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Newport Outfits: Transitional Fashion, Coastal Style

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I recently had the chance to explore Newport, Rhode Island, and take in the beautiful sights while also experimenting with my wardrobe. Though it was still warm out, the leaves already started turning yellow and the weather was cooler at night, especially by the water. To match the aesthetic of the coastal town as well as suit the fluctuating weather, I created some Newport outfits with transitional fashion pieces that are perfect for this current season. From striped sweaters to slip dresses, here are outfits you can recreate for the changing of the seasons, inspired by Newport!

Newport Bound

As soon as my friend and I decided on Newport as our destination, I was excited to put together outfits for a coastal town. After all, I have enough stripes to last a lifetime. (Not really, but close.) And what’s more nautical and coastal than a striped sweater? All in all, the charming seaside town with historic mansions and a scenic harbor makes the perfect backdrop for classic yet transitional fashion!

tank | jeans | button-up | shoes | bag (less expensive option)

The Essentials: Building a Transitional Wardrobe

Whether you are visiting Newport or dressing for the summer-to-fall transition, building a versatile wardrobe with pieces that can be layered and mixed and matched is essential for any location.

The first essential piece in a transitional wardrobe is a lightweight jacket. Whether it’s a denim jacket, cardigan, or blazer, having a go-to layering piece is a must. This will keep you warm during cooler evenings and can easily be removed when the sun comes out.

And as a bonus – the right jacket has the power to transform your look into something new. Take the blazer below, for example. It takes a cute and casual outfit into something nice enough to be worn to a nice dinner. (And with a shoe change too!)

blazer | button-up | shorts

Next, invest in some staple bottoms. A pair of jeans in a light to medium wash and a versatile skirt or shorts in a neutral color will go a long way. These pieces work extra hard in your wardrobe and can be worn with a variety of tops and shoes.

shorts | sneakers

Speaking of tops, having a range of options is important. From lightweight blouses to long-sleeved shirts, having a mix of fabrics and styles will ensure you’re prepared for any weather – and style!

Consider pieces in both neutral and select bolder colors to add variety to your outfits. I find that a tank top, cardigan, lightweight sweater, blazer, and linen button-up are some of the most versatile pieces.

Don’t forget about dresses! They definitely have a place in a transitional wardrobe. When choosing dresses for your transitional wardrobe, opt for styles that can be layered or dressed up or down, depending on the weather and occasion.

dress | cardigan

A classic slip dress in a neutral color is a great option as it can be worn on its own during warmer months or layered with a blazer or cardigan when the temperature drops. Plus, just by swapping out the shoes, you can create so many different looks.

For a more casual vibe, consider a flowy maxi dress in a lightweight fabric. This dress can be paired with sandals for a relaxed summer look, or paired with closed-toed shoes and a jacket for a fall outfit.

Other dress styles to consider are the shirt dress or wrap dress. These are both great options for versatile pieces. Wear them on their own during warmer months and layer when it gets cooler out.

Related: Step Into Fall: Transition Your Wardrobe with These Stylish Shoe Options

Last but not least, you’ll need proper footwear and accessories to nail the transitional look! Comfortable sneakers are a must for any weather, while sandals and mules can elevate your outfit for a night out. An easy slip-on shoe, like a slide or clog is great at striking the right balance between summer and fall.

Simple accessories like a pendant necklace, hoop earrings, and sunglasses complete your Newport-inspired looks. Of course, a beautiful handbag can complete your look too.

The changing of the seasons is always an exciting time, and the outfits you wear can only enhance the experience!

For more expert tips on nailing the outfit transition, keep reading: From Summer to Autumn: 5 Easy Fall Transition Outfit Ideas


Founder and editor of My Chic Obsession, Carolyn is your trusted fashion maven. Carolyn's drive to help others achieve a classic and timeless wardrobe fuels her posts, making a go-to resource for style seekers worldwide. Beyond the wardrobe, she resides in the heartland of the Midwest, dreaming up new ideas and raising her two lively boys - her biggest fashion critics.