Can you believe Fall is almost here already? Are you AND your closet ready? Growing up I was always sad to say goodbye to summer because it meant school was just around the corner. As an adult, I’ll miss the longer days of time outside especially since Covid appeared, but I’m happy for some cooler weather, changing leaves and yes all things pumpkin – though that last one has been around for awhile. Still, let’s not forget my favorite aspect, fashion. Today on the blog I’ll be sharing how I create my list of must-haves for the fall season so that my outfit is full of options that I love to wear.
How To Create A Must-haves List For Fall
Step 1: Analyze Your Closet:
I know, people say that all the time, but it is great advice When you take the time to really look through your closet before shopping, There are a few benefits:
- You can see what type of pieces you’ve gravitated to giving you a chance to consider why you might like them whether it’s a design aspect, color or fit. These aspects can also be the reason you avoid a piece, Learn what works for your sense of style
- The second reason is to rediscover what hidden gems may be in your closet. Earlier in the summer when I organized my closet for the first time in a while, I found pieces that I forgot had including this simple yet beautiful black dress, a great option for a formal occasion.
- The third reason you should analyze your closet is because your style may have changed. While you look over your closet with the first two reasons in mind, if you don’t like something, that you loved last year and can’t see yourself wearing after trying to style it a few different ways then maybe that item should go in the give away pile to make room for new items that you buy.
Step 2: Consider Your Lifestyle & Essentials
Your lifestyle has a big impact on the clothes you have for obvious reasons. For the purposes of this post, I’ll focus on everyday life fashion. I’ve learned the key to this step is to focus on pieces that can be worn for a variety of occasions. For example, I like neutral color basics which may or may not have details of their own that make me want to wear them, but they will be great layering pieces for the fall. When I’m choosing items to pair it with I have blazers, cardigans, denim jackets as options. I know the basic type of clothing I want is essential and so I choose to add a small number to make sure I have a few options for outfits.
Step 3: Create A List Of Items You Want & A List Of Items You Need
What are some pieces that you need? What are some that you want? It wasn’t until I was working on a course that had nothing to do with style or fashion that I was faced with this concept and actually took the time to think my choices through.When you are working on your list: separate everything into categories of clothing type. (For example you need 3 long sleeved shirts and 1 sweater dress), It will make it easy to see what you have and what you need especially if your plan is to mix and match.
Need should be outerwear first because the weather can be fickle, at least in my experience. Next up are the things you know you’ll need because you’ve been putting off shopping for a while, but you know you need a few choices for a specific occasion whether it’s work, girls night out, casual get togethers etc. I also say this next thing from personal experience If you’re buying a type of outfit for a specific occasion that has a time frame then do that, don’t mix that shopping trip in with the ones to build up your closet with a few pieces for the season. After you write down your need to do list, comes your wants: all the things you’ve had your eye on. I start with trends if there’s anything I know I want to try or items that I’ve had my eye on that I haven’t really considered buying yet.
Step 4: Decide Where To Splurge & Where To Save
Which of the items on your need list is one worth splurging on? For me it’s usually a coat that I can use for a few years. If I don’t need a coat and I have all the items on my need list, I might buy something after browsing in a store for a bit or spend a little more on something else on the list. Since I live in a location with all four seasons, I tend to save on the basics that I know are part of layering an outfit, and spend more on the pieces I’m layering them with like jackets or blazers or accessories.
You can have an amazing closet full of outfits you want to wear for any season, it just takes a bit of planning and smart shopping to get there. I’m excited for this coming season for so many reasons, but I can’t wait to share some of the outfits from my fall must-have list. Do you have a way of preparing your closet for fall or building up your closet that you think I need to know about? Let me know about it in the comments.