For Chic on a Shoestring, Cheryl Kramer, an editor of Redbook magazine, joined The Early Show to take a look at accessories you can buy now, wear now, and continue to wear into the fall. This is a good time to start buying transitional items.
It's hot outside, but the window displays already are featuring cold weather items. Instead of buying a bulky sweater as you dream of cooler days, buy some great accessories you can use now into the cooler weather months. These accessories can be found now and worn now, but you're getting bang for you buck because you won't have to put them away after the first frost.
THE STATUS BAG: Kramer says that if you choose a color like pink, it will work with your summer pastels and still complement fall jewel tones and neutrals.
SPLURGE: Luella from Bergdorf Goodman $695.
STEAL: XOXO from Strawberry $29.
DIFFERENCE: The Luella is made of leather with lots of hardware.
ANIMAL PRINT BALLET FLATS: Ballet flats became popular this spring. Think Audrey Hepburn. Classic, but yet fresh and modern when you pair them up with roaring animal prints. The chicest way to wear them is in simple accessories in classic shapes, like these flats.
SPLURGE: London Sole $275
STEAL: Old Navy $12
DIFFERENCE: The London Sole is made with pony hair and features a leather trim. The Old Navy is made of canvas but is an incredible buy.
RUGGED BELT: The Western trend is coming back. And if you don't want to wear a big cowboy hat or cowboy boots, add a vintage western vibe over a white cotton prairie skirt now and pair with jeans and a sweater for the ultimate fall trend.
SPLURGE: Beth Frank from Barneys New York $165
STEAL: Old Navy $19.50
DIFFERENCE: The Beth Frank belt has more detailed leather work, is painted, and multi-colored. The Old Navy is simpler.
MENSWEAR INSPIRED NEWSBOY CAP: Bucket hats were very popular this spring. But as we head into fall, try this new look on your head. Newsboys are a great transitional hat, especially in this must-have fabric. Top off a basic tee and Capris for summer's end and pair with a chunky scarf and little jacket for fall walks in the park.
SPLURGE: Coach $118
STEAL: Anthropologie $28
DIFFERENCE: The Coach cap features a more structured shape with leather trim and interesting hardware. The Anthropologie is not as detailed or structured.
METALLIC LEATHER FLOWER PINS: Pins have been hot since last fall. But we take a departure from the ladies-who-lunch rhinestone pins and instead think floral. Dress up a sundress or tank top for late summer cocktails and put a pin on your blazer during chilly fall evenings.
SPLURGE: Henri Bendel, silver, $38, more texture and details
STEAL: Gap, silver, $9.50, same great look at a fraction of the cost
DIFFERENCE: The splurge features more texture and details. The Gap still looks fantastic.
CHARM BRACELETS: The ladylike look continues with this beautiful trend: charm bracelets. So if you can't find your grandmother's bracelet, try these "vintage" looks. Add a touch of femininity and vintage "charm" with these keepsakes.
SPLURGE: Juicy Couture $223 total (bracelet $35, charms $25-$45)
STEAL: Kenneth Cole $35, for bracelet with charms
DIFFERENCE: The Juicy Couture is more because the charms are more detailed, and the key is that you can choose the charms, whereas the Kenneth Cole ones come with charms already.