Suddenly, it is September and fall is here! Well, not exactly since September 23 is the official date, but what’s important is that it FEELS like fall. With summer fading into a distant memory, our thoughts turn to transitioning from cottons and pastels into darker colors and woolens. This usually involves transitioning one season’s clothing out of the closet and welcoming those old friends from last winter back.
Before putting summer garments away for the winter, check each garment for spots and needed repairs. Have garments cleaned or laundered before storing. Dry cleaning is hard on clothing so I try to limit dry cleaning to the end of each season. Remove the plastic cover before storing since natural fabric needs to breathe.
When you install your fall clothes, check each garment for spots or needed repair. I suggest trying on each item to confirm fit. This is the perfect time to look through everything you have and discover how many outfits you can make out of your existing wardrobe. When doing a closet audit, I often find clients thinking in terms of things they bought to wear together as the only option. How many times I hear, “and this goes with this.”
There are usually many other combinations that will work and this is the ideal time to see possibilities with a fresh look.
Once you have evaluated your fall wardrobe, pick out core pieces. These pieces are usually skirts or slacks, tops and jackets. Classic dresses are very popular now and offer great versatility so they should be included in your core pieces. An easy basic wardrobe consists of:
3 bottoms (slacks or skirts)
5 tops (blouses, sweaters, or shells)
2 jackets (can be jacket or sweater that will make a completed look)
If you include a dress, it takes the place of both a top and bottom. These pieces should all be interchangeable but have different looks. For example, one could have a combination of gray and black with 2 tops in basic colors and three in accent colors such as burgundy, shades of blue, pink, violet, or magenta. Choose colors that are beautiful on you. These items will add variety and bring energy to your core wardrobe. You can change it up more with scarves, jewelry or belts.
This fall the basic neutrals are in abundance; gray and black are everywhere with a focus on shades of red for accents. If you decide you need some help, I would love to work with you to help you achieve the perfect fall wardrobe so you will look great and be ready for any event the fall might bring! As most of you know, I usually infuse a lot more color but this blog is to show how easy it is to make a core wardrobe with neutrals and use colorful scarves, jewelry and blouses to present a different look each day. I would add black classic slacks for the other choice for a bottom.
Images from Saks.