The heat wave has marginally subsided, but summer is still in full swing.  Judging from your closets, though, you’ve been loading up on Fall shades like plums and mustard and turning down the notch on your summer brights.  With cooler weather on the mind, we turned to Serena Goh of The Spicy Stiletto, one of our favorite daily reads, to get the scoop on how to transition some of our fave summer pieces come Fall!

It’s hard to imagine putting on anything that closely resembles a knit at the moment, but I have the Fall season on my mind. Fall usually means that I finally have the willpower to escape an air-conditioned space without breaking a sweat, enjoying Fall foliage, and most importantly, layering. When I first moved to New York, layering was a foreign concept to me – us California girls don’t have to worry about such a thing – but on the east coast, it’s an art form. And in the Fall, it’s all about mastering this art in preparation for the colder months, and I love the idea of taking key pieces in any wardrobe and incorporating them into upcoming seasons to create a variation of looks.

So in this version of ‘if the Internet were my closet’, I’ve selected three key staples that you’d most likely find in your wardrobe at the moment, and created three looks that you should try this Fall.

Denim in any form is versatile. It’s a wardrobe staple that comes in so many forms that it’s hard to just have one piece in your closet. In this first look, I add a fitted denim shirt over this long sleeve Rag & Bone shirt tail top (so chic on it’s own and a great piece to add if you’re looking for basics with a twist). Then, add some texture with a leather skirt – mixing in a leather mini to these layers not only adds texture but also gives the body a nice contour. I love leather pieces, and if there’s one thing you should add to your fall accoutrements, it’s a leather skirt – but, don’t splurge on a leather skirt when you can find amazing quality at just about any thrift store. Last but not least, accessorize – lighter booties to balance out the look, a bold clutch (I love leopard print, but you can try monochromatic tones like a deep red if print isn’t your thing), and then some dainty ASOS and Mociun rings, and a Pamela Love cuff to finish off the look.

See-through, sheer, whatever you’d like to call it, is a summer must. It’s the only way to let your skin breathe when you’re dragging your feet through 90-something degree weather, but make sure to add a bralette, bandeau, silk cami, or layer it under a dress to make it in any way less revealing. This look is transformed from the usualtank-and-shorts look that I sport almost every weekend in the summer. See how easy one can clean up? Tuck it into a pair of wide-leg trousers and you’ve already started a base for a beautiful transformation. I love the idea of wide-leg trousers thathang over your heels because it gives the illusion that your’e a tad taller than you really are. Then, layer this look under a blazer if you’re going for something more office-friendly, but if you want to go casual, add a white leather vest (H&M) and a richlip color. The accessories are up to you, but I’m not sure you can pass up a fringe like this Dannijo necklace that makes the ultimate statement.

And last but not least, let’s talk color. Summer and spring are usually all about brighter shades, but incorporating colors year-round is the way to go. Here, we let the accessories do most of the work – starting with this bright PS1 satchel and mixing in some textured basics like a loosely fitted knit (which you can find just about anywhere), ripped denim skinnies, and shaped leather booties. This look is casual enough for weekend errands, but the accessories add a polish that’s perfect for an outing with friends.

Thanks so much, Serena!  For more great style advice and recipes, visit Serena atThe Spicy Stiletto and follow her on Twitter!

What are your most versatile summer staples? Tell us in the comments!