Alright. The most wonderful time of the year is coming up – fall. I love fall. Everything about it. That morning when you step outside and realize it’s noticeably cooler and you take a deep breath of crisp air – it’s the best. Well, it’s the second best – the first? The clothes. Finally, we get to pull out the blazers, the sweaters, the leggings/tights, the BOOTS. It’s warm enough where you don’t have to cover your outfit with a big coat, and it’s cool enough to not pour sweat with layer #1.
The fashion is great, BUT do not let yourself become absolutely wrapped up in the awesome, new stuff stores are putting out right now. I’ve got a few rules and tips to keep myself in check when it comes to buying this time of year, because it is absolutely the most expensive time to purchase.
Rule #1: Do you really need that (albeit) insanely cute leather jacket now? If you live in Georgia, the answer is 100% no. Stores are putting out stuff that you won’t really get to use until late October/November simply because they know you’re dying to wear it. Wait. Eventually, it will go on sale. And if it doesn’t, and you find yourself shivering, go back and buy it. In the meantime….
Rule #2: Stock up on oversized sweaters. Seriously. Do it. But please, oh please, do not buy them from your go-to fashion store. I know it’s tempting – it’s right there, staring at you, seemingly perfect, but then you see the $29.95 price tag (and that’s cheap for most of you). That’s just not gonna work, folks. Go to your local thrift store. Seriously. Throw some headphones on and try to ignore the moth-ball smell and start digging. Stuff that is oversized is so in style right now that you have no excuse not to give hand-me-downs a shot. I’ve gotten every single sweater I own from a thrift store and you would never know it. Give them a good wash, throw them on with some skinny jeans or some leggings, perhaps a statement necklace and some bad a** boots, and you’re looking awesome for $3. Do the math. You could get ten sweaters at a thrift store for the price of one at a real store. Food for thought.
Rule #3: Layer, layer, and then layer some more. Put on a fresh perspective the next time you look in that closet of yours. Summer dresses, skirts, tank tops, and even shorts now, can easily transition to fall with some tights, boots, and a good blazer or cardigan. Don’t think you have to buy new clothes to keep warm, just double up on what you already have.
So here’s the deal: I think there are a few things worth splurging on (and my definition of “splurging” is still usually thrifting or getting on sale, but to each his own) – those are the things that you are going to wear at least 80% of fall and winter.
1) Boots. Get about 3 pair (tan, black, brown) that you can rotate out and wear with jeans, tights, or dresses. These have to fit just right to work, so spend the cash if you need to. Keep in mind, though, that it’s really easy to find ankle boots at thrift stores for a mere $6. Every pair I wore last year (and will wear again this year) were thrifted.
2) Tights. Lots of ‘em. I’ve actually seen these in thrift stores, too (not worn, of course), but it’s not necessarily worth it to try. Just get them somewhere cheap – Walmart, The Socke Shoppe (if you’re from Griffin), Target, etc.
3) Blazers. Again, lots of ‘em. I have a lot of friends who are able to thrift these, but I think I’ve only thrifted one in my day. BUT I’m extremely particular about how these fit – I want mine to be structured and fit just so. I feel like I’m going to vomit when I purchase them for 20 or 30 bucks, but I have to admit that they’re so worth it. They pull any outfit together and can transform a t-shirt into a prof. look in a second.
Hopefully this post helps some of you figure out how to go about shopping for this fall. As for me, I’ve got to get going. It’s tax-free weekend, baby.
P.S. All of my photos are from Pinterest.