Style Spy: Changing Seasons

Layer summer clothes with fall styles for an easy transition.

Don’t pack away your summer clothes just yet. Ease into autumn by layering lacy tanks, lightweight jogger pants and other warm-weather staples with traditional fall pieces, recommends Nicole Hinton, owner of Nicole J Boutique in Middletown. The boutique has a shopping website in addition to its brick-and-mortar location, both offering a variety of clothing and accessories for $50 or less.

WHAT’S TRENDING: “This season, we’re seeing pops of plaid along with multicolored prints and an autumnal spin on summer’s boho glam,” Hinton says. She suggests incorporating a dash of dainty jewelry and some layered necklaces to complete the look. Here are a couple of her favorite transitional fall looks.  

AUTUMN BOHO GLAM: The model in the photo is wearing a sage lace tank, $38; printed jogger pants, $40; and ankle booties, $45. Her accessories include a wool floppy hat, $25; The Giving Keys necklaces, $28-$50; and metallic tattoos used as bracelets, $10. As colder weather approaches, transform the look—and stay warm—by throwing on a slouchy, open-knit cardigan, $40.

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PLEASING PATTERNS: Plaid never seems to go out of style, and with this look, you’re going to look chic whether you’re going to a wine tasting at a vineyard or a friend’s casual bonfire. Our model sports a plaid top, $35; dark-denim jeans, $50; and ankle booties, $45. Accessories can include an infinity scarf, $20; matte tortoise sunnies, $15; and knuckle rings, $10 for a set.

Nicole J Boutique, 423 N. Broad St., Middletown, 376-7393,

Photography By Ni4u Photography; Model: Jennifer Murray; Styled by Nicole Hinton


The Loafer

If you buy only one pair of shoes this fall, it should be a loafer. There are a variety of casual and work-appropriate options, including penny, leather, tassle and print styles. We really like Topshop’s Kitten Leather Slip-On Espadrille ($75), a variation of a traditional loafer shoe. The silhouette not only comes in a fun print, but it’s also comfy, thanks to supple leather construction, a flexible sole and stretchy elastic at each side of the instep. Available at Nordstrom, Christiana Mall,

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