As hot days become fewer and farther between, getting dressed can become a little more of a challenge. Typically, the seasonal transition is welcomed with an eye toward darker hues, such as black or burgundy. But these aren’t typical times. From airy dresses to cozy crocheted knits, in vibrant colors that include bright orange, sea foam green and iridescent blue — sometimes worn all at once — here are some ideas that will work for fall while still feeling summery.
1. A Bright Bag
The conventional wisdom might be that a black or brown bag will go with any outfit, but don’t underestimate the versatility of color. A vibrant accessory, like this shoulder bag in swimming pool blue from Bottega Veneta, can elevate an otherwise muted wardrobe.
2. A High-Contrast Skirt
An ankle-length skirt, worn with bare legs, is a dependable summer-into-fall staple. This neon orange option by Prada acts as a great base for layering — and color blocking.
3. A Feather-Light Dress
Romantic voluminous dresses can boost one’s mood in any season, and this linen and silk version from Cecilie Bahnsen strikes a perfect balance between lightness and structure.
4. A Chunky Sweater
It’s hard to go wrong with a cozy knit, but for fall why not make it supersized and rainbow-hued, like this cardigan from the young knitwear designer Hope Macaulay.
5. Pastel Nails
Candy-colored nails can brighten any ensemble; try pastel shades of pink, yellow and blue — you can mix and match them, too.
6. A Rainbow-Hued Necklace
Strands of natural gemstones that run the color spectrum — jade, amethyst, green sapphire — are an easy way to incorporate an earthy vibe into your outfit. Double down by layering versions in different hues.
7. Strappy Sandals
After months of flat summer slides, sandals with a mid-height block heel will be a welcome upgrade. Try a colorful version, like this strappy, bright pink pair from Ferragamo.
8. Bold Stripes
On brisker days, a striped sweater is a safe bet. For a fresh take on the classic piece, try knits in rich, vibrant hues — like these cashmere separates from the Elder Statesman — and match them from head to toe.
9. Color-Tinted Sunglasses
What better way to hold onto the last days of summer than with a pair of rose-colored glasses? These, by Sun Buddies, provide a dose of ’90s nostalgia and a subtle pop of yellow that will give any outfit a sunny glow.
10. Delicate Prints
Contrasting floral patterns, as seen on this faded blue and yellow piece by the New York label Rentrayage, which rebuilds vintage clothes, offer a subtle update to the timeless cotton day dress.
Model: Thasfia Chowdhury at Unite-Unite. Hair by Shin Arima at Home Agency using R&Co. Makeup by Laramie Glen using ILIA Beauty. Casting by Maria Osado at Güerxs Agency. Production: Tristan Orlando Rodriguez at T Creative. Manicure: Leanne Woodley at She Likes Cutie. Photo assistants: Chad Crews and Kiri Wawatai. Stylist’s assistant: Caitie Kelly. Production assistant: Mehow Podstawski. Location: North Fork Flower Farm.