Refresh your look for fall
Even if you’re not heading back to school this fall, autumn is a great time to reinvent yourself, and refresh your look for fall.
Chilly temperatures bring opportunities to add more layers of clothing to your look, meaning that while you might physically need to wear more clothing, you’ll also have a chance to switch up your aesthetic.
Sourced from fashion experts and celebrity stylists, here are 15 ways to freshen up your look this fall.
Figure out a fall shopping budget before anything else.
There’s no hard and fast rule for how much you should spend on clothing. But you should probably figure out your upper limits before you start shopping.
The experts say it’s a good rule of thumb to spend 5% of your total monthly earnings on your clothes. So just multiply your monthly income by .05, and that’s your monthly clothing budget.
Kondo your closet.
Sell or donate any clothes that don’t give you joy. This will make adding new items to your wardrobe so much easier.
Take stock of your remaining wardrobe.
Before you buy anything new, take a good look at everything you already own.
Making a spreadsheet of all your clothes can help you figure out where your sartorial strengths and weaknesses lie.
Make sure you can access the spreadsheet on your phone while you’re out shopping later on so that you don’t accidentally double up on an item you already own.
Replace your staples if they look out of date.
“I think everybody needs a good going-out dress that can go from day to night, a perfect pair of jeans, a sweater that you feel amazing in and a motorcycle jacket,” she said. “A going-out dress is great for either running out and wearing it with sneakers on the weekend or wearing it to a meeting or dinner.”
Add in a “perfect white tee,” Welch said, and you’re good to go. You might also want to add a few more pieces of outerwear or work clothes depending on your needs.
Make a mood board on Pinterest or by cutting and pasting from magazines to get a sense of your personal taste.
Now that you know what you’re in the market for, you need to figure out exactly what aesthetic you’re going for this fall.
Before you make any purchases, create either a virtual or real-life collage of influences. Pull from photos of fashion bloggers, models, advertisements, fashion editorials, or whatever else inspires you.
As you keep cutting, pasting, and pinning, you’ll probably see some themes emerge. Keep these looks in mind as you get ready to make purchases.
Determine which items are worth spending extra money on.
It’s usually a good rule of thumb to drop extra cash on basic items that you’ll wear again and again.
Neutral-colored sweaters, black or brown boots, denim, and work-friendly shoes will be worn over and over, so they’re worth dropping extra cash on.