11 Simple Ways to Ease Into Fall by Bringing a Little Summer Along with You

BATH, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 12: The early morning sunlight breaks through leaves that are begining to change colour in Victoria Park on October 12, 2009 in Bath, England. England, particularly in the south, is currently enjoying a spell of dry, fine weather, allowing the begining of the Autumn foliage colours - brought on by shortening daylight hours and cooler weather - to be fully appreciated. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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The end of summer brings on the sads for many. No more justifying frozen yogurt for dinner. No more wearing sandals to the office.

But let's not fret, folks. It's also the end of sweating on the way to work and feeling like we should be outside "taking advantage of the weather" when we'd really like to be at home taking advantage of not wearing a bra.

Dreading that awkward transition that comes between seasons? Here are 11 simple ways to embrace fall while also prolonging the spirit of summer. Including sweaters.

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Recommit to your summer reading list

There are 5 or 30 books on my to-read table at all times — and many more on my to-buy wish list. Like a bear preparing to hibernate, I’m set for months of reading in bed on Saturday mornings. And afternoons. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

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Feather your nest

There’s spring cleaning, and then there’s fall nesting. Layer your indoor space with something that evokes warmer days, like a bird-print quilt tossed across the foot of your bed.

Kantha quilt, $64.99, etsy.com

Celebrate apple season

Summer fruit, blah, blah, blah. Fall is for the number one fruit, apples, and The Simple, Sweet Life has just the recipe to get you into the spirit of the season.

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Remember sweaters

And boots, and jackets. One of my favorite parts of any seasonal transition is the opportunity for a wardrobe change-up, like adding a chunky sweater on top of a summery dress, or switching up sandals for boy-style oxfords. Show off your love for all things cozy with this DIY heart sweater by A Beautiful Mess.

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Eat right

Mind your table manners while remembering summer vegetables fondly.

Veggie cloth napkins, (set of 4) $34, etsy.com

Cuddle up

So cozy for a late summer night or picnicking outside; just as cozy for cuddling on the sofa inside.

Bandana quilt, $85, etsy.com

Drink tea

From a dainty floral teapot. Instant mood booster.

Wiltshire print teapot, $81, Liberty London

Bloom where you're planted

Nothing, as in nothing, brightens a room like fresh flowers, no matter what time of year it is.


Plan Your Road Trip

No more summer weekends doesn’t have to mean no more weekend road trips, and the scenery is arguably even better come leaf-changing season.


Garden indoors

Herbs: They’re green, you can grow them yourself, and then cook with them. Like a vegetable garden, but inside.

Garden markers, $20, etsy.com

Eat ice cream. The end.

Ice cream exists all year long. Switch from a cone to a mug and carry on.

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