7 Summer To Fall Wardrobe Essentials for Under $60

It can be tricky dressing for the upcoming cooler months and the unpredictable, in-between season weather. However, there are a few key, budget-friendly pieces that are essential to your wardrobe to ensure you are comfortable and stylish! These pieces are versatile and are ideal for layering, which is a major part of ensuring you are ready for an unexpected hot afternoon or a suddenly chilly evening. Here are 7 summer to fall wardrobe essentials for under $60.

7 Summer To Fall Wardrobe Essentials

7 summer to fall essentials

A Layering Tank

Since quarantine began, I have found myself purchasing and wearing more layering tank tops, which is perfect because they are an ideal base for your transitional weather outfits. Start with a tank top and build the layers from there. Target has layering tanks for $8!


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Classic Denim Button Down

Button down shirts are perfect for summer to fall because you can wear them over a tank top and under a jacket. In warm weather, I also treat them like a jacket in the evenings to cover up my shoulders while sitting outside on the sundeck or by the fire pit. This Western inspired denim button down from Old Navy comes in a light or medium wash.

Bomber Style or Leather Jacket

Over that button down shirt, I love a bomber style jacket or (faux) leather jacket for autumn weather when it’s not yet cold enough for your winter coat. I have several jackets I rotate for these situations and find it’s always handy to bring that jacket because you can always drape it over your shoulders if it’s warm. This bomber jacket from Amazon is available in ten options, ranging from floral prints to leopard. There’s bound to be a pattern that fits your style. I gravitate towards the red leopard print.

A Comfortable Pair of Tights

Tights make it possible to wear midi skirts and sweater dresses in the fall and winter! You will get a better cost per wear out of those skirts and dresses because you’re wearing them year round. Wear them now with sandals or sneakers, then when the weather gets chillier pair them with booties and a pair of tights, like these from Hue. There are even temperature control and control top options.

Pleated Midi Skirt

Pleated midi length skirts are very flattering on many body types, and this one from Topshop has a pretty checkered print and built in belt. Wear it now with heels for a socially distant special occasion. Then wear it mentioned with tights I mentioned above and boots in the upcoming months.

Versatile Sweater Dress

This versatile sweater dress from ASOS really caught my eye. Between its length, slit, forgiving silhouette and coziness, it’s the perfect dress to wear during the seasonal transition. I also love the unique volume sleeves. I am not sure if we will be having a ton of holiday parties this year in general, but if you are starting to think about what to wear to holiday family gatherings, this dress would be an ideal piece to wear for multiple occasions.

Multi Season Booties

A quality pair of boots is a worthwhile investment for fall and winter. This simple black pair from ASOS doesn’t break the bank and would look chic styled with everything from a skirt and tights to your favorite pair of jeans. I am drawn to the sleek shape and wooden block heel.

Styling for Summer To Fall Weather

  1. Layering is key! You can always adjust when the temperature changes.
  2. Layer button down shirts in between tops and jackets for an extra layer of warmth.
  3. You can still wear midi length dresses and skirts, pair them with tights and boots instead of sandals or sneakers!
  4. It goes without saying that a flattering pair of jeans or black pants are ideal for autumn too.

Shop 7  Summer To Fall Wardrobe Essentials

Target A New Day Women’s Tank Top, $8

Old Navy Relaxed Western Jean Shirt for Women, now $30

Amazon Fashion Ecowish Women’s Casual Zip Up Bomber Jacket, $28

Hue Sheer Opaque Tights, $15

Topshop Check Pleated Midi Skirt, now $38

ASOS Design Crew Neck Midi Dress with Volume Sleeve, $51

ASOS Design Reporter Heeled Boots with Flared Wooden Heel in Black, $56

Are you ready to make the transition from summer to fall? Which of these fashion items do you consider to be essential?

–Claire Mykrantz

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