How to Make Last Fall’s Wardrobe Work This Year

Courtesy Topshop

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The bad news? Summer is *unofficially* over, and cooler weather’s already starting to roll in. The good news? Fall clothes. Thankfully, a bunch of pieces we loved last year — aka cropped jeans, sock boots, and tons and tons of ruffles — are all still in style, meaning you won’t need to empty your bank account doing a major closet overhaul. If you are, however, hoping for a quick upgrade (and want some pretty new things to show off), we’ve got eight swaps that will do just that, complementing last year’s look and turning it “2017.”

If you were into ruffled sleeves….

Try puffy sleeves. It’s the same statement-making concept, but with a Victorian-inspired upgrade.

Balloon Sleeve Roll Neck Jumper, $75, Topshop

Lemaire Knitted Turtleneck Sweater, $540, Net A Porter

Wanda Nylon Striped Cotton-Poplin Funnelneck Top, $565, Net A Porter

If you lived in your mules…

Try slingbacks. This classic shoe style is a tad more feminine than those casual slides, but the big bonus here? They won’t slip off!

Manolo Blahnik Carolyneflat Suede Slingback Flats, $645, Barney's

Aquazzura Nairobi Embellished Denim Point-Toe Flats, $725, Net A Porter

Gucci Marmont Fringed Suede Slingback Flats, $695, Net A Porter

If you loved layering turtlenecks…

Try a sheer alternative. Styled under a dress, jumpsuit, or even a sweater, a see-through turtleneck or top is more “nice touch” than “naked."

Simone Rocha Turtleneck Sheer Top, $420, Farfetch

Zoe Karssen Turtleneck Pullover With Cotton, $179, Stylebop

Ganni Tilden Leopard-Print Mesh Turtleneck Top, $115, Net A Porter

If you wore your bomber to death…

Try a polished blazer. While our bombers will still be on rotation, top models have shown us that blazers — especially plaid ones! — are an equally versatile top layer.

Acne Studios Jara Double Breasted Pinstriped Wool Twill Blazer, $900, Net A Porter

Jacket, $50, H&M

Regent Blazer In Plaid With Velvet Tie, $228, J.Crew

If you stocked up on cropped denim…

Try cropped trousers. Whether they’re baggy culottes or a slimmer suit-like style, they'll be worn as often trustiest pairs of jeans (pair them sock boots and a T-shirt)!

Acne Studios Iris Cropped Wool-Twill Wide-Legged Pants, $350, Net A Porter

Antonio Berardi Cropped Cady Flared Pants, $590, Net A Porter

Cropped Trousers With Seam Detail, $50, Zara

If you were way into millennial pink…

Try power red. The runways proved this color's back in a big way, and if wearing it head to toe feels bit too flashy, incorporate it into your wardrobe with dresses, shoes, and jackets.

Tory Sport Chevron Stretch-Jersey Top, $160, Net A Porter

La Linge Pipeline Striped Crepe Flared Pants, $325, Net A Porter

Dorateymur Nizip Booties, $550, Shopbop

If your winter coat was a poufy puffer…

Try something fluffy. Just as big, warm, and spotlight-stealing as last year’s outerwear, only a little more glam.  

Frame Faux Fur Coat, $695, Net A Porter

Bluebird Jacket, $339, Unreal Fur

Maison Margiela Oversized Mohair Coat, $2,750, Net A Porter

If you were a track pants kind of gal…

Try a full track or sweat suit. Matchy-matchy sets have made their return (and so has the “groutfit,” aka gray outfit), plus, when you’re not styling the pieces together, you can wear them separately and double your wardrobe.

Opening Ceremony Ribbed Knit-Trimmed Cotton Hooded Top, $175, Net A Porter  |  Opening Ceremony Ribbed Knit-Trimmed Cotton Track Pants, $150, Net A Porter

Bella Freud Billie Cashmere-Blend Cardigan, $665, Net A Porter  |  Billie Freud Billie Intarsia Metallic-Trimmed Cashmere-Blend Track Pants, $585, Net A Porter

Super Soft Loungewear Sweatshirt, $45, Topshop  |  Super Soft Loungewear Joggers, $50, Topshop