By Joe Zee, stylist and the creative director of Elle magazine

Going from a sweltering summer to a fantastic fall doesn’t mean you have retire all your warm weather favorites. Here are my tips on how to make them work year round:

Layer Up

Lightweight fabrics can still have a place when the temperatures drop. Try contrasting your fabrics, mixing soft layers with heavy. I love heavy hand knits over flimsy tops or structured jackets with silky dresses.

Look for Length

For spring and summer, I always recommend investing in a maxi-dress. Not only can it go from day to night effortlessly, but it can go from summer to fall by incorporating tights and shoes.

Be Detail-Oriented

Accessories are key when transitioning looks. In the summer you may pair that skirt and top with sandals and a bright colored bag, but when falls rolls along, try switching it up with stronger, tougher accessories like hard leather bags, men’s style boots, and shoes in darker colors.

Mix in the Neutrals

Summer colors work well in June and July, but mixing in dark neutrals like black, navy and grey can also help the seasonal look. A crisp white cotton shirt or a black turtleneck is an easy addition to any transitional look.

~Joe Zee is an American stylist and the Creative Director of Elle magazine. His fashion series, “All on the Line with Joe Zee,” will return for a third season to Sundance Channel on Monday, September 10th at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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