Even if the last time you had to enter a classroom was a decade or two ago, September and the cooler temperatures of fall (showing up right on time this week) still kick off a yearning for a wardrobe shift—from tissue-thin fabrics to cozier knits, from light hues to richer tones. Here are a few basics to help you get started.
Long-sleeved, body-hugging T-shirts in earth tones can be worn comfortably under jackets and cardigans (Splendid long-sleeve T-shirt, $50 at Shopbop.com).
Speaking of jackets, a simple blazer in navy or black is a must. Wear it with jeans, or even dressy shorts if it gets warm again (Bandelier blazer at Madewell.com, $178)
One word: tights. They keep your gams warm and add some texture to your ensemble as well. Cable-knit versions strike an appropriately autumnal tone ($29.90 at Express)
Nothing says "Summer's over—time to buckle down" like a pair of suede oxfords. They're back this season in bootie form (Athina ankle boot from Nine West, at Endless.com, $98.95)