It used to be that Labor Day was the moment you put away your summer duds, never to surface again until the next Labor Day.
Things have changed. Clothes have become far more seasonless.
Rather than thinking about how to pack away your summer clothes, think about new ways to wear them year-round. For winter particularly, when indoor thermometers will be around 68 degrees, adding layers of summer cotton will be a big comfort-booster.
Among summer items that can be put to use year-round:
T-shirts and cotton sweaters -- ideal layers under suits for business or parties. The bare neckline, no-collar look under a jacket can update an old suit. (Don't hesitate to put a bright-colored T under a serious suit.)
T-shirt dresses -- can be shortened, or bloused and belted as tunics over pants when the weather turns cool. Button-front, cotton-knit dresses can double as coats over other cotton-knit dresses or with T-shirts and skinny pants.
Cotton print skirts -- teamed with sweaters, particularly the fuzzy textured variety, to simulate a favorite look of young French girls.
Sandals -- hardly what you want to wear when there is snow on the ground, but for cool fall days, colored and textured hose may be added. And even if fashion doyennes are touting pumps, your high-heeled summer sandals will still go under evening clothes. (Most of all, don't pack away the skinny-strap, skinny-heel black patent pumps; save them for black dinner pants.)
Skinny pants -- under a slim chemise to elegantly dress up an old model.
And you may even keep out that summer T-shirt to wear under a winter nightgown.