Labor Day Weekend is just around the corner (not that you needed the reminder), closely followed by New York Fashion Week and the official end of summer (the last day is September 21, FYI—cue the Earth, Wind & Fire). All clues suggest fall’s breezy temperatures are fast approaching, but, in reality, it’s going to feel like summer for quite a bit longer. The highs next week in New York are in the mid-80s and 90s, and the rest of the month looks just as balmy. But if you’re still in the mood for a wardrobe refresh—or just need something to wear to NYFW—don’t blow your paycheck on another sundress or skirt. Instead, take a tip from street-style stars like Pernille Teisbaek and Chiara Ferragni, and pick up an open-back shirt or dress.
You’re no doubt familiar with Céline‘s long-sleeved ribbed knit dress with a scooped-out back and ribbon details, which launched a dozen copycats. Other designers are experimenting with backless blouses, cut-out crop tops, and spine-baring slips, and we expect to see a lot of them when the shows kick off on Wednesday. Think of the look as built-in ventilation for those humid subway rides, and when the temperatures cool down in October, just layer a long-sleeved tee or bodysuit underneath. How’s that for “transitional”? See five of the best open-back street-style looks in the slideshow above, then shop our favorite pieces at every price point.
Alcade white open-back tie-detail flare-sleeved cropped top, $17, withchic.com; Raen Flatscreen sunglasses, $135, zappos.com; Jules B white Pearls Night Out double oval drop earrings, $6, belk.com; Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Nev intarsia knit midi skirt, $267, matchesfashion.com; Fendi ruffled leather shoulder bag, $4,300, saksfifthavenue.com; Aquazzura Mira Plateau velvet platform sandals, $850, net-a-porter.com