We're highlighting the wardrobe items to ditch, donate, invest in
and stock up on this season.
While cleaning out your closet might not be your favourite fall
activity, the change of season is the perfect time to decide what
to keep, what to get rid of and what to stock up on. To make the
task seem less daunting, we've sorted the organization process into
a few easy guidelines.
What to Ditch
Before you get to the fun part (shopping!), you'll need to decide
what to get rid of to make room for the newbies. This will take
some time, but we promise it's worth it. Look at each and every
item in your closet. Don't just shuffle through the hangers—take
out each piece and think about it. Put any pieces you haven't worn
in a year in a pile. From that pile, pull out any pieces that are
uncomfortable, ill-fitting and you don't truly love. If something
doesn't make you feel amazing when you leave the house, why bother
holding on to it—or better question—when will you ever put it on?
Where to Donate
From thrift stores to consignment shops to shelters, there are
plenty of places that will accept used clothing. If you want to get
more creative with your drop-off, look into options like Dress for
Success, which provides women living in poverty with the resources
that they needincluding work-appropriate clothingto find a job. If
you have items that aren't in good enough condition to donate,
recycle them at your local H&M. Every location has a drop-off
bin that collects clothing and textiles (even household textiles
like bedding and towels) from any brand in any condition. Best
part? You'll get rewarded with a voucher to use on your next
What to Invest In
Once you've made space in your closet, you've earned the right to
get a few fresh pieces for the new season. While checking out the
latest trends is a good starting point, we suggest stocking your
closet with pieces that you can wear with multiple different
outfits and for many seasons to come. Here, the eight items that
won't fail you this season.
1. Plaid blazer
A blazer is a fall wardrobe staple, but for fall 2018, we're mad
for plaid. Wear it with matching trousers and blouse, a pair of
jeans and a t-shirt or over a shift dress for the office.
Classic-Fit Machine-Washable Italian Wool Blend Blazer, $240,
2. Relaxed-fit jeans
The denim du jour is relaxed and comfy. Unlike other
vintage-inspired styleswe're looking at you, mom jeansthis type of
denim is cool and comfortable.
The Billie Boyfriend Jean, $90, frankandoak.com.
3. Block heel booties
Boots with a chunky heel can be as comfortable as they are stylish.
This pair gets bonus points for the on-trend animal print!
Aurealla, $110, aldoshoes.com.
4. Statement skirt
A midi skirt with a fun print or texture will be the hardest
working piece in your closet this fall. Pair it with any
footwear—boots, sneakers, pumps—depending on the occasion.
Topshop Print Pleated Midi Wrap Skirt, $104, shop.nordstrom.com.
5. Textured coat
A coat that keeps you cozy and that's fun to wear is a win-win.
Look for textures like faux fur, shearling or different types of
wool for the chicest look.
Mock-Neck Boucl Coat for Women, $70, oldnavy.gap.com.
What to Stock Up On
Basics that you reach for on the reg—like tights, turtlenecks and
button-down shirts—deserve to be replenished every year or two. We
suggest stocking up on these essentials before the season starts.
1. Black turtleneck
Worn on its own or layered under a blazer or spaghetti-strap dress,
a turtleneck is a versatile wardrobe must-have. This 100% merino
wool option will keep you warm well into the winter months.
Turtleneck Sweater in Merino Wool, $75, gapcanada.ca.
2. White button-down blouse
A crisp white blouse never goes out of style. Keep it classic or
look for something with a bit of flair, like this ruffle sleeve
option which is available up to size 3X.
Flutter Shoulder Shirt, 29, joefresh.com.