Not all of us can afford a brand new wardrobe every time a season changes; it is not mandatory to buy new clothes just because of the weather forecast or the new trend report, for that matter.
Check out the latest trends out there and try to see what pieces you have from 2012 that are still hot this year, for instance: velvet, lace, faux leather and fur were huge last winter and they're back this year; so you can still wear the same ones and maybe change it a little bit by styling them up differently.
But when it comes to transitioning from one season to another, it's tricky, you could start your day in a floral dress and flip flops and end it wearing a coat and boots; you never know when it is going to be chilly, rainy or warm outside but you have to be prepared; don't toss your Summer clothes already just mix them up with early Fall ones.
- summer frocks: pair them with faux leather jackets (from cropped bombers to moto styles), blazers, denim jackets or huge chunky knit cardigans and fringed kimonos á la bohéme.
- crop tops: bare midriffs were a huge epidemic trend this summer, but that does not mean you can't wear them in winter, just be sure to cover yourselves up in the rest of the body. Pair those mini tops and bustiers with tailored high-waisted trousers in darker hues and wintry fabrics; even velvet maxi skirts will work.
- shorts and hot pants: you can still flaunt out those legs during winter, why not?.. the only difference will be that you'll be wearing tights. How about black tights under a short pair of denim high-waisted shorts, Dr. Martens boots and a cool flannel jacket; did somebody say "grunge's not dead"?, 'cause it's not!
- pastel hues: there are still many women out there that live by the motto "bright colors are for spring and summer, darker colors for fall and winter"; too bad they think that way, because they narrow their outfit options almost by 50%. It's a new era in fashion, almost anything goes, what matters is the style; so dare try pastel hues during winter, just wear them differently. A pastel pink or mint green top will look amazing paired up with gray high-waisted pants and a caramel hue wool coat; don't you think?
Don't go over budget, analyze your closet and re-style those summer pieces so you can still wear them as the new season comes along. If you really put some effort into this you'll sure be able to save up and only spend a few dollars on half of the outfit instead of an entire new one.