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:
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, Macys.com
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, Barneyswarehouse.com
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, Neimanmarcus.com
A wedge boot (summer) + taupe leather ankle boot (fall) = perfect transition shoe.
Lucky Brand “Jaspah” Wedge Ankle Boot, $119, Zappos.com
Equal parts preppy and cool, an easy layer to wear year-round.
Merona Women’s Boyfriend Cardigan in Navy/Cream, $12.80, Target.com
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, Forever21.com
The quintessential layering item.
J.Crew Gingham Scarf, $49.50, jcrew.com
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, Express.com