The colder temperatures don’t mean you have to ditch your skirts, dresses and other summer clothes. Here are some transition tips to make your favourite warm-weather pieces last all throughout fall and winter.

Extend the life of your favourite tank tops, sleeveless blouses, summer dresses and t-shirts by making blazers, cardigans and other knitwear your best cool-weather friends. I love Zara’s turtlenecks and sweaters because they are so affordable and come in a rainbow of colours.

Tip: Throw on a scarf or pashmina to highlight your layered look (and keep stylishly warm in chilly offices). Bonus points: Colour block your summer brights with an equally eye-catching blazer or cardigan.

Zara V-Neck Jumper and Polo Neck Sweater, $19.90 each

Dipping temperatures do not mean the end of shorter hemlines and summer footwear. Pair your shorts, dresses, jumpsuits, peep toes and high-heel sandals with tights—whether they be patterned, coloured or knitted—to add mileage to these summer staples.

Tip: The tights and sandals look ONLY goes with sandals with heels. Bonus points: Go for a head-to-toe patterned look (think a polka dot skirt with matching tights) for an on-trend matchy matchy look.

Hue Tights in Sweater Dots and Nordic Fairisle Sweater, $20 each

Thigh-high, knee-high and ankle boots are the perfect way to anchor shorter hemlines and lightweight fabrics. This fall and winter play around with colours and textures (like suede and distressed leather) for the perfect transitioned look.

Tip: Balance shorter hemlines with warm weather booties lined with shearling for a weather-appropriate outfit. Bonus points: Pair your short hemline and cozy knit tights with high-heel hiking boots (like this one I’ve been eying from Macy’s), for a haute hiking look.

Boutique 9 Shoes, Arael Platform Booties, $240

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