As we reach that awkward time of year when you’re ready for fall but it’s still pretty warm out, don’t prematurely run for your chunky cable-knit sweaters and polka-dot tights. Though cooler weather is right around the corner, most of us still have a couple weeks of warmer weather left, and there’s nothing worse than feeling too hot because you’re bundled up just a bit too early.
Instead, invest in a couple of pieces that you can comfortably wear now but that will also easily transition to cute cold-weather outfits. I’ve picked out great transitional pieces (for both ladies and dudes) that will take you from September to December, so you can get excited about the upcoming season-change while still being dressed for the weather.
The Gauzy Long-Sleeved Dress
Think this lightweight material is just for hot weather? Think again! For the next couple weeks, wear this dress with sandals and simple jewelry for a breezy late-summer get-up. Come fall, layer it up with tights, booties, and a blazer. Once winter hits, pull out those fleece-lined tights, some over-the-knee boots, and a chunky sweater to add plenty of warmth to this breezy piece. (Just make sure to get one in a dark or neutral color so it’s appropriate across the seasons.)
The Leather Vest
No matter the season, a leather vest is a great way to make your outfit a little more fun for casual Friday or after-work happy hour. For the end of summer, throw it on over a girly dress and chunky sandals. For fall, wear it with your button-down and patterned pants. When winter rolls around, put it over a cozy sweater and white jeans (that’s right, they’re not just for summer and spring!), and pair with boots.
The Fluted Skirt
A trendy alternative to the pencil skirt, this piece can be paired with a pretty tank and heels for summer. When the weather gets crisp, wear it with a silk button-down and a fun printed blazer. For winter, put on your warmest tights and a chunky sweater to juxtapose the sleek lines of the skirt.
The Sleeveless Shift Dress
Perfectly work appropriate, a sleeveless shift dress doesn’t take much effort in the summer—just wear it with pointy flats (to make it a little more mod) and you’re ready to go. In the fall, put a button-down on under the dress so it looks like a jumper, and add a belt to give your waist emphasis. Once the temps really drop, layer up with a patterned button-down under the dress, a sweater over it, and an eye-catching coat to top it all off.
For the Men: The Lightweight Sweater
A light sweater that zips or buttons up is the perfect piece to carry you through the next few months. While the end-of-summer heat lingers, you’ll have the perfect layer to throw on in air-conditioned buildings or on chilly mornings. Put on a flannel shirt underneath as temps drop, and when it gets really chilly, pile on the layers: Go for a button-down, layer with your zipped sweater, then top it off with a sweater and a coat.
Photo courtesy of Maegan Tintari.
Hailing from the Peach State, Hannah Baker is a recent transplant to NYC via DC and has worked in television and social media. An obsessive pinner, she loves decorating, finding the best eats (and drinks) in her new neighborhood, and entertaining her goofy dog, Leon. Follow Hannah on Twitter @hanfranbabebake and Pinterest at HFBAKER.More from this Author