Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
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From Shorts to Sweater Weather: How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall

Now that summer is coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about swapping your summer wardrobe for fall fashions!

The period between the two seasons can be tricky “”  some days, it’s chilly, and other days it still feels like summer! If you’re having a hard time figuring out what to wear for this transitional weather, we have some tips for you.

Check out these key pieces to help you transition from summer to fall:

Cardigans and wrap sweaters

When the temperatures start to drop, it’s officially sweater weather! You can pair cardigans or wrap sweaters with just about any outfit to stay warm and cozy.

Black knit cardigan from Goodwill

Black knit cardigan from Goodwill


We love the idea of wearing a chunky knit cardigan over a summer sundress or shorts to carry you through the transitional weather. Choose a sweater in a neutral color like cream, tan, brown, or black to match everything in your wardrobe. Add a belt around your waistline for a more fitted look!


Lightweight jacket

Colder days call for smart layering, including stylish jackets and blazers. Look for a jacket that offers structure and makes a statement, like these options:


  • A classic leather jacket pairs well with jeans, skirts, and dresses!
leather jacket from Goodwill

leather jacket from Goodwill

  • A fitted blazer looks put-together and professional for work.
Green Dress with Blazer

Green Dress with Blazer

  • A trench coat is perfect for running errands on windy or rainy days.
Blue Trenchcoat from Goodwill

Blue Trenchcoat from Goodwill

  • A denim jacket will match anything in your closet! Layer it over a sundress for a summer-to-fall look.


Statement-making accessories

Jazz up your fall outfits with attention-grabbing accessories, like the following:


  • Wide-brimmed hats. Western cowboy-inspired hats or fedoras are a fun fall trend this year. Wear them with jeans and a t-shirt or a dress and jacket combination.
Four pairs of sunglasses from Ohio Valley Goodwill

Sunglasses at Goodwill

  • Cat-eye sunglasses. 1950s and 60s-style sunglasses are on-trend for fall 2020! Look for small, cat-eye shaped frames in basic black or tortoiseshell print.
  • Glam earrings. From faux pearls and diamonds to animal print, tassels and sequins, statement earrings are a great way to add some flair to any fall outfit.
  • Chunky gold chains. Look for large, chain-link necklaces or gold bangle bracelets.
Gold bangle bracelets from Goodwill

Gold bangle bracelets from Goodwill

  • Silky scarves. Wear jewel-toned scarves around your neck, in your hair, or tied to your handbag for a chic look!
Shoe rack at Goodwill Store

Shoe rack at Goodwill Store


So long, flip-flops, boots are the must-have footwear for autumn outfits! Look for versatile low-cut ankle booties that can stretch your summer wardrobe through the fall season. Remember, you don’t have to limit yourself to boring colors. Maroon, gold, animal print, and even snakeskin-patterned boots are perfect for fall!






Have a Fun and Thrifty Fall with Goodwill!

As you can see, you don’t have to buy a completely new wardrobe for the fall season. Your favorite summer pieces can easily transition to fall weather with a few accessories and layers! Ohio Valley Goodwill has you covered with budget-friendly sweaters, outerwear, shoes, jewelry, hats, and so many other amazing finds!

Ohio Valley Goodwill is more than a Cincinnati thrift store. We’re a nonprofit organization with 100+ years of service in the community. When you shop at Goodwill, you’re supporting our mission to provide job skills training and employment services for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. You can feel great about every purchase you make!

Find your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill store and plan your next shopping trip today. Happy Fall!