About Melanie

Melanie is a stylist who adores bold prints, local farmers markets, and getting down to 90's music.  Her mission is to make women feel confident through their clothes.  This native New Yorker currently resides in the Bay Area with her fantastic husband, adorable, chubby baby and her impossibly cute puppy.  

Saturday
Sep102016

How to Get Your Closet Ready for Fall

It's here... my FAVORITE season for clothes.... drumroll please...

FALL!!!!!

Yeeees. I love me some scarves, boots, layers,hats and jackets.  In fact, I feel the most complete when I'm wearing the majority of the things I just mentioned all at once.  That being said, sometimes when a new season comes around we are tempted to run right to our favorite store and buy ALL the new things.  BUT WAIT.  Before you go buy 45 more cashmere sweaters (No?  Just what I want to do?  Ok cool.) I want you to check yourself before you wreck yourself!  

THREE WAYS TO GET YOUR CLOSET READY FOR FALL

1) Take inventory.  I get it.  It's tempting to run out and buy that sweater you saw in the J Crew catalogue instantly.  And ya know what, all the power to ya IF you don't have anything like it and you know it'll be worn a ton.  But let's take a minute.  It's been awhile since you wore a sweater.  Your memory might be a little foggy between all the sandals and summer dresses.  It's always important to ask yourself "Is everything in my closet something I would wear?"  If not that's where the real work begins.  As you go through your closet make a list of the things you would like to get for the season.  Even write down some things that you currently have but would like to replace if you found something better.  Which brings me to my next point...

2) Think about replacing instead of buying the same thing.  One of the biggest reasons we have clothes in our closet we don't wear is we dont REPLACE worn in items.  Sweaters tend to pill and not last over time.  Especially if they are worn a ton.  They are harder to clean and take care of.  So what happens?  It sits in our closet for years and years because it USED TO BE a favorite.  Sound familiar?  The best way to make sure this doesn't happen is to replace the sweater with a new, fun and exciting piece that will make it feel easier to donate the old.

3) Think of ways to make your existing pieces shine.  We have a tendency to wear outfits on repeat instead of mixing it up.  Think about it!  Do you wear that polka dot sweater with jeans, and your red dress pants, and under overalls, and with a pencil skirt AND over a dress?  Probably not.  Our brains aren't wired to think about all the options, all the time.  We are going for quick, easy and accessible.  I am inviting you to think about as many options as you can.  When you are taking inventory of your clothes (see Number 1) think about as many ways as possible to wear each piece in your closet.  This exercise is quick, easy and effective.  

The outfit I'm wearing above is one of my favorite ways to transition into fall.  This black dress can easily be dressed up or down, worn in 85 different ways and I love it.  It's flattering, affordable, and a great length.  I can go on and on.  Ultimately, when you are looking for pieces that work year round, think about what you would wear it with in fall and then again in winter.  I also love that this dress can be worn to work or out with friends.  Versatility at it's finest.  

Something I think is important to mention is I already owned all of most of these pieces.  The dress I bought recently (linked below) and the jacket and hat are still available (woot!), but everything else I've owned for awhile.  I know that may not seem like the "cool blogger" thing to do, but I think it's way more realistic for what we all want out of our closets.  Am I right?

When you step into your closet, does it feel like everything is accounted for?  Do you know where everything is and what is missing?  Can you easily get to everything without having to throw your shoes out of the way, or push all of your hangers into one direction?  We are gearing up for another round of The Confident Closet where I help you not only clean out your closet, but replenish it with amazing clothes that you love.  Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing extra closet tips and tricks to give you a taste of what will be in the course.  Make sure you are signed up to receive weekly emails with all the awesome info as well as what you need to know to sign up for the course.  

Happy almost fall!

Melanie

Outfit Details: Dress, Jacket, Hat, Scarf (similar), Boots, Purse (similar here), Earrings

 

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