Go Ask Gab: Updating Your End-of-Summer Wardrobe

August 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm , by

I’m tired of my summer clothes, but feel like I shouldn’t buy anything new unless it’s fall stuff. What can I do to refresh my wardrobe? Catherine

Catherine I am with you! I had a tantrum in front of my closet yesterday. I began to whine and throw things. When I was done acting like a 6-year-old and turned back into a “mature” 29-year old, I came up with a plan for how I can embrace the few more weeks that I am forced to wear my summer clothes. Here are my ideas.

gag- stretching your summer warbrobeReplace classic summer items that you have totally worn out. (Chances are they’ll be on sale by now.) That pair of tan wedges you’ve had for 3 years and wore everywhere from a baby shower to a BBQ. That black cotton dress that you’ve worn to work and as a beach cover up. Buy replacements now and get a few wears in them. I figured out I desperately needed to update my basic cotton tanks. I went to Gap and picked up their favorite cami, in a few colors. Today I paired the beige one with a black Banana Republic skirt (similar to this paper bag style) that I lived in all summer and it feels fresh. Sometimes it take one piece, even a simple top, to update the mix.

Hit up some of the end of season sales and buy items that will continue into the next season. My J. Crew obsessed boss, got this sequined henley yesterday for 30 percent off. Will she be wearing this next week with a skirt and heels? Yes. Will she be wearing it at the end of October with a blazer and jeans? Absolutely.

Since fall items are already in stores, if you’re going to shop, stick with transitional pieces you can start wearing now. A stylish co-worker bought these green skinny pants from American Eagle and has already been rocking them—and will continue to do so throughout the fall.

Make a list of the items you need for fall (check our our September fashion story for some ideas). You can certainly start purchasing them now. Why not grab a ladylike bag or leopard flats (both huge for fall) and get a head start on the season?

Hopefully this helps keep your closet experiences in the next few weeks tantrum-free!

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