News 5 Ways to Make Your Summer Pieces Work for Fall, Too By Andrea Cheng Andrea Cheng Andrea Cheng is a New York-based writer and editor who covers all things fashion, celebrity style, beauty, and trends. She was previously the Digital Fashion News Editor at InStyle. InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on August 20, 2013 @ 01:20PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Courtesy Who says you have to toss out your summer favorites once fall rolls around? Instead of dropping Benjamins on overhauling your current wardrobe, we’ve scouted five key items that can extend the life of your hot-weather pieces. For example, the sweet peek-a-boo lace dress you wore as the temperatures rose can easily transition into fall -- just top it off with a leather jacket to add a tough edge. Additionally, sleeveless leather dresses can get a cozy touch when paired with a chunky knit. Talk about double-duty! Click through to see more tips on how you can stretch your summer items right into fall. [wrn_button url="https://www.instyle.com/instyle/package/falltrends/photos/0,,20725691_20725498_30000834,00.html" text="SEE THE PHOTOS" title="SEE THE PHOTOS"] MORE:Fall 2013 Fashion: 96 Editor-Approved Items 5 Last-Ditch Summer Looks to Try Before FallThe Back-to-School Shopping Guide for Moms 01 of 15 Summer Trend: Peek-a-Boo Lace Imaxtree; Getty Images for Vogue Eyewear; Courtesy Your Transitional Helper: A Leather Jacket Toughen up the sweet candy-colored fabric, as seen on Carven and Eva Mendes, with a leather topper. Zip up in a warm caramel hue or keep cool with straight-up classic black. From cropped bombers to moto styles, they deliver the right dose of downtown chic while covering up off-season cutouts. Coach, leather, $798; coach.com. 02 of 15 Georgie Courtesy Polyester and spandex, $318; intermixonline.com. 03 of 15 Topshop Courtesy Polyurethane, $85; topshop.com. 04 of 15 Summer Trend: Leather Dresses Imaxtree; Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com; Courtesy Your Transitional Helper: A Knitted Cover-Up There’s no question that warm-weather leather is a summer statement (see: Proenza Schouler and Emmy Rossum), but don’t let your investment piece stay confined to three months of the year. Introduce a textured piece, like a cozy cardigan, to juxtapose the all-over leather. For a more formal approach, pick a structured blazer in a similar soft material. Helmut Lang, acrylic, wool and nylon, $240; net-a-porter.com. 05 of 15 By Malene Birger Courtesy Viscose, polyester and metallic fiber, $267; mytheresa.com. 06 of 15 Milla Schon Concept Courtesy Wool, acrylic, silk and cotton, $289; yoox.com. 07 of 15 Summer Trend: Cropped tops Imaxtree; Invision for Lionsgate/AP Images; Courtesy Your Transitional Helper: High-Waisted Pants Midriff seemed to be theme of the summer, from the runway (Balenciaga) to the red carpet (Elizabeth Banks). You can rest easy-your belly-grazing top isn’t up for retirement just yet. Pair it with tailored high-waisted trousers in darker hues, wintry fabrics (like jacquard) and moodier prints. Isola Marras, viscose and polyamide, $389; farfetch.com. 08 of 15 O'2nd Courtesy Polyester, wool and cotton, $295; farfetch.com. 09 of 15 River Island Courtesy Viscose, $70; riverisland.com. 10 of 15 Summer Trend: Backless dresses Getty Images (2); Lia Toby/Wenn.com; Courtesy Your Transitional Helper: A Long Vest Backless dresses are great because they’re demure from the front and surprisingly sexy from the back, like on the Azzaro runway and on Kate Mara. Since skin exposure in the fall (and winter) is generally a no go, keep your back under wraps with a lengthy vest. Treat it like an accessory: Experiment with colors, fabrics and styles. Try belting it or layering it under a jacket. Alexander Wang, lamb skin, polyester and triacetate, $595; farfetch.com. 11 of 15 2nd Day Courtesy Mohair, acrylic and polyester, $360; stylebop.com. 12 of 15 Viparo Courtesy Lambskin, $260; viparo.com. 13 of 15 Summer Trend: Pastels Imaxtree; Ken Katz/startraksphoto.com; Courtesy Your Transitional Helper: Jeweled Tones In the summer, pretty pale shades pair perfectly with other pastels (Nina Ricci) or even bright, bold colors (Maggie Gyllenhaal). To prep your wardrobe for fall, partner your usual lights with a rich, jeweled palette. Got a blush-colored top? Team it with an emerald skirt. Button up a navy wrap over a lilac dress or pull on an oxblood-red top to complement a lemon-hued maxi. Modcloth, polyester and spandex, $40; modcloth.com. 14 of 15 Zero + Maria Cornejo Courtesy Polyester-blend, $625; net-a-porter.com. 15 of 15 Zara Courtesy Cotton, polyester, $50; zara.com.