Seamless Transitions

July 21, 2007 • Magazine

Seamless Transitions

Seamless Transitions

Sat, 2007-07-21 09:00

Jaqueline Zenn

It’s an awkward time of year when it comes to fashion — summer is in full swing (with the requisite high temperatures and humidity), but the stores are filled with heavy fall pieces. What’s a stylish girl to do?

The answer: think transitional pieces. Look for items that are breezy enough to wear immediately, but can also work as layering pieces once the weather cools down. You’ll want to avoid seasonal fabrics like wool, velvet, or seersucker, but ultra-soft cottons, jersey, and silks are perfectly versatile buys any time of the year. When it comes to color and print, stick with the classics (anything too tropical or pastel just screams summer).

Camisoles, halters, and tanks are obvious choices here, because they’re easy to make fall-appropriate by simply adding a jacket. Now is the time to stock up on delicate, feminine tops that are perfect for pairing with a sharply tailored suit, or basic cotton tanks that to wear under your more casual sweaters and hoodies. Don’t forget to try out your new summery tops over a fitted long sleeve tee as well, because this can end up being a whole new spin on a favorite piece. Check out this sleek and sexy Susana Monaco halter top — the sapphire blue shade is a hot color for fall.

Dresses are another item that can do multiple-season duty, if you go for classic colors in mid-weight fabrics. Simple jersey dresses in solid colors are ideal for this purpose; in fact, you may find yourself wearing a dress like one by Melanie Nicole (available at Second City Style’s very own store) more than anything else in your closet. Also, remember that minidresses can even be worn as tunics well into winter, like this one by KZ JerZey.

Of course, chic accessories are necessary no matter what the weather report says, and it’s the perfect time of year to look for deals on shoes like peep toe pumps or ballet flats that can be worn as is or paired with tights until it snows (or after, if you’re one of the brave souls who is willing to suffer for fashion). Strappy evening sandals can also be a good transition buy, because if you’re getting all dolled up, you’re probably not going to be spending a lot of time outside. Try these gorgeous blue suede pumps by Jean-Michel Cazabat — they’re stunning and the color is perfect for adding a shot of color to fall’s grays and blacks.

Handbags of all kinds are yet another great item to shop for between seasons – not only do you have a chance of scoring a great bag on sale, but with the possible exception of anything fur-trimmed (although I would advise against purchasing a furry handbag in general). The Botkier Rose bag in a warm bronze is sure to be a big hit next season and the rosette is removable in case you’re worried about looking “so fall 2007â€? next year. Thanks to wide variety of shapes, skins, and colors on the handbag scene at the moment, most bags will make the jump between summer and fall – just avoid the current “it bagsâ€? and you’ll be set for all seasons.

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