Experiment with classic dress silhouettes that use splashes of color and patterns to update the look.
Bateau shift dress, Dorothy Perkins, $75, dorothyperkins.com.
Opt for a fancier tote, satchel or clutch that will complement your dressier look. Embossed bags and animal prints instantly lend a luxe vibe.
Croc embossed tote, Brahmin, $225, brahmin.com.
If you’re going sans sleeves, make sure you cover up appropriately. Take a page from the First Lady’s style book and sport a sweet cardigan, sharp blazer or chic wrap.
Knit pussy bow cardigan, Alice by Temperley, $370, netaporter.com.
Use your new fall floppy, cloche or fedora to make a statement — this accessory will immediately transform and add flair to your outfit.
Felt fedora, Old Navy, $12, oldnavy.com.
T-strap styles and kitten heels have a dantier, church-appropriate feel. Styles incorporating the season’s hottest trends like oxford influences, bold brights and pajama prints are more fashion-forward alternative than what your grandmother once wore.
“Bianca” T-strap patent platform pumps, Ann Taylor, $169, anntaylor.com.
An ankle boot is a great substitute to a pump when the weather gets brisk. Sport this style with tights or a sleek pant suit, it’s a fool-proof alternative.
“Lorelei” leather ankle boots, LAUREN Ralph Lauren, $139, zappos.com.