Now that the new season is nearly here and it’s actually starting to feel like it (at least in NYC), we thought it would be a fitting time for a fall overhaul, of sorts, to help you prepare for the upcoming change both in temperature and day-to-day style. By this, we mean storing the items you won’t be using anytime soon, or possibly selling or donating those trendy pieces you’re kind of over to make space for this season’s essentials as well as some possible new trend purchases at the forefront of your closet. After all, why waste good closet real estate on items you don’t plan to wear?
While discerning which pieces go into what category can be at times less obvious, today we’re here to make it almost too easy. All you need to do is continue on through to see which pieces you can put away for now, what to wear in their place for the coming months, and of course our picks of each fall must-have if you want shop some things out.
Put away… Tropical prints
What to wear instead: Animal prints
I can relate to not wanting to let go of your Hawaiian shirt just yet and fully making it work for fall through layering and smart styling. However, if your closet is full of tropical-feeling prints at the moment, you may want to edit out at least some of the ones that are the most “summery” in order to make room for this season’s hero print trend: animal.
Put away… Slides
What to wear instead: Sneakers
Even where the weather permits some slide sandals (hello, L.A.), the shoes can look a bit out of place when the leaves start to turn. Instead, I suggest opting for other comfortable but more seasonless shoes: sneakers.
Put away… Smocked dresses
What to wear instead: Prairie dresses
If you liked wearing smocked dresses with your slide sandals all summer, you’ll love the fall prairie dress trend because it goes perfectly with everyone’s other favorite shoe: ankle boots.
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Put away… Pastels
What to wear instead: Neons
As with all seasonal shifts, there’s also a change in It colors this time around, so for now, we’re saying see you later to pastels and welcoming in neon.
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Put away… PVC bags
What to wear instead: Hands-free bags
Of the many handbag trends we loved this spring and summer, the one that heartbreakingly seems most ready to be retired is PVC. While the transparent fad had its run, you can have confidence that this season’s hands-free bags will fill its place not only in your heart but in your many, many outfits.
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Put away… Colored denim
What to wear instead: Utility jumpsuits
Seeing as I was personally very into colored denim for spring and summer—especially in the form of matching sets—I do hope it’s still a trend when the warm weather rolls back around. For now, however, I’d opt for something that has more of a fall-ready look and test-driving a utility jumpsuit if you haven’t already.
Put away… Strappy heels
What to wear instead: Ankle boots
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Put away… Rainbow stripes
What to wear instead: Checks and plaids
While I enjoyed spring and summer’s rainbow stripe trend as much as the next girl, it does, in most pieces, feel more ready for a vacation than it does for a brisk fall day. For now, then, you can put those items away and opt for classic and trendy check and plaid pieces.
Put away… Shell jewelry
What to wear instead: Statement earrings
If you want to get granular and update your jewelry while you’re at it, I’d consider storing your shell jewelry pieces until your next beach day or vacation and jumping on fall’s statement earring trend instead.