Dress uP: 5 Fall Essentials

9 09 2010

September, while my favorite month, is a tough time to get dressed. Mornings are brisk, afternoons sometimes sweltering and evenings chilly. It’s too early for tights but too late for sandals and most of our wardrobes hang in a weird limbo until mid-October.

Here are 5 essential staples to get you through the transitional period that is September:

Gauzy Scarves– Scarves are an amazing and simple way to autumnize summer clothes. I like to fold them end-to-end and loop once around neck, tucking the ends through the loop.

Gauze scarf ($28) http://www.nordstrom.com

Ankle Boots– a perfect choice when sandals seem too summery and knee boots feel like overkill. Wear with anything from little dresses with bare legs to skinny jeans.

Chinese Laundry Ankle Boots ($119) http://www.piperlime.com

Jean Leggings– I flat out refuse to call them jeggings but jean leggings are huge this year. If the skinny jeans thing isn’t YOUR thing, I’d suggest sporting them with a longer top and tucking them into boots. Otherwise, pair them with ballet flats, lace up oxfords or a stiletto ankle boot.

The most comfortable jeans I've ever worn ($69.50) http://www.gap.com

Shirt Dress– a button down shirtdress is a perfect September staple. On warmer days you can roll the sleeves and throw on a chunky necklace. On cooler days, belt it and throw on a pair of leggings. Flannel plaid is very popular this season but I always love a crisp white shirtdress as well.

Flannel Shirtdress ($48) http://www.hipsterchic.com

Military Jacket– I’ll admit that it took me a few wearings until I no longer felt like a member of St. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, but the feeling wore off and now I’m quite at home in my H+M Military jacket. It’s a little more chic than a denim jacket and adds a bit of an edge to your ensemble.

Steal: military jacket ($24.99) http://www.target.com

Splurge: Military Blazer ($234) http://www.nordstrom.com

So there you have it, 5 things sure to make your season easier and more fashionable. Plus, they’re all interchangeable. Hope you enjoy your September as much as I do.