Back to Kool

Yesterday, on a local radio station, the Radio DeeJay was a comparing the end of summer to a box of chocolate doughnuts. The comparison went like this: summer started on Memorial Day with a full box of doughnuts on the kitchen counter. On Labor Day, when you scurry into the kitchen in your underwear and find just one lonely doughnut left, it signifies the final hurrah, the end of what was summer 2012. There are no doughnuts left to eat–no days remaining to dive into your favorite book, master your favorite sport, catch those feel-good yet deadly sun’s rays. Are you wistful that summer is over? Did you see the bLuE MOON last night? What meter did you measure your summer? Summer’s end slapped me in the face this morning when I realized there are freaking five days till Fashion Week and I haven’t planned my outfits or organized my calendar. But behold, here is a reason to put an abrupt end to summer: cropped sweaters. As the languid days of August find us in September (What?) my twitter wallpaper becomes relevant if you have done your sit-ups. Although these sweaters will keep your bare necessities warm, your midriff will be exposed in full-frontal assault.

Enter these back-to-kool-factor tops:

Without looking like a rejected thrift-store rag, Preen and Balenciaga showed these cropped numbers for Fall. Surprisingly, worn with a pair of high-waisted pants, even a short-waisted girl like me can rock this look. I promise you won’t look like the 90′s threw up on your wardrobe. The cooler evenings foretell fall days to come, and although it’s too early to break these out, they are the perfect transition piece to add into your wardrobe. Go ahead, eat that last doughnut. I promise, it will taste better than all the others.

Balenciaga Zebra-print jersey sweater, Proenza Schouler Cropped Pullover, Opening Ceremony Cropped Cable Sweater, Preen Cropped Cashmere Sweater.