Sweaters and long sleeves aren't required for fall fashion, and neither is perspiring for the sake of style. Men and women both can keep their cool while looking au currant with a few simple pieces.
DOUBLE DUTY BLAZERS: Women can turn almost any shell or camisole in to a work appropriate top with the addition of a cropped jacket like the BCBGMAXAZRIA's Margie jacket. This looks great in warm weather and layered over slim, long-sleeve shirts when it starts to cool off. Although men shouldn't generally wear tank tops to work, for those occasions that call for a sport coat the Guess Granada Blazer is a semi-casual option in 100% cotton. It comes with a hoodie liner that can be zipped out for work and replaced for rainy weekends.
BASICS WITH A TWIST: The last thing anyone wants to do when it's humid is pile on layers of clothing. For these days, go for items that are basic enough to go with lots of outfits but stylish enough to stand alone. Women can find solace in the Sanctuary Fall Neo-Grunge Raven Top from Piperlime. This sleeveless silk sheath drapes away from the body and looks pretty on its own thanks to simple ruffle sleeves. Men will look crisp in the Pebley White Satin Stripe Classic Dress Shirt from Charles Tyrwhitt. The white-on-white stripes keep it neutral yet interesting enough to lose the tie.
CASUAL AND COMPOSED: Work appropriate shirts that look sharp but feel casual are priceless any time of year. For this reason, women will appreciate the clean-cut details of Gap's Floral Gathered-Neck Top with cap sleeves. It looks pulled together without an extra ounce of effort. Meanwhile, men will find Hugo's Delmar Contrast Trim Polo the go-to shirt for casual Fridays and dinners alike. The subtle color-blocking and crisp lines make it handsome and multi-functional.
STYLE AND STRUCTURE: A little bit of tailoring and detail is all it takes to turn a basic shirt into a smart-looking topper. The Herringbone Frances Cami from J.Crew takes a slim sleeves shell in a beautiful bronzed beige, gives it a stand-up color and a ruffled bib. The effect is a light, sleeveless piece that looks flawless on it's own or under a cardigan. For men, the Express MK2 Fitted Military Shirt incorporates box pleats and epaulets for extra crisp lines and just a hint of designer style.
PALATABLE PLAID: Who can think about flannel prints when the sun is shining? Our beautiful weather isn't a reason to ignore the return to plaid in fall fashion, though. Women can enjoy the print in Nine West's Plaid Flutter Sleeve top. The light, draping fabric stays cool, and the print will carry well into the winter months. Men who fear flannel but want the checks will enjoy Burberry's Classic Fit Check Shirt, which looks equally fashionable on its own and as a base layer in winter.