I realized this weekend that my closet is overrun with sandals and sundresses. The clothes that I wore last fall? They will do for now…but it looks like a serious seasonal wardrobe overhaul is in order.
When trying to decide what to purchase, always think about where you have holes in your wardrobe – it doesn’t make sense to get yet another cropped blazer if you already have four in your closet and no boots to combat the slushy, rainy days! Go for pieces that have a slightly trendy flair but be careful not to go overboard and make a mistake that won’t last more than a couple of months. If you’re ready to take the plunge and start updating your wardrobe for fall, here are the twelve key areas you need to investigate.
A good jacket should serve you for at least a few years – and going with a smart casual shape and fabric will open up options for both daywear and evening events. The Fletcher by Lyell Double Breasted Crop Jacket is a good all around choice to keep you warm but still look chic on those blustery days. A neutral color will also give you more opportunities to spice things up with colorful accessories and other accents.
In my mind, a scarf is a good investment all year round. When you find one that works, it tends to stay with you either in a purse, passenger seat of your car, or perched on a dresser just waiting for the next opportunity to be worn out. My next scarf purchase is the Chal in Carnation Pink – yes, I’m a girly girl…if you tend to avoid bubblegum pink, no problem; there are dozens of other colors available for this soft, pretty scarf.
I like boots with a solid heel and a hearty, tough outer layer – so that when a rainy day hits I have my bases covered. What good are boots that don’t stand up to the elements? The Cri de Coeur Felicity Tall Boot in Toffee looks like an excellent choice for a reason able price this season. Similar versions are also available in black and grey.
Have you been keeping up with all the glorious hat trends this year? Fedoras, cloches, and all sorts of romantic vintage-y variations are hot right now. I am totally smitten with this Fedora Bow from Lisa Shaub – reminds me of old movies and iconic love affairs…sigh. Am I reading too much into a hat? Possibly. But you should have one handy to keep your ears warm once the cooler weather hits!
A bold choice like Naven’s Pretty in Print blouse is perfect for tackling the season change with style. Pair it with a simple black skirt or tailored black pants and you’re all set to make a statement in that important meeting with your boss.
The pencil skirt will last you for ages and carry forward into next Spring with ease. Don’t be shy – pick a dramatic shape like the Draped Pencil Skirt from Magalisgarcia and watch as you find new ways to dress up your old basics like a black tank top or sexy kitten heels.
If you are like me, you already have a pile of black tights left over from last year. Stock up on some more of those, but also venture into new territory with some daring designs like these Geo Block Full Foot Tights. They will cheer you up on even the cloudiest, muckiest day – and dress up a simple outfit in seconds.
You can never have too many sweaters, especially when they are as interesting to look at (and comfy cozy!) as the co2 Solid V-Neck Sweater. Even if you don’t have a ski trip planned, you will look like you are ready to hit the slopes – or just the lounge at the bottom of the mountain – in a beautiful Fall sweater like this one.
The sundresses need to be retired for the year and replaced with ones like the lamixx Drop Waist Sweater Knit Dress. Can’t you just see it pairing so nicely with your new boots and scarf?
Somehow Fall always reminds me of back to schoool trips to pick out new pairs of jeans. Maybe that’s why I still usually end up with a couple new pairs by the end of September. Though I prefer a style that compliments curves like J Brand Boot Cut Jeans, cigarette leg variations are still very much a yes if your legs tend to be more on the matchstick side.
What season isn’t meant for new shoes? Isabella Zocchi’s Alice Red Decollete is a great choice for color, style and heel height. Not too tall that you’re going to be feeling it by the end of the day, but just enough to add a bit of sophistication. These would work well with your new jeans and sweater.
Finally, even though you might have stretched your Fall shopping budget a little thin, if you have anything left over, I suggest picking up a new handbag with fall colors in mind. Rebecca Minkoff’s Morning After Mini Bag in Persimmon is the perfect choice (and it’s on sale right now too!).
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