While Labor Day tends to signify the end of the Summer season, the retail world has been preparing for Fall since Summer began. And while you may be a few months away from incorporating wool and cashmere into your daily wardrobe, now is the time to start thinking about how to transition your closet and your style into the new Fall season.
TAKE STOCK- By far, the most important part of this transition is to have an accurate picture of what you already own: in the closet, the attic, the garage, your friend’s closet, etc. You would be amazed at how much is forgotten after only 6 short months and how many pieces are still sitting in dry cleaner bags, hidden at the back of your closet, and on loan. To determine what you need, you must first know everything you have.
EDUCATE- With stores showcasing all new merchandise, it can be difficult to pace yourself. Before buying a particular piece, pieces, or an entire collection, you must have a complete picture of what’s fully available for the season. The September Issue of all fashion magazines (on stands right now) is the biggest of the year and features all the looks, trends, and available merchandise of the next 3 months. Educated, informed buying minimizes the potential for buyer’s remorse down the road.
TRENDS- Navigating trends can become unnecessarily complicated. I’ve heard the term ‘on-trend’ used both positively and pejoratively; for some, it sells the piece and for others, it makes them run in the other direction. ‘Trendy’ is confusing and intimidating- it begs the question, ‘if it’s popular right now, can I wear it next year?’ Here’s everything you need to know about trends: screw them. For one thing, everything cycles and recycles, so whatever it is, it’s gonna return to vogue. Case in point: capes are back, as are over the knee boots- two styles have been ‘on trend’ within the last five years. Oxfords are hot right now as part of the Academic-chic look. I’ve been putting my clients in this style for years.Wear what you want and watch the fashion world follow.
QUALITY- Any new season advances the old issue of quality versus quantity and provides the opportunity to finally do it right. I am a fanatical proponent of investing in what’s well made and long lasting; clothing that may cost more in the short run, always saves in the long. So splurge on amazing knitwear, killer jeans, beautiful accessories, and perfect basics that will stay with you long after the season ends. I’ve never known anyone to regret spending more.