Listen, I get capsule wardrobes, I do. In this complicated world, we all want to simplify and streamline a little bit, and that’s why women are whittling their closets down to 30 functional, mostly dull pieces that can be worn in dozens of different ways, all of them boring.
One of these days I will write a full rant/post on how the capsule wardrobe concept has killed the fashion industry and turned us all into clones, but for now, let me just state that I love clothes. Lots of them. And I love trendy finds and seasonal updates and scoring that perfect piece that just makes you fall in love with your wardrobe all over again.
But maybe that’s my Chic BeautyMommy Style talking.
A couple of fresh new finds each season are all you need to perk up your existing wardrobe. Here, a few guidelines:
1. Choose Wisely:
I know that you know that you know this, but not every trend is for every person. Some trends are better left on 15-year-old-fashion-victims. I was one once, and wore every single trend at exactly the same time. After 30, that ceases to be adorable. Only buy into the trends that you absolutely love, and then work them into your wardrobe, pairing them with basics and classic pieces to add freshness and edge without looking like you tried too hard. Another thing to remember: Make sure a trend flatters, fits and works with your body type before buying.
2. Don’t Break the Bank:
Trends, by definition, have a short shelf life, so look for well-made but affordable pieces that will update your wardrobe without taking a big chunk out of your budget.
3. Find a Great Source:
There’s nothing wrong with an occasional find from Forever 21, but if you go overboard, your entire wardrobe is going to be disposable. Instead, shop sites that offer quality pieces curated for your lifestyle, like Avady Clothing Company. I’ve always loved showcasing other stylish moms, from fashion bloggers like Lena and April to designers like Amber and Zankhna, so I am thrilled to have “met” Avady founder Nicole Kearnes. Like every other mom on the planet, Nicole finds hitting the stores with her kids, Ava and Brady (Ava + Brady = Avady) neither fun nor productive, so she created a stylish online destination where other busy moms could shop in the comfort of home. And I’m in love. The well-edited, affordable pieces are just trendy enough, and will easily mix and match with everything you already own now and through fall.
Here, my picks for the 10 Pieces to Buy Now and Wear Through Fall from Avady Clothing Company.
10 Pieces to Buy Now and Wear Through Fall
1. Plaid Top
Why I Picked It: The cool slouchy shape and hi-low hem are forgiving without being sloppy, and the plaid is a key trend this season.
Why I Picked It: The on-trend color and shape make this a solid choice. Wear it alone now with strappy heels, and under a leather jacket or slouchy cardigan in the fall.
3. Lacy Top
Why I Picked It: The lace trend continues through fall, and this chic, effortless top is a great transitional piece that will soften anything you pair it with.
Why I Picked It: Culottes aren’t going anywhere for a while, so if you haven’t taken the plunge yet, and they suit your body type (ideally, a Style Dial #1 or 3, but if they are super-flowy they can work for all types), this is a great pick.
5. Striped Hoodie
Why I Picked It: Sometimes all you need on a dreary fall day is comfort clothing, and this chic hoodie delivers. Pair it with leggings and cool sneakers to drop the kids off at school. The stripes and pop of color are instant upgrades.
6. Swingy Dress
Why I Picked It: A sleeveless dress in a dark color is light enough for summer, but layered under a jacket or a cardigan, it can also carry you through fall.
7. Wavy Top
Why I Picked It: Trendy details, like wavy lace and long sleeves, make this the perfect partner to all of your neutral skirts and pants.
8. Ruffle Tank
Why I Picked It: This easy update on a basic tank is just as quick and casual, but offers a lot more style.
9. Lattice top
Why I Picked It: Pretty details and a bold color make this top versatile for work or with jeans and shorts.
10. Sweater Vest
Why I Picked It: Vests are super-trendy this season, and this long slim neutral sweater vest is more versatile than most. Wear it over your favorite top, jeans and boots and channel a bit of this season’s 70’s vibe.
So there you have it: 10 game-changing pieces that will help your wardrobe transition stylishly (and affordably) into fall, all from one convenient, mom-friendly site (that also happens to offer free shipping!).
I think that pretty much wraps up your fall shopping.
Which piece is your favorite?