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Small Town Style: Transitional trends

Anyone who's lived in North Dakota during the late summer and early fall months will tell you the weather changes on a dime. Last Monday, it was sunny and 83 degrees. On Tuesday, I was bundling up in a thick knit sweater and my winter jacket beca...

Anyone who’s lived in North Dakota during the late summer and early fall months will tell you the weather changes on a dime. Last Monday, it was sunny and 83 degrees. On Tuesday, I was bundling up in a thick knit sweater and my winter jacket because it was windy with a high of 48.
This state will throw you a curveball, as far as weather goes.
There are a few staple garments that I pull from the depths of my closet on that first chilly day in September. They include some great transition pieces that help me get through those rough first weeks and transform my summer attire into a cute and functional fall wardrobe.
My favorite new look pairs a denim shirt with a fun, patterned cardigan. I usually play with cardigans of neutral colors, like black and beige, because they offer a lot of different options. If you want to wear denim on bottom as well, just pick a different wash.
An emerging trend pairs a light wash denim shirt with a dark jean. You can leave your denim shirt unbuttoned, or button it and throw on a statement necklace. I usually leave mine unbuttoned and put on a loose colored tank for an extra pop of interest. I complete the look with a beanie and combat boots, a few other up-and-coming trends for the fall season.
Another favorite trend of mine pairs a plaid shirt on top of a regular zip-up hoodie. This one is easy for me because plaid is a great summer trend that transitions well into fall fashion. The key to this trend is finding a plaid shirt and a solid colored sweatshirt that have one common color. As far as completing an outfit with this trend, you have a lot of different options. You can throw on the beanie and combat boots like before, or pair boot-cut jeans with a flat tennis shoe for colder days.
In the first few weeks of fall, North Dakotans say a woeful goodbye to sunny summer days and start preparing for winter. Hopefully, preparing for the coming months by finding some fun staple pieces and building great outfits for fall will help us to dread them just a little bit less.

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