There’s something about fall that makes us feel like new clothes are a must! Maybe it’s the dropping temperatures that make us want to bundle up or the changing leaves that inspire us to start anew. Whatever the reason, we know our wardrobe could use a boost and, since that can feel like a huge project, here are a few ways to overcome common closet-related dilemmas.
1. Your closet is full, yet you have nothing to wear
We’ve all been there. You get up in the morning, face your rack of clothes, and suddenly realize you have nothing to wear. You end up pondering the thought so long that you’re left tugging on your most basic jeans-and-tee combo and rushing out the door. You can sort your clothing into boxes (keep, put in storage, give away) or you can consider the following issues and start reducing the stress of getting dressed in the morning.
2. You need to stock up on key pieces for the current season
Dex sweater, $49
Since it’s winter, this means layering up! The easiest way to look chic is to pile on the sweaters, cardigans, and parkas. Style with a half-tuck at front or cuffed sleeves for a more casual-cool appeal. Don’t have a sweater you truly love? Try something neutral, like this grey hue. The classic scoop neck shape and ribbed knit feels a little more special because of its stripe pattern.
3. You don’t know how to accessorize
ToeSox leg warmers, $29
Challenge: Pick a simple outfit, like a loose blouse and jeans, and challenge yourself to create a few completely different looks using only accessories to change them up. Take these cable knit leg warmers, for example. Stack them under your tall riding boots and over your skinny jeans. The trend is a tricky one but also a must-try for winter.
4. Your current clothing doesn’t exactly mix or match
Dex shirt, $59
If all your clothes were lost in a fire, which 15 items would you need to go out and buy today? Hopefully your first instinct would be to load up on closet staples — a comfy tee for layering under scratchy sweaters and maybe a structured button-down you can wear all day, from work to happy hour.
5. All of your jeans have holes in them
7 For All Mankind jeans, $149
If there’s one item of clothing you can justify splurging on, it’s probably a sturdy pair of jeans. That’s because you can team them with everything and wear them dressed up or down. Pick the right denim and it will survive years of wear. These mid-rise, skinny jeans by 7 For All Mankind have just the right amount of stretch and distressing.
6. You still haven’t tried that trend
Desigual sweater, $109
Whether it’s 70s flare jeans or bell sleeves, you’ve been itching to incorporate a runway trend into your ensembles. Start with baby steps. Go for a great basic with a special touch, like this Desigual sweater. It features mixed prints in a patchwork-like cowl neck. Worn with something simple you already own, it can re-vamp your entire look.
7. Your jackets are drab (but they keep you warm!)
Desigual jacket, $139
If you live in a snowy climate, it’s more likely you buy your outerwear solely for its level of warmth. But a nicely tailored jacket can pull together any outfit, and so it should look more expensive than it is. This Desigual vegan leather jacket features a faux fur collar and debossed details that will set you apart from the rest of the pack. During workdays, you can pair it with trousers and a blouse, while on weekends it looks killer with a tee and jeans.
8. You need to invest in sneakers
Lacoste sneakers, $94
Because sometimes you’re running late and your slippers simply won’t cut it for off-duty chic. Whether the silhouette is slip-on or athletic, it’s totally in vogue to wear them with everything. We love how this fresh Lacoste pair incorporates tonal details and extra padding. High-five for comfort!
9. Your purse poses problems regularly
UGG Australia purse, $294
This UGG Australia tote is for you. It’s sleek and minimal, yet it has enough room for anything from gym clothes to your lunch. Find a purse that’s the be-all and end-all of luggage and you’ll feel so much more at ease in life.
10. You’re never ready for winter climates
Sorel boots, $149
There are sensible boots out there that don’t sacrifice style. Discover a few of them in our guide to winter’s most practical boots. This pair from Sorel is not only trendy with its military-inspired design, but also perfect for round-the-clock wear thanks to its molded EVA footbed. Ideal for exploring the city even if slippery sidewalks are at your feet.