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Work Clothes for Transitional Weather

Debra Auerbach, CareerBuilder writer

It’s autumn, which means – depending on where you live – sometimes it’s mild one day and freezing cold the next. Dressing for work is a guessing game – do you put on a pea coat only to sweat all the way to the office on the overheated bus, or do you wear that dress but freeze while walking to work?

If you’re struggling to find the right attire for these in-between days, here are some work wardrobe ideas for transitional weather.

Layer up
The best defense for changing weather is layers. If you’re going to wear a heavier coat to work, then wear a lighter shirt underneath. Or try throwing a blazer over a top you’d usually wear on its own. This is also a great time to break out the thinner-fabric scarves. Not only do they add a little flair to an outfit, they can keep your neck warm as the weather cools. Get creative with how you layer, too, like wearing a vest over a long coat or a skirt over jeans.

Winterise your summer clothes
Don’t move your summer clothes to storage just yet. You can get more mileage out of them by wearing them over or under warmer clothes. If you don’t want to say goodbye to that sleeveless dress, wear it over a turtleneck. Or wear tights with shorts and a chunky sweater. For men, try pairing your favorite summer t-shirt under a sport coat.

Invest in transitional pieces
When shopping for clothes, don’t think about whether you can wear a certain item now, but think about how you can extend its wear into the next season or the next weather cycle. Those are the types of clothes that are worth investing in – such as a long-sleeve maxi dress, a closed-toe pointy flat or a denim button-up shirt.

Have some fun
Since there really are no “rules” when it comes to dressing for transitional weather, it’s a good time to have some fun and experiment with new looks. Of course, keep in mind how conservative or casual your office is, but even those who have to wear suits every day can get creative. This can mean anything from matching a striped shirt with leopard shoes to donning fall-inspired hues, such as gold, burnt orange and maroon. This goes for both women and men.

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