Gabrielle Porcaro
August 16, 2019 11:52 am
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It is just us or does it feel like shopping at this time of year is like being transplanted into an episode of The Twilight Zone? Stores are already trading in swimsuits for sweaters, and Halloween costumes are stocked alongside Christmas decor. Meanwhile, it’s still scorching outside one minute, and then the sun goes down, and we’re immediately chilly. Before you’re fully decked out in fall fashion trends, you can use transitional pieces to make your summer outfits work for the changing seasons.

Start by taking stock of what is hanging in your closet. For summer-to-fall transition looks, you can work with a lot of what you have and find easy ways to fill in the gaps with new additions. Maybe you need more clothes you can wear to work or something to throw on for cocktails with your friends when the sun goes down. We found pieces to add to your closet that do double-duty, fitting both summer and fall fashion.

Check out a list of seven transitional pieces that will hopefully give you another reason to get excited about fall—besides the new season of American Horror Story.

1Strappy dress

Zara

A strappy dress for the August heat will look great with a long cardigan in October. Go with a neutral color that won’t feel so summery later in the year.

2Floral blouse

Mango

Dark floral prints are having a major fall fashion trend moment, yet this print also feels tropical. Wear this top to late summer parties with denim shorts and in November with a pair of loose pants.

3Skinny jeans

Gap

If you never stopped wearing skinnies (guilty) you are in luck because they’re baaack. Get a pair of high-waisted, cropped jeans and they’ll be perfect with sandals now and fall booties and chunky sweaters later.

4Animal print scarf

Banana Republic
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Animal print is a neutral, and we won’t be told otherwise. We’re seeing spots everywhere for fall, and a scarf can help transition your look out of warm weather.

5Neon skirt

H&M

The very ’80s highlighter shade is popping up on everything from knits to sports bras. The draping and sharp color of this midi skirt will make this a hero piece in your closet for the next season. But don’t worry, you won’t have to wait to wear it, because the length also works for summer.

6Sling-back heels

Asos

Sling-backs are a comfortable and flattering style that works for almost every day of the year. (Except no, we don’t support you wearing these in place of snow boots.) The versatile neutral and croc-embossed print looks luxe without the luxe pricetag.

7Puff-sleeve shirt

J.Crew

Statement sleeves are getting attention in a big way this fall. The striped pattern on top gives it a preppy feel that can work from BBQs to the office.

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