This week I’ve felt a definite chill in the air. It looks like walking the kids to school in the morning without a jacket will be a fond memory until May, and my beloved gladiator sandals won’t come out to play until next summer. It’s time to face the facts; the cold weather is here and we need to prepare ourselves and our wardrobes for the next season.
Don’t get ahead of yourself now, there’s no reason to rush out and buy a whole new wardrobe (as tempting as the excuse may be). There are plenty of ways to transition your summer pieces into fall and winter and stretch your clothing budget farther.
Add a Blazer
If you are like most moms I know, you probably have one from your pre-baby days hiding at the back of your closet, now is the time to pull it out. Before you call me crazy, you’re right; it will get dirty, or spit up on, and you will have to get it dry cleaned. So what! Clothes are for wearing, not storing. So pull out that blazer and layer it over your favourite sundress with some coloured tights, or get a little extra wear out of your summer tanks by adding a pair of jeans and a blazer.
Stock Up on Scarves
Scarves are a true work horse in my closet. As soon as there is a little chill in the air, I pull out my scarf collection. In the early days of fall, a scarf can give you just enough warmth to avoid wearing your big winter jacket and it gives you a seasonal look without spending big bucks!
Bring on the Boots
We all know this one. Boots can help you extend the wear on your summer dresses and skirts and provide a little modesty barrier when you might have skipped out on shaving for a few days. Don’t worry no one’s judging you, it is fall after all. In my opinion everyone should have a flat pair of boots in either brown or black depending on your wardrobe, and those working in a corporate environment should have a dressy pair too.
You can still wear your summer wardrobe well into fall by switching out your accessories. Put away your pastels and neons until spring and bring out your brown hobo bag and jewel toned accessories to update your look. A quick switch up of the colour on your lips and tips can make a huge difference too. Now’s the time to pull out deep reds, crimson, and bordeaux shades.
Layer Layer Layer
This is such an important styling trick that I see so few women using in the real world. Do you have a favourite short sleeve sweater from spring/summer; layer it over a long sleeve button down, wear a denim vest under your boyfriend cardigan, layer tights and socks under your favourite skirt. The idea is to think outside the box, try something new.