As the seasons shift from the warmth of summer to the crispness of autumn, our wardrobes undergo a transformation, which can represent both excitement and a challenge. After all, the art of mastering fall closet organisation begins with understanding the key elements that make up your ideal autumn wardrobe - but what are they? In the following blog, we're going to take a look at our version of autumn essentials - those indispensable pieces that ensure you're both fashion-forward and comfortable throughout the season - with tips on how to manage your wardrobe through the colder seasons. Let’s take a look!
Autumn Essentials: Ultimate Guide
So, what belongs in a fall closet? Here are our tips and picks:
Layering is Key
Autumn in the UK is known for its unpredictability, whether it be those chilly November mornings and mild December afternoons. To navigate this variability with ease, invest in versatile layering pieces: think hoodies, lightweight jackets, and long-sleeve tops. Right now we’re loving original Trapstar jackets - both premium quality and premium aesthetic, they’re perfect for either wearing over a t-shirt or layering over a hoodie.
Don't Forget the Accessories
Accessories play a pivotal role in elevating your autumn outfits from ordinary to extraordinary - and don’t forget the practicality factor! You should be including hats, gloves, and chunky scarves in your autumn wardrobe, as well as ear muffs and leg warmers if you want to style up your cosy looks even further.
Bid farewell to your much-loved summer sandals and flip-flops, and make room for autumn-appropriate footwear! This means ankle boots, knee-high boots, Uggs, and classic loafers - anything that keeps you warm while still looking chic!
How to Clear out your Wardrobe for Autumn and Winter
Before you begin curating your autumn and winter wardrobe, it's important to start with a clean slate and a clean space - this will make it easier for you to store and access your clothes when you need them. Decluttering your wardrobe is the first step towards creating an organised and efficient space, so here's how to declutter with purpose:
Evaluate Your Current Wardrobe
Begin by taking stock of what you already have in your closet: assess each item's condition, fit, and whether you've worn it recently. Be honest with yourself; if you haven't worn something in the past year, it may be time to part ways.
Donate or Sell Unwanted Items
Items that no longer serve you or that you've outgrown can find new life with someone else, so consider donating good-condition used clothing to a local charity or selling them online. You might even make enough money to invest in new autumn pieces!
Make Seasonal Swaps
As you declutter, identify which items are specific to summer and that you won’t be needing during the colder months, and store these items in vacuum-sealed bags or under-bed storage containers. This will help keep them in good condition while making room for all of your autumn and winter essentials.
Next up is maintenance! Maintaining an autumn and winter wardrobe can be more manageable when you have a clear inventory of what you already own and what you need. Here's how to conduct an effective inventory check:
- Create a Wardrobe Checklist: Make a comprehensive list of autumn and winter essentials you already own, such as coats, sweaters, boots, and accessories.
- Identify Gaps in Your Wardrobe: After reviewing your checklist, identify any gaps in your wardrobe. Are there key pieces missing, like a versatile coat or a pair of warm gloves? You can create your own winter-autumn shopping list to ensure to fill these gaps effectively.
- Set a Budget: Establish a budget for your autumn and winter shopping - we all know how easy it is to get carried away, especially when shopping online! This will help you stay on track and make intentional purchases that align with your wardrobe needs.
- Quality over Quantity: When shopping for new fall and winter clothing, focus on quality rather than quantity. Well-made pieces tend to last longer and provide better comfort and style, so spend your money on the items that’ll be getting the most wear, like coats and jackets.
Maintaining Your Autumn Wardrobe
Once you’ve curated your autumn wardrobe, all you need to do now is keep it organised! Here are some tips:
Cleaning and Care
Regular cleaning is important for any item of clothing, but this is especially true for materials like wool, cashmere, and heavier cottons that tend to be worn the most during the colder months. Gentle washing and soft detergents can extend the life of any clothes made with these materials, but make sure to avoid over-washing, as this can degrade fabric quality. For delicate items, consider professional dry cleaning, and pay attention to care labels and treat stains immediately to maintain the pristine condition of your wardrobe. For luxe items - such as expensive jackets and coats - you can take a look at our blog on how to wash Trapstar jackets.
Doubling Up on Essentials
Finally, having doubles of essential autumn items ensures that you always have a backup when one is being laundered, has been stained, or is simply worn out. Items like jackets, thick jumpers, and sturdy boots can be worth investing in multiples: this approach not only reduces wear and tear but also helps in maintaining a consistent style throughout the colder seasons.