Is anyone else noticing this hat trend popping up?The beret seems to be taking Instagram by storm! Though generally, hats have always been a go-to accessory of mine, I never saw myself trying this particular style. It felt like trying too hard maybe? Or perhaps I just couldn’t picture what to wear it with before being bombarded with beret inspiration via social media. Whatever the case, I am clearly fully on board now.
Though fall is technically fast approaching, it won’t feel that way here in Texas for quite some time. The temperature stays in the 90s through the end of September and into October. However, I am already itching to buy sweaters and jackets and all other things “fall.” Sweater weather, yall! It kills me to see friends and family up north already layering with cardigans and enjoying crisp days. So ready for that. I am decidedly OVER summer and my summer wardrobe.
Near the end of each season, I like to go through my closet and take inventory. What did I try on 10 times but never actually wear out? Was there anything I didn’t wear this summer? Answering these questions helps me decide what is adding value to my wardrobe, what needs to be replaced and what pieces can be discarded to make room for new seasonal items. Today, I am sharing my process of how to take inventory and what to do with all those clothes you don’t use anymore. It’s time for the end of summer closet cleanup!
Take note of everything you didn’t wear this season.
First, I take note of all the seasonal pieces I didn’t wear. There’s usually quite a bit. Maybe it’s something I bought on a whim that I didn’t need. Or it’s a little old now and as a result, I just overlook it when browsing. Sometimes, I just forget to return something that didn’t work out. *face palm* Hate when I do that! Once you go through everything you didn’t wear, set it aside.
Decide what to do with it.
I know this is super vague but hear me out. There are a couple different routes you can take to decide if these pieces stay or go, and they don’t even require a Sex and the City style closet cleanup montage.
If you don’t want to get rid of it, wear it! Put together an outfit and try to wear it in the coming week. If by the time fall actually comes around and you still haven’t worn it, it’s time to let go. I’ll be honest, there are some pieces I wear near the end of summer just to cross it off the list. I bought pretty white dress months ago and wore it just to say I did, so guess what? It’s for sale. Which brings me to my next point.
There’s no shortage of ways to sell clothes in this day and age. One of my favorites is taking it to a second-hand store like Buffalo Exchange or Wasteland. I don’t recommend Plato’s Closet because they only take trash and pay you pennies for it. Buffalo Exchange will give you 50% worth of trade or 30% cash from what they buy in. I usually take the trade because it is better a value and I can usually find some stamped silver rings there or a vintage tee. They only buy in pieces that their customers are currently shopping for (duh) so sometimes this is not a great option for getting rid of more seasonal pieces. For example, I save all my coats and jackets to sell until I know that is what they are buying for the store.
There are also tons of apps you can use to sell clothes. In the past, I’ve used Depop. I have also just started using Poshmark as well. These are great because you can set your own prices and even trade if you’re into that. Typically, I get more money for each piece than if I were to sell at a secondhand store, but sales come in slower so it’s a trade off. A couple other cons of this method include people asking you to sell your stuff way below what you asked for (annoying) and figuring shipping which can be a beating. But overall, I’ve had a good experience.
More than once, I’ve had something sit in my closet for ages because the fit was just a little off. Now is the time to take care of it! If it’s a quick DIY fix like hemming a dress or taking in a skirt, set the garment next to your sewing machine to remind you to do it. Or grab your good ol’ fashioned needle and thread and put it next to your side table to work on the next time you watch TV. If it is something more technical that requires a tailor, go put the garment in your car so that when you’re running errands, you don’t forget it at home.
Sometimes you’re just not ready to part ways with something and that’s okay. I have a couple of items that fit me to a t but have a loud print. Things like this warrant the perfect occasion! For others, I am still waiting for the perfect outfit to come together. Typically, if I love a piece and it fits well, it still adds value to my wardrobe even though I haven’t worn it. So I keep it!
Put on Spotify playlist and spend an otherwise lazy Sunday afternoon productively performing your closet cleanup. You’ll be happy you did! Plus, you know it’s about time to make room for those chunky knit sweaters and cozy jackets!
American Apparel bodysuit | Madewell Perfect Summer jeans | Vintage flannel | Madewell scarf | Alexander Wang bag | Old Zara boots
I can’t believe it is already September! Okay, yes, it is still summer and since I live in Texas, it will continue to feel like summer long into fall. But I am already dreaming of the crispy days, big chunky sweaters and daylight savings. What can I say, I like to turn in early.
However, buying a new wardrobe each time the season changes can be expensive and cumbersome. Instead, I prefer to use a little creative styling to transition my spring and summer pieces into the fall season. Making key purchases of particular items each season will ensure that you can segue your summer wardrobe to fall and pair them with other key elements of the current season. It saves so much money and time!
Using layers is one of the easiest ways to use lightweight fabrics – like rayon, lightweight cotton and silk – and turn them into fall pieces. For example, a lightweight flowy top can be paired with a heavier cotton cable knit cardigan, some skinny jeans, and booties for a city chic look. Long flowing summer skirts can be matched with long boots and a turtleneck for a great work wear inspired ensemble.
Using different fabrics like fall velvet and corduroy and matching them up with lightweight silk and poly chiffon gives an elegant and rich feel. This is especially so if you use colors like burgundy and deep, chestnut brown. Mix and match fabrics and don’t be afraid to play around with pops of color. You can even color block in bold fabrics like silk, lightweight suede, velour, and leather.
The Right Accessories
By getting the right accessories, you can play around with your summer wardrobe without having to buy much for fall. Gloves, scarves, hats, blazers, chunky sweaters, tights and boots are all accessories you can work with. These are the essential elements to build a fall wardrobe. Light wash jeans with boots, a flannel, and a scarf can create a fun fall-friendly grunge feel. Short summer mini skirts with rich, opaque tights, booties, gloves and a poncho is an effortless, yet fashionable feel.
You can pair your wardrobe up so many different ways, that each week you can offer up a plethora of style profiles without having to break the bank.
It’s Friday! And September! Since Wednesday last week, I’ve been so busy. We had some friends in town from Austin and spent a night eating tacos and playing dominos. Then our plans to go to Austin for the weekend were quickly replaced with helping a friend out while she escaped Houston. And this week, I’ve been feeling somewhere in between not feeling sick, but also not feeling 100%. Not miserable, but I have definitely just lazed around the house after work each day. Which is what would account for my lack of posts this entire week! I spent a lot of my down time browsing the internet for all things interesting, so I wanted to bring back Weekend Links for a round 2!
I can already see myself stocking up on striped sweaters this fall. I’m trying not to purchase this one and this one until it gets a little colder!
Let me just start by saying this: capsule wardrobes are a good idea in theory. For some people, they work. However, they’re absolutely not for everyone and they certainly aren’t for me.
For those who aren’t familiar, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothes limited to seasonless, ultra-versatile pieces that you mix and match to create your outfits. Caroline Rector first popularized this method a few years ago, when she started documenting her capsule experiment on her blog Un-Fancy. It actually is a really great read and is a testament to the amount of creativity it takes to sustain such a minimalistic approach to style. But the longer I let it sink in, the more turned off I am by the entire idea behind capsule wardrobes, and here’s why.
It locks you into a neutral color scheme.
I think this is the biggest flaw I have with implementing a capsule wardrobe. Color is so expressive and one of the most decisive aspects of fashion. I am not saying I shy away from neutrals by any means, but I think if I were staring down a closet full of only black, white and grey, I’d feel so bored.
There’s too much emphasis on the number.
Ideally, you keep your collection to under 40 pieces for capsule wardrobes. What? And that’s including shoes. Instead of focusing on the limit of items in the collection, I think it is more important to focus on the reason behind the approach. Which is basically, buy with intention, shop consciously, etc. That I can get behind!
It puts your style in a box.
By committing to a capsule wardrobe, you’re committing to a very specific style. And not a very exciting one at that. Half the fun of getting dressed is trying new looks, branching out and evolving your style. With capsule wardrobes, you are less likely to try something that doesn’t fit that specific aesthetic.
Of course, this is all very much just my opinion. You may have a completely different take on it. If you do, I would love to hear why! Would you try implementing a capsule wardrobe? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments!