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Season's Greetings: The best tops for fall

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Day two in our series of global warming-informed wardrobe tips (go back to yesterday to learn all about the best in fall hats)...

With transitions in between seasons more elusive than ever, you might feel like you're constantly playing strip poker. Fear not -- we're here to help, from head to toe, inside out. All week long we'll break down the best options for sliding smoothly into fall. Yesterday we recommended hats (and how to wear them). Today we move down the body to:

TOPS > Tops are invariably going to be the hardest garments to adjust when the weather is precarious. Is a t-shirt or button down too little? Is a sweater too much? No one likes to sweat on their morning commute, or freeze in an office still cranking out the AC. Here's the easy fix: Layers are stylish, but also functional. A fine gauge sweater will be your best friend, whether you wear it over that button down or the t-shirt. Keep it interesting with varied cuts like cardigan, crew or -- the fall favorite -- a turtleneck. And don't be afraid of color! One important warning: If the weather does get a little warm, and you want to take off the sweater, don't decide to tie it around your shoulders. Even if those beautiful French men who work in your building seem to make it work, it doesn't mean you will look like anything but a European tourist.

-- SETH PLATTNER

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