Even though it has been relatively mild here in the Southeast, it is indeed time to start thinking about fully transitioning our closets to winter! We thought we would help you guys out by sharing a quick checklist with some ideas of how to efficiently prep your closet for the coming winter months. In our books, a good goal is to have your closet transitioned around the first of December. And of course, if you are interested in a closet audit to *fully* transition your closet for winter and have one of our stylists’ assess your winter wardrobe, we would love the opportunity to work with you!
How to Transition Your Closet for Early Winter
Things to Put Away
- Pull out and store any shoe that is open toed AND backless until the spring months roll back around. The exception to this fashion rule is cocktail strappy sandals.
- Put away the majority of your shorts. Faux leather shorts are ok to keep out. Those could still be fun with booties and a sweater on an unseasonably warm and sunny day. If you have a trip to the beach planned in the coming months, just place your shorts somewhere easy to get to.
- Put away any tops that are too thin, don’t layer well, or are too summery in terms of color way.
- Put away any accessory that has a “summery vibe.” When assessing your handbags, scarves, shoes, and belts, steer away from lightweight materials such as gauze or linen, straw, pastels, and lightly hued leathers, and gravitate towards heavier fabrics and richer tones.
Items in your Closet to Go Through
- Take a good look at your winter coats. Try them on to see what still fits and what might be worn out or outdated. And look for what “holes” you might have in your coat wardrobe. Keep in mind that we will all be doing much more social distancing in casual outdoor settings in the coming months as you examine your coat wardrobe. Do this step ASAP, as there are bound to be fantastic deals on winter coats with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up!
- Check in on your winter accessories. Hats, gloves, scarves, and boot socks come to mind as things we put away and forget we even have. Lay them all out on your bed. Ensure nothing is missing a match or needs to be tossed. And check that your accessory options color coordinate nicely with your coats!
- Get out your holiday attire – you know what we are referring to! Those special pieces you pull out each year for December and early January. Sparkles…sequins….that special red sweater or tartan scarf you look forward to wearing each holiday season. Ensure your special holiday pieces are up to date and wearable. And if not, start keeping an eye out for a fun new piece or two to get you in the holiday spirit this year!
- Assess your wardrobe as it relates to casual and outdoorsy activities in cold weather. That way you are prepped and ready for a winter season that will center around these types of activities more than ever before. Make sure you have a good mixture of fun, casual jeans and sweaters, joggers, boots, warm socks, and good looking exercise clothing for your outdoor activities.
Winter Items to Pull Out
- It is time to get out all the fun seasonal fabrics that you haven’t yet pulled out. Think velvet, cashmere, suede, fur, leather, tweed, and flannel.
- Pull out your heavy sweaters and turtlenecks. Even though it’s been mild here in Tennessee, you just never know when that 30 degree morning is gonna hit!
- It is tall boot, rain boot, snow boot, all the boots season for sure! Get them all out and enjoy!
- Blanket scarves are the name of the winter game, especially in the Southeast. They are the perfect layering piece for the season! Warm and cozy for chilly mornings and evenings, and can be shed mid-day if warm enough! So, go ahead and pull those out and enjoy!
Images by Tausha Dickinson Photography