How to Transition your Work Wardrobe from Summer to Fall

Fall is finally here, and you know what that means? The weather is changing and so is your wardrobe! Whether you’re working from home or the office, dressing appropriately for your career is imperative. Seasonal changes can make getting dressed somewhat challenging and a little costly. Pour a cup of coffee and continue reading to learn How to Transition your Work Wardrobe from Summer to Fall (on a Budget) for both business professional and casual work environments.

Fall is such a transitional season. It may feel like fall in the morning, summer by lunch and like an autumn night as the sun begins to set. So how in the world do you dress for two different temperatures in one day? Layering! It’s time to pull out those cozy cardigans and opaque tights for that chilly morning commute.

Dresses are one of my favorites. They’re versatile, super easy and perfect for any type of weather. By simply adding the right pieces, this simple look can keep you feeling comfortable throughout any climate change.

Business casual:

  • Layer a basic, fitted tee underneath your sleeveless, midi dress
  • Pointed or round toe flats are comfy for running around the office
  • Add a fun, statement necklace to bring the look together


Business professional:

  • Layer a simple white button-down shirt underneath your sleeveless summer, midi dress
  • Throw on your favorite block heels which are chic but work appropriate
  • Add a gold or silver watch to always keep track of time in between meetings


The power suit is the best way to look well dressed effortlessly. Whether it’s a pantsuit or a skirt suit, you’ll always be work ready in a matter of seconds.

Business casual:

  • Pair your blazer with dark washed denim jeans
  • Layer a clean tee shirt or printed blouse underneath
  • An appropriately sized hoop earring will add just the right touch


Business professional:

  • Wear your entire suit with a solid or printed shell underneath
  • A simple necklace is perfect for this look
  • A pointed toe pump will bring this look together


Skirts can be tricky. It all depends on your height and body shape when deciding which style of skirt to wear to work. Some skirts may deemed inappropriate while others are considered just right. We use the fingertip test to determine if our skirt is appropriate for work. If you’re still having trouble deciding, just think, “knee length”.

Business casual:

  • Rock your favorite pencil skirt with a simple sleeveless tee
  • Pull out your favorite leather jacket to layer over top
  • Throw on a bootie for some added height and flare


Business professional:

  • A pencil skirt is also the ultimate work wear piece
  • A simple shell or blouse can be worn tucked in
  • A tailored blazer and a waist belt will bring this look together


Now that wasn’t that bad, was it? Transitioning your wardrobe into the next season should be fairly easy if you have all the right pieces. For those of you whose work attire is business casual, remember that “business” comes first. If you have to question your outfit, it’s probably not appropriate. For those business professionals, don’t be afraid to add some textures and colors. It’s okay to take a little bit of summer with you into the fall.

Look out for our next post where we’ll discuss fall 2017 trends and where you can find them on a budget!


Written + styled by:

Christen Johnson

Founder of SophisticatedChic Brand, LLC.

5 Lessons I Learned From Wearing The Same Clothes For 30 Days

I wore the same clothes for 30 days.

Let me re-phrase that, I wore the same 8 pieces for 30 days. A few blogger friends and I came together and created our own version of Jean Chatzy’s challenge. We called it the #8for30Challenge

I inherited my love of clothes honestly. I mean, my mother has 3 closets. Yep that is not a typo. She has three closets and is retired! She even knows the shipment schedule of her favorite stores. I grew up with a woman who loves options so you know the shopping struggle is real for me.

The challenge took place in April. It was fun and really allowed me to exercise more creativity with my wardrobe and maximize my closet for less.

Here are the top 5 lessons I learned from the 8 for 30 challenge.

1. When buying clothes select versatile pieces.

Before I decided to change my life and my ways I was super guilty of buying things just because I liked them. These mindless decisions often led to buyer’s remorse. During this challenge I saw how important it is to purchase with a plan and buy pieces that complement each other.

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Despite the bold print my trusty ASOS sweater went with almost everything.

2. Cardigans and blazers are the best thing everrrrr!

Thank God for cardigans and blazers. We decided to classify them as accessories for this challenge and boy were they clutch. Had it not been for that decision I probably would have been very grumpy. By utilizing these previously undervalued items in my closet I was able to switch up my looks easily.

On this day I changed up my black Calvin Klein dress by wearing a belted H&M blazer over it.

On this day I changed up my black Calvin Klein dress by wearing a belted H&M blazer over it.

3. The importance of buying quality pieces

Three of the pieces from the challenge did not make it out of the challenge. My cream blouse from Target started fringing, my Asos sweater developed holes in both armpits, and the zipper on my jeans broke. The pieces that made it were the items that were well made, supporting the quality over quantity argument. Buy less and when you do buy; buy better (within reason).

4. It’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it

Because this challenge forced me to be more creative than I normally am, I had to develop my confidence and own my outfits. Just go with it and people will go with you.

I never would have worn my accordion skirt with a pair of sneakers.

I never would have worn my accordion skirt with a pair of sneakers.

5. No one cares

Do you know how many times I didn’t have creative “mojo” in the morning? One week I wore my black pants from the challenge three days in a row and guess what? No one at my office cared! As a matter of fact they didn’t even know I had worn them the days prior. I know we think that people are really checking for what we wear but the majority of the time they have way more important things to worry about.

With that said, I was sooo happy when the challenge came to an end. I missed having free reign of my closet. The challenge did help me curve my spending, I can count the amount of clothes I purchased this summer on both hands.

I made it through unscathed and I look forward to doing another challenge.

Any suggestions?


[Video] NYC Join Us for Fashion and Finance on July 26th

I am so excited!!! The Fashion and Finance event is almost here! Check out the video below for more details and get a sneak peak of some of our raffle prizes.

We have great sponsors and fabulous giveaways. We only have 8 tickets left! Get yours while you can by clicking here. Thank You so much to our amazing sponsors JustFab, HauteKinkyHair, Curls, and 20 Grand Vodka.

Cant wait to see you all on Saturday!!


We got #summertimefly14 ! Sip, Swap, and Shop Event Recap

We sipped, we swapped, we shopped!

On June 1st I had the pleasing of hosting and event with Niyya Tenee of Locs Revolution and Joy Spears of Confident Curls.

Joy Spears, Niyya Renae and Myself

Joy Spears, Niyya Tenee and Myself

Boy did we have an amazing time!

I managed to score a few items including a pair of authentic Fendi shades (Can we say hello Dubai?!) And as always the energy was beautiful. This was the first clothing swap I’ve been a privilege to be a part of but I am hooked and already looking forward to doing one for the fall.

Here are a few images from the event:

Ladies trying on lip colors from 127 East

Ladies trying on lip colors from 127 East


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One of our raffle winners

One of our raffle winners, Shanie B of A Little Richer


Another one of our vendors

Another one of our vendors, Hecho En Harlem

And me, pouring up spirits to an attendee

And me, pouring up spirits to an attendee

Special thanks to all of our vendors and our venue, the Raw Space.

So whats up next?

I am amping up the #MyFabIsLess challenge and partnering with Housing Works for a private shopping event at their Buy the Bag warehouse. I am so thrilled that my girls The Budgetnista will be speaking on living richer and Carrie Pink, the Financial Stylist will reveal to you what your wardrobe says about you.

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If your brand is interested in partnering with me to host an event or giveaway please contact me directly.

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