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September Shopping List: 20 Key Pieces to Transition Your Summer Wardrobe Into Fall

by krismkoch

With Labor Day ushering in the (un)official start of fall, not to mention the start of New York Fashion Week on the horizon (along with a whole lot of pressure to look flawless that it brings), I’m desperate to break out chic, new fall threads and leave the dresses and skirts I’ve been wearing all summer behind. But it’s not exactly sweater weather yet, and as much as I want to dress for the new season, I also don’t want to show up to the camera-lined shows looking like a hot sweaty mess. In the past, I’ve invested in the new fall staples at the beginning of the season, including the heavier sweaters and wool dresses I can’t wear until months later, which means I’m stuck starting off the new season in the previous season’s clothes and hating my outfit on the daily and wishing it would get cold fast. Which is really no way to approach fall dressing — it’s one of the best seasons of the year and one of the most fun to dress for.  That’s why, this year,  I’m starting my fall shopping by investing in pieces that I can wear now, and long after the leaves turn and the weather turns.

1. Culottes

olivia palermo, culottes, striped top, dusty blue, fall outfits, fall trends


The Picks:

Asos Culottes, $63

H&M Culottes, $29.99

Tibi Culottes, $350

Iris and Ink Culottes, $210, theoutnet.com

Zara culottes, $49.99, zara.com

2. Long Vest



The Picks:

Asos vest, $126

Topshop longline vest, $85, nordstrom.com

Zara vest, $169, zara.com

Tibi vest, $875, tibi.com

Cupcakes and Cashmere vest, $130, nordstrom.com

Helmut Lang Vest/Wrap Dress, $209, saksoff5th.com

3. Off-the-Shoulder Shirt



The Picks:

Tibi off the shoulder top, $295

Zara Off the Shoulder White Shirt, $49.90, zara.com

H&M White Off-the-Shoulder Blouse, $39.99, hm.com

Tibi off the shoulder cutout top, $295

4. Boxy Crop Top



The picks:

Tibi crop top, $118, saks.com

Zara Embroidered Cropped Top, $39.90, zara.com

Tibi Jersey crop top, $335, nordstrom.com

Asos crop top, $44.79

5. Lace-Up Ballet Flats

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blame it on fashion

The Picks:

Zara black Lace Up Ballerina Shoes, $49.90, zara.com

Zara Lace Up nude Ballet Flats, $69.90, zara.com

Topshop Lace Up Ballet Flats, $45, nordstrom.com

6. Cropped Flare Jeans



The Picks:

AYR Cropped Jeans, $225, nordstrom.com

H&M Kick Flare Ankle Jeans, $49.99, hm.com

Topshop Cropped Flare Jeans, $68, nordstrom.com

3×1 Cropped Flare Jeans, $98, saks.com

7. Suede Jacket

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the blossom girls

The Picks:

H&M Suede Jacket with Fringe, $349, hm.com

BlankNYC Fringe Suede Jacket, $188, nordstrom.com

Theory cropped suede jacket, $389 (sale), saks.com

Zara suede fringe jacket, $189, zara.com

8. Denim A-Line Skirt



The Picks:

Alexa Chung for AG Denim Skirt, $245, saks.com

H&M Denim Button Front Skirt, $34.99, hm.com

Zara denim skirt, $39.90, zara.com

9. Cropped Jumpsuit



The Picks:

Tibi Agathe Jumpsuit, $417, tibi.com

Milly Strapless Culotte Jumpsuit, $315, shopbop.com

Tibi off the shoulder jumpsuit, $795, saks.com

Zara cropped jumpsuit, $69.90, zara.com

Tibi Bow Front Jumpsuit, $695, netaporter.com

10. Sleeveless Tunic


who what wear

The Picks: 

Vince tunic, $395, saks.com

Tibi Satin Layered Tunic, $485

Zara Navy Tunic with Side Slits, $69.99, zara.com

Zara Burnt Orange Tunic With Side Slits, $99.90, zara.com

Zara Dark Grey Long Tunic, $49.90, zara.com

11. Cape Dress



The Picks:

Tibi Cape Dress, $595, nordstrom.com

Zara Cape Dress with Low Back, $99, zara.com

McQ Alexander McQueen Knit Cape Dress, $625, saks.com

Milly Cape Dress, $395, saks.com

12. Printed Maxi Dress

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pandora sykes

The Picks:

DVF Blue Wrap Maxi Dress, $648, nordstrom.com

Maison Scotch Printed Maxi Dress, $149, shopbop

DVF Maxi Dress, $798, saks.com

Zara Long Crepe Dress, $69.90, zara.com

Alice & Olivia Printed Maxi Dress, $598, saks.com

Matthew Williamson Maxi Dress, $573.75, theoutnet.com

13. Lace Dress



The Picks:

3.1 Phillip Lim Lace Dress, $895, saks.com

Zara Navy Blue Lace Crepe Dress, $129, zara.com

Suno lace dress, $595, saks.com

14. Patchwork Print Dress



The Picks:

DVF Printed Dress, $598, saks.com

Zara Printed Black and White Dress, $69.90, zara.com

Rebecca Taylor Printed Dress, $495, shopbop

Shoshanna Printed Dress, $395, shopbop.com

Zara Flared Printed Dress in Black/Ecru, $49.90, zara.com

A.L.C. printed Dress, $695, shopbop.com

15. Denim Dress



The Picks:

Zara 3/4 Sleeve Denim Dress, $49, zara.com

Marc Jacobs Denim Dress, $196, saks.com

Zara Frayed Edge Denim Dress, $29, zara.com

Theory Denim Dress, $147.50, theoutnet.com

16. Suede Dress



The Picks:

Zara Suede Dress with Pockets, $49, zara.com

Illia Suede Dress, $462, theoutnet.com

Theory Suede Dress, $715, saks.com

17. Funnel Neck Top


blame it on fashion

The Picks:

Tibi Sleeveless Funnel Neck Top

Tibi Boucle Funnel Neck Sweater, $425

Zara Funnel Collar Top, $69.90, zara.com

18. Ruffle Sleeve Blouse


who what wear

The Picks:

Blouse with Kimono Sleeve, $39.90, zara.com

Combined Lace Blouse,  $49.90, zara.com

Zara lace ruffle sleeve blouse, $49.90

19. Subtle Peplum Top



The Picks:

Zara peplum top, $19.90, zara.com

Tibi Laser Cut Crepe Top, $167.50, theoutnet.com

Zara White Peplum Top, $49.90, zara.com

20. Loose-Fit Tapered Trousers

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The Picks:

Tibi Tie Front Pants, $325, saks.com

Zara Trousers, $49.95








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