Your Fall Wardrobe Step 2: Making a List & Shopping Your Closet

Let me start off by saying that I have no credentials to tell you what to wear. I am obviously not a fashion editor or stylist. I am just a mom who likes clothes and wants to help other people like me feel good in the clothes they wear. I also believe that not every trend is right for every person. You aren’t in to polka dots… don’t wear them! Ok, disclaimer over. Wait, one more disclaimer – taking photos for a blog is so awkward. If anyone wants to be my model, please let me know!

One day in Louisiana at a playgroup date, we were talking about new fall trends. My friend, Erica, said “Oh, I need to put denim flares on my list.” I was so confused. I asked her what she meant and she told me every season she makes a list of what trends she wants to buy. This was genius to me. I love lists. I always have. This idea makes it easy to stay focused on what to buy for the season. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with the amount of stuff thrown at me through my Instagram feed.  A list helps me to be a bit more focused. So, without further delay, here my personal list for Fall.

Cropped Denim
Floral
Polka Dots
Marigold color
White Shoes
Mules
Stripes
Black/White
Lavendar/Pink
Stripes
Moto Jacket

It may seem long and you are thinking… geez, how would I afford to buy ALL that stuff for the fall? Guess what? You don’t have to! You probably have some of this stuff in your closet already! A friend of mine, who did have the credentials to tell people what to wear, would always remind her clients to “shop your closet first.” Last year, I was convinced I needed casual booties. Then I went and shopped my closet and found the Elaine Turner gray booties I received as a gift two years ago. I crossed casual booties off my list.  So, now that you’ve done step 1 of cleaning out your closet, go through your clothes with your list in hand and see what you can find.

For example, remember that eight-year old polka dotted Forever 21 top I showed y’all on Thursday? Here it is styled with black flares (that I already owned) and my moto jacket. Instant update. I’m wearing this on a date night or out with friends.

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I also found another polka dot top in my closet that can be dressed up or down. Notice the cropped denim in the casual picture? These jeans didn’t come that way. They were long, but I cut them to exactly where I wanted them to be cropped. Then I sent them through the wash. Do you have a pair of jeans that fit you well that you could crop yourself?

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Do you have a white t-shirt you can layer with a moto jacket? Or wear by itself with a pair of jeans and fun mules?

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(I look like I belong in the Top Gun Sequel – ha!)

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Another easy “mom” look. This is my favorite t-shirt dress updated for fall. I threw on a denim jacket and voila… great for school drop offs on cool mornings (you know, when it’s below 70 degrees). Also, if you have a tank dress throw a moto jacket over it to edge it up a bit for a night out on the town.

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I hope you are seeing that you already have trendy fall outfits in your closet – you just have to shop your closet with fresh eyes. You may not have these exact pieces, but be creative and think outside the box. And feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about how to style what is already in your closet. Send me an email (sarah@stateofsarah.com) with a photo and I’ll help you update that piece of clothing in a totally different way!

Step 3 coming later this week… how to make purchases from your list for fall! Enjoy shopping your closet!

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2 thoughts on “Your Fall Wardrobe Step 2: Making a List & Shopping Your Closet

  1. What a great idea! I’m always struggling to find outfits and end up walking out of the store with a million pieces but nothing that carries over to each other. Stores are Overwhelming these days with so many ideas on fashion. I never thought to make a clothing shopping list. I make grocery lists, why not clothing lists!

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