The truth of the matter is, a lot of us love to buy things only for those items to sit in our closets for months at a time, never to be worn. I’ve had pieces that I had to give away that still had tags on them. I may have bought that dress, blouse, or those shoes because they were sooooo fly when I saw them. But, as it turns out, I had nowhere to wear them and I still ended up wearing my same go-to jeans, blazer, and boots. We have to do better! So here are three things you should do before shopping for your Fall wardrobe this season.
Ask yourself what pieces did you wear the most last year.
Focus on the looks and pieces that you rocked the most last year. Most importantly focus on the looks/pieces you LOVED and HATED! The pieces you loved will stay in your wardrobe this year. You should replace/update those pieces, if necessary. The pieces you hated need to be removed and never added back. Make sure you don’t go out and buy anything similar to the items you hated last year. And the ones that you didn’t even bother to wear last year, get rid of those too. You don’t need anything similar to those pieces either.
Note: If you are actually trying to switch up your personal style from the year before because you weren’t happy with anything you wore the previous year, then that’s a different story. Stay tuned for my upcoming posts on switching up your personal style.
Consider what a typical day looks like for you – And what outfits fit best into that day.
Whether the majority of your time is spent in an office, at home, or on the go, a large percentage of your wardrobe should reflect that time spent.
For example, I spend a big chunk of time in an office setting; and when I’m not there I’m a mom, I’m blogging, and now I’m shooting clients. What does that mean? I need pieces that I can wear to a super casual office setting and some pieces that fit into mom life, blogging life, and now photographer life.
The question I’ve been asking myself lately before I purchase anything is – Can/Will I wear this to work? Or during a typical day when I’m off? If the answer is no, I leave those items at the store. Make sure you only purchase items for your Fall wardrobe that you know you will wear almost immediately!
Make a list of items that you’re missing/need to be updated in your wardrobe.
Now, you have a good idea of the types of outfits you need for your typical days. And you’re more aware of the pieces that you loved and hated from last Fall. Next, you should do a quick inventory of your current wardrobe. Do you have the pieces that you need to create those cute Fall outfits for the office? Are some of the pieces that you loved last year still in good condition? Or do you need to update some pieces? Make a list of any items that are in need of an update or are missing from your wardrobe.
Take that list with you and use it as a guide while you’re shopping for your Fall Wardrobe. This will keep you from making unnecessary purchases.
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