Even the best of wardrobes are in need of some fine tuning every now and then, and that need increases additionally at the turn of the seasons, particularly during that summer to fall wardrobe transition. It is the perfect time to examine our style choices, apply the ‘out with the old in with the new’ principle to a certain extent, not to mention that fall gives us a perfect excuse to go shopping. Still, for many, this change of season is filled with dread; some don’t know where to begin and how to go about it, others simply hate the entire process and then there are those who are unwilling to part with certain items, so not looking at them eliminates the problem altogether. Still, in the back of your mind, you know this is something that simply has to be done in order to upgrade your style and make your life easier in the long run. The thing you probably weren’t aware of, on the other hand, is that this process can actually mean a whole lot of fun, especially if you follow our amazing five steps towards creating an entirely new-looking wardrobe. If you’re ready to have some fun, read on and make this the best fall wardrobe transition ever.
The grueling cleanse for you fall wardrobe
The cleanse is grueling no more because with our help it’s going to look more like a super-exciting movie montage. The best way to go about the cleanse is to divide and conquer. Set aside two days, preferably consecutive ones so you don’t lose momentum, and get it done. The first day is the movie montage day. You are going to try on everything you own to decide whether it’s still trendy, whether it still fits and generally works for you. The first items to set aside are the ones that are still in great condition and have a timeless quality that you can pull off for at least another season. The second pile consists of the things that have a lot of potential but are in need of mending or altering to fit better. The third pile consists of things that are truly amazing but sadly don’t fit anymore.
Those are to go in a separate box and put somewhere in plain sight. They can serve as great motivation for getting back in your old shape. Now, the next pile is the must go pile. The way to determine the items that are to leave your life and closet forever is as follows: if you haven’t worn it for a year and a half – you know you’ll never wear it again. The financial value of the items plays no role here; even the most luxurious items are to go if you’re not wearing them. Next in line are outdated clothes that were trendy a couple seasons back but are now borderline ridiculous. Items some gave to you but were never really your style – also go. Finally, the ‘hard to work with’ items. On their own, they look ok, but they simply refuse to cooperate with anything you own – they also go. See – it wasn’t that hard.
What about the leftovers?
In order to know what to shop for next, you need to determine what you’re working with. This is what day two is all about. Lay down all your remaining clothes, footwear and accessories and create go-to outfits. Try creating different combinations, ones that didn’t even occur to you before. After that, make sure to create a flat lay of all the combinations and take photos of each and every one. Yes, it takes time but it will save you much more in the long run. These photos have a great purpose, they’re there to help you determine what are the outfit elements you’re missing so you can then dive into the shopping spree with a specific list of items. This way not only will you get everything you need, but will also avoid the over purchasing trap. And in the end don’t buy more then you need to, because you can catch a shopping addiction and became a shopaholic.
First, you will have to take care of high-quality pieces. These include outerwear – a classic trench coat, an amazing quality winter coat and a biker leather jacket. These items are super-versatile, stand the test of time if chosen wisely, and have the ability to make the simplest causal outfit chic and elegant. It’s all about functionality – you need pieces that easily transition from daytime to nighttime, office to drinks. Belonging to this category are also ‘event’ items, such as cocktail and evening dresses. Before you shop for you fall wardrobe, think about your social calendar for the upcoming period and count the number of important events and their types so you purchase the suitable ensembles and dresses. One of the most important investments are shoes, so make sure you choose quality ones. Investing in a great pair of women’s Birkenstock shoes is always a smart idea – they’re always in style, will last for years, and you’ll be able to get the most out of them. For more casual days, as well as the office, suede ankle boots are still the best possible choice. And of course, don’t forget about a great pair of sneakers for running errands and breezy Saturdays. After you’ve covered the ‘big things’ it is time to move on to the basics.
Simple items like T-shirts in neutral shades are in order, as well as a couple of button-down shirts to go with the amazing neutral (and mandatory striped) cashmere sweaters. These will allow for endless combinations and each will be more amazing than the other. Of course, great jeans are also in this category and the ones that are both trendy and timeless are the mid-rise, dark straight leg jeans. Avoid washed and ripped ones – those are over and not fall-friendly.
The final touches for your fall wardrobe
Accessories make all the difference, so don’t be caught without them. Great leather gloves (brown or black) will class-up any given outfit. Big scarves can serve as, well, scarves and wraps, so pick a couple of truly amazing ones with neutral patterns. The checkered pattern, as well as the color red, are very hot right now, so you’ll be both trendy and timeless at the same time. Minimal geometric jewelry is what you should look for, and don’t purchase too many pieces because a few truly great ones can serve as your staple, signature pieces. Last but not least are the bags, of which you should own at least three. One classic high-quality handbag, a crossbody bag for every day, and a mini-clutch for weddings and cocktail parties and you’re done.