Chic Chicks: The four essential items for cooler weather

Amber Plunkett

So long, 100-degree temperatures and humidity. Goodbye, short skirts, ruffle tanks and chiffon dresses.

A new season is upon us and once again, I find myself resisting the urge to donate every article of clothing I have and replenish my closet with the newest, trendiest pieces.

Obviously, this is unrealistic and financially impossible — well, for me at least.

So, naturally, I have to find a way to think outside the box and make my wardrobe staples transition into the new season.

I’ve come up with a list of what I think are wardrobe essentials that can be worn season through season — regardless of the trends.

I present to you, the “fabulous four transition pieces for fall.”

You’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again. If you don’t own a dress that flatters your best features, then it’s time to go shopping.

A neutral colored dress in black, navy or khaki with classic features, like an A-line skirt, will transition seamlessly from summer to fall.

Neutral colors act as a blank canvas and will allow you to add pops of autumn’s trendiest colors — emerald green or crimson red — without clashing and will instantly update your basic dress.

Next on the list: denim. Everyone wears denim, usually as jeans or a jacket or maybe both (just hopefully not at the same time).

The kind of denim you need in your closet year-round isn’t your average pair of faded jeans.

Invest in a dark wash of denim in a classic fit that best suits your figure. A boot cut is timeless and generally flattering on everyone, whereas a flare works best for pear-shaped women.

As for color, a dark wash is best for transitioning from daytime to nighttime and is more flattering than lighter shades. But please, no denim with holes.

Pair denim bottoms with this season’s embellished tops or a chunky knit.

This may come as a surprise, but, believe it or not, a crewneck sweater is a definite year round essential as well.

And it’s perfect for fall.

The goal here is to buy a lightweight sweater that can be used as layering pieces for those awkward not-really-cold and not-really-hot days as we transition into fall.

My preference is to have a variety of sweaters in solid colors and a few striped ones as well.

For this season, a crewneck sweater over a collared shirt is the perfect way to participate in the ladylike trend.

The fourth wardrobe essential is the classic blazer. They’ve been everywhere, in every store and at every price point for the past few seasons.

They come in an endless possibility of colors and are a pivotal piece for any woman’s wardrobe.

Invest in a good blazer that fits you well and is proportionate to your body. It should hit at your hips and shouldn’t be too tight across your back.

Not only can they be worn as layering pieces as the weather gets cooler, you can top your favorite summer dress with a blazer in the cool, early fall mornings.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list, but I hope it will give you some inspiration as you begin to think about your fall wardrobe.