Every year when summer fades into autumn, we’re left with a quandary – how to cast aside our perfectly preened summer clobber and prepare our bulkier, cosier autumn wardrobe? Allow us to take you to one side and alleviate that quandary somewhat with the top tips below.
As our wardrobes shift with the seasons, it can be easy to forget what we actually have to wear. This can lead to purchasing items that we already own. Before you take a trip to the high street (or start browsing online) reach into the back of your wardrobe and take stock of what you already have to work with. You might be amazed at what’s hiding back there!
Disposal or storage
Now that you’ve taken stock of what you have, it’s the to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. So many of us are guilty or hoarding clothes that we’re probably never going to wear again. Car boot sales, eBay, charity shops are clothing collections all offer perfect opportunities to clear some space in your wardrobe and make room for something bold and new. For the summer clothes that you don’t want to get rid of, however, consider where you’re going to be storing them for the next 7 or 8 months. Before putting them away in the attic or the garage, make sure they are clean and freshly ironed so they are ready and waiting for you next year when the sun comes out again.
Once you’ve gotten rid of some items and put others away for the rest of the year, you will invariably need to fill some space in your wardrobe. Fill the gaps by focusing on what you need. You might notice a lack of jumpers, for example, so rectify that situation pronto. You might also require a new coat to see you through the season. Trench coats are very fashionable at the moment and are flexible enough to work whilst walking the dog or leading a lunch meeting.
Create new outfits
Single pieces of clothing randomly paired together for convenience do not an outfit make. An autumn outfit is all about making different colours, textures, fabrics and tones work together in unique ways to impart identity and genuine style. Work with what you have and what you’ve just bought and experiment with different combinations. Feel free to use magazines and online resources for ideas, but at the end of the day, your style is a very personal thing that you and only you can truly define.
Don’t forget accessories
Finally, one of the major benefits of autumn is that the weather is often ideal for accessorising. From hats and gloves to scarves and belts – autumn accessories are as eclectic as they are endearing and can really help to finish off an outfit or compliment an existing autumn look.