08/30/2012 08:31 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

6 Ways A Turtleneck Crop Top Can Take Your Wardrobe From Summer To Fall (PHOTOS)

The holes in our ratty jean shorts are the first sign that summer is on its way out. It's time to start thinking about putting away the bathing suits and sandals (sob!) and transitioning into fall. And we've found the one item that can take your closet from sweaty summer to chilly fall: A turtleneck crop top.

Wait, what? Since when is anyone over the age of 15 wearing a crop top? We were shocked, too. But when we showed up to shoot style blogger JaKenna Gilbert in a turtleneck sweater, we saw that her top was indeed cropped. The genius thing about a cropped turtleneck is that you can layer it under just about anything and voilá, your flimsy summer dress is now that much warmer for autumn.

Unlike the cozy-but-bulky sweaters that come to mind when we think about turtlenecks, it's key to buy a thin, almost second-skin version. Wary of exposing too much in a crop top? Either pair your sweater with high-waisted bottoms, layer it under a dress or blouse, or just go for a longer length. Add this top and tights to almost any summer look, and you're ready for fall.