The kids are in school, I’m tired of my regular summer uniform, surely it’s time to break out the sweaters? My heart says yes but the thermostat says no, with temps expected to be solidly in the 80s for the weeks (possibly months) to come.
But this morning felt a little crisper, and the evenings will soon be cooler. It’s not quite sweater weather, but I am going through my closet (especially since I’m about to hit the road for book tour!), making sure I’m ready for cooler weather.
These are six favorite pieces I rely on to gracefully carry me from summer into fall.
Sleeveless sweater vest
This is a new piece I added to my closet this year. I love how you can layer one of these over a t-shirt, button-down, or even a dress and instantly look put-together (and feel a lot cozier). Bonus: a long vest gives you a nice long line: a definite plus in my book.
This simple layer adds style, warmth, and if you like, a burst of fall color to your familiar summer outfits. I often slip one into my tote bag so I’m ready for the changing temps throughout the day. I just ordered this J.Crew cardigan for myself (in cerise, though I was tempted by this polka dot one).
I’ll be layering my cropped cardigan to carry my summer dresses into the cooler months, and my longer neutral cardigans look great with simple tops, jeans, and a nice pendant. If it’s just a bit cool out, tie it around your shoulders for a little extra warmth and a pop of color.
I love the classic casual look of jeans and a blazer. It’s put-together, but not fussy. I’ve been wearing my striped blazer from J. Crew factory for years now, most often with jeans but also layered over my sleeveless dresses.
Cropped jean jacket
It doesn’t get more versatile than this. The jean jacket goes with anything (especially since denim-on-denim is no longer a no-no), and a cropped style looks especially good with dresses. Toss it on top of your favorite summer outfit for an instant fall vibe. Better yet: even if I shove my jacket to the bottom of my tote, it still looks fresh and crisp when I put it on.
I love the texture of linen tees for fall, and they make saturated autumn colors sing. (I personally wear and love the Everlane tees, but they are not kidding when they say to keep them out of the dryer. My daughter was the very happy recipient of a linen tee that ended up in the wrong load and shrunk by a full size.)
If you don’t need your scarves just yet, the right necklace adds color and drama—even to a simple tshirt and jeans—without the added warmth. Plus, a great necklace can take your usual tee and jeans and transform it into an outfit.
My natural inclination is to choose small jewelry, but I’m happier with my outfit when I choose a piece that has presence, like the ones pictured above.
Are you ready for sweater weather? What are your go-to summer-to-fall transition pieces? What fall pieces are you most ready to haul out of storage?