Since I've always lived in California, I've never had to do a full-on seasonal wardrobe swap. I know many of you are officially relegating your summer sandals and sundresses to storage bins, but mine stay front-and-center all year long. That said, this does leave me with a bit of FOMO, so I very much look forward to adding thoughtful updates to my closet every season—80-degree-weather-in-October be damned.
Right now, I've decided to phase out three different categories of basics and replace them with updated, seasonally appropriate versions. Scroll down to find out exactly what I mean and shop my selections.
Phasing Out: Baggy T-Shirts
Adding: Slim-Fitting Tops for Layering
This summer, I wore a lot of baggy T-shirts and other loose clothes to stave off the heat. However, these slouchy pieces aren't nearly as easy to layer as slim-fitting clothes, which add warmth but not bulk. Sleek pieces provide a smooth foundation so you can layer to your heart's content without any lumpy excess fabric.
This sleek bodysuit can truly be styled in a million different ways.
The ultimate wardrobe building block.
I love the cute ruffled trim on this turtleneck.
Gray is such an underrated color.
A crewneck T-shirt is an investment you'll never regret.
This tee provides the perfect foundation for showing off a beautiful necklace.
The kind of tank top you can wear with literally anything in your closet.
I love how this is styled with a brown skirt for a tonal look.
Seriously, you can't head into fall without a quality turtleneck.
A sleek turtleneck like this one will instantly dress up jeans.
Phasing Out: Skimpy Cutouts
Adding: Fall and Winter–Ready Cutouts
Hot Girl Summer was awash with skimpy, lightweight cutout dresses and tops that just aren't practical now that colder weather is on the horizon. Luckily, there are plenty of more subtle ways to wear cutouts this season without freezing your butt off.
Style this dress with boots and a camel coat for a foolproof outfit.
I love how this top gives you that layered look without the bulk.
Another chic way to test-drive the cutout trend.
The ideal date-night top, if I do say so myself.
I'm obsessed with this spiced orange color.
Phasing Out: Bright Colors
Adding: Warm Earth Tones
I intend on revisiting all my brightly colored clothes next spring and summer, but for fall I'm laser-focused on earth tones. These comforting hues fit right in with the changing leaves and cozy Hocus Pocus vibes of fall.