Prepping Your Closet for Fall

The weather might still be warm where you live, but that doesn’t that mean that fall is far away! Soon the weather will be cooling down, and you’ll be ready to pull out all of your favorite fall looks. Get a jump-start now and don’t get caught off guard with the first cold front!  Here are some tips to help you prep your closet for fall.

Have a fashion show!  Remember that scene in Sex and the City where Carrie is getting ready to move, and they do a montage of her trying on all the crazy stuff from her closet? This is the perfect time to recreate it! Turn down the AC (after all, those clothing changes into fall items can get pretty warm), turn on some great music, and get to it. Pull out all of your fall clothes and try them on. Check first for fit and condition and then…

Make 3 Piles: Donate, Tailor,  Toss.    If something is too small but is still in good condition, donate it to a local charity or women’s shelter that could use your contribution.   If it’s too big, consider a trip to the tailor to have taken in.   If it has holes or is damaged beyond repair, go ahead and toss it.  Then decide if what’s left is still your style. Keep only the items you like, that you want to wear, and that are still in great condition.

Find the holdovers. Some pieces in your wardrobe work for all seasons. Pull out the items that you wear in the spring/summer that can also carry over to fall/winter. This can include: your favorite jeans, pencil skirts, tank tops and camisoles, light cardigans, work blazers, scarves, shoes, and jewelry.  It’s all about layering in the fall and winter months.  The trick is to take your foundation wardrobe and add some specific fall pieces to it that can be layered underneath (like tights) or on top (like sweaters) to compliment the new season.

Categorize & Organize.   Group like items so they are easy to find when you are putting together the layers of your outfit.  For instance:  Camisoles & Tank Tops, Tee-Shirts, Long-Sleeved Tees, Blouses, and Sweaters. You can take it a step further and sort the items within each group by color.  Keep your tops on side of the closet, and bottoms on the other.   Take your off-season clothes, fold them up and store them in a container that can easily slide under your bed or fit in another closet.

Fall Fashion Needs.....

Make a list. Now that you’ve figured out which pieces in your closet make up your foundation wardrobe and your fall wardrobe, it’s time to identify the holes. Make a list of all of the items that you would like to replace or add to your wardrobe to make it feel complete for the season. This can include things like new tall boots, or a dark denim jacket. Maybe all of your tights were a mess by the end of last season and you need to invest in a few new pairs. Creating a list of what you’ll need this fall will help you shop for those items without distraction.

And make one more list! You have a list of  the pieces you absolutely need; what about the pieces you want? Make a second list of items you’d love to have for fall/winter but can live without. If you’d love a new peacoat but yours still looks great, or a real cashmere sweater, or one of those cable knit infinity scarves that look so cozy on Pinterest, add those items to this second list. Then keep your eyes open for deals, specials, and clothing swaps where you could possibly pick one up. You don’t want to break your budget with non-necessary items, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look for them!

Now, are you ready for fall?

Cathy Benavides

Cathy is a native Austinite, and writes a plus size style blog called Austin Slave to Fashion. She is a blogger and the social media manager here at Fling Fashions and hoards lip gloss, owls, and fine point Sharpie markers.

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