Fall is a perfect season to hit that internal reset button on our lives and lead us into the second half of the year with a renewed sense of optimism and motivation for getting things in order — especially in 2020.
We invite you to start that reset with your wardrobe by following these 10 rules for a Fall wardrobe makeover that will lead you to an intentional, conscious and beautiful closet.
Rule #1: Get back to basics
As a general rule, make sure anything that touches your skin, especially sensitive areas, are made without toxic chemicals in the dyes or fabric manufactured from oil or plastic bases to ensure minimal skin irritation and maximum breathability.
We love this line of organic, chemical free cotton underwear from Pact.
Rule #2: Become a textile nerd
Get more info on the qualities of different textiles and their uses in this great resource from Earth Hero.
Rule #3: Know your palette
You likely already have an idea about the colour vibe that works for you, but in case you’re looking to refine it further, we recommend getting on Pinterest and searching anything you think you think you might want or like the colour of. Once you begin pinning different looks and styles to a board, you’ll start to see patterns of the same colours and styles over and over again. That’s how you’ll know it’s your authentic style and palette vs. trends.
Rule #4: Shop for quality
For this investment in quality, we recommend mapping out big purchases with a budgeting tool like Mint to help you stay on track and feel good about saving up for quality items.
Rule #5: Get a good tailor
In a perfect world (for us), there might exist some sort of dating like app for finding the tailor best suited for you and your needs, but in reality, you can probably find a good one in your neighbourhood. Most are still traditional and will have a minimal web presence, so it’s best to just get out there and start having conversations with the ones in your area.
Rule #6: Learn basic repairs
The OG of domestic magic, Martha Stewart, shares some of her mending tips in this article this article .
Rule #7: Shop your wardrobe
If you’re going the colour update route, check out this guide on dying clothes with food.
Pro Tip on updating your wardrobe:If you got far enough in your quest to become a textile nerd, you’ll know that natural protein based textiles (like silk!) absorb dye the easiest.
Rule #8: Make a plan
Rule #9: Compare and evaluate
A good rule to follow is to find at least 3 comparables, and wait 24 to 48 hours before hitting that ‘order’ button on anything.
Rule #10: Get to Know the Founders
As our culture evolves, we’re beginning to see and feel how deeply our systems of oppression have formed the foundation of our economy and spending habits. In order to have a fully conscious and ethically aligned wardrobe, you need to know who you’re buying from. Most often you can find this information on the ‘about us’ page of the brands website, but just in case you want a fast track, here’s a list of 28 Black owned ethical and sustainable fashion businesses to shop for your fall wardrobe makeover.