Well now, hasn’t summer been fun? Hopefully, it’s been a season of parties, killer outfits, sunsets, and many more fun sun-filled activities, but alas, all good things must come to an end. In a couple of weeks we’ll be having labor weekend, and then it’ll be full steam ahead to fall, with all the cozy sweater days and cinnamon lattes that the season brings. Before you’re looking fall Instagram worthy, however, you’re going to need to make sure your wardrobe is in tip-top shape for the change! Below, we take a look at ten tips for transforming your wardrobe from happy go lucky summer goddess to warm and cozy fall dweller.
A Wardrobe Cleanse
If you’re anything like us, you’re a sucker for buying plenty of new pieces each time the season changes. Don’t feel too bad: shopping is fun! But it does mean that your wardrobe sometimes lacks the space you need to be able to go through what you have without giving yourself a headache. As the season ends, take a look at what’s behind those wardrobe doors and shift anything that you don’t think you’ll wear in the future (straight to the charity shop) or is 100% a summer piece (you can put those in storage for a few months!).
As you’re clearing out the wardrobe, however, you should take a look at those pieces that might just survive the transition into colder weather. If you’ve got a maxi dress, for example, then that’ll look amazing if you add some tights, warm boots, and a cozy jacket on top. You might not be wearing it in the run up to Christmas, but you’ll get plenty of wear out of it on those cool but sunny days when the weather isn’t too sure what season it is.
Spotting the New Trends
Hey, if you’re going to be buying some new items, you may as well make sure that you’re going to look like a fashionista with all the inside knowledge! Don’t have an overhaul of your clothes just to fit in with the latest fashion trends for fall 2017, but do add one or two pieces that you know will make you strut your stuff in style.
Setting a Budget
Of course, adding a few new pieces – whether they’re the latest trends or those timeless pieces – will require some money, which might be sparse given that summer is all about hitting the sun and living large! Before you start buying new clothes, set a budget and figure out on what items you’re going to invest in. Make the most of sites like DontPayFull.com, as well as the end of season sales, to make sure you’re not overpaying. You’ll need to have some cash left over in your bank account for those awesome fall coffee drinks, remember!
Emphasize Top Layers
It’s all about layers when it comes to fall. That chilly wind breeze can get in everywhere, so make sure you’re wearing enough clothes to stay warm! Unfortunately, this means the majority of what you wear needs to be functional, not fashionable. However, that’s not an excuse to get away with not looking your best! When you’re looking for new clothes, invest in the pieces that’ll be seen by everyone, regardless of the weather outside. This gives you an opportunity to invest in a handful of sweaters, everyone’s favorite fall clothing item!
Fall is a moody season. The changing leaves that fall to the ground, the dark skies, the roaring fires and early darkness. As such, wearing light colored clothing will look a little out of place. Invoke the spirit of the season and go for those dark tones. If you have some lighter summer favorites that you want to take with you into fall, then look at pairing them with clothing with deeper colors. A dark sweater would complement a light summery top, for instance.
The Big Players
It’s possible to look your best just by wearing the new seasonal trends, but really, to make the most of the fall, you’ll want to make sure you have a killer set of what we call “the big players.” Those are the ones that are essential to the season, such as boots, a bag, and a coat. All three of these are worth splashing out a little bit extra on, as they’ll last you years once you find the ones you love. If your trio of dependable fall items are beginning to look a little worse for wear, it’s time to get out the old wallet and start looking for the items that you’ll wear this year and for years to come.
New Season, New You
We’re getting older each year, and sometimes our old clothing just doesn’t suit who we are (or who we want to be) anymore. As such, take the transition between seasons as an opportunity to reflect on the type of statement you want to make with your clothes. If you’ve just graduated from college, for example, then you might want to add a more professional look to your wardrobe.
Play with Accessories
The cold weather can kind of kill the amount of creativity you can have with your outfit. First and foremost, you need to stay warm! Boots, jeans, and big sweater it is then. However, you can also put your own stamp on your outfit by playing around with accessories. Having a pair of earrings or necklace will bring your outfit together. Also, this is the perfect time to find your new go-to scarf, so choose one that will stand out from the crowd.
Killer Everyday Outfit
In summer, it’s about having a different outfit for each social event (which occur more or less every day). In fall, the number of social events will reduce, and it’ll be more about going about our day to day business. As such, you might be wearing the same thing over and over – so make sure it’s one that you love!
With just a few weeks until fall is here, it’s time to start getting your wardrobe in shape!