Shopping at this point of the year is a toughie: do I stock up on breezy sundresses and sale section sandals, or do I focus on the perfect fall gear? It’s still hot and fall’s not going anywhere, but there’s a way to get both done with ease. This is a masterclass in transitional dressing: buying things that you know will keep you cool now, and will keep you looking rad later (with the help of some new layers). What are we thinking for early August buys? Upgraded T-shirts and easy, effortless dresses that make the dog days of summer look like a total breeze. Click through for our top 10 picks of what to buy now to coast through summer and stylishly end up in fall.
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Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.