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One day it's cloudy, the next day sunny. Then a cold snap follows that Indian summer heat wave. When should you put away the flirty, flouncy warm-weather wear and unpack your winter gear from the mothballs? Don't banish those body-baring clothes just yet: We've got some clever ideas on how to mix in a few key warming pieces to find your personal temperate zone as another fabulously fashionable fall heads our way.

Top Layers: Tale of the Drape

Trendanistas know that layering is uber-now, but it's also a no-brainer for nailing transitional dressing. Keep your basic tanks and tees in rotation by topping them with shrunken blazers, light cotton jackets or that buzz-worthy fall trend, the cropped leather jacket. Got a sleeveless summer-weight blouse? Kill the chill with a preppy cotton cardigan. Sweaters are perfect for layering over long-sleeve Oxford shirts: Just make sure they're no heftier than mid-weight, and roll both sets of sleeves up. Chambray shirts are on-trend, and make great top layers unbuttoned over a cami or sleeveless tank top. Only have room for one key purchase in your pre-fall budget? Make it a little denim jacket: It's both a versatile classic and a hot trend for cooler weather.