How To Transition Your Closet for Fall

It’s that time of year- time to send shorts to the back of the closet and air out fall pieces. We officially got the memo this past week when the rain started and we had to dig out the booties and light jacket from the backseat of our car. While San Francisco may still have a few Indian Summer days ahead of us, it’s time to transition our wardrobe from summer to fall because truthfully, we are SO ready for trench coats and sweaters!

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Purges and building out a classic wardrobe are key to making your transitions between seasons seamless. The great thing about having quality pieces is that the same cotton blend striped tee that you were all summer long with shorts is still your go to casual top – because let’s be honest, it looks ah-mazing on you- it’s just now layered under a lightweight sweater or jacket!

But we all know it isn’t easy to find pieces that really makes us feel good. It’s ok though, because good things take time. Here are some tips we follow when shopping for transitional and timeless pieces:

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7 Wardrobe Rules to Follow: 

1.) Quality over Quantity. We can’t stress enough how much you’ll benefit from a scaled down closet. Be honest, you only wear a handful of favorites right now, anyway! Donate the other 2/3rds of your wardrobe that you haven’t worn in the last six months and start off with a fresh fall start. Seriously, you’ll thank us.

2.) Fit Matters. Actually, that should read, fit is everything. No matter how amazing a piece is, if it doesn’t fit, it will never make you feel good. That said, also remember to keep your tailor in mind. The extra $20 bucks could make a piece look like it was made JUST for you.

3.) The Devil is in the Details. Cool hem lines or intricate stitching can quickly take a basic from boring to bold. You don’t have to dress like Liberace to make a statement- it’s the elevated details that really make a piece.

4.) One Word: Wait. You don’t have to buy something just because you dragged your husband out to the mall and “wasted” 5 hours of your life sifting through racks of clothes. Sometimes it can take weeks, months, seasons even, to find that perfect piece! Be picky and patient!

5.) Try Two Trends. This will force you to really think about your overall style aesthetic goals and the trends you want to try each season. Plus, it will stop you from throwing away loads of money on fashion’s best selling “of the moment” must-have that’ll you’ll never wear come next spring.

6.) When in Doubt, Stay Neutral. Grey, black, tan, white, stripes, navy. These are always good color choices! A good rule of thumb to follow: an item should “go” with at least five other pieces already in your wardrobe.

7.) Buy What You LUV. If you don’t like it, you’ll never feel 100% in comfortable wearing it. So if you don’t love it, or feel like you have to convince yourself you’ll wear it, leave it!

Here are some pieces you should definitely have in your closet if you don’t already!

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Get Your Shop On:

> MIH Jeans Striped Top
> Brass Twin Cuff 
> Short Tan Trench Coat
> Gap Destructed Straight Skimmer Jeans
> Clare V. Leopard Sadrine Bag 
> J.Crew Rory Ankle Boots

While we harp on buying basics, we’re not above trying a few trends. But these are usually the pieces in the closet that transition OUT season after season. So, our rule of thumb with trends is to stay as neutral as possible- in every sense of the word.

Take summer’s uber popular culotte. Try it in a classic navy rather than the trendy leather variety and you have a gorgeous piece to pari with a sweater. That goes for all shorts- you can still wear them with a trench and chunky knit until temps really drop. Think about layering light summer sweaters with a chambray shirt and the cutout booties you wore with your favorite dress in August still look great with a pair of cuffed jeans and a scarf!

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Get Your Shop On:

> French Connection Knit Jumper 
> Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses 
> Sicily Print Scarf
> Acne Studios Culottes 
> Madewell Cities Pouch 
> Pia Bootie 

Overall, transitioning your wardrobe for the new season is all about layers. A lot of the pieces can still work through the coming months, especially if you’ve been building your closet on basics. Now it’s time to dust off the sweaters and pound those boots to the pavement – yay! Who’s ready??

image 1 via Wide Eyed Legless // 2 via 

Five Things to Try This Fall!


Even though we’ve all been lamenting the end the summer, I’m actually really excited to be seeing my favorite signs of fall begin to appear. Crisper mornings, falling leaves and the arrival of that beautiful golden hour where the late-afternoon light just does ah-mazing things. Le sigh. It’s all getting me in the mood to pull out the cozier pieces in my wardrobe and do some serious nesting! Since everyone’s so big on making bucket lists these days, I decided to make a list of a few things I’d love to try this season. Of course the first place I started was with another of my favorite things: food!

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I’m a BIG brunch fan – it’s pretty much the best meal of the week. You can combine any and everything you love – sweet, savory, coffee, even cocktails – really anything goes with bunch. But I don’t love the hour+ brunch lines that seem to plague every decent brunch place in San Francisco. I’m just not patient enough anymore people! So I thought, why not try to replicate some of the best brunch treats at home. It’s really not so hard – plus you can stay in your super cozy lounge-around wear all day! ​

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So I’ve decided I’m going to dedicate my Fall Saturday mornings to kitchen experiments until I discover…the ultimate pancake recipe! It is pretty much the best brunch food after all. You can make ‘em super sweet, you can make ‘em savory {bacon & a fried egg on top anyone??}. You can go really indulgent or super healthy. The options with a pancake might actually be endless!

This would also be a super fun alternative to a night out with your girls. Rather than hit the bars, why not invite your besties over, no makeup {or shoes!} required, to spend a leisurely morning just playing around in the kitchen – mimosas included, of course. Taste-testing the fruits of your labor would be oh so fun!

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Of course, you may not want to rock your cozy flannel with your PJ-pants the entire season. If you’d rather bundle up and head into the great outdoors, I’ve put together a few more things for a fab Fall Must-Try list!

FIVE FUN FALL ACTIVITIES

1. Find the perfect pancake recipe. This option, this option and tweaking this option are tippy top on my taste-test list.

2. Go apple picking. A fun way to get out in the fresh fall air, and rock your favorite puffer vest, apple picking is one of the best ways to enjoy the spoils of fall produce!

3. Have a classic movie marathon. It’s starting to get dark earlier. Why not enjoy an evening in snuggled up with a classic movie {or two or three!} Casablanca, Roman Holiday and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner are on my list.

4. See the fall colors in wine country. This one is a little specific to those of us lucky enough to live near a winery, but there’s no better place to enjoy the firestorm of beautiful fall hues than driving through miles and miles of vineyards!

5. Take a class that pushes you outside of your comfort zone. It could be something like a new workout {I’ve been considering trying SoulCycle!} or maybe something that really tests your artistic side like flower arranging or even improv!

Now is the time to really indulge in some just-because-you-can activities because the craziness of the holiday season will be here before you know it! 
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original photography for apartment 34 by aubrie pick // kitchen location kindly lent by my trick pony

 

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The Color that Will Spring You Right Into Fall

We’re all too familar with the standard Fall uniform: black, tan, navy and maybe even a touch of cream for excitement {sarcasm fully intended}. But even if you’re a total color-phobe, we’re here to assure you, you can add color to your fall wardrobe – especially if it’s this lush moody mossy emerald green!

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Sure, a closet full of neutrals is a very wise investment. When you stick with a uniform you’re suddenly able to mix and match with ease, you’re likely to wear pieces more often and can keep your closet edited down {my current fashion life-goal!}. But every once in awhile it’s fun to throw in a curve ball and this season I’m all about this crazy cool green hue! More sultry than your standard emerald, but more luscious than the old-school forrest green, it’s actually rather difficult to put your finger on what makes it so perfect. One line called it Woodland Green – I think that gets close. It’s like the deepest, richest green of a pine tree. Regardless, I love how perfectly it would pair with black, with brown – even navy!

If you’re still not totally convinced, why not test it out with a little nail polish {they call the color Shutter.}? Or if you want to keep things understated {and hidden!} how about switching up your lingere!?

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I think my favorite option is that super cute handbag. It’s nice to give your standard black bag a break every now and then! What do you think? Would you add a new hue to your fall look?

GET YOUR SHOP ON:

> Phillip Lim for Nars Nail Polish
> Topshop Satin Bra
> Ojai Garden Pot
> Marlowe Dome Satchel

image 1 via Nordstrom // 2 + 7 via Emma’s Design Blogg // 3 via Once Wed photography by Ali Harper // 4 via Artek // 5 via // 6 via Blog Milk Blog