As fun as shopping is, we are living in a world that could use a little less consumerism. So why not save some cash, gas, and time by going through your summer wardrobe and seeing what you can keep for fall?
Shades are usually summer staples, but if you live in a windy area like Philadelphia, Chicago, or Washington, D.C., sunglasses can save you from watery eyes. Trade your super-bright Ray-Bans (fake or real) for darker frames. Classic shapes like cat-eye sunglasses are always in style, but try a shield shape for a bit of edge.
Of course, hot pants won't cut it when the temperature starts to drop, but longer shorts like walking shorts or city shorts will get you through at least the first month of fall. If you can't bear to part with your short shorts, wear tights (not pantyhose!) underneath, or if you're feeling more daring, knee- or thigh-high socks. Urban Outfitters has awesome long socks that are actually worth the price that they are.
3. "Ethnic" looks
For summer, the safari/ethnic look is usually pretty literal and costume-y, but it's a look that is easily translatable to fall. Break up your vest and skirt combos, and keep your wooden and animal-inspired accessories.
4. Lightweight cardigans
The usual cardigan is thick and heavy, but a light cardigan is an even better layering tool. Try a sheer one, or one with an interesting shape.
This one is a no-brainer -- everybody needs a scarf for warmth purposes. Instead of the usual thick scarf that goes with outerwear, try a thin, wispy one: tied in just the right way and paired with a few necklaces, it'll become the focus of your outfit while keeping you warm.