MAN, it’s hot here! I’m jealous of those of you who are actually transitioning into fall weather since it’s 85-90 degrees here.
Anyway, even though it seems I’m lightyears away from being able to wear any of these pieces, I thought I’d do a roundup of some of my favorite pieces for the in between weather. These are great as the weather gradually dips but isn’t completely in fall mode yet, and they are also fantastic for layering once fall is in full force. (We’ll do a Fall Item Favorites list once that happens.)
Below are two types of links: 1) Links to purchase the item shown above and sometimes similar additional options, and 2) links to my past posts wearing those items to give you inspiration for how to wear them.
Chambray Top: Option 1 (exact) | Option 2 | Option 3 // outfit ideas
Pretty much like jeans for your top half, which means they’re incredibly versatile. Pair them with any patterned bottom–pants, skirts, shorts–or pair with a solid and add any printed accessory. It’s a blank canvas for you!
Long Sleeve Striped Tee: Option 1 (exact) | Option 2 (GREAT option, but limited sizes) | Option 3
outfit ideas 1 | outfit ideas 2 | outfit ideas 3
I’m pretty partial to stripes. And here’s my broken-record reason why: It’s one of those patterns that’s subtle enough to serve as a neutral but has enough visual interest that you don’t need to do much accessorizing, unlike a plain solid top. I think I could wear striped tops everyday in the fall and not be sick of it!
Cargo Jacket: Option 1 | Option 2 // outfit ideas
The canvas material is a great lightweight layer. Not too hot, not too cold, and you can always layer more underneath if you need to. Perfect fall transition piece!
Polka Dot Button Up: Option 1 (exact) | Option 2 // outfit ideas
Exactly like the long sleeved striped top, a polka dot button up has that type of pattern that has visual interest but isn’t overpowering. Besides a striped top, this is one of my most worn blouses in the fall.
Olive Pants // outfit ideas
Olive and maroon pants are two of the bottoms I wear the most often through out the fall transition, fall, and the transition back into spring. Olive is a nice change from dark blue or black jeans, but it’s also considered a pseudo-neutral which means it goes with many, many, many other colors.
Mustard Cardigan: Option 1 (exact) | Option 2 // outfit ideas
I was so shocked at how much use I had for a mustard cardigan. And like many of you I worried that mustard wouldn’t look good on my skin. I was wrong! There are a lot of different shades of mustard. One could definitely work for you!
Ankle Boots: Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3 | Option 4 // outfit ideas
I chose ankle boots here rather than full calf length boots. We’ll save those for fall! Ankle boots give you a fall look without overheating your legs, which is why they’re great for the transition into fall (AND out of it into spring). Wear them with jeans or dresses and skirts to toughen up your looks and “fallize” them without needing to bundle up too much.
Blazer: Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3 // outfit ideas (Sorry, this group is weak. I haven’t labeled most of my black blazer outfits yet!)
If you think blazers are “too formal” definitely, definitely try a ponte one. Blazers can schnazz up your outfit instantly. Whether it’s with a colorful printed blouse, a structured office appropriate button up, or a plain v-neck tee with skinny jeans, blazers are a wonderful layering piece that will not only be weather appropriate for the fall transition and fall, but will make you look super put together!
Maroon Pants // outfit ideas
I love my maroon jeans to much that I honestly wish everyone in the world could find a good pair of maroon pants. Ha! (Clearly I need higher aspirations.) I pretty much have the same to say about maroon pants as olive pants, except I think maroon is even more sophisticated and luxurious than olive. Greeeeaaaaat for office wear, but definitely not opposed to casual looks.
I had to limit myself with this. There are other things like leopard flats, denim jackets, and a whole slew of goodies that I didn’t even mention. But if I had to create a fall capsule wardrobe, these items would be in there, FA SHO because, like I said, they’re great for the transition from summer to fall and will still be useful come fall.
What would be on YOUR “fall transition” favorites list?
And stay tuned for a favorites list for straight up fall weather. (Spoiler: riding boots, chunky cardigans, plaid button ups–yay!)