Fall weather is so exciting after a hot and sticky summer that left us sweaty, puffy, and permanently flushed. Who isn't stoked for the temperatures to drop a bit? Before you reach for your winter clothes, there are some seasonal transitions to accommodate, and these five items will carry the rest of your wardrobe seamlessly and in style.
1. A dark trench coat
It's far from puffer coat weather, but soon you will be chilly without an outer layer. While a leather jacket is also great, a trench is great for the fickle fall weather, and a dark trench is a slight twist on the classic tan that won't look destined for London showers. Even if it won't rain today, a trench is more polished and professional looking than most lightweight jackets, and won't overburden you with weight.
2. A chambray or denim shirt
A denim or chambray button-down shirt will be your seasonal transition guide this fall. Wear it open over a sundress to add a lightweight layer, button it up with shorts to make them fall-appropriate, and layer under a chunky sweater with the collar peeking out when the temperatures really drop. A denim shirt is all-purpose, all-seasons, and will be that layer you need next month.
It's not quite time to break out your tall boots, but sandals aren't appropriate when fall really hits. Oxfords are great because they keep your feet covered more than the average flats, look professional without adding the formality that heels do, and are often (somewhat) rain-proof. Oxfords dress up skinny jeans, dress down dresses, and go from the office to drinks to your weekend plans looking great the whole time.
4. Leather leggings
Nothing takes a summery item into a fall-ready place like leather. Leather leggings are perfect to transition your floaty tunics and short dresses for crisper weather, while looking luxe at the same time. They're also comfier than the average blue jeans, so if you're unaccustomed to wearing real pants after the summer, leather leggings will keep you covered without looking sloppy.
5. A lightweight scarf
The stereotypical seasonal transition item is a lightweight scarf for a reason. You aren't ready to layer cashmere on top of wool on top of cashmere, but everytime a breeze hits, you'll shiver and wish you had a cover for your neck. Now you do. A lightweight scarf won't imply what a wool scarf will, but it adds some style to your look and a pop of print or color. Twist it and wrap it around your neck for another light layer, and swap it for wool when winter approaches.