Transitional dressing during the summer can be a bit of a bear. The forecast calls for 85-degree days and 65-degree nights, and don’t even get us started on the constant stream of AC cranking through the office. The trick to tackling this type of weather is finding the right “in-between” pieces that you wear alone, or use for layering. These seven pieces fit the bill.
Tolipa sleeveless long-line blazer, $70, missguided.us.com
Gilets: Sleeveless blazers are basically designed for fickle weather. Layer them with other sleeveless pieces to keep your arms bare and your core warm. Check out nine ways to wear them here.
ASOS jumpsuit, $90, us.asos.com
Sleeveless Jumpsuits: Look for one-piece wonders in lightweight cottons, twills, and silks, layering with other pieces for cooler temperatures. Toss on a cropped sweater, for example, to add warmth without bulking at the sleeves.
Open-weave sweaters: Chunky knits with cutouts provide cozy warmth with a built-in ventilation system. Layered over a silk camisole, you’ll stay extra warm; or take the bold step of nixing the camisole in favor of a great-looking bra that begs to be seen.
Belted popover shirtdress, $70, gap.com
Shirtdresses: Opt for options that have three-quarter-length sleeves and hit at the knee, allowing for optimal coverage when you leave your home on harsh mornings while also exposing enough skin to keep you cool should the temperature rise.
Cropped wide-leg pants, $70, loft.com
Wide-leg pants and culottes: These are perfect for days that are a real mixed bag in terms of weather—starting off cold, then warming for a few hours, then cooling off again. Team with button-downs and heels for a polished office look, or try wearing with sneakers for off-duty hours.
Iris and Ink Rachelle crepe midi skirt, $160, theoutnet.com
A-line midi skirts: Fight off a slight chill with a skirt that hits at or below your knee. Balance out the proportions of the look with a slim-fit crop top or trim summer sweater.
Peep-toe faux-leather mules, $33, forever21.com
Mules: You’re probably dying to wear the daintiest summer sandals possible, but with temperamental weather, sometimes “dainty” isn’t the best option. Enter the the mule: one large strap across the foot covers almost everything, save for just a peek of the toes.