Sadly, I’m not the most fashionable person (shocking, right?) so for this week I’m bringing in backup: Shandy from Happy Meets Home to give us “5 Steps to Get Your Wardrobe Ready for Fall.” And heaven knows I need the help. Without delay, I’ll let her take it away.
5 Steps to Get Your Wardrobe Ready for Fall
Fall is absolutely my favorite season. I love the weather, I love that I start making stews again, and I love fall coffee drinks. But most of all, I love the clothes. When fall weather comes around, I’m ready to start putting on layers, to switch out my bright summer colors for more muted ones, and to wear real shoes again. I am always ready for fall clothing, but I have to spend a little time each season to get my wardrobe ready for fall. Today I’m going to share 5 steps to get your wardrobe ready for fall, as well as a few shopping tips!
Step One: Take your fall/winter wardrobe out of storage and sort into jeans/pants, sweaters, long sleeve tops, and jackets/cardigans.
Side note: If you don’t store your out of season clothing away, I highly recommend it, and here’s two reasons why.
- ) You will have more room in your closet to see what you actually have to wear for the current season. I found that when I did this I wore more of my clothing and felt less like I had so many options and nothing to wear.
- I have also found that putting items out of sight for a few months leads me to feel more excited about wearing them again. If I am not happy to see an item, there’s a good chance it needs to head to the donate pile…
Step Two: Determine if any of the clothing needs repaired, cleaned, or donated.
I know it can be hard to get rid of clothing for some people. I fall into that category myself. I’ve kept items before because I used to really love them, even though I haven’t wanted to wear them all season. I’ve kept clothes because they were in really good condition, even though they weren’t really my style or weren’t comfortable.
There are a lot of reasons that people hang onto clothing they no longer wear, but purging unworn clothing is an important part of having a functional closet. If clothing is damaged and you know you’ll never take the time to fix it, get rid of it. Get rid of it if you haven’t worn it since last year. If you look at it and have any other reaction than that you feel good in that item, get rid of it.
Step Three: Take stock of what’s left and try to make 3 different outfits out of each top that you have.
Over the last 6 months I’ve been working on developing a wardrobe that “mixes and matches”. That term had seemed so elusive in the past, but I just didn’t realize that I had to do some strategic shopping first (more on that later). Now I am enjoying small seasonal wardrobes (as few as 24 items!) that I can use to create many different outfits. I still love clothing and love to shop, but this approach is especially helpful to those of you who don’t enjoy shopping. Here’s some examples of outfits I put together using just what I had from last year:
I LOVE chambray and stripes, and this outfit could be switched up in several ways. Try it with ballet flats instead of boots. Pair it with tall boots instead of ankle boots. Switch the tops around and layer the chambray on top of a lightweight striped top.
These olive cargo vests are so popular right now, and really fun to layer with! Have you heard of the rule of 3? For your outfit to really feel put together, try to put on at least 3 pieces, bonus points for more! For example, wear a pair of jeans, a striped top, and a vest, so much more interesting than just the top and jeans. Add a scarf and it pops even more. Or, if it’s really cold outside, layer a soft flowing cardigan over the striped top and under the vest for a really warm and cozy look.
I already talked about the rule of 3, and sometimes a fun necklace is all you need to make an outfit complete. That and a fun pair of shoes.
I hope that those photos help you see how you can have some variety in your wardrobe with just a few pieces. Can you do that in your closet?
Step Four: Make a Shopping List
Ok, so hopefully the exercise from step three has helped you determine some holes in your wardrobe. Did you have a top/bottom combination that you really wished you had a jacket or vest to layer with? Do you have a dress that you would really love if it had a belt? Do you have an outfit that you just don’t have the right shoes for? What about accessories? Are there some trends for this season that you are dying to try? Write it down on a piece of paper or in your phone, include the colors you want, and make sure you have it when you’re out shopping.
Everyone has their own style and their own pieces that they would consider “staples”. I’m going to share a few of mine just to give you some examples of things that could round out your wardrobe this fall.
-Denim in dark blue, medium blue, and black
-Black and white striped long sleeve
-tunic in a solid color
-a vest for layering, such a the on trend, really long one, cargo, or a puffer vest
– cargo jacket (camel or green)
-sweatshirt jacket (feels like a sweatshirt, looks like a jacket)
-cute winter boots
-plaid or cable knit scarf
-long pendant necklace
Pick a few of the trends that appeal to YOU and try some out this season! For example, I’d like to finally give the over the knee boots a try, as well as cold shoulder sweaters.
Step Five: Go Shopping!
For some people, this will be the hardest step. If you really hate going shopping, or have children that make trying on clothing in stores difficult, I would suggest giving online shopping a try. Here are some tips I have for online shopping:
-try to stick with stores that have free shipping both ways. Nordstrom is great for this, and they have a wide range of price points. If a store you love doesn’t offer free return shipping, maybe you could order online and return in store when you have the time.
-purchase more than one size and/or color, especially if it’s a brand you haven’t tried before. Yes, it’s a big upfront cost, but you won’t be keeping everything. This saves you the frustration of ordering something and loving it, but it just doesn’t fit.
-Find some fashion bloggers that reflect your personal style and try their recommendations! Some bloggers will even give insights into fit (size up or size down) plus great ideas on how to wear the item that you might not have thought of.
-Be patient. Shopping does take time, it’s not always fun, it can be hard to find just the right piece. It’s not just you, I promise! You might not find everything on your wish list this year, that’s ok! Building a wardrobe is more of a marathon than a sprint.
Are you excited to get your fall wardrobe out and ready? What “staples” would you add to the list?