Gotta love July—the summer sales are already in full swing! While now is your chance to snag that much-desired printed bikini or pair of strappy sandals at a major discount, it’s also an opportune time to invest in some transitional pieces that can ease you right into fall—and more comfortable temps. Need a nudge in the right direction? Take a look at these hot pieces that will take you into cool September.
Rhyme Los Angeles dotted chambray dress, $70 from $79, piperlime.com
Yes, this super cute polka dotted fit-and-flare dress would look so cute now with a pair of flat strappy sandals and a light crossbody bag. Come fall, layer it under a cropped moto-jacket or printed boxy sweater (or over a button-down shirt) and accessorize with neutral ankle boots or menswear-chic oxfords.
Rihanna for River Island floral twill trousers, $81 from $115, openingceremony.us
Printed pants aren’t going anywhere for fall if Solange and Vanessa Hudgens have anything to say about it. So how about these floral tapered trousers from the Rihanna for River Island collection. These cheerful pants will work with a light crop top or sleeveless tie front shirt right now, then a boxy cable knit sweater or bright colored blazer later. Plus, this is your chance to get that much closer to Ri Ri—well, sartorially anyway.
Clover Canyon Turquoise Valley blazer, $239 from $398, nordstrom.com
Clover Canyon’s vibrant smile-inducing prints aren’t just for the hot weather months. Score this crayon-colored floral tuxedo blazer ASAP to throw over a tank and DIY cut-offs upon arrival (so street style), then pair it with a black shift dress for work or a tee and skinny jeans for play in the fall. Year round smiles!
Alexander Wang, Mackenzie bootie, $394 from $625, alexanderwang.com
Ooh yay! An Alexander Wang design that we can wear! These neutral-hued plush cut-out high heel booties are fantastic to bare your legs now in tailored shorts or a flared skirt. Come fall, they’ll be the perfect accents for tapered trousers or a long fitted maxi-skirt. Or try them with tights when it starts to get really brisk. Hurry before I snap them up. …
7 for All Mankind coated twill pleated shorts, $89 from $178, neimanmarcus.com
As you may have learned from the fall 2013 runways, it’s probably a good idea to keep your shorts around for September and onward. So you might as well jump on some autumn-friendly styles that are on discount, like these coated paper bag-waist shorts. The waxy texture channels a leather-like feel which is huge for the season. Wear them now with a slouchy tank and flat gladiator sandals and bundle up with tights, booties, and a chunky sweater in a few months. They’ll be your wardrobe staple.
Zara skirt with lace and embroidery, $40 from $129, zara.com
This beautiful pencil skirt is basically three crucial fall trends—winter white, lace texture, and bejeweled sparkle—all in one wallet-friendly 40 dollar package. And it’s so versatile. In the summer, you could go ladylike with a tucked-in blouse-y top or rocker girl with a cropped graphic tank. Then in the fall, switch out the pieces for a tailored blazer and button-down pairing or a dressy sweatshirt layered over a preppy shirt. The options are endless! Just stay away from red wine or coffee to ensure longer wear.