Depending on the part of the country you live in, fall will either feel like somewhat of an extension to summer or a chilly prelude to the upcoming winter – which can make it tricky to choose the right outfits each day. However, this need not be the case when keeping the following advice in mind.
Take Stock of what you already have
Before heading out to purchase any new clothing, take all of your existing fall clothing out of your closet and lay them out so you can see everything easily. Start going through it and dividing it into the following piles:
- Items you don’t remember when you last wore them
- Clothing that’s damaged beyond repair
- Pieces you’re tired of
- Items that no longer fit for any reason
- Everything else
Clothing that you’re tired of or that you simply haven’t worn in ages can either be sold or donated, along with those pieces that no longer fit but are still in good condition. Damaged items can then be trashed, and this will make room in your closet for a few new pieces to complete your fall wardrobe.
Make a List of Items you Need
After removing damaged and unwanted items from your closet, it’s time to make a list of clothing items that you’ll need to purchase. For example, do you have plenty pairs of jeans and warm pants, but not enough sweaters or long sleeved shirts?
When making your list of items that are needed, ensure that you keep existing colors in your closet in mind because this will be a big help when choosing new pieces – there’s not much that’s more frustrating than purchasing new tops or bottoms, only to find that they still don’t match any of your existing clothing.
Pair a Summer Piece with a Warmer Item
Once you’ve stocked up on some new clothing, it’s time to start wearing it. Most summer pieces will be able to work for fall weather when layered with other items. For example, almost any type of summer dress can be worn over a short- or long-sleeved top to add that extra bit of warmth and tank tops can still be worn if they’re layered underneath a cardigan or sweatshirt.
Find the Right Pair of Boots
As the weather gets cooler, you’ll need to think about swapping your summery sandals for a pair of cozy winter boots. Suede ankle boots can be paired with your favorite summer dress or skirt, while a pair of knee-high boots will look fantastic with your favorite fitted jeans.
Spending a little time clearing out your closet and determining what you need to fill in any gaps will help ensure that your clothing selection will be perfect for the upcoming fall season. When shopping, keep in mind that it’s better to purchase one or two well-made items that will last for a number of years and remain stylish instead of several fast fashion items that often don’t survive past the second round of being laundered.