Transitional Trends: Combining Your Summer '11 Wardrobe with Fall '11/Winter '12 Trends to Create New Looks for Every Season

Even though it's h-o-t, HOT outside right now, you need to start thinking about your fall & winter wardrobes. Yes, really! Especially since the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on right now, with next seasons' hottest styles on sale through August 1st.

Today, we're going to take on two of this fall's hottest fashion trends, Yves Klein Blue and Graphic Stripes.

Yves Klein Blue: The signature shade of blue favored by post-WWII artis Yves Klein showed up everywhere from Derek Lam to Thakoon. Luckily, this saturated cobalt hue looks great on TONS of gals. In warmer weather, pair this Julie Dillon Drape Skirt Belted Dress ($118.90 on sale) with these airy Vince Camuto 'Zisson' Sandals ($90 on sale) and a couple of Alexis Bittar Skinny Bangles ($46.90 each on sale) for a work-appropriate outfit that you can easily wear out for a date after work. When the weather turns cooler, swap it for Joan & David 'Flipp' Pumps in black ($129.90 on sale), SPANX 'Love Leg' Tights, ($27.90 on sale) and a Trouvé Shrunken Blazer ($89.90 on sale). All of these pieces can be paired with tons of other items in your closet, too, making them worthwhile investments.

Graphic Stripes: Ponchos are also "in" for Fall & Winter, too, so this graphic-striped Research & Design Poncho Top ($38.90 on sale) kills two trend birds with one stone. Balance the blousy top with structured Hudson Jeans 'Collin' Skinny Stretch Jeans ($109.90 on sale) and add comfortable Born 'Liddy' Flats ($59.90 on sale) while the weather's still a little warmer. When there's a nip in the air, swap in these Cole Haan 'Air Whitley' Buckle Strap Boots ($229.90 on sale) and Vince Ponte Knit Riding Pants ($139 on sale) for an equestrian-inspired cozy look. We can't wait to wear this outfit on chilly fall afternoons!

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. Shop the Anniversary Sale: Next Season on Sale Now. Prices go up August 1.

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