There’s nothing better than fall style in the world of fashion. The cool, crisp temperatures are perfect for cable-knit sweaters and tall boots with thick tights. Fall is about mixing favorite cold weather standbys with a few new "it" colors, textures, and a handful of trendy styles to create a seemingly new wardrobe full of possibilities. So there’s no better time than now to pull out last season’s favorites and figure out what to toss, what to keep, what to swap for something else, and what to splurge on to round out your closet.
As you look through your wardrobe, keep these three magic words in mind: keep, toss, buy. Be realistic about what you wore last season while you sort through fabulous fashions. Did you really wear those "must-have" thigh-high, python-printed leather boots, or are they gathering dust in the back of your closet? If you almost wore holes in your skinny jeans, it’s probably time to pick up another pair. Let’s get started.
Keep: That striped maritime long-sleeve shirt.
Why: Layered underneath a blazer and topped with a chunky gold necklace, you can wear it to work, but with some casual khakis and converse it’s also perfect for a weekend football game.
Toss: The oversized blousy-blouses dripping off their hangers.
Why: It’s time for more structure in your life—start with your shirts. If a top fits well, it shouldn’t slink off your shoulders (unless it’s intended to).
Buy: A structured blazer in a color you love—dark tones are hot right now.
Why: A good blazer is so versatile! It can be dressed up at the office or toned down for a Saturday lunch. Layer it over a silk bow-tie top and pair with a pencil skirt for a killer ensemble.
Keep: Skinny jeans.
Why: Not only can you tuck the perfect pair of skinnies into those gorgeous new riding boots you’ve been eyeing, but they also work well with long sweaters and tunics when the weather gets chilly.
Toss: Audible corduroy pants.
Why: Sure you love the swish-swash on your way to the copy machine, but they also add a bit of bulk to those thighs you’ve been trimming down all summer.
Buy: Jewel-toned cigarette pants.
Why: You can tuck the cigarette pants into riding boots, or roll them up just slightly to wear with ballet flats on the weekends. Points for versatility.
Keep: That khaki green military jacket you bought on clearance in March.
Why: Military is still having a moment, and the extra-long length is perfect to cut the wind chill of October. Also, army green layers nicely on top of fall colors and styles, like a burgundy sweater vest.
Toss: Your neon puffy jacket.
Why: The color isn’t great for versatility, and all those layers of puff aren’t doing anyone any good. And seriously, it’s not that cold.
Buy: A long, tailored wool coat that hits at the knees or shin.
Why: Structure is back in a big, “Material Girl” kind of way. A structured coat goes a long way to slim and lengthen your silhouette.
Keep: An envelope clutch.
Why: Last season’s envelope clutches are still relevant. If anything, clutches are getting a little smaller, so it’s still perfect.
Toss: Your thick, brightly colored synthetic leather belt.
Why: Things are a little more sleek this season, especially when it comes to focal point accessories like a thick shiny belt.
Buy: A nicely sized leather satchel in a fun color.
Why: Satchels are perfect for day, and the bright color will keep things from feeling too serious.
Keep: The leather ankle booties you caved and bought mid-January.
Why: Ankle boots are hot with either a perfect pencil skirt or cigarette pants that end just above the ankle.
Toss: Bulky-soled boots.
Why: Flat-soled boots will keep in trend with the rest of your closet—slim and streamlined, no more clomping around.
Buy: A pair of pointy-toed heels in forest green with a skinny medium heel.
Why: Office-wear feels a little more buttoned-up this season, and while a pointy toe still meets the status quo for work, it will keep things fashion forward.