What To Wear Now: Our Favorite Late Summer Fashion Staples

Late summer might be one of the most challenging time for anyone who’s into fashion. The temperature is likely still sweltering, but all the fall clothes are in stores and you’re likely getting tired of your summer wardrobe. Plus, there’s something about back-to-school season that has us ready to rock new looks no matter how long its been since we had our last “first day of school”. 

Our Favorite Late Summer Fashion Staples

That’s when refreshing your wardrobe with a few pieces you can wear right now and use as layering items well into autumn is key, as well as remixing your current items to create ensembles that feel more current. 

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Here are some of our favorite ways to make the transition from summer to fall in 2022 in style…

A Black Tank

Start with a black tank or another dark neutral of your choice. An updated version of this eternal basic will stand on its own right now (and might be a perfect pairing with a bold print skirt or pants) and work as a layering piece under blazers and sweaters in the fall. We’re liking styles with a higher neckline, like this tank with a twisted detail by Sanctuary or this sleek ribbed knit by WSLY.

A Chic Hobo

For some reason we seem to need to lug around a lot more in the fall, so switching up our summer clutches and crossbodies for a larger bag is necessary. Caramel and rich cognac tones are especially hot this fall, and nothing looks quite as casually luxe as this slouchy style done with minimal hardware. We’re loving this oversized shopper from Madewell or this double-loop hobo from Cuyana

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Wide Leg Denim

Wide leg jeans or any pants of your choice are ideal for late summer. Skinny and straight leg jeans will never totally go away and there’s no denying their practicality for tucking into boots in snowier climates. But fall’s hottest silhouette has a high waist and a true wide leg that starts at the hip, like these from Hint of Blu that are a steal at $59. Or if you know that you love the look, you can always invest in the designer denim version like these Harper Jeans from Paige (available at Anthropologie). 

Fun New Sneakers

The kids aren’t the only ones who should start off the school year with new kicks! We’re loving these Adidas NMDs in super bright orange for a pop of color in a trendy hue as well as these Nike Blazers in crisp white for a more retro look (these would be perfect paired with the wide leg denim mentioned above). 

Something in Your Favorite Color

We fully support dopamine dressing in every way, shape, or form, so a piece in a color that makes you smile is always in style. For instance, something like this oversize cocoon coat from Meikosks via Amazon in any of the prints would definitely liven up a gray fall day, but its still light enough to throw on for those last cool summer nights. Or pick up something that you can wear all winter, like this rich emerald green velvet duster from BB Dakota by Steve Madden.

Shop Our Favorite Late Summer Staples

Pictured above from left to right:

Sanctuary Twisted Tank Top, now $27.40

WSLY The Rivington Ribbed Tank, now $51

Hint of Blu Mighty High Waist Wide Leg Jeans, $59

Paige Harper High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans, $249

Madewell The Oversized Shopper Bag, $168

Cuyana Oversized Double Loop Bag, $398

Adidas NMD_R1 Shoes, $150

Nike Blazer Mid ’77 Vintage, $100

Meikosks Floral Plus Size Jacket Womens Long Trench Coat Oversized Outerwear Flared Sleeves Cardigan, $28.99

BB Dakota by Steve Madden Daze Velvet Duster, $129

What are you wearing right now, and how do you adapt your summer pieces later in the season? Or do you just start rocking fall clothes as soon as Labor Day is over? 

Let us know in the comments or in our Growing Younger Facebook Group! 

– Jacqueline Zenn

You may like to read more of Jacqueline’s styling tips like The Best Prints of Summer (and Fall) 2022 for Women Over 50 and The Best Wide Leg Pants For Women Over 50.

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