is wearing a military green jacket from SheInside, denim shorts from Forever21 and mules from Zara
Victoria Tornegren is wearing boots from Zara, black knit sweater from H&M, denim shorts from One Teaspoon, sunglasses from Asos and the bag is from Mango
Mandy Shadforth is wearing denim shorts from Nobody, leather jacket from Anine Bing and shoes from Mode Collective
Mafalda Castro is wearing mesh top and bag from Fashion Pills, cover-up from SheInside, denim shorts from Pull & Bear and sunglasses from PartyGlasses
Paulien Riemis is wearing a leather jacket from Vila, T-shirt and hat from H&M, denim shorts from Zara, bag from Balenciaga and sneakers from Nike
Karlie Kloss is wearing a knit turtleneck and denim cut offs Via Stockholm Streetstyle
Caroline Blomst is wearing denim shorts from Levi’s, boots from Rizzo, scarf and gloves from H&M, cardigan from Zara and a bag from Alexander Wang
Mija is wearing vintage denim cut offs from Levi’s, striped T-shirt from Alexander Wang, slip-ons from Zara, blazer from H&M and the bag is from Celine
Miuccia is wearing a leather jacket from Mango, top from Zara, vintage denim shorts from Levi’s, boots from Alexander Wang and a bag from Chanel
Silvia Zamora is wearing a yellow knit jumper from Zara, vintage denim shorts from Levi’s and a backpack from Rembs Rita
Jenny Ong is wearing a blazer from Rodebjer, top from Greylin, denim shorts from A&F, boots from Rag & Bone and a bag from Balenciaga
Kristina Bazan Wearing Top From Nations, Blazer From Minusey, Michael Kors Shoes And Distressed Boyfriend Denim Shorts From H&M Bag From Saint Laurent