How Updating Your Wardrobe for Fall Leads to Less Stress

How Updating Your Wardrobe for Fall Can Reduce Stress

The changing seasons can be exciting, and they have a way of putting us into completely different moods. For example, as winter approaches, we look forward to the holidays. As spring approaches, there’s Easter, and flowers are starting to bloom again. With summer, we’re excited to get outside and enjoy warm-weather activities. With fall, there’s the changing fall colors and Halloween. However, by the time the temperatures drop, and the first leaves fall, we start to realize that, although we’re prepared, our wardrobe isn’t. With fall comes the need to pack up our women’s shorts and pull out our sweaters. Once we do this, we may realize that we really need a wardrobe update. Don’t stress. Instead, get a head start now, so you’re dressed for success when fall arrives.

Our Top Piece of Advice: Try a Capsule Wardrobe to Reduce the Stress of Getting Dressed

A capsule wardrobe includes only the essentials that you need for a typical day to mix and match. With a capsule wardrobe in your closet, you should be able to open the door and see that every top or women’s blouse you have can easily be paired with every pair of pants or skirt. The result is a variety of outfit options for your choosing, whether mixing and matching them or layering them.

Why a Capsule Wardrobe Reduces Stress

A capsule wardrobe reduces stress because it doesn’t include all the extras that you don’t wear or need. If you’ve ever stood in front of 100 items hanging in your closet, only to say, “I have nothing to wear,” you know that having more clothes doesn’t mean having the best clothes. It can be difficult to get rid of items you spent money on or have special memories for you, but it is important to reduce stress. By clearing the clutter, you can make it much easier to get dressed in the morning.

If you have a hard time getting rid of things, know that you have options. First, you can save the items that are really important to you, but just keep them stored in a different area of your house. For example, you’re not likely to wear special occasion dresses again, but if you have a prom dress you want to pass down to your daughter, store it safely in the attic or basement instead of taking up valuable closet real estate. Alternatively, you should consider donating clothes you don’t wear anymore. If they’re in good shape, charities may even pick them up from your house for you, and you may even get a tax break.

Tips for Creating a Stress-Reducing Capsule Wardrobe for Fall

Now that you know how effective a capsule wardrobe can be for reducing stress, here are some tips for creating one for fall:

  • Stick to only the colors you like. You may have had a red phase around Christmastime one year, but if you don’t like wearing the color, why is a red turtleneck in your wardrobe? Consider donating any clothes that are in a color you don’t typically wear. If they’re too hard to get rid of, try removing them from your closet and storing them somewhere else for a while. If you fail to notice that it’s gone after a year, that’s a sign that you should consider getting rid of it for good.
  • Keep your closet tidy. When you have to rummage through items to find what you want, it takes up time and creates stress. Keeping your closet clean and organized can not only make it easier to find what you need but can also make it a more welcoming environment. Opening your closet door should evoke a sense of pride and maybe even get you a little excited about the fact that you’re sure to find something that will make you look and feel good for the day.
  • Choose your favorites. The average person wears 20% of their clothes 80% of the time. By choosing the top 20% and having only those items hanging in your closet, you’d be amazed at how easy it is to get dressed in the morning. Get started by pretending you’re packing for a fall trip and picking five outfits that you would consider wearing. Then remove everything else from your closet, even if just temporarily, to see how it works for you. Then enjoy mixing and matching those pieces throughout the fall. You may find yourself adding tops or cardigan sweaters from the items you’ve stashed away, especially if you will be layering items. That’s perfectly fine as long as you see yourself making them part of your regular rotation, and they don’t become unnecessary clutter.
  • Ditch items that don’t fit. If something doesn’t fit you, you’re not going to wear it. Therefore, it has no place being part of your fall wardrobe, complicating your choices when getting dressed and causing you stress.
  • Choose your shoes. The same principle applies to shoes when creating a fall capsule wardrobe. If you don’t wear them, don’t keep them in your closet. Store summer shoes, slippers, and sandals in a clear bin in the attic or basement, and take them back out when you need them.

When it comes to reducing the stresses of figuring out what to wear, a capsule wardrobe can be a huge help. And if your fall wardrobe needs updating, shopping for a few great outfits that can be mixed and matched will save you money in the long run.

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