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Regardless of our age, the idea of Back-To-School stirs memories from our own childhood almost instantly. In most families, the start of the school year meant buying something new. For some the new notebooks and pencils were the most exciting part. Many others recall the thrill (and smell) of the new shoes. Whatever it is that instantly shouts "Back to School" for you; this time of year it seems we all want to shop!
Most of us begin looking ahead to fall in the last few weeks of summer. It seems retailers have something to do with this since sweaters and jeans and boots begin to appear in July! They show up slowly at first…trickling into our favorite stores. Then all at once it is full blown retail autumn!
When it comes to wardrobes, I believe the best approach to the change in season is to take it slow. Here is my quick guide to navigating the new arrivals and making smart choices.
1. Start by noticing what the new merchandise looks like as you’re shopping the summer sale rack. What are the new colors and styles? How might you work them into your existing wardrobe?
2. Know that the first wave of fall clothes will likely be marked down before it's cold enough to wear them. Consider purchasing just a few transitional pieces until you know what you really want and need.
There are some exceptions…
a. Great boots! If you see the boots of your dreams in July, BUY THEM!
Terrific boots disappear quickly…don’t delay.
b. Pre-Season Sales, such as Nordstrom.
The discounts are deep and worthwhile if you are looking for big ticket items: jackets, boots and denim.
c. You’re a college student heading back to school where there isn't any great shopping. Go ahead, stock up!
3. Pull out the box you have labeled ‘fall clothes’…if you don’t have this box, check back for a later post about out of season clothes.
4. Spend some time going through the box and determining what still works and what doesn't. Again, if you need help with this…I’m working on something exciting. More soon…
5. Buy a few fashion magazines. Become familiar with the new season. This doesn't mean prepare to follow the trends, but each season has a ‘look’. If you want to seem current, you need to know that look.
6. Make a list of 4-5 new pieces that would help to update your wardrobe for fall. Maybe it’s new boots (I must need some because I keep mentioning them) or a great coat, a basic blazer, versatile jeans, some new scarves? Tuck the list in your bag and keep it with you in the coming weeks. When you see the perfect piece…make the purchase!
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