The Best Transitional Pieces Under $100

As wonderful as splurge items by luxury brands can be, there’s also so much beauty found in clothing that falls into an accessible price range. Sometimes you don’t have $300 to spend on well-fitting printed skinny pants, and as hilarious or affirming as certain graphic sweatshirts can be, paying over $100 for designer ones sometimes just isn’t an option. For affordable joggers, dresses, snakeskin sneakers, a dress that has four trends in one and more killer items, check out our first Under-$100 Edit, a new weekly series, where we weed through the newest arrivals to help you discover the pieces to help you put the low back into high-low shopping. This week, it’s all about chic transition pieces.

» Say Yes Sweatshirt, $65 at J.Crew. As Destiny’s Child fanatics, we can’t stop listening to Michelle Williams’ song “Say Yes,” where she is (finally) accompanied by Bey and Kelly for a totally motivational anthem. It gets me going in the morning, and keeps me dancing throughout the afternoon. Even if you’re not a Destiny’s Child obsessive like us, who doesn’t need a little positive affirmation? This J.Crew sweatshirt has small but wonderful details, such as darker collars, sleeve and waist accentuations; and navy blue letters outlined with a metallic gold sheen. If that song doesn’t motivate you to get things done, give this affordable sweatshirt a try.

» Tuxedo-Stripe Skinny Sweatpants, $27 at Old Navy. If you’re like us, you’ve been afraid to try the jogger trend, fearful of sloppy and not put together, but on that same token there’s the anxiety that comes with investing in an expensive piece, only to hate the outcome. Old Navy bridges that gap. These dark gray pants have an elongated cinched ankle, a sleek tuxedo stripe down the leg, and a matching black drawstring. The material on these joggers looks much more wearable and less sloppy chic than a lot of brands, but maintains a high-fashion feel for those of us who are on the fence about the trend.

» 6th & Lane Asymmetric Sheer Tunic, $79 at Lane BryantBreak out of the simple button-down structure, this sheer asymmetrical top will certainly get the job done. Sixth & Lane is a new line from Lane Bryant that takes inspiration from runway-inspired and mold-breaking pieces. Not many brands align themselves with that mentality toward plus-sized women, so for that we commend them. The entire line is full of edgy yet delicate pieces, and this top is no different. The line has a higher price point overall, but this shirt is on the affordable side.

» Effiee Slip-On Shoes, $100 at Steve Madden. For days when you want comfortable shoes to walk you through the mall or a night standing for a concert, shoes such as the Effiee by Steve Madden will be your new best friends. They take the classic silhouette from the Vans you loved as a teenager, but pair the shape with a sleek, all-black, faux snakeskin look. It’s so fun to take a style you idolized as a kid and grow it up to go with skinny pants, t-shirt dresses and more.

» Topshop Ditsy Print Pleat Shift Dress, $96 at Nordstrom. This dress is a beautiful mix of so many trends. It successfully mixes delicate florals with color blocking, a bright orange that is so in this fall, and a preppy accordion pleated skirt. If you don’t normally invest in trendy pieces for fear that they will go out of style as soon as you purchase them, consider spending your money on one item that can reach across many trends.

» Irby Playsuit, $99 at Jack Wills. This romper comes in both navy and red, and boasts a beautiful tulip back with just a little bit of skin showing. Paired with a jean jacket you can dress the romper down, but pair it with heeled sandals and it can definitely be dressed up. The piece is embroidered with the same colored thread in winding, dotted lines for the perfect amount of texture while still remaining a simple and straightforward piece.

» Tube Pant in Geo Texture, $61 at ASOS Curve. These textured pants are so busy they flatter every bump. Despite the fact that they’re form fitting, they’re made of a lightweight blend of polyester, cotton, viscose and elastane that will fit snug but comfortably. Paired with a white button down or a black blouse, these pants work equally well both in the office and for drinks afterward.


About Christine Elizabeth Cauthen

My name is Christine, and I love all things music, writing and fashion. I'm a graduate of the University of Missouri with a major in magazine editing and a minor in Sociology. I love to read, watch documentaries about the ocean and have stimulating conversations with friends. Say hello.

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