With these key pieces you should be warm and trendy through the seasons.

Everybody knows Illinois likes to ease into its season changes; one day you can expect hot weather, but you’ll need to bring out your parka the next day. Here are some pieces to help transition your summer wardrobe into fall on Illinois time.


Vests are a key piece to have in your wardrobe for the colder months. Think of this fashion item as less of a commitment than a durable coat, but almost just as warm. Quilted, suede or puffer vests are great pieces to have in your wardrobe. Quilted vests are great for a casual look. Suede vests really channel your inner “Kimye” and can be worn with various late summer trends. Suede is also practical because its keeps you warm. You can usually find suede vests in neutral colors, which go with everything. Puffer vests are great to throw on over your sweatshirts for football games in the time before it gets unbearably chilly.


A classic fall staple, boots will always be the best way to work in some of your last looks of summer before the weather gets too chilly. Thankfully, there are many styles of boots, so you can be flexible according to the weather. Some of the more common fall boots are mid-calf combat boots, riding boots and fringe booties that look great with all of the festival wear you might have bought over the summer. Pair your boots with dresses and skirts and walk to class warm.

Blanket scarves

Campus can get cold on a morning fall walk to class and blanket scarves might just be the answer. What is great about the blanket scarf is that it is soft, fluffy and huge — almost big enough to be an actual blanket. If you are freezing in an early 9 a.m. lecture, reach for that blanket scarf. Blanket scarves are both cute and practical.

Tights, leggings & boot socks

Accessorizing is a smart way to layer so that you can stay warm in the early months of fall. With this technique, you have a lot of options. You can pair a summer shirt with a jacket, leggings and boots for a whole new outfit. Or you can wear a summer dress with tights, boots and boot socks; now it is fall-proof. You can layer these as much as you need. The point is to stay as warm as possible.


Wherever you are on campus, layer up with a jacket. There are many styles of jackets that are trendy right now, such as denim, leather or utility. These are fall trends that never go out of style; incorporate them into your transitional outfits. The denim plays it safe and is lightweight, utility is neutral and easy to throw on and a leather jacket is durable and dangerous. Keep a jacket with you during your walk to class so that you will always be warm; they will go with any fall wardrobe.

Jay Ibarra is a senior apparel design major and a features reporter for the Vidette. She can be reached at Follow her on twitter at @jayibarra

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