Let's skip right past hot trends and "new" colors and all that clever marketing designed to make us fall in love with things most of us should never wear, like "lime green" and dropped-crotch pants. Instead, let's talk about some classic pieces that you will use over and over again, and will make you happy you spent your money wisely.
shopped all afternoon combed the Internet to find five, fun pieces to help you transition your wardrobe from summer to fall. (Let's face it--it's not out the realm of possibility that we'll see a few more 90 degree days in 2013.) You may find a surprise or two on this list, and you might even find you have one or two of these things in your closet already. If not, we highly recommend digging around the closet of your nearest grandmother or great-aunt, because vintage, guys. Vintage.
A Brooch or Cameo
What, you thought this was going to be all "new boots" and "tailored jackets"? No way. It's more fun to start off with a little bling, and there is nothing more classic than a cameo. Their delicacy makes them so visually interesting, and cameos evoke a sense of romanticism; if you have a vintage family piece, you already know what I'm talking about. Instead of a huge statement necklace (that everyone else is already wearing, thanks J. Crew) scour the second-hand shops for one-of-a-kind pins that you can wear multiple ways: fastened to scarves and lapels, slipped onto delicate chains or ribbon to wear as a necklace, or at the waist of a cocktail dress. Etsy has lots of affordable options, including this pretty cameo for under $50.
Blazer or Tailored Jacket
What, you thought this was going to be a quirky list full of brooches and suspenders? C'mon, now. Of course you need a tailored jacket, which is always a workhorse piece that provides a little more warmth than our summer cardigans. A great blazer works as outerwear, or as a layering piece indoors if you're always cold (like me). Boyfriend jackets are making a comeback, but if you're only going to buy one blazer keep it more traditional; you'll get more mileage out of a fitted jacket than a slouchy boyfriend blazer.
Statement Coat (Consider White)
Oversized is big at the moment (zing!), but it's not going to stay that way for long. A statement coat is a great investment piece (especially for those of you who start bundling up at around 60 degrees) but borrow from another trend--an "in" color like pink or white, or major embellishment at the shoulders--so you don't end up with a one-season wonder.
How can you fasten your scarf with your brooch if you don't have a scarf? Even though everyone is loving the infinity scarves, they seem vaguely choke-y and certainly annoying, in that you can only really wear them one way. (And isn't an infinity scarf really just a dickie with a cowl neckline? Am I alone here?) Don't ask how I found this Vince Camuto Multi-Stripe Jacquard Scarf ($42, hsn.com), but do enjoy the free shipping. The graphic lines are appealing, and it's large enough to double as a light wrap.
One Skincare Splurge (Boys, Too)
We don't realize how great that horrible summer humidity is for our skin until it's gone. Invest in something splurge-worthy--a serum, an eye balm, a night cream, a moisturizing mask--as a little treat for yourself.
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Serum: Currently obsessed with Clarins Double Serum ($85, Sephora.com) which is probably moisturizing enough on its own for folks with oily skin.
Eye Cream: vBeauté "Eye Never" Eye Cream ($18, vbeaute.com) is effective, and super-affordable after the company slashed prices and put their products in Duane Reade drugstores last year.
Night Cream: Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream ($62, kiehls.com) is lightweight but effective, safe for sensitive skin, and "lifts, firms, sculpts, contours, and smooths skin." Okay.
Moisturizing Mask: SK-II 'Facial Treatment' Masks ($90 for six, or $125 for 10, nordstrom.com) are a cult favorite with sky-high user ratings on every website we could find. A great stocking stuffer for an especially fancy stocking.