Here are some great transition pieces for those of us who aren't ready to throw on a heavy winter coat but want something slightly warmer to wear over our sweatshirts.
The Denim Jacket
Denim jackets are appropriate for nearly every season and are classic pieces to pair with both sweaters and sweatshirts. Here are a few cheap options in the denim jacket world.
(Yes, I know, they're all so incredibly similar that it's hard to tell the difference between them. It's all up to you to choose based on color and price preferences! All are under $30.)
The Leather Jacket
Leather jackets can add just the right amount of edge and "fashion" to an outfit. Even if you're just wearing a sweatshirt underneath it, leather jackets convey that you understand what's going on in the fashion world. They also tend to be pretty warm and can be worn over even more "dressed up" outfits!
(Look #3 is the same jacket as #2 but in a different color! I tend to lean towards black leather jackets, but this taupe-colored one is beautiful and would match with quite a few things. I do think that because of its lighter color, it wouldn't be as "Autumn" as the black jacket, but if it was paired with the right accessories I'm sure it would be a great seasonal addition. All leather jackets above are under $40.)
I draw the line when it comes to wearing blazers with sweatshirts. Just don't do it. But if you're planning on wearing a sweater instead, blazers are the perfect item to both dress up the outfit and add a little bit of class and elegance.
(Loving how this mustard color pairs with the burgundy of the pants! If mustard isn't quite your style, it also comes in pink, teal, and black.)
(Blazers priced at $24.80, $27.80, and $32.80, respectively.)
TIP WHEN BUYING THESE FOR LAYERING: Don't forget to size up! Buying two sizes up from the size that usually fits you will make sure that bulky sweater and sweatshirt sleeves will fit comfortably into the sleeves of this outerwear. Don't forget to check F21's plus line for more great options. (I'm seriously considering buying some of their great jackets even though I'm usually around a medium in clothing.)
Hope you guys are gearing up for Fall as much as I am and appreciate these options!