Out with the old, in with the new — there's a reason that saying has been around forever. At the start of the season, it's easy to want to follow that mindset and stock up on everything fast-fashion stores are pushing: Slouchy boots! Camel coats! All the striped knits you could possibly ever want! But not so fast. In order to make room — both literally and figuratively — for some fresh and exciting pieces, you'll need to strategize, rather than jumping on
all of the trends.
While we wish we could just add, add, add to our wardrobe all the time, there definitely has to be some give and take when shopping for fall and winter — and we suggest starting with the suggestions ahead. Nothing against you, sweater dresses and all-black everything, but we're heading in a new direction this year; we're packing up some of our tired-out essentials and adding in some fresher pieces. Here's 15 closet swaps worth making this season.
Out with... Cropped pea coats In with... Longline blazers Cropped coats have had their time spotlight, but extra-long (and extra-thick) blazers are taking their place. This style's heavy and structured enough for transitional temperatures — and the very cold ones, too.
Monroe Plaid Long Blazer Coat,
Out with... Floral frocks In with... Layerable dresses in fresh prints A mini wrap dress like this one can be styled on its own or can be worn over tights and a turtleneck. Plus, this galaxy print is a welcome replacement for the usual florals.
Iris Printed Crepe Wrap Dress,
— PAID — Out with... Mule sneakers In with... Sporty sneakers Backless kicks had their moment in fall, but now that the temps are dropping (and fast), we're back to our tried-and-true sporty sneakers — this year, in a bold, eye-catching color. New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz Sneakers in Lush with Silver Mink, $79.99, available at New Balance.
Out with... Your go-to tee In with... Your go-to turtleneck They're an integral part of the fall and winter uniform, so invest in some super-soft turtlenecks that won't leave your body the next couple of months.
Out with... Pajama-inspired pants In with... Velvet bottoms Equally as cozy, two times more elevated. We're ready to move on from the pajama-on-the-street trend, and these are a nice substitute.
Velvet Pleated Trousers,
Out with... Cold-weather grays and blacks In with... All the bright colors Don't default to the same colorless palette you do every year. This season, it's all about brights for winter, from oranges and yellows to royal blues and kelly greens.
Out with... Boyfriend jeans In with... Oversized corduroys Same off-duty feel, but way more seasonal. We're pretty stoked about the corduroy comeback, and you should be too.
Out with... Paperboy caps In with... Modern berets Paperboy caps may not have been for everyone, but we say berets are universally flattering. Plus, they're totally having a moment.
Scattered Grommet Beret,
Out with... Matching sets In with... Monochromatic suits All-red outfits are everywhere we look. Replace the matching set you've been wearing all summer long for a more sophisticated (and seasonally appropriate) suit that can be dressed down with sneakers or dressed up with earrings and platforms.
Double Breasted Suit Jacket and Trousers Set,
Out with... Ankle boots In with... Tight, over-the-knee ones Zara is really pushing the sock boot this season — especially the tall versions. And you just might be surprised by how good they look.
Over The Knee Boots,
Out with... High-waisted In with... Ultra high-waisted You've got high-waisted down pat. Take it to the next level with some rib-brushing, ultra high-waisted trousers that are ideal for tucking all of your long-sleeve tops into.
The Frankie Shop
Black High Waisted Denim Wide Leg Pants,
Out with... Sad sweater dresses In with... Deconstructed hoodie dresses That sweater dress you've had since college? Ditch any that are frumpy or pilled for a cooler hoodie-sweater hybrid that can be styled with thigh-high boots or layered over a pair of leggings or jeans.
Out with... Saddle bags In with... Structural crossbodys Tie all of your sweaters and jeans together with a minimalist, structural purse that's more polished and unexpected than the classic saddle-shape.
Out with... Khaki trousers In with... Fresh work pants Cropped, flattering, and perfectly fitted, it's time to swap out any poorly-cut pants you may have and replace them with some equally as functional and fashionable trousers.
Work Pant Navy,
Out with... Open-knits In with... Cableknits Start scoping out the market for the heavier, chunky sweaters that be your best friend come winter — and a timeless staple for years to come.