Happy Monday! Yesterday I decided to brave the back-to-school crowds at my local outlets. Even though the swarms of people stunk majorly, most outlets (or stores in general) are running extra promotions right now for the end of summer/back to school season, so I wanted to get in on the action! My mission was to find some great transitional pieces to help me get from summer to fall and I was pretty happy with what I found.

It can be tricky to find links to everything at the outlets, so the pieces I can link to are listed first. At the end I added a few other can’t miss pieces with some details on where I found them, what brand, and the price.

1. This jacket is so gorgeous. It is definitely an investment piece ($200), but it’s classic cool. I have a hard time imagining this ever seeming passé. You can go from wearing a tank top underneath to a sweater underneath to wearing another jacket over it. Wouldn’t it be great over your old college crewneck sweatshirt at whatever football game you make it to this year?

2. Equipment does it again! My well-documented love affair with the brand continues (read about it here). This beauty is PERFECT for transitional dressing. It’s a solid color so it would play well with prints, especially if they’re neutral, plus it’s lightweight so it won’t have you overheating when the day goes from 60 degrees to 85 degrees. Take it off, toss it in your bag, tie it around your waist (I guess that’s not cool as of 1995, but I’m working on bringing it back). For the warmer months, try pairing it with a dress and some shooties (open-toe booties). For your freezing office you could pair it with some very conservative and tailored pieces (and be known as the girl with unexpected and fun style!). When it gets colder it would look great under a fur vest – real or faux.

It screams flared jeans, white tank, and cool shoes to me! I’m also tempted to rock it with with a Canadian Tuxedo.

It’s classic, it’s fun, the color works well for summer AND fall, it would look killer on anyone regardless of age, shape, or whatever else there may be. It’s the total package, if you ask me!

3. The XS was too big on me, but someone a bit taller (aka just about everyone else on planet earth) would look great in this sweater. It is soft and long and perfect to wear with a pair of leggings. This isn’t exactly transitional – it’s heavy and warm and I’d say it lands pretty smack dab in fall/winter territory. But, since leggings and a big cozy sweater are most peoples’ winter uniform, I think this is a really safe bet and a great piece to kick start that part of you wardrobe! Please buy so I can live vicariously through you. Or maybe I’ll buy it and accidentally put it in the dryer to shrink it up…

4. This vest is from Gap Factory and would be a great piece to have in your wardrobe. Toss it over/under a lightweight jacket, pair it with a button-down, a t-shirt, a dress, etc. Patterns, colors – anything would work! And it’s only $31!

5. I really love this designer and thought this was a great dress for the transitional months because it’s not lacy or too summery. In fact, I think the dress is great for every season!

I find this designer runs a little bit small, so I’d order one size up. It would work best if you have a bigger chest, but if you don’t there may be a way around it with some padding. It’s classic, well-constructed, and very flattering!

And here are a few things I loved that you’ll have to shop in-store for:

6. Layering is key during these tricky weather months and a lightweight utility jacket like this one is a great choice. This version had some cute embroidery on it that tied in that trend as well, so it felt like a bit of a two-fer! And in case you weren’t sold already, it was under $35. Can you believe that?! You’ll have to head to a Bloomingdales outlet to get this exact one (it’s by Kensie Jeans!) because it doesn’t seem to be online, but there are similar options here and here.

I love the versatility of a utility jacket – wear it with jeans and a t-shirt, a fitted cotton tank dress, a pencil skirt and silk top, leggings and an oversized sweater…pick your poison! This piece will likely work with whatever you come up with and add a bit of warmth without being too heavy or bulky.

7. Did you see my post on 11 ways to style a tank dress? I saw this French Connection dress at the Bloomingdales outlet and it reminded me of that paisley one. The cut is the same, it ties at the shoulders just like the other one, and the price point is good (under $60). Given the colors in this version, I think it would transition really well to fall. And there are a million outfit combinations that would work! Chambray shirt tied over top, a crisp button down underneath, with a chunky knit sweater, under a blazer, cinched with a belt and a denim jacket, etc. Booties, boots, shooties, ballet flats, cool-girl sneakers, pumps. So. Many. Options!

8. People are always asking me where I get my sweaters and my answer is usually that I have my sister find them for me…hah! She has a nose for a good sweater and can spot one from a mile away. So, needless to say when I came across this one today I thought she would be proud. It’s from the Bloomingdales outlet by the brand John + Jenn for $60. It’s big and boxy and so, so soft. Ideal for the fall!

9. I found these Dolce Vita shooties at Saks Off Fifth for only $36 on clearance! They are such a perfect transitional shoe. I have a few pairs of Dolce Vita booties and find that they are comfortable and fit true to size.

10. This sweater/vest is nice and thick and well-made and it’s perfect for transitional weather! I’d wear it with jeans and knee-high or over the knee boots with a cotton tee or tank underneath. I found it at the Loft outlet for $55, on sale for only $33.

11. The Loft outlet had the cutest shirtdresses! They are lined but thin, so you shouldn’t be giving TMI with a sheer dress but you won’t be dying of heat, either. It is wide, so consider getting one size down or pairing it with a belt.

This one will take me far – it can work with everything from sneakers to over-the-knee boots. Imagine it with a baseball cap and some sneakers for the summer, booties and a leather jacket for the fall, and some tights and boots for the winter. It was $70 but on sale for $42.

Outlets can be very hit or miss, but today I had a lot of luck. I only wound up purchasing the last 2 pieces (both from Loft), although as I write this I’m thinking about getting a few more…especially that silk bomber and that wool moto jacket!

Do you have any favorites? Let me know below!