Style tips to help you get dressed right now.
Transitional dressing (i.e., dressing between seasons when the weather is neither too hot or too cold) is tricky, no doubt, but it certainly doesn’t have to be. Simply making a few switches, like adding layers to the summer favorites you’re not quite ready to pack up, is all it takes to help you get dressed from one season to the next. Here are four key transitional pieces you’ll need in your closet right now, while the weather is still in limbo.
1. Bomber Jackets
We could wax on and on about bomber jackets (and we have; see here), but the point is they’re a must for transitional dressing, whether it’s taking your summer look into fall, or in a few months, bringing you out of winter and into spring. The reason? They keep the chill away, but they’re lightweight—crucial for those brisk fall mornings that melt into sunny autumn afternoons. And this season they’re hotter than ever! Make like All the Pretty Birds blogger Tamu McPherson and rock one with the summer skirts you’ve lived in for the past 3 months. Plus-size Bomber Jacket, eloquii.com; Bomber Jacket, urbanoutfitters.com
2. Maxi Skirts
Maxi skirts might be the ultimate summertime staple, but when you ditch the tanks and sandals and replace them with chunky knits and ankle boots, they become major players for fall. We’ve already seen the look on stylish stars like Beyonce and Jessica Alba, and who could forget the insanely cool sweatshirt maxis from Vetement’s Fall 2016 runway? Add a little edge to a feminine maxi skirt by throwing a tough leather jacket over your shoulders. Maxi Skirt, freepeople.com; Plus-size Maxi Skirt, oldnavy.com
We’re not talking about the bulky, slouchy turtlenecks your grandmother wears; no, think slim and sleek and stylishly layered under the season’s hottest slip dresses or paired with your favorite denim. We saw them on the Fall 2016 runways of R13 and Salvatore Ferragamo, and celebs like Zendaya, Lucy Hale, and Taylor Swift have all stayed snugly and chic in turtlenecks. Channel your inner It girl and wear a turtleneck sweater with jeans, hoop earrings, and high heels. Plus-size turtleneck, forever21.com; Turtleneck, zara.com
4. Button-Front Shirts
Still aching to wear that flirty skirt you wore all summer? Wear it with an oxford shirt now, instead of a tank. Want to rock a crop top but it’s a little too cold out? Layer it over a white button-front shirt and be the coolest girl in the room. A simple, crisp button-front shirt is essential for your transitional wardrobe because it can pair with just about anything in your closet. For a night out, you can rock one with a mini skirt and pearls like Rihanna, or keep it all the way casual like model Karlie Kloss and wear an oxford with jeans and flats. The options are endless! Oxford Shirt, hm.com; Plus-size Button-Front Shirt, asos.com