Every season, I feel like I need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to my wardrobe. Isn’t that what fashion is? Taking something already great and trying to top it? Fall is typically a favorite among fashionistas because it brings cozy sweaters, leather boots, long jeans, and lots of fun layers- big coat and hair destroying hat not necessary yet.
This season, I am all about finding the perfect cozy fall wardrobe. I try to stay budget conscious and environmentally friendly by limiting my new purchases and building a wardrobe that supports what I already have. Fast fashion may be on its way out as sustainability becomes more of an important value in American consumers.
That being said, how do you compromise your dueling personalities? Who gets to win?
Building a wardrobe like a pro takes time. If you really want to head out looking fresh, while still being able to close your closet doors, here are a few tips to consider:
- Don’t buy too frequently and resist impulse purchases. If you’re going to buy something, make sure it’s THE piece your wardrobe needs. Occasionally if we have a special event and we’re on a time crunch, we have to compromise; however, building a wardrobe is a long term, ongoing project. So only buy pieces you absolutely love and must have.
- Invest in good pieces of clothing. A cheap t shirt here and there isn’t the worst thing in the world, but if you’re looking for the perfect pair of boots, work blazer, or winter coat, it’s important to spend the money so it can last for a few years to come and keep you looking chic every time you pull it out of storage.
- Think about a color palette. Everyone has colors they look good in and colors that just don’t work. Becoming conscious of these things is important to building your wardrobe. Chances are that the colors that look good on you will be complimentary of each other and can all be worn together.
- If you don’t feel confident in it, don’t buy it or get rid of it– immediately! Confidence is the key to having good style. I am sure you can think of a pair of jeans or a cute dress that you love to wear because you feel special when it’s on. That’s how clothing should make you feel. Not every shirt will be your favorite shirt, but you should still feel good when you wear it.
- Look up local stylists to assist you. You might be surprised to know that even smaller metropolitan areas have stylists. They can be pricey, and you might think it’s out of reach, but contact them and check their prices. They’re more reasonable than you might imagine. Stylists can go through your closet and get rid of the things you don’t need while taking inventory of what’s working, and then help you rebuild into having a real wardrobe. They can show you where to shop, and help plan the correct ratios of work clothes to play clothes appropriate to your lifestyle. They can help you pick a correct color palette to work with. They give you honest feedback.
If you’re ever struggling to build that wardrobe, a stylist might be exactly what you need! Luckily Lisa is a pro, and you can contact her here about pricing, and scheduling your first appointment.
I’m going to leave you with a little fall fashion inspiration: