Every time the seasons change, your closet changes too. Whether or not you take the time to go through everything you own and switch it out for the upcoming season, your closet will adjust to what you need to wear. The weather is beginning to turn colder, so it’s a good time of year to start thinking about what kind of clothes you’ll be wearing this fall.
It can be challenging to find the time and money to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe right away, which is where capsule wardrobes come in. You can give yourself and your closet a makeover without draining your bank account. Check out some easy tips you can use to build your fall capsule wardrobe this year before it’s time to switch things out for another season.
1. Consider Your Weather
Fall weather can mean a little something different for everyone, which will affect how you put your closet together. Depending on where you live, fall could mean breezy, warm temperatures until January, or it could mean you started piling on jackets back in September.
There’s also rain and snow to think about, as they’ll come and go during fall. Do you prefer to bundle up at the slightest drop in temperature, or will you stick it out with your favorite jeans and T-shirts until you have to grab a coat? Your preferences for how you deal with your typical fall weather will give you a basic guide for what clothes to look for when you’re putting together your fall capsule wardrobe.
2. Shop Your Style
Your fall style may look different than your summer style, and that’s OK! You’ll be working with different types of clothing, so shifting your look is pretty much expected. Not everyone can easily change styles, so if you find yourself struggling, it’s time to sit down and have some fun researching.
There are several different ways to determine your style. You can write down your favorite style icons and find their outfits online. Cut them out and put them all up on your wall, or make an online board for inspiration. There are also fun fashion quizzes you can take. Think about if there are any elements of your summer look that you want to pull over into your fall fashion, or if you’re going to start fresh with something new.
3. Think About Re-Wearing Clothes
Some people have more than enough shirts to get through a week, but they wear the same couple of pairs of pants over and over again. The same goes for a jacket you might be able to pair with any outfit. Re-wearing clothes is something everyone does. What is your staple wardrobe item?
Save yourself time and money by figuring out what you’ll re-wear. If it’s a coat or a few sweaters, that will help you put together your fall capsule wardrobe. The idea is that your wardrobe will be small, but plentiful, so recycling the same articles of clothing will get you more outfit choices without having to go to the store every weekend to buy something new.
4. Decide on a Color Palette
Evaluate the status of your closet. Do you have clothes that repeat colors, textures or patterns? People tend to naturally gravitate toward what they like, which can result in a closet full of black shirts or gray sweaters. Do you want to stick with those colors, or switch things up with a more fall-focused color palette?
You can create a fall color palette with a little extra research if you’re not naturally good at figuring out an aesthetic for your wardrobe. There are plenty online that will show you different colors and hues that will work together. You won’t be stuck with bright oranges and reds until winter arrives! Whatever palette feels like it gives off fall vibes, try it out with what you have to see if it feels right for the outfits you wear.
5. Accessorize for Fall
Accessories pull together an outfit, no matter what time of year it is. Fall accessories for you might look like a couple of scarves, or maybe a beanie hat or a pair of light gloves. Your accessory options may go back to what kind of weather you’re going to deal with, but one thing you can always count on to make a fall capsule wardrobe pop is a pair of shoes.
When the weather cools down, the Internet explodes with happiness because everyone can break out their favorite boots. You probably know people who say they can’t wait to wear their trusty boots with a beloved sweater, and they’re not wrong. Shoes like knee-high boots come back year after year. They’re a staple fall capsule wardrobe piece, because they can go with almost any fall outfit. Invest in a pair if you don’t have one already, or get some ankle boots that will instantly make any outfit look more stylish.
6. Take Things Slowly
As you try to finish your capsule wardrobe, it may be tempting to rush through it to say you’ve gotten it done. However, the key to capsule wardrobes is to take things slowly. They aren’t supposed to leave you with a closet overflowing with clothes you never wear.
Take a couple of weeks to see what clothes you wear most often and how you accessorize them. Do they work with your routine and the weather happening around you? Adjust your wardrobe as needed, and enjoy taking your time as you develop your fall fashion.
Starting your wardrobe all over when a new season arrives can be frustrating, especially when you don’t have the budget or time to devote to so much shopping. This year, try making yourself a fall capsule wardrobe instead. You’ll save money because you can re-use what you already have. You’ll get more time to enjoy fall and everything you have going on during this time of year while you have fun accessorizing and learning about your fashion identity. By following these easy tips, you’ll have your fall capsule wardrobe started in no time, so you can enjoy the time of year and not worry about what you’ll be wearing tomorrow.