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Transitional styles for fall

As much as I love the unseasonably warm weather we're having in Indianapolis, it's making getting dressed slightly more challenging.  While I'd normally be embracing chunky sweaters, tights, and boots, this year, I find myself clinging to my sandals (it's 80 degrees!).

When attempting to wear my summery clothing without looking silly in late October, I employ a few basic rules:

  1. Black is always safe - even if it's a light cotton, or other warm-weather material.
  2. Layering is essential. It may be warm when you leave the house for dinner, but by the time you've returned home, the temperature is bound to have dropped.
  3. If you plan to wear a summery skirt or dress, pair it with boots instead of sandals.
  4. Rocking the sandals can be acceptable, as long as the rest of your outfit is transitional. Try wearing them with skinny jeans, a loose top, and a long cardi.

One of the biggest challenges of the transitional season is trying to put together outfits for going out.  We're not yet at the point where you can get away with bundling up at the bars, but skimpy minis and tanks look a little silly.

If you're not ready to give up your shorter dresses, don't be afraid to wear them with leggings.

My favorite recent find is the Sleeveless V-Neck Dress from Target.  I was slightly alarmed by the fact that it's Juniors at first. However, once I paired it with black leggings, it was the perfect outfit for the bars.  There's something about lace, when done right, that makes you feel incredibly attractive.  This dress was the perfect piece for a Saturday night in Broad Ripple.

As the temperatures continue to drop, I'll switch out my flats for boots, throw on a cardigan, and continue to rock the dress through winter.

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