Transitional Wardrobe Essentials

 This time of year can be so tricky when it comes to getting dressed in the mornings.  The days usually start off chilly but are in the mid 70s by the late afternoon.  I've found the key is layering and keeping a few basics in your closet to make the transition easier.

Here are my essentials:

1. Light Jacket-  A light jacket is a must to layer over sweaters or long sleeves this time of year.  I love J.Crew coats and they do a great job with their lighter options.  My two favorites are this one here and here.

2. Vest- I've loved vests ever since the big puffer vest of the 90s in middle school. Now I think everyone needs one "puffer" vest and one military inspired vest to get you through the season.  The J.Crew excursion vests are my favorite and this one from Nordstrom would be a great addition to my closet.

3. Tall Boots- Boots are a great transitional piece!  I love pairing tall boots with dresses this time of year. It's so easy to take a summer dress, throw on a jacket, and some boots and turn it into a new piece for fall. I've been eyeing these Sole Society ones to replace my beloved Banana Republic ones that I need to retire.

4. Chambray Shirt- I think Chambray shirts are great anytime of year but I especially love them in the fall paired with skinny jeans and big blanket scarf. This one from J.Crew is a must have. 

5. Blanket Scarf-  I love the blanket scarf, they're oversized and warm and give a nice fall touch to any outfit.  I still love my knock off Zara scar I got from Amazon last year but also love these options here and here.

Here a little inspiration for some of  my favorite looks:

Transitional wardrobe

Transitional wardrobe 2

Bangles // Jeans // Watch (similar here) // Earrings 

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Jacket // Chambray shirt // Scarf (similar here)

What are your fall wardrobe essentials?  Do you love the blanket scarf? What about vests?

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  1. Loving ALL of these transitional wardrobe items! I have several of them already and will probably be coming back here for inspiration when I need it! :)

  2. Loving your looks! I would wear all of these, so perfect!

  3. I love the striped dress! I am also all about the blanket scarves…I have two. I totally want more!

  4. i am so excited to start wearing my jackets and boots again! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  5. I am loving your choices! With the exception of the tall boots because I'm super short I need shorter boots. I agree with every one of your essentials.

    where did you get your blanket scarf on amazon? I've seen a few on Amazon but want to buy one that others have personally bought.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

  6. I am loving all these outfits!! I need to get a good pair of knee high boots this year and I'm loving those Sole Society ones you linked! These are all great fall essentials!

  7. Loving all of your picks especially that checkered vest and striped dress :)

    Green Fashionista

  8. All of these outfits are perfect!! It's still hot as hell down here, ugh!

  9. I just got a pair of the sole society OTK boots and I am in love! Highly recommend scooping them up!

  10. I'll take it ALL! Love that J. Crew vest so so much!!


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