5 Signs It’s Time To Stop Buying For Summer
Emotionally speaking, we always have a hard time parting with summer. The days get shorter, the temperatures get cooler, and those palpable vibes of pure, distilled leisure seem increasingly difficult to grasp throughout the day-to-day.
Yes, it takes some courage to finally admit summer’s come to an end; however, there are some silver linings. Fall — for as long as it hangs around for — is among the most enjoyable seasons to immerse yourself in. Fall is also the season of change, which after a long summer of hedonistic indulgence, can actually feel quite welcome.
However, the transition into fall can also feel all-too-abrupt, especially if you’ve still got a few beautiful items on your summer shopping list you haven’t been able to check off yet. At some point, however, you have to draw a line and call it quits on buying warm weather clothes — at least until next year, of course.
If you (like us) have a hard time coming to that conclusion on your own, here are five useful signs you can look out for to help you decide when it’s finally time to stop buying for summer.
1. Your Holidays Are Over
When going away on holiday, especially to somewhere warm, nothing quite beats stocking your bags with a few new pieces of warm weather gear to break out during a posh dinner or walk around town.
Whether it’s a pair of pleated linen trousers, a floral Cuban collared shirt, or a pair of suede loafers, breaking out something brand new while on holiday never fails to feel perfectly luxurious.
With that in mind, if you’ve already taken all of your summer or warm weather holidays, the impetus to buy something suited to holiday wear should naturally decrease. In fact, if you’ve already taken all of your extended summer holidays, your focus should switch to packing a suitcase for your upcoming ski trips or countryside getaways over the bank holidays to come.
Has the cooler fall weather seemingly evaded your local climate? Don’t worry, we’ve still got you covered. Here’s our take on Late Summer: What To Wear When It’s Still Warm Out.
2. The Leaves Are Turning
This one’s rather easy to spot. While absolutely beautiful, watching the leaves turn colour and drift from their branches is a gut punch for summer enthusiasts around the globe. At this point, it’s a telltale sign the warm summer weather won’t be around for much longer.
It’s also a telltale sign that you can cease the summer spending, too. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to the balance of your wardrobe. In fact, we’ve noticed that the pieces traditionally purchased in fall tend to last quite a while — plus, they get a lot of use across other seasons too.
A checkered heavyweight flannel shirt jacket, for example, can be worn as a jacket in the fall and underneath one in the winter. The same goes for a heavy puffer gilet. And when it comes to cashmere jumpers, they’re fantastic year-round, but especially worn over a pair of smart wool trousers in the fall.
3. The Sales Have Stopped
While most top-tier luxury brands very rarely host sales*, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t love a great end-of-season haul from reliable, quality-driven brands that do indulge in an occasional clearance.
You’d only have to look to the “end-of-season sale” name itself to realize, it’s the end of the season. While these are a great opportunity to do one final replenishment of your summer wardrobe, we recommend you ensure it is, in fact, the final replenishment.
*Note: Most top-tier luxury brands don’t place their products for sale because they don’t agree with discounting their products in any capacity. In their eyes, their clothing should age both gracefully and timelessly, therefore retaining their permanent value — if not increase in value among collectors.
Unfortunately for most, end-of-season is synonymous with back-to-work, and this year, many of us are physically heading back to the office. But are you outfitted with an office-appropriate wardrobe? Get up to speed by reading our related post, Back To Work: Redefining The Modern Office Wardrobe.
4. Your Wardrobe Is Overflowing
Although our mental wardrobes have limitless real estate, we do need to make sure we’re cognizant of the limited capacities of our physical wardrobes. Y’know, the wardrobes we actually store our clothing in.
If at the end of the summer season you’re searching for increasingly creative methods of stowing away your cabana clothes, breezy trousers, and growing collection of authentic Mexican Huaraches, then that’s a fantastic signal you may be going slightly overboard.
Whether you’ve got ample storage in a solution outside of your closet for off-season clothes, this type of problem is also a great indication that you might benefit from a wardrobe audit. Wait a few months, possibly a few seasons, and then revisit each summer item that was trying so desperately hard to burst out of your closets and drawers.
Give them away to friends, donate them to charity, or try to flog them off for some extra cash — whatever you do, just don’t hang on to things you don’t wear.
One of our favourite transitional pieces that always deserve a perennial spot in your wardrobe is the Shirt-Jacket, or ‘Shacket,’ for short. Intrigued by this portmanteau of a clothing item? Read our recent blog entry, Five Ways To Wear The Shacket here.
5. Fall’s Got You Feeling Inspired
Has the tumbling leaves, vibrant foliage, and brisk, refreshing air given you a sense of excitement for what’s to come? Embrace that. Take it all in one deep inhale at a time.
A sensitivity to these kinds of visceral emotions — emotions for things like seasons changing and your natural environment — are what dressing is all about. What we put on in the morning depends on our immediate local climate and how we want to respond and interact with it.
The last thing you want to do is fight what’s going on all around you. Don’t dress out of season — instead, embrace fall, get excited about it. Better yet, be inspired by it and let those innate natural influences shape what you wear. Until winter comes around. Then it’s less ‘embrace’ and more ‘escape’ nature.