We've already established here at JASPR that fall fashion is upon us, at least in stores and fashion magazines. One of my biggest style challenges throughout the year is the transition between the summer and fall seasons because I run into so many wardrobe problems: The days are still hot (sleeveless tops because I'm sweatin' like a pig), but the nights are cooling off (big, bulky sweaters over my sleeveless tops—outfit ruined). Oh, and then the weather man starts forecasting things like a 60 degree day. Question Mr. Weatherman: What exactly does 60 degrees feel like? Why can't you just tell me what to wear? As you all know, the answer to any problem is a solution, so in order to help myself and my readers, I've put together three looks combining pieces that seemlessly transform from summer to fall to get you through these next few weeks of "What to wear?"
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The jumpsuit is currently a trending wardrobe staple that I'm totally into. If you've been pairing yours all summer with strappy sandles, find a clunky wedge, closed toe heel or flat that helps transition it into fall for extra wear time. Also, something to remember when rockin' the suit: Keep it simple. Hence, my choice of pairing the navy suit with a navy wedge, simple jewlery and a hairstyle that isn't demanding attention. Pairing one of these puppies with colorful pumps, loads of costume jewlery and a wild 'do could border on looking like you're a 5-year-old girl playing dress-up.
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If I confessed to you all how many sheer, black, sleeveless blouses I have in my closest, you would totally judge me, so I won't. I wear them all the time and if you ever wanted to sabotage me in the worst way, you should steal them. They're my true warbdrobe staple and I wear them during every season. Their lightweight sheer material keeps me cool in the summer and when the colder temperatures roll around, they are light enough that you can throw nearly anything over them to create an entirely new look. I paired this particular top with a striped blazer made of something similar to a jersey material. This keeps the outfit comfortable, appropriate for inconsistent temperatures (you can take the blazer off and the outfit is still killer), and also works well if it needs to transition from day to night.
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And finally, for my readers that desire a touch of feminine and flirty in their look, please don't put all of your summer dresses away until next season to collect dust. Almost any dress can transition through all seasons paired with the proper accessories (note: I did not say all dresses—put away your swimsuit cover ups, ladies). In true JASPR fashion, though, I'm going to suggest pairing those playful dresses with bolder elements to give your look an edge: A pair of black, graphic tights; dark eye make-up with a nude lip; a statement shoe. You know, things that say: I might have a dress on but I can still kick your ass.
I've gone back and forth about revealing a big 'ol secret about this shoot, and I've decided I'm going to share it with you. My goal when I started this blog was to make all the kickass things in the world known and available to you, not to show you things that are unrealistic or unattainable (even though, at times, I do share some of those . . . a girl can dream).
With that said, I'm assuming your thoughts about this style post are these looks are great, I'm sure they all cost 1.2 bajillion dollars, thanks, but no thanks, JASPR.
Well, you're wrong. The most expensive look here (Look II) rang out at a whopping $108.00. And . . . drumroll please . . . every look was styled with clothing, shoes and jewlery from T.J. Maxx.
A true one-stop shop, ladies.
"Cynthia Rowley" Navy Blue Jumper / $22 / Compare at $65
"Steven Madden" Navy Blue Wedge / $39 / Compare at $80
Total Cost: $61
"Edge" Striped Blazer / $20 / Compare at $30
"Ali & Kris" Sheer Black Sleeveless Blouse / $15 / Compare at $22
"Labisuou" Black Pant / $13 / Compare at $26
"Steve Madden" Shoe / $60 / Compare at $100
Total Cost: $108
"Sans Souci" Polka Dot Dress / $17 / Compare at $34
"Calvin Klein" Black Graphic Tights / $8 / Compare at $25
"Dolce Vita" Suede Color Block Heel / $32.00 on clearance / Compare at $109
Total Cost: $57
You can see the first Wear It post here.