Okay so Fall is finally here and, if you’re like me, you might be a little unprepared. Usually it creeps up on me and then WHAM! Before I know it its fifty-six degrees outside and I’m still wearing shorts and sandals wondering where I went wrong in life. One cannot afford to make those mistakes while living in Chicago, the weather plays no games. This year I was better prepared though. If you’re wardrobe still has Will Smith’s “Summertime” stuck on repeat here are a few tips you can follow to whip it into shape:
1. ALL SIGNS OF SUMMER MUST GO
Now’s the time to start throwing out any and all pieces that scream Summer. Printed maxi dresses, thong sandals, linen shorts, and cotton dresses all must be given the heave-ho’. DO however keep anything silk (blazers, blouses, etc.) or heavier cotton. Both can be worn year-round.
2. CLEAN EVERYTHING BEFORE STORING
If you’re putting clothes away in a storage unit, basement, or attic it’s absolutely imperative that you get them dry-cleaned first. Moths are attracted to everyday scents like perfume and deodorant. The same goes for bags too. Make sure you empty them before you place anything in them. Crumbs attract bugs, and nobody has time for that.
3. REINVENT YOUR CLOTHES BEFORE YOU BUY NEW ONES
Utilize the talents of the many tailors in your city or town. DO this especially if you’re on the fence abut getting rid of particular items. A tailor can transform a garment and make it look and feel completely different. And all for the low-low. Booyah!
4. SPLURGE WISELY
Summer-wear is all about your entire outfit, since every item is visible. But for the fall and winter its really all about the coat you wear. A well fitting, stylish coat can carry an entire outfit. With that being said know this: Splurging on a coat is worth it if you know you’ll be wearing it for seasons to come. If you’re on a budget try something classic like a black wool overcoat, or something else that will never go out of style.
5. BUY NEW SHOES THAT FIT
If you’re investing in a new pair of shoes it would behoove you to be mindful of what you’ll be wearing them with. For example, if you’re buying a pair of sleek leather or suede pumps (to wear barefoot or with tights) they should be worn true to size, or even a half size smaller since leather stretches. Plus your feet won’t swell in cold weather. And if you’re buying boots, chances are you’ll be wearing them daily with thick socks, so be sure to bring a pair to the store since you may have to go a size up.
Well, I hope this helped. A few more things to keep in mind though: DON’T impulse buy, DON’T try to follow every single trend that is out (especially simultaneously), and DO have fun shopping (it’s your birthright). Good luck.
Stay beautiful 🙂