As I think about five summer 2015 trends, I like to look ahead to some fall trends and make sure that much of what I buy now can make the easy transition into the next season. Especially that tricky month of September, when it’s hot but we all want to “look” fall. It’s all about more bang for your buck, right? These are the styles I’ve got my eye on to wear now and as the leaves change:

Flare Jeans

It’s the ’70s thing and also because the fashion gods don’t like us to get too comfy in one style of pants, as then we won’t buy anything, right? So skinnies are starting to meet their match. You can still wear your skinnies, but if you want to be fashion-forward in a way that you will be very mainstream soon, buy some flare jeans. If you feel too old for big flares, just start to embrace the boot cut look again.

SB Tip: With your flares, show your feet, as shown in both examples below. When the flares hit the ground without any shoe or foot showing, it creates what I like to call the elephant leg. And while your chunky heels will look great with this style of jean, go more modern with your top so that you don’t look like a ’70s costume.

5 Summer 2015 Trends That You Will Still Be Wearing This Fall. Flare jeans are making a huge comeback! Photo source: eonline.com

Flare jeans for summer were seen last year and will be more noticeable this summer. Come fall, this look is going to be embraced big time. Found on Pinterest, from eonline

5 Summer 2015 Trends That You Will Still Be Wearing This Fall. Flare jeans are making a huge comeback!

This ensemble is from Anthropologie and shows off perfectly why a pair of white flare jeans may be just what your summer wardrobe needs! Wear with a tank this summer and with a knit sweater come fall.

The Chunky Heel

Again, it’s the ’70s vibe that just keeps getting stronger and stronger, and the chunky heel is here to stay, at least for a while. Embrace a style that you can get a lot of use from over many seasons. Forgo the platform for a less disco and more mainstream ’70s look.

SB Tip: Chunky heels can be found on low, mid and high heels right now. If you don’t like a high heel, now is your time to indulge in a mid-heel!

5 Summer 2015 Trends That You Will Still Be Wearing This Fall. Chunky heels make this outfit fabulous. Image source: Atlantic-Pacific blog

Here, Atlantic-Pacific blogger Blair Eddie wears a great chunky heel, showcasing just what we’re talking about. Look for this style at your local boutique.

5 Summer 2015 Trends That You Will Still Be Wearing This Fall. Chunky heels with boyfriend jeans. Image source: Thats-just-fabulous.com

Your chunky heels make a great statement with boyfriend jeans, ripped or not. Photo from Pinterest, original from thats-just-fabulous.com

A few examples to give you a better idea of how shoes you can buy RIGHT NOW will take you into fall (get out and shop your local boutiques, as they can give you great advice on shoes that can make the leap into fall):

Tory burch chunky heel

Look for mid-heel, almond toed shoes like these from Tory Burch with a low and chunky heel, $275

J.Crew pink chunky heel

A great buy is a sandal in a color that can bring you into fall like these J.Crew neutral pink ones with a 3-inch chunky heel, $198

tibi chunky wrap up heel

Look for a funky shoe that you just love and want more than one season out of like these Tibi chunky heels: This shoe comes in three colors, but this black and brown combo will seamlessly go into fall. $367.50

Longer Vest

Longer blazers are in for fall, and vests are in for summer. So marry the two and purchase a longer vest to wear now and into the cooler months as well.

SB Tip: For summer, wear the vest with a sleeveless top. It’s more sleek than over a short sleeve.

5 Summer 2015 Trends That You Will Still Be Wearing This Fall. White long vest with a black dress. Image source: withlovefromkat.com

Wear a long vest with jeans, work pants or over a sheath dress. This outfit looks perfect for summer or fall! Found on Pinterest, from withlovefromkat.com

5 Summer 2015 Trends That You Will Still Be Wearing This Fall. Long black vest outfit. Image source: harperandharley.com

Here is the maxi vest in full glory. You can see how this would also work with jeans or a sheath dress, and it’s perfect for fall and summer. Found on Pinterest, from harperandharley.com

Brown Leather Belt

Just a good, plain, brown leather belt. You can wear it with your jeans, make a dress a bit more casual, wrap it over a blazer/cardigan if you work in an air-conditioned office or just tighten up a fuller blouse. But belts are in, and they are going to stay in.

SB Tip: Remember when finding a plain old belt was seriously way too hard? That was about two or three years ago. Not long. If you are a belt gal, you may want to take advantage of all the possibilities available at your local boutiques right now. They can also show you how to knot them, instead of just buckling them, which is a big trend.

5 Summer 2015 Trends That You Will Still Be Wearing This Fall. Brown belt with white jeans and gingham shirt. Image credit: lovely-pepa.com

Chunky heels and a brown belt will always pair well with your white jeans this summer! Image credit: lovely-pepa.com

5 Summer 2015 Trends That You Will Still Be Wearing This Fall: white dress with a brown belt. Image source: corporatefashionista.com

A white dress with a brown belt always works. The Hermes one shown here just takes this to the next level! Image credit: corporatefashionista.com

5 Summer 2015 Trends That You Will Still Be Wearing This Fall: brown belt with black dress.  Image source: stylecaster.com

The brown belt works equally well with a black dress. Image credit: stylecaster.com

White Pieces

Buy up your whites, as you’ll be wearing them come fall, as well! Tees, jeans, skirts, jackets … the whole “you really can wear white after Labor Day” thing is finally getting traction.

SB Tip: You won’t want to wear linen or summer-y fabrics into fall, but cotton shirts, jeans, blazers and white professional dress are all items that you can pull from as the temperature drops. If you want the biggest bang for your buck, invest in white pieces like these. 

To prove the point, since we all know all-white outfits work for summer, here are all-white outfits for fall:

5 Summer 2015 Trends That You Will Still Be Wearing This Fall. All white outfit fall 2015. Image source: thezoereport.com

From the Rachel Zoe Fall 2015 collection … looks good for summer, too, huh? That white vest we talked about earlier with some white pants and a white cashmere sweater? Perfection! Image credit: thezoereport.com

5 Summer 2015 Trends That You Will Still Be Wearing This Fall: white with camel for fall or winter. But, come fall 2015, you may want those skinnies to be flare jeans. Image source: forallthingslovely.com

My favorite way to wear white in fall is with camel, tan and ivory. White jeans can be worn year-round. Image credit: forallthingslovely.com

5 Summer 2015 Trends That You Will Still Be Wearing This Fall: Casual White Outfit, all white outfit. Come fall 2015, you may want those skinnies to be flare jeans. Image source: prettydesigns.com

So … when you see items like these this summer, buy them knowing any will be ones you grab for long after the summer season is over! Image credit: prettydesigns.com

Don’t you just love summer? We hope this helps you better spot true deals that will get lots of wear in your wardrobe, even when we’re back talking fall trends in a few short months!