By Lauren Weitlauf

One day you’re walking through campus in the quintessential summer outfit. Sun-drenched, carefree days are still on your mind, but classes are already underway. Weeks later, summer break is still in recent memory; however, there’s a promising chill in the air on your commute to campus. Tans are losing their luster, and accepting the fact that another summer has come and gone is enough to make you dizzy.

At this point in the season, warm weather outfits aren’t completely going to cut it, but who has the budget to buy a “pre-fall” wardrobe? A post-summer wardrobe? Not only that, but the weather, with its myriad of daily changing temperatures, can’t be trusted. If you’re like me, when you’re out the door for the day, there’s no time for a mid-day wardrobe change. Here are some tips and for this transitional, pre-fall break season. The key: pieces that work double-duty.

A utility vest should be at the very tip-top of your list of must-have staples. This “masculine” piece is popular in army green, olive, khaki and white, with multiple cuts available. Some hit right above the hip, others are fitted or possess the in-demand “boyfriend” cut. Its perks? It’s lightweight enough to spice up a warm-weather outfit while being neutral enough to carry over into chillier weather months.
Cognac, tan, black, brown, fringed, heeled or flat- booties are one of  the most useful and interchangeable trends of the season. While most people view boots as something to wear when the snow flies, this full-coverage footwear adds versatility to any wardrobe. Pair it with a summer skirt for a bohemian air, or wear them with jeans for a polished, edgy look.

One of my favorite looks for this precarious season is the mix of summer sandals with full-coverage pieces like blazers and joggers. The look is chic, effortless and makes a statement. The best part is that it’s also appropriate for a professional environment.                                                          

Another beauty hiccup we all encounter during this provisional period of the season are tricky makeup snafus. Stick to matching your concealer and foundation on your jawline, not on places like your neck or chest (which are always in shadow). This will ensure your makeup never looks muddy or cakey. (If you feel this is the case as your tan wears off, it’s time to opt for a lighter shade!) No, wearing foundation a shade darker than your natural skin color isn’t flattering, even if it does makes you look tan under your bathroom lights.

Trending this season in makeup hues are whimsical wines, vibrant violets and ruby reds. The popular matte look is daring and striking. However, something more natural could be just as flattering. When in doubt, always go for something more sheer, as light makeup is much more forgiving than heavy finishes. I recommend a lip color like NARS satin lip pencil in “Golshan.” This jumbo pencil format delivers long lasting wear, with incredible color and a satin, dewy finish.

Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you some type of way, as you transition again into another school year.