If you're like me, you've probably procrastinated a bit on shopping for your fall wardrobe. But that autumn weather is just around the corner (I hope), which means it's time to get serious. There's already a cool breeze where I am, which means I'm ready to buy too many sweaters and curl up with a Russian novel. (I live a very glamorous life, guys. It's okay to be jealous.) I know that building a seasonal wardrobe can be tricky and tough on your wallet. Here are our tips for looking trendy and sophisticated this fall without going over-budget.
1. Know the trends, but don't be a slave to them.
We mentioned in our last post that sweaters are in this season. Overall, the trending colors for fall fashion this year are gray, brown, and burgundy. Gray and brown are great neutral, earthy tones that will match with just about anything. Burgundy is a deep, rich color that combines shades of red and purple, so expect those colors to crop up in fall line-ups as complimentary shirts and accessories. This burgundy necktie or burgundy pocket square, both from Bonobos, are great examples of this rich, diverse color.
But we know how important it is to feel comfortable in the clothes you choose. You don't have to conform to every trend to be stylish. For example, wider-leg pants are making a comeback, but somebody is going to have to pry my skinny jeans from my frost-bitten fingers before I switch back to boot-cut. Wear what looks good on you and what you feel comfortable in. After all, this fashion thing is supposed to be fun!
2. Look for sales.
Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is a great collection of outfits. You don't have to buy everything at once. Some stores and online brands will post a schedule of their upcoming sales, so use those to plan ahead on when to buy. Your wallet will thank you.
3. Shop for outfits, not pieces.
Mixing and matching is key to any seasonal wardrobe. My advice here: When you see any shirts/pants/shoes/accessories that you like, take a moment and figure out if you can match it to at least 4-6 items that you already own or were already about to buy. If the answer is yes, then it's a great purchase. But if not, then it's smart to pass on it. I know it's hard. Believe me, I go through this struggle every time I see a cute pair of shoes. But in the end, being practical even when it's painful helps you stay in your budget, and you'll be proud of yourself later.
4. Don't over-buy!
This is crucial. The lesson here: don't buy five of something when one or two will suffice. No one needs five gray wool pullovers, guys. This is a seasonal wardrobe, which means you're going to end up packing up most of it to save for next year. If you rely solely on impulse buying, you'll end up with a mountain of clothes at the end of the season that you never wore, which is money wasted. (My fourteen cardigans and I can testify to this.) That doesn't mean it's not okay to splurge, but do so wisely.
Now that you have your battle plan ready, it's time to start shopping. Take your time to browse and plan outfits before you buy. Don't get swept up in hitting every trend; just focus on building a sophisticated look that fits you. We'll keep you updated on what we think would look great in your fall wardrobe and spotlight any new trends we see.