Fall Transition Basics To Get Now

September is just around the corner! Cooling temps, crisp air, and fall colors will fill your day. Let’s not forget the mandatory pumpkin spiced latte! If you’re anything like me, you like planning ahead. I mean: organized school year, organized fitness, organized meal plans….

But maybe I take it too far. Maybe I don’t. But the one thing I LOVE planning ahead more than others in my wardrobe for the season.

You may not think it’s important to get seasonal staples early, but here’s a situation: It’s late September and you’re getting ready to leave the house to go to work or school. You’ve been rain free for the whole season and haven’t really invested in rain boots when all of a sudden a storm passes through and you have neither a windbreaker or any rain boots. You end up wearing sneakers and a heavier or lighter coat – you’re probably soaked and uncomfortable.

Maybe a little bit of pre-season fashion planning sounds like a good idea now…

This has happened to me sooo many times before my fashionable days. I never planned ahead – even during transition phases, like now. It’s been slightly cooler these past couple of days and we’ve slept with the windows open because it was so nice! So naturally, I pulled out all my summer to fall basics and I’m going to share my favorites with you!

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Shoes

I really like to keep it simple during this transition phase to fall because I’m not a huge shoe hoarder. I have maybe 8 pairs of shoes I just have for all year round. No joke. And among these shoes are my favorite black lace up flats which can be worn with jeans, skirts, dresses – you name it! They are still going to be very trendy for this fall. This pair is only $89.00.

Rain boots are also a must for fall – as you never know when it’s going to pour!

A funny story: this one time I was really late to class because I decided to head out early while it was raining like waterfall! My class was 45 minutes away via the L, Chicago’s train system. My station was 5 blocks away. By the time I got there my shoes has been completely soaked (just plain old sneakers). I ran back home and change them again. The train wasn’t due for another 30 minutes (this happens all the time) and I made it to class 10 minutes late and with ANOTHER pair of soaking shoes.

Lesson: Don’t be me when I didn’t think rain boots where a good investment (what the heck was I thinking?)

Here are some of my favorite (and affordable!!) finds:

 

 

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There’s nothing quite as versatile as your classic white t-shirt or tank. They are both great for layering and great for keeping casual. I don’t do casual like this too often – but I DO love it for the fall. I’m so down to just throwing a cardigan on everything, especially when the weather channel says its only 47 degrees out in the morning (not looking forward to our famous -40 days).

This basic tank is only $12.00!! These are great to stock up on and just wear all year round. They are super transitional and go really great with long cardigans, like this one.

Green or navy Anoraks are also a basic fall transition piece for when it’s still too warm to wear a full on coat. In these pictures, I am wearing a heavier (but lightweight) green button shirt to mimic an anorak. And you can do the same for those really warm fall days!

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Jeans

Jeans are the best fall transition basic of all time! They are comfortable, stylish, and largely affordable. I know I’ll be adventuring in my light-wash denim jeans so I make sure that they are stretchy enough to be comfy but skinny enough to flatter my petite frame. I always roll up my jeans in case I want to switch to booties for the fall. Any kind of denim will do but here are my favorite and affordable picks:

 

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Accessories

I love playing up my accessories during the fall because you’re able to layer more. I feel like summer jewelry and accessories should be simple because you don’t want to be wearing too much on a 90 degree day, am I right? Well, fall is perfect for taking those dramatic statement necklaces and finally styling them with your wardrobe. I really love these statement earring from Baublebar and they’re only $19!!! Get them here while this price is still on!

Sunglasses are also a must have fall basic! Mine are only $12 (here) and are super chic with every outfit! They are stylish, affordable, and protect my eyes – couldn’t ask for a better fall staple!

Bijou Styling Tip:

One of the best fall styling secrets is incorporating florals into your wardrobe

Florals for fall?!?! Yes.

You don’t have to wear a floral dress or a floral skirt (but you can definitely pull that off). I think of it as adding hints of floral to your wardrobe. I like to do this with wallets, clutches, and purses. This floral folded crossbody purse from Candied Cottons is the perfect addition to my wardrobe. It’s versatile, FOLD-ABLE, and so insanely chic! For my latest fall like adventure I fit my kindle (full of good reads), my chapstick, lipstick, phone, phone charger, candy, medicine, wallet, id’s, and a few papers in there like a breeze.

Fall Transition Basics To Get Now | The Petite Bijou

Fall Transition Basics To Get Now | The Petite Bijou

And I’m not quite sure why – but florals just work – in any season. I think the colors and patterns are mostly very attractive on everyone and you can wear it with any casual look. In the fall, a purse like this is a cute addition to a midi skirt look or just a chic academic look for contrast. Don’t have a floral purse for all seasons? When you sign up for the Candied Cottons email list (on the homepage here) you can get 20% off your first order! This is a wonderful addition to your wardrobe and would also make a great gift. Don’t wait till Black Friday to get over-marked and overpriced items – start early so you have some $$ to spend on yourself! Am I right or am I right?

Fall Transition Basics To Get Now | The Petite Bijou

As seen on me: Green Button Up Blouse/Tunic (as anorak) | Basic White Tank | Lightwash Denim Jeans |

Black Lace Up Flats | Floral Purse (c/o) | Black Sunglasses | Statement Earrings

I’m pretty excited for this transition phase to start. Bring on the Halloween decor and warm coffee drinks! What are your favorite transition pieces for fall? Let me know which item you really like below!

xo Mariam

Thank you Candied Cotton for sponsoring this post! <3

 

 

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87 Comments

  1. August 30, 2016 / 11:41 AM

    I’m all about basics! There’s just something about them. And I was right there with you on the boots. I only just bought a pair of rain boots last fall and don’t know how I lived without them! I was constantly caught in the rain and getting to class with gross wet shoes. They were 100% worth the investment!

  2. August 29, 2016 / 12:44 PM

    I adore basics, especially when it comes to fall because with the layering of clothes you definitely need some basics in the outfit! I love the jacket, and will definitely need a cute jacket of some kind πŸ™‚ xx Adaleta Avdic

  3. August 29, 2016 / 7:17 AM

    This is such a cute look and I love, love, love those flats!
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

  4. August 29, 2016 / 12:18 AM

    Lace-up flats are so on trend for fall– love your entire outfit and essentials!

  5. Ashley
    August 28, 2016 / 9:42 PM

    Great roundup of transitional pieces! I have 3 pairs of lace up flats that I adore! They are so great to wear year round!

    xo Ashley

  6. August 28, 2016 / 8:16 PM

    Fall time is my favorite! I loved all of your transition picks πŸ™‚

    xoxo, Jenny

  7. August 28, 2016 / 3:17 PM

    Love that lip colour! amaaaaazing!

  8. August 27, 2016 / 3:44 PM

    So beautiful! Love all of your Fall picks!

    • August 27, 2016 / 3:54 PM

      Thank you so much, Ashley!!

  9. Laura
    August 27, 2016 / 2:40 PM

    Such great fall staples!

    • August 27, 2016 / 3:53 PM

      Thanks, Laura!

  10. August 27, 2016 / 11:41 AM

    Love the lace flats & anoraks! These looks last a bit longer where I am in Phoenix, since it doesn’t get really cold until late into the winter. Great styling!

  11. August 27, 2016 / 10:42 AM

    I love the transition to fall! And those shoes and jacket are to die for:) Thanks for sharing!

  12. Bailey
    August 27, 2016 / 9:58 AM

    I LOVE your outfit! and that floral purse is so cute!! Need to add it to my Fall shopping list!

    xoxo,
    Bailey
    Here’s The Skinny

    • August 27, 2016 / 1:32 PM

      Thank you so much, Bailey!!

      xo Mariam

  13. Maggie
    August 27, 2016 / 9:43 AM

    I totally agree on the rain boots! You never think you need them until you actually need them haha.

    http://www.maggiealamode.com

  14. Angelle Marix
    August 27, 2016 / 9:31 AM

    You look beautiful my friend!! I love this casual outfit. Your fall essentials is perfect!

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

    • August 27, 2016 / 1:33 PM

      Thank you so much, Angelle!

      xo Mariam

  15. August 26, 2016 / 8:36 PM

    Such great tips, can’t wait for fall

    BNBstyling.com

    • August 27, 2016 / 1:33 PM

      Thank you, Bri!!

      xo Mariam

  16. August 26, 2016 / 5:20 PM

    LOL! Oh my gosh, your story!! YES, rainboots are a great investment! That sounds so miserable… wet shoes are the woooorst!
    xo Steph

    • August 27, 2016 / 1:34 PM

      Haha, I know right?! It was a crazy rain filled day!!

      xo Mariam

    • August 27, 2016 / 1:34 PM

      Thank you so much, Kristin!

      xo Mariam

  17. August 26, 2016 / 2:00 PM

    Such a great look for fall! Love those shoes, and that jacket is adorable!

    • August 27, 2016 / 1:35 PM

      Thank you so much, Ashley!!

      xo Mariam

  18. August 26, 2016 / 10:35 AM

    Cute! Love the jacket!

    Kate
    fortheloveoffancy.com

    • August 27, 2016 / 1:35 PM

      Thank you, Kate!!

      xo Mariam

  19. August 26, 2016 / 10:19 AM

    I love the outfit πŸ˜€ So cute!

    • August 27, 2016 / 1:35 PM

      Thank you, Brianna!

      xo Mariam

  20. August 26, 2016 / 8:53 AM

    This whole outfit is something I would wear! Love it.

    • August 27, 2016 / 1:36 PM

      Thank you, Linda!! Hope you have a lovely day!

      xo Mariam

  21. August 26, 2016 / 8:16 AM

    Your post has me so excited for fall! You have amazing style!

    • August 27, 2016 / 1:36 PM

      Thank you, Aline!!!

      xo Mariam

  22. August 26, 2016 / 7:55 AM

    Great outfit! And love your tips. I can never have enough plain white tees/tanks! Literally I think they make up half of my wardrobe. lol

    • August 27, 2016 / 1:36 PM

      Thank you, Brittany!!!

      xo Mariam

    • August 27, 2016 / 1:37 PM

      Thank you so much, Sami!!

      xo Mariam

  23. Ruthie Ridley
    August 25, 2016 / 6:18 PM

    Yes to everything!! Love this post so much! Loved your photos and all of your suggestions. Beautiful.

    • August 27, 2016 / 1:37 PM

      Thank you so much, Ruthie!!!

      xo Mariam

  24. August 25, 2016 / 4:29 PM

    I love the shoes picks you pick out for the fall. I’m so ready for fall. I hope it gets cold this year. Amazing blog post.

    • August 25, 2016 / 5:07 PM

      Thank you, Jessica! I’m pretty excited and ready too!!

      xo Mariam

  25. August 25, 2016 / 2:49 PM

    Great pics babe! You are such a model! I love those lace up flats! So excited for fall πŸ™‚

    • August 25, 2016 / 5:07 PM

      Thank you, Nicole! You are such a sweetheart!!! <3

      xo Mariam

    • August 25, 2016 / 5:06 PM

      Isn’t the fold-able feature neat?? I really liked that too!

      xo Mariam

  26. Rachel Moore
    August 25, 2016 / 2:14 PM

    Such great wardrobe staple pics. I love that bag!!!
    Rachel pinterestingplans.com

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:16 PM

      Thank you, Rachel!!

      xo Mariam

  27. August 25, 2016 / 1:10 PM

    Yes to all of these! Fall fashion is seriously the best…we have a while to go here in Phoenix before it even remotely gets “cool”, but I’m definitely planning ahead with the fashion.

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:04 PM

      I love fall fashion as well. I bet you guys are warm basically all year round! It gets pretty depressing and cold over here! lol!! I’ll move to Phoenix any day!

      xo Mariam

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:05 PM

      Thank you so much, Amy! It’s one of Urban Decay’s!!

      xo Mariam

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:05 PM

      Thank you, Laura! I really love olive for fall and winter! Such a great color!

      xo Mariam

  28. August 25, 2016 / 12:19 PM

    Those lace up flats are the best! I want them in every color!! And I love all your tips on transitioning into the fall season!

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:06 PM

      Me too, Jaime!! I love theses flats so much!! Although, I can’t wear them all the time because I have a high arch. But I try to wear them as much as possible because they are so cute!

      xo Mariam

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:07 PM

      Thank you so much, Mary! What part of fall are you looking forward to the most?

      xo Mariam

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:08 PM

      I definitely agree, Shelby! These lace ups are the best!

      xo Mariam

  29. August 25, 2016 / 11:43 AM

    I love those black lace up flats! Definitely will be rocking mine this year from Target! πŸ™‚

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:08 PM

      Thank you so much, Logan! I didn’t know Target had some too! Are they still available?

      xo Mariam

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:09 PM

      Thank you, Taylor! Not as incredibly on point as yours though!!! you rock, girlfriend!!

      I was actually really nervous doing my first totally public shoot. There were about 50 people at that park!!!

      xo Mariam

  30. August 25, 2016 / 11:12 AM

    Loving that jacket, lady!

    Kate
    fortheloveoffancy.com

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:10 PM

      Thank you, Kate! It’s actually just a very heavy shirt acting like a jacket! It was still a bit warm to wear a full on jacket or coat. But I think it works pretty well!

      xo Mariam

  31. August 25, 2016 / 11:09 AM

    Love the jacket and flats! Perfect for fall!!

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:11 PM

      Thank you! These flats are my favorite and it’s just a very heavy shirt acting as a jacket, neat isn’t it? Still a touch of summer that day! haha!

      xo Mariam

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:12 PM

      Thank you so much, Toby!!! Yay for bang girls!!! LOL!

      xo Mariam

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:12 PM

      Thanks Taylor!! They’re my favorite!!

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:13 PM

      Thank you, Anna! I agree! Definitely a staple this time around again! πŸ™‚

      xo Mariam

  32. August 25, 2016 / 9:55 AM

    I have a similar pair of flats in blush and nude, I’m thinking I need black too after seeing this post!

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:13 PM

      I need a pair in blush and nude!! I think having all three would be perfect!

      xo Mariam

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:14 PM

      Thank you Alex!!

      xo Mariam

  33. August 25, 2016 / 9:23 AM

    Mariam, these transitional pieces are so on point! Loving this look and the accessories you added. Great post! XX, Donna

    • August 25, 2016 / 2:15 PM

      Thank you so much, Donna!

      xo Mariam

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