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.