Summer is winding down (MAJOR SAD FACE) and the September issues are out. The good news is that fall is coming, which means it’s time to do some quality shopping. And while we wish we could wear our denim shorts and sundresses year-round, we have to add some quality basics to layer on once the cold (shudder) weather hits. It’s a tricky time of year, so we’ve got 8 must-haves for easing into autumn:

Burgundy Tights

Black tights are classic and a must-have for any fashionista. Burgundy is slated to be a hot color for fall, and feels so unexpected and unique, especially layered under denim shorts and flippy skirts.

HUE Opaque Tights in Deep Burgundy, $13.50,

HUE tights

Army Jacket 

Swap your denim jacket for a sturdier green one in a slightly longer length. Wear it open with a sundress while the weather’s still warm, then add jeans and riding boots later.

Barney’s New York Warehouse Army Jacket, $139,

barneys army jacket

Denim and Leather Jacket

If you simply can’t part with your denim jacket, but the look of a leather one feels to winter-y, get the best of both worlds with a mixed material jacket. Bonus points if it has a hood for a sporty-chic vibe.

Blank NYC Hooded Faux-Leather & Distressed Denim Jacket, $98,

Blank NYC Jacket


Ankle Boots

A wedge boot (summer) + taupe leather ankle boot (fall) = perfect transition shoe.

Lucky Brand “Jaspah” Wedge Ankle Boot, $119,

lucky brand wedge boot

Navy Cardigan

Equal parts preppy and cool, an easy layer to wear year-round.

Merona Women’s Boyfriend Cardigan in Navy/Cream, $12.80,

merona for target cardigan

Sleeveless Flannel Shirt

Give an LBD a casual spin with a cozy teal flannel (acting as a vest) and ballet flats, and layer the shirt over a black long-sleeve sweater in the colder temps.

Forever 21 Grunge Plaid Shirt, $14.80,

forever 21 plaid sleeveless shirt



The quintessential layering item.

J.Crew Gingham Scarf, $49.50,

j crew scarf

Quilted Bag

New season, new bag. Summer whites easily transition to fall with a luxe quilted cross-body bag.

Express Quilted Chain Embellished Cross Body Bag, $29.90,



Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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