Transitioning Brights from Summer to Fall

Right now is a great time to pick up items during end-of-season sales (check out my post here for tips on how to shop them)!  It’s during this time that I pick up pieces that I’ve had my eye on, or that just catch my eye–pieces that I would never buy full price, but that are closet must-haves.

I picked up this pink shirt from Bluetique for only $5 during the recent Lexington boutique sale!  The skirt is from J. Crew and retailed at $79.50 when it was full price.  I scored it for $23.99 during a recent online sale (thanks, With Pearls and a Stethoscope, for showcasing this skirt and making me want it badly).

Now, some of you may not see the point of buying short-sleeves or shorter skirts when fall is right around the corner.  Well, even though you can always just put them up for next spring/summer, I like to get lots of wear out of my clothes.  For the sleeveless shirt, you can always toss on a dark blazer or a cardigan (like I did below!).  It will be the perfect pop of color, and the front ruffle makes it great for business wear.  As for the skirt, you can always pair it with a long-sleeved black top, some tights, and some riding boots!  These 2 tricks almost always work, and help to extend your wardrobe options from season to season!  
Cardigan: Maurices, $7.50
Top: Bluetique Cheap Chic, $5
Skirt: J. Crew, $23.99 on sale (now $41.99 using code SHOPSALE)
Update: Head over to the J. Crew Factory site, where you can grab the khaki-colored version for $29.99 or the printed version for $22.49 with code EXTRA25!!!
Earrings: Bluetique Cheap Chic, free (enclosed w/ order)
Necklace: Purple Peridot, $8.10 on sale (now $14.99)
Watch: Coach, gift
Shoes: Payless (similar, $14)
Special thanks to April Brooks for being my photographer for this post!