With fashion month under our collective designer belts and Winter a not-so-distant memory (hallelu!), it might seem weird to talk about Fall when everyone is so desperate for Spring. Real talk, though: It’s not exactly hot outside. In fact, this transition period is one of the few times of year when we can mix winter and summer gear and not look completely crazy. Wanna wear a tank top with a faux fur chubby and boots? Go ahead, work it! Plus, this is the best time to take advantage of cold-weather gear on clearance.

So while the temperature takes its sweet time rising to my 80-and-sunny ideal, get a jump on next season’s trends with these three easy pieces:

fall-trends-turtlenecks1Think more Love Story, less middle school yearbook photo. Layer a knit turtleneck under a blazer for a sexy professor vibe, or wear a cotton version under a crisp button-down and a longline vest for extra warmth.

fall-trends-fur-scarf1J. Crew showed several variations of multi-colored faux fur stoles–the more unbelievably-hued, the better. Luckily, you can get them for relatively low prices at several online boutiques, so take advantage of end-of-season sales and get a jump on these.

fall-trends-silk-scarfOne of the easiest ways to add interest to a basic outfit is a pretty silk neck scarf (un foulard if you’re nasty). Another nod to the ‘70s, designers showed how a simple silk square can be folded and knotted in imitation of the also-popular-again choker necklace.