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Katrina Dick: Transitioning seasons simple with staple pieces, prints

September 12, 2018 GMT

Hello all. I hope your week has been well. It seems as though having a holiday on a Monday makes the rest of the week drag on and on.

I’m glad to see it come to an end. Since we have seen the unofficial end of summer, I’m more than ready for the weather to cool down. I realize that may be a while, and my fall outfits will just have to wait. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun bridging the gap between summer and autumn.

It may still be 90 degrees out, but I have already started incorporating darker, earthier shades into my wardrobe. This helps make that transition from bright, sunshiny days to cold, rainy days a little easier.

There are so many ways to achieve a “transition” wardrobe, simply by piecing together items that fit both summer and fall. For instance, wearing flats with jeans and a tank top, instead of sandals, helps to take an August outfit into September. You can even do this with shorts, by pairing them with a darker top and booties (especially open-toed ones).

The outfit pictured is a good example of tying in both summer and fall pieces. The shoes are suede, but not hot, while the top is a cool, silky material. It worked well for casual Friday at work, but would also carry over for a dinner date. Plus, the fun leopard print on the shoes adds a pattern to an otherwise plain outfit while the shirt keeps it tasteful.

It’s imperative to remember that whenever you’re dealing with anything leopard print, balance is key. Otherwise you’ll end up looking like a lost cast member from “Goodfellas.” The raw hem on the jeans keeps it trendy, but not over the top. One reason I love this top so much is it is so basic that it goes with anything. Even though its forest green color, the cut and style make it work with so many different outfits. The color even helps to keep it interesting, and gives me a whole new set of styling options, which would otherwise be limited if it were white, black or grey. Pairing it with black dress pants and heels would really kick it up a notch for work, or adding a cardigan and leggings means I can continue wearing it all the way through winter.

Having a few basic pieces, such as this top, can give you countless options throughout all four seasons.

Have a great week and happy shopping!

Katrina Dick is a lifelong Wayne County resident who is looking to inspire others in Wayne how to not only be frugal when shopping, but be stylish while saving.