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Five Tips on How to Transition Linen Apparel into Fall

When it comes to staying cool in the heat of summer, linen is hard to beat, especially this time of year when it is hot almost everywhere. How about linen in Fall and Winter? Did you know the same linen properties that keep you cool can keep you warm? Linen also retains heat and prevents the body from freezing. Let’s talk about my five tips on how to transition linen apparel into fall. As usual I am excited to be joining my stylish pals Sarah and Kim for our monthly Signature Style Series.



Add Layers

Incorporate Fall Colors

Choose Appropriate Footwear

Combine with Warmer Fabrics

Integrate Fall Accessories

over 50 style blogger cindy hattersly in BP Jeans, Michael Stars Tee and Gigi Pip hat

Here I am wearing a favorite Michael Stars tee with BR jeans, Artemis Design Co shoes, bone accessories, a Gigi Pip hat and a linen wrap (actually a throw) to add if it cools off. You can see how I styled the same wrap last in my post Under the Radar Ways to Style Jeans Over 50. All items will be linked at the bottom of the post.

over 50 style blogger cindy hattersley how to wear linen into fall

This would be a great casual outfit for a fall football game, Eileen Fisher Linen Pants, the same Michael Stars tee, the gelato sneaks (purchased at Sole Tree Paso Robles), similar linen shirt linked at bottom.

over 50 style blogger cindy hattersley how to wear linen into fall hannoh wessel dress linen shirt

I am just crazy about this Hannoh Wessel dress that I purchased at AndBe in Paso Robles. If you wanted to extend the season, layer a linen shirt underneath, and add some Artemis Design Co mules.

over 50 style blogger cindy hattersley in linen lily skirt and Cynthia Ashby mesh tee

I know you are probably tired of the CP Shades Lily skirt, but I just love mine. You can find some on Ebay here. Here I am wearing it with a Cynthia Ashby mesh tee that you can find at Artful Home. It is pricey but worth every penny. It washes beautifully. You can find the tunic version (which I also own on the Cynthia Ashby website here. I accessorized with horn accessories (easily morphed into fall). and leopard mules (old but similar linked at the bottom). You can see more ways that I have styled the Lily skirt over the years here.

over 50 style blogger Cindy Hattersley in BR shirt jacket, eileen fisher linen pants & michael stars tee

Those great Eileen Fisher linen pants are so versatile. I am stylng them with a BR jacket shirt (you can also see how I styled it in the post Under the Radar Ways to Style Jeans Over 50), a jute belt, and the same mules and accessories.

over 50 style blogger cindy hattersley wearing eileen fisher linen, treasure and bond jacket anthro hatn

The last look I styled the linen pants and Michael Stars tee with a utility jacket from Treasure and Bond (similar linked below), Artemis Design Co slippers, and an old Anthro hat


Remember Linen garments will not lose their shape after washing, and will actually become softer to the skin over time. It doesn’t need to be ironed to look good. High-quality linen is wrinkly and that is the beauty of the fabric. Linen is also one of the greenish and most sustainable fabrics. The flax plant can grow in poor quality soil with less water. In my book linen is a win win. I am preparing a video on how to “not iron” linen. You might also enjoy this post from the Design Tourist Design Tourist Tips for Transtiotioning your Summer to Fall Wardrobe.

Thanks for reading Five Tips on How to Transition Linen Apparel into Fall. Now let’s pop over an visit Sarah and Kim for their “linen loves”.



Reader Interactions


  1. lisa downham says

    I took mostly linen items to France in June. It was hot and they worked out great in Paris or the countryside! I don’t want to give up that comfort this fall. Thanks for the ideas.
    I love the Purdue hat! Boiler up!!! I guess you can take the girl out of Indiana, but you can’t take Indiana out of the girl. The corn and tomatoes are so good here this season. I always think of my transplanted friends and wish they had some.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Lisa
      I agree linen is wonderful in the heat. I wish I could come eat some of the corn and tomatoes right this very minute!! Nothing like it!!

  2. Heidi says

    Hi Cindy
    I always love your style posts, you are super stylish and a real inspiration. I sometimes think “ how would Cindy wear this” and it helps me pull an outfit together, although never quite as well as you do it!
    I love linen, all shapes and forms! . Growing up I was the one who ironed the linen for our Sunday dinners! We had a shaker with water and I would sprinkle a little and then press away. I have a lot of linen in my wardrobe, but I never iron my linen clothing – hand pressing is the way to go! Easy peasy!
    I’m keeping my eyes open for one of those great CP Shades Lily skirts! Too expensive for my budget in a retail store but someday I might get lucky on EBay!
    Love how you styled everything for Fall. It’s coming eventually!!
    Xo Heidi

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Heidi

      You are so sweet. Maybe when you ladies come we can consult on art for my office!!

  3. Nancy Brantley says

    As everyone has stated you look fabulous in all outfits you put together!! You should have been a model. I don’t iron linen either because wearing it wrinkles anyway. I love your hair length and style. Don’t cut any shorter.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Nancy

      Exactly ironing linen is futile. It winds up looking worse than if you hadn’t bothered!

  4. ANdrea says

    I am anxiously awaiting your video on not ironing linen….I struggle with this, but love the feel of linen.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Andrea

      Hopefully next week. I am not very good at video and reels (as you can probably tell!)

  5. Judie Olivero says

    I have the sheer, black top from Artful Home and now, after reading your blog, I have a bone necklace arriving! It doesn’t get any better than this!

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Judie

      I just love that tee and the bone necklace is new to me. I just love it as well (especially the price)

  6. Gray says

    I love that skirt – I want it in 3 colors!! 🤪
    Waiting for the no iron video – I always find linen stiff if not ironed, so I’m intrigued!!

  7. Frances chigazola says

    I just want you to know I am not tired of your CP Shades Lily skirts. They are wonderful and I love seeing how you style them.

  8. kim says

    Cindy, You look fantastic in all these outfits! That white dress is so pretty..Not your usual and so good on you. You can wear anything with your tiny waist!Your new home is the perfect backdrop for all your lovely clothes. I now need the hats, the jackets and your slides. I love your hair now too.

    I knew you would do amazing with this linen post. I don’t think I’ve ever been with you when you aren’t wearing some beautiful linen top or dress and a fab necklace! You are so right about linen being comfortable all year. Just like the sheets.. which I find cozy in the winter too!
    Great idea for this post Cindy and now I am going to make sure and keep my linen things going in fall. You always inspire me!! xo

  9. Barb L says

    Your linen transitioning to fall outfits are perfect! Love the colors, and that CP skirt and Hannah Wessel dress are really special pieces. You style them beautifully!

  10. Karen B. says

    Your style is always a favorite. I didn’t realize linen would work in the cooler months. This post changes some of my ideas for moving wardrobe items from summer to autumn. Your outfit combinations are unsurpassed, and I always leave your posts with ideas for outfits. Thank you.
    Stay cool.
    Karen B.

  11. Alice Strom says

    These outfits are stunning on you! I am trying to move in your direction with clothing styles. Your looks are my very favorite and you are my favorite model!

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Oh my gosh Alice you are so nice. If you only knew how un model like I am. I still have such a hard time. But thanks to you ladies I keep plugging along.

  12. Shirley Cayze says

    Looks great but unfortunately not for frigid Minnesota. We transition to black, black and maybe some grey to keep things interesting. I have black leggings, black fleece leggings, dark grey leggings, black leggings lined w fleece. Our goal is to be warm and comfortable. Not so glamorous tho. Fun to see how other climates dress!!!!

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Shirley

      Ha ha! You know I am from Indiana don’t you? I have all the fleece leggings too. I know what you mean though you all go from summer to winter pretty quickly! Thanks for keeping it real!!

  13. Elizabeth@pineconesandacorns says

    Cindy, I love linen! I did not know it was a year round fabric! Now I know not to put my linen away in the fall. So many great looks. There are so many things I love about you and your style but one of my all time favorites is that you have a “capsule wardrobe” of pieces that you love, that suit you, your body and your life and you are an expert at styling them.
    I love your shorted hair too.
    Have a wonderful week.

  14. Susan says

    I especially love your white dress with the linen shirt under it. It looks so fun and comfortable. What a great way to extend the dress to cooler weather! This dress would be adorable in other colors, too. It’s suitable for so many occasions.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Susan

      I just love that dress too. It is simple but has so many interesting details. It does come in other colors I believe. I am sure you could contact Andbe and they could find out for you.

  15. Judy says

    Gorgeous looks. But the links to bone jewelry don’t connect. I’ve noticed this before on other links. You might be missing out.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Judy

      That is very odd. My links work. One of the necklaces is sold out. I will link to another as well. Does anyone else have this problem? The links work on my end. Try emptying your cache and see if that helps. I will add another necklace.

  16. dianne says

    YOU look so amazing in all those outfits and so perfect for Paso heat, for sure! Because of you, I bought the brown and black linen wrap/tablecloth from Bloomist before they closed their doors and I love it. I cannot even imagine wearing it as a shirt as you did and as Jill Sharp Weeks did – there is so much fabric and even belted it is just heavy…. thoughts on how?
    Love love love linen and am remembering the days be gone of the linen kaftans I would wear around the house> I would love to find a few of those again for lazy afternoons and evenings. Ideas? and thanks for inspiring

  17. Juliet says

    Linen was made for you, Cindy! Love all your linen looks, especially your favorite skirt. Can’t wait for your video on NOT ironing!!! That’s something I can get behind. After reading Kim’s post and now yours I’m ready to embrace linen and ride out the rest of the summer heat looking cool and comfortable. xo

  18. Sarah London says

    I just adore your linen palette and how you transition it. Very creative and very timely! It’s Winter here and I’ve actually worn a couple of pieces of mine with layers! I think it’s great that you shared this, more women will start thinking of it as an all year around fabric 💯

    • dianne says

      OMG Cindy’s outfits are all so gorgeous! LOVE! and Sarah London, your blog just shower a long linen shirt dress that I am obsessed with. You mentioned waitlist, but where is it from ?

  19. Carla says

    I so enjoy your blog! I took some of your new patio ideas and am trying to work with what I have. Could you do a blog on growing bangs out. You have successfully done this, I try and then get frustrated and cut them again. thanks

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Carla

      Great! We are about due for a hair post! Many have been asking. I will do it in the next couple weeks. I always appreciate suggestions for posts.

  20. Nancy2 says

    All lovely looks. I bought the utility jacket, so versatile. Your shorter hair is very flattering!

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Nancy

      Thank you for the compliment on my hair. I like it too. If I could just get rid of the frizz without keratin!

  21. Linda Klinger says

    I have the same bone necklace, purchased at The Compound in Round Top. A fun and lightweight piece that travels well.

      • Cindy Hattersley says

        Hi Jane

        I posted a link to the necklace at the bottom of the post. It is a rotating widget just click through and you will find the necklace. It is very reasonable.

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