5 Tips to create a Fall Wardrobe You’ll Love

Creating a fall wardrobe you love has never been easier

The Overwhelm is real

“It’s like standing in a batting cage with no bat, and several pitching machines on high speed aimed right at me,” I thought as the furniture store designer showed me item after items, sample after sample, for room after room, and asked me question after question about what I like. What do I like? I don’t remember. I used to know what I like, but that was a different home in a different state, and now everything I thought I knew is irrelevant. 

Even though decorating a new home and buying new furniture can be fun, right now it feels overwhelming, and I just want someone to tell me what I like, what to buy, and where to put it. There are so many decisions to make and rooms to coordinate! 

As many of you know, we just moved across the country and bought a new house, and we got rid of most of our furniture in the move. I feel overwhelmed by the idea of furnishing an entire house almost from scratch. There’s a whole vibe my entire house needs to have, and since this house is completely different than the last house, the vibe is different. All the big pieces like furniture, down to the little things, like dishes, need to tell a cohesive story. 

Putting together your seasonal wardrobe can be much the same. It’s important to create a cohesive style so your pieces go together and tell your style story. Where do you start? What do you need? How much is enough and when is it too much? What goes together? What about the practicality of it all? It needs to be fashionable and functional or you can’t use it.

It’s fall and we are all sooo excited to get our fall fashion on, and if you’re feeling as overwhelmed by putting together your fall wardrobe as I am about putting together my house, I have five tips to help you.

In the video I share a really funny/embarrassing story during the Q&A about embarrassing myself in front of the neighbors. You don’t want to miss it.

Consider the Climate

If you search for fall outfits on Pinterest or Instagram, you’ll find lots of booties, flannel, scarves and jackets, but that weather isn’t here yet for most of us, and may not be for a month or more. For some of you, it will never arrive.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of buying what you think you SHOULD wear in the fall, or even what you WANT to wear in the fall, but not buy what you actually NEED in the fall, based on your climate.

Last month I moved from the arid desert back to the humid South. It rarely rains in Utah, and it rains all the time here. I need to rethink my fall wardrobe, especially footwear. Suede and calf hair are textures I love in the fall, and I could wear them all the time before, but suede and calf hair don’t play well with puddles. That doesn’t mean I can’t have suede or calf hair, but I also need something that can withstand anything from splashes and drizzles to downpours and not worry about ruining my shoes.

Another must in my new climate is an actual rain jacket – something waterproof with a hood, and before I didn’t. I walk my girls to and from the bus stop every day, and I don’t relish the idea of rain running down my neck. An umbrella would be in the way of helping them wrangle backpacks and water bottles, and let’s not forget the dangers of an umbrella and lightning. My current “rain coat” is more for light drizzles as you dash from car to door. 

Function and fashion are best friends if you want a wardrobe you can actually wear and feel great in, so consider your climate’s unique challenges.

I love to wear calf hair shoes and bags in the fall

I’ll be wearing this half the days now that we live in the South

Cover Your Basics

As we’ve talked about before, basic wardrobe pieces like a black top don’t make your heart beat fast when you look at them, and most women would rather get a root canal than shop for jeans, but they are the foundation of your wardrobe and your outfits, and absolutely necessary to a functional wardrobe. 

The special items in amazing colors and fun prints are what we think of when building a fall wardrobe, but just like beautiful windows, they need walls to hold them up. Your special pieces will become so much more wearable if you have a structure to support them. They don’t get the glory, attention and compliments your standout pieces do, but they make your standouts…stand out. 

Wardrobe basics are most often neutral and solid, although they can be another color that feels neutral to you. Blue is a neutral in my wardrobe. Stripes are my favorite color, as my daughter likes to say, and I buy striped shirts like it’s my job. They feel neutral to me, and are a foundation piece in my wardrobe every season of the year.

What do you need in your basics category? Think about your tops, bottoms, shoes, layers (if you even need layers – maybe it’s too hot!) and accessories.

This is outfit is all neutrals and basics, but the black turtleneck and jeans allow the leopard flats and bag to shine!

Choose Your Color Palette

When it comes to what I love and what I don’t, I have seasonal preferences, and I’m not alone! Our clothing tends to reflect what nature is doing whether it’s color, texture, or pattern, and by choosing the right ones each season, I can feel seasonally on trend without giving up my most flattering color palette.

Each season I choose the colors I’m drawn to and create my color palette that way. What am I craving? Even though mustard and burnt orange are quintessential fall colors, I don’t wear those or I’ll look like I have the flu. But I can wear bold orange and goldenrod.

Cobalt blue has always been one of my most favorite colors, but autumn is the one season I don’t crave it, so I don’t wear it. That doesn’t mean you have to give up cobalt blue in the fall. This is just what I am drawn to. What colors do you crave in the fall?

Color doesn’t just mean your reds and blues, think about your neutrals as well, because your preferences for those can change seasonally as well.

As I create the color palette for the Stunning Style Classic Wardrobe Guides each season, I choose the ones that will capture the season, and it’s a great way to embrace the new season in your fall transitional outfits when it’s still too hot for cardis and booties.

Navy, burgundy and cognac scream fall to me.

Pick Your Patterns

Patterns are another way to bring fall into your wardrobe. Popular patterns this time of year are plaid, tapestry, animal print, patchwork, houndstooth, and camo. Anything that hints at bundling up to keep warm, hunting, gathering, and any other activities that our ancestors participated in (and we now do for recreation) this time of year will bring an autumn vibe to your wardrobe.

Does that mean you can’t wear florals, polka dots, paisley and other prints that aren’t traditional during apple-picking season? Of course not. The only style rule I have is wear what you love, and you incorporate them into your fall fashion.

Find the Specials

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk about the really fun part! Every seasonal wardrobe needs a few special items that make you go all heart-eyes, bring in the fun, and make you feel special when you wear them. 

Having a few special items is what brings your wardrobe to life and allows you to really show your personal style, whether it’s through color, pattern, texture, style or all of them. Here is where you get to shine and tell your style story.

You can have as many as you want, but remember, it’s hard to wear too many specials in one outfit, so pair them with your basics to create outfits that feel balanced.

These turquoise ankle pants and burgundy flats are two of my special fall wardrobe items, and they are anchored by the navy sweater.

It can be even easier!

If you’re feeling as overwhelmed by hunting down the perfect items, whether it’s foundational basics or a few special items for the season, figuring out how they go with what you have, creating outfits, and putting it all together as I am with furnishing and decorating my house, the Stunning Style Fall Classic Wardrobe Guide is available, and the doors to the Society are open, but only until Tuesday, September 8, and then the doors close again until winter.

The Guide includes 39 pieces I’ve pulled together from all over the internet, a customized shopping portal so you can easily buy whatever you need, 100 outfit combinations to inspire you, a monthly outfit calendar so you don’t have to choose your outfit for the day, and an incredible Facebook group exclusively for members of the Society where you will get access to me and meet some of the most amazing women.

Each Monday we take a Style Step together, and I walk you through curating your fall wardrobe week by week so by the end you’ll have a wardrobe you’ll love to wear and an album of favorite outfits! We start by shopping our closets and continue with steps like creating transitional outfits, how to layer, and more!

Join us in the Society today and getting dressed with be the easiest thing you do all day! 

4 thoughts on “5 Tips to create a Fall Wardrobe You’ll Love”

  1. Hi April,
    Are the colors in your fall wardrobe more suitable for cool and bright individuals or is there a way to substitute for other types? Thanks

  2. Hi,
    I am thinking of joining the Stunning Style Society, however, I am weighing the benefits of what you are offering against the time I have to review, read, listen, and apply your tips. It’s very apparent that you continue to evolve with your personal style and I find it attractive.
    You’re doing a fabulous job. I also appreciate your transparency and authenticity. It’s great to see the influence of a genuine personality. Welcome to the south. My home is in the Atlanta area, I have natural curly hair, and I understand humidity.

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