By Tiffany Baptiste
Well, it is finally the time of year when the leaves begin to change, the weather gets a little cooler, and your dresser drawers are overflowing. This is because, in Louisiana, there is always the chance it will be 60 degrees today and 90 degrees tomorrow, so you can’t quite put the shorts and tank tops away just yet. That is why everyone needs transitional pieces.
What is a transitional piece? It is a piece of clothing that can transition from one season to the next with layering and a mere change in accessories.
Shorts are pieces rarely worn year round, but in the last couple of years we have seen shorts transition through all of the seasons as well as shorts made specifically to be worn during the cooler months. The weather here tends not to get as cool as our friends in the Northeast and Midwest, but that allows us the freedom to continue to wear shorts. Try a pair of denim shorts or a pair in a heavier fabric such as wool or tweed. Yipsy offers a fun pair with a floral sequin print for $54. For warmer days, pair them with a tank and layer your look with a sweater or blazer for a fun but sophisticated look. For cooler weather and touch of edginess, add a leather jacket with a cool detail similar to Hemline’s new fringe leather jacket for $669.
Tip: Legs get cold easily? Add a pair of colored tights and complete the look with a pair of neutral colored booties.
Another staple that is a better-known transitional piece is the mini skirt. Although midi and maxi skirts have made their way back into the fashion scene over the last couple of years, the mini skirt will always be around. This summer we have seen high-waisted mini skirts paired with the new trend, crop tops as seen on our cover model. Try the leather floral skirt from Yipsy for $54. To continue the trend, try a crop top with long sleeves or in a sweater-like fabric with a mock turtleneck such as the sleeveless mock turtleneck crop sweater top also sold at Yipsy for $62. For a dressier look, add a peplum top such as Hemline’s black velvet peplum top with a plunging neckline for $98 and a pair of strappy single soled heels.
Tip: Need to add a jacket? Add a knee-length trench coat. Keeping the jacket or vest long lengthens the body and keeps the outfit balanced. Adding a short jacket with a crop top runs the risk of making you look top heavy by having more volume on the top than the bottom.
One of the trends that made a return was the flannel shirt. The main trend was not to wear it as a shirt but to simply tie it around your waist as an accessory. Kind of a waste, don’t you think? But the beauty of the flannel shirt is that you can wear it just as a shirt or as a jacket. Wear a basic tank or t-shirt to keep from competing with the plaid. To up the ante, you can pair it with a screen tee or tank such as Hey, Penelope’s “Killin’ it” tank for $28. A quality option for the flannel top itself is a Wild Fox flannel top, which you can find at hemline for $128. If the day starts off warm and gets cooler at night, just keep with the current trend and tie it around your waist until you need it. Hey, Penelope also sells flannel shirts in an array of styles and color combinations.
Tip: Want to give it a slightly more put together look? Pair the flannel shirt with a pair of skinny jeans and some flats.
The easiest trend for the easiest outfit is the easiest year-round piece. Try starting with Hey, Penelope’s new “Yes Indeed” muscle tank for $34. To keep with the relaxed feel of the muscle tank, add a black and white draped cardigan which can also be found at Hey, Penelope for $42. Pair with leggings or skinny jeans and a pair of knee high boots to complete this classic fall look.
Tip: Want to give the outfit some structure? Replace the sweater with a black blazer, and add jeans and a pair of classic pumps. Finish the look with a chunky short necklace to dress it up and add some interest.
So before you get ready to put away your entire summer wardrobe, carefully go through it and see what pieces can stick around for a season or two. In the long run, it can keep you from having to buy a whole new wardrobe. Just purchase a few pieces to add to your current collection, and you’ll be good to go!