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How To Start Mixing Your Summer & Fall Pieces Now

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    New York doesn't mess around when it comes to seasons; we experience each one in full force. And with fall just around the corner, we're half excited, half stressing about the inevitable wardrobe transition (not to mention those awkward in-between temps) that are about to go down. Even so, no matter where you live, the season change doesn't mean you have to stow away your favorite summer styles just yet. Even better: What if you could bust out your fall wardrobe right now?

    According to NYC-based style blogger Charlotte Groeneveld of The Fashion Guitar, you totally can. We tapped the Netherlands native for tips on mixing the two styles of both seasons together, for that tricky transitional weather. Up ahead, see how Charlotte mixes fall pieces — like Banana Republic’s latest utility jackets and dark, sleeveless vests — with her warm-weather favorites. The best part? This might be the best excuse ever to begin checking off that fall wish list, stat.

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    Just Add Pants
    Your crisp white tops, tunics, and sundresses don't have to go into hiding after Labor Day. Just layer 'em over pants to experiment with an on-trend look that plays with proportions and extends the life of these summer staples. Here, Charlotte keeps the sunny vibes going into the early fall with a pleated white top layered over a pair of earth-toned leather leggings.

    The Row leather pants, Urban Outfitters clutch, Saint Laurent sunglasses.

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    Play With Unconventional Silhouettes
    Choosing pieces that have extended hemlines or well-placed pleats can make layering easier and more fun. Keeping the colors in neutral territory ensures the different shapes will jive.

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    Contrast Lighter Layers With A Fall Jacket
    A trusty utility jacket may be a staple for fall, but it also adds a tough contradiction to feminine summer pieces. Pairing softer styles, like a ruffled pencil skirt or a knit top, with this well-loved item balances out a look that might otherwise veer too girly.

    Topshop shirt, Moschino skirt, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Reed Krakoff shoes.

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    Keep It Cool In A Pseudo Cape
    Coat slinging isn't just for Fashion Week. For warmer days, just drape a jacket over the shoulders, so you can take it off if it gets too warm. It's the outerwear vibe without the commitment.

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    Slip On A Structured Piece
    If piling a traditional blazer over a summer dress seems a bit too severe (and stuffy!), opt for a sleeveless, double-breasted blazer. The versatile, structured vest is a must for fall, and it looks great if you wear it now over a lighter look.

    Jil Sander dress, Balenciaga shoes.