It’s July, and fall shopping seems kinda pointless here in this southern heat. Today’s high was approaching the 90s, so we aren’t wearing sweaters any time soon. I’m with you, but I do think it’s smart to start thinking about the pieces you want to buy for the Fall.
Why I Shop Early
I’m a fan of taking a more proactive approach to buying early for a few reasons. To begin with, I’ve waited to buy things until I needed them in the past, only to find that the color I really wanted sold out. Plus, I want to have pieces that work together, so I can easily make outfits. This means having neutrals in my closet and making a plan before I start buying. I know there are pieces that I need to grab early if I really want them. Finally, I’m not a fan of buying things I don’t need. If I plan early, I can avoid buying things that won’t work with what I already own.
Building Your Wardrobe for Fall
With all that in mind, I put together a Fall Wardrobe Checklist for you. These are my closet staples. You don’t need everything on the list, but it’s a start. I also know myself. I’m going to shop during the season, so there’s no reason to rush out and buy it all at once. I just want to have a few basics on hand to mix in once cooler temps arrives, if it’s in September or December (you never know what you’re going to get in Louisiana).
Two last thoughts before we get to the checklist… Not every piece needs to be an investment. I purchase a couple of well-made staples each year, and then I look for budget-friendly items to fill in the rest. I bought some tall boots from Target last year instead of the designer version. I wore them a lot more than I thought, so this year, I feel comfortable buying better quality. I know I’ll wear them.
It’s about balance.
Another guiding thought I have when I buy something is, “Will I really wear this?” I know what my days look like. When I was teaching, I wore work clothes five days a week. I hardly bought anything that I couldn’t also wear it to work. Now, I don’t have a single pair of dress pants that fit, and that is ok for my lifestyle. Give me distressed denim, short dresses, leggings, and graphic tees! Buy clothes that fit your lifestyle.
Choosing Colors That Work Together
I try to stick to one main neutral and a few accent colors each season. It’s ok to venture outside this rule a little bit, but if you buy every color in the rainbow, you’ll need more clothes to build outfits. I recently went into Anthropologie, and I saw the display of hair clips above. I am currently loving these colors. If you have a favorite color that looks great on you, include that as one of your main accent colors. My go-to neutrals are ivory and tan, but I do have some black pieces. You won’t see me in a lot of navy though, because I just don’t have much that works with it. This isn’t a rule as much as a guideline to keep you from buying something that doesn’t work with anything else you own.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The reason this sale is a big deal is because it features NEW items on sale BEFORE the season starts. Once the sale is over, everything goes back to regular price. Nordstrom can be pretty pricey, but the quality is generally very good. I also love that they have free two-day shipping and free returns.
The sale opens on staggering days for different groups. If you’re not sure when you shop, sign in to your account on the Nordstrom site. If you don’t have an account, you can shop the sale on July 28.
I recommend saving your favorites in your Nordstrom Wish List. You’ll be able to easily see what is available when you’re able to shop. Be aware that things go out of stock quickly, but they also come back when people make returns. So check back if your favorites aren’t available.
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My Top Picks for Women
I’ll post more picks on LTK as the sale continues, but here are the top items that caught my attention. You can shop these items here. As things sell out, I’ll link other items that are still in stock.
My Top Picks for Men
Mr. Bayou is not into fashion, so I stuck to the basics on my picks for men. You can shop these items here. As things sell out, I’ll link other items that are still in stock.
I hope you are having a wonderful week and that this information is helpful to you. Thanks for stopping by today. I love what I do, and whether or not you shop from this post, I am grateful to have you here. If you get something on the sale that I recommended, I’d love it if you’d tag me on social media. It’s always fun to see what you liked.