By Mickey Hightower
Sunny skies and high temperatures may still be in store during the last few weeks of summer, but smart shoppers are already thinking ahead to the coming seasons. Cozy clothing and accessories like cable knit sweaters and chunky scarfs promise to be big this fall and winter, but there are transitional pieces that are perfect to start adding to any closet to bridge the gap between a summer and winter wardrobe. Stocking up on a few key outerwear pieces, accessories, and shoes will have you perfectly prepared for the season change.
Outerwear starts to sneak back into wardrobes during the tail end of summer, when hot days ease into cool and crisp nights. Motorcycle jackets and blazers are two classic staples that are also favorite transitional pieces. Motorcycle jackets round out an edgy and cool look, while blazers keep style preppy and refined. Both are functional and fashionable, providing warmth without the heft of a pea or trench coat, styles which will emerge later in the winter.
In the last few seasons, especially with the emergence of bohemian and hipster style, scarfs have become an acceptable year-round accessory. The key to picking the correct scarf to transition between seasons is weight. A heavy wool scarf will surely suffocate in September, but a lightweight cotton or chiffon scarf will brace the neck against the breezes of a late summer evening. Scarfs are also a versatile accessory because they can add color and flair to a more neutral outfit, smartly introducing the fall palette of reds, golds, dark blues, and browns into a wardrobe.
The deeper we get into the colder months, the higher boots tend to creep up the leg. During the transitional period between summer and fall, flat ankle boots and booties with stacked heels, along with ballet flats and loafers, become the must-have shoes. Particularly, styles with edgy accents like studs and bohemian influences like fringe will be popular for the end of summer and beginning of fall. Save the spiked heel knee-highs and thigh-highs for when weather dictates more coverage.