When the urge to shop hits in early September, it’s not easy. The weather is still kinda hot (it is still summer, after all), but fall is fast approaching. How to reconcile? Go transitional! Focus on pieces that you can wear comfortably now, yet layer with ease later. There’s nothing wrong with stocking up on short-sleeve (or even sleeveless) dresses now, if you know you can easily pop a blazer or cardigan over them in a few months. Lightweight frocks with sleeves can also ease the transition from summer to fall — and will still make total sense come October. If right now frock-shopping is an itch you simply must scratch, all the great pieces ahead are right up your alley.
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.