Updating Your Closet with Seasonal Color

Updating Your Closet with Seasonal Color

When swapping summer outfits with your winter wardrobe, think of exchanging flowers for autumn leaves


It’s time for cold-weather clothing and clearing out closets. As you exchange T-shirts, shorts and sandals for coats, hats and wooly sweaters, transform your fashions with a fresh color palette.

Since winter wear takes up more space with bulky jackets and lots of layers, the change of seasons presents a perfect opportunity to let go of some items to make room for additions to your wardrobe. Sorting through garments after a year isn’t much fun. So schedule a date, allow enough time, get a full-length mirror and lots of light. Ask a friend to assist with the process during a second session with fresh eyes and ideas.

Start with piles when evaluating which clothes stay or go to help narrow your decisions: must keep, toss/donate, clean/repair, and don’t know (yet). Focus on the must-keep items, if they fit well, try to create new updated ensembles. Do you need a new item to complete the outfit? Will it work with what’s fashionable this season? This question is less about the latest trends and more about an overall style that suits you and the latest fall-winter color schemes.

Every year, fashion designers release their new clothes collections on runways around the world, from New York to Paris, London to Hong Kong with great anticipation. The fantastic new looks set the trends, while the most used colors set the standard for the hottest hues in apparel and home décor. So when making choices of what stays in your closet, consider it like packing away summer blooms for changing leaves.

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Your summer closet features lighter, brighter colors, such as lime green, sky blue, soft violet and yellow. Keep in mind the season’s colors, the style and how it works with other garments. Go beyond the classic autumnal colors of rust, gold and green. See which shades are the most popular, such as gem-toned blue and emerald or darker indigo and teal. You might have a silver-gray blouse that pops with a scarf in the season’s vivacious shade of fuchsia or sizzling red. Be sure to pull out your accessories, too.

Questions to ask when updating your winter wardrobe:

  • Do I love this item?
  • Do I look good in it?
  • Does the color work with my scheme or the season’s trends?
  • Does it need another item to complete the ensemble with an updated color?
  • Which pile does it go in? (toss/donate or clean/repair—or hang up)

Arrange your winter wardrobe ensembles and separates by color. Take an inventory and note what items might be missing. Pack up summer clothes and label the boxes to store until next spring when you'll do this again.

Next up: go through your children’s closets. That will be easy! If they’ve grown a size over the last year, you’ll be starting over.

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