How to wear summer clothes in the fall/autumn

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5 style tips to get more wear out of your summer clothes when the temperatures drops

Do you want to know how to continue to wear summer clothes in the fall/autumn?  After all, the temperature doesn’t change that rapidly, and quite often we have beautiful, warm, sunny days well into September.  It would be a shame not to be able to take advantage of the remaining sunny, warm weather.  Rather than be keen to rush into autumn/fall wear you may want to hold on to summer as long as you possible can.  Here’s how to do it.

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Why what you wear is all in your mind

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It’s all in your mind

When I realised that your relationship with our clothes and bodies is all in your mind, not in your wardrobe, I was so excited.  It was like a missing piece of the jigsaw for me.  Out of that realisation came a new styling course.

We have opened the doors on “Rock your wardrobe and look a million dollars”.  You can see more details and the introductory videos here:

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Wardrobe Emotions

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I wish I’d known about emotional management sooner

I thought you just had thoughts and had to cope with them

I thought if you woke up anxious and fearful and upset

you just had to deal with the day like that

I had no idea you could tell your brain what to do

Maybe the grown ups don’t know either

so they didn’t tell us

Then I realised that emotional management applies in all area of our lives

especially so in our wardrobes

Track your thoughts about your clothes when you look at them

hanging their all innocently

Life is interesting when you track your thoughts

sometimes we have no idea about the script that is running in the background

So often we’re not kind to ourselves

and we don’t say anything helpful or constructive

This happens with clothes

You look at a pair of jeans

and think

They are too small

This means I am too fat

I’ve eaten too much

Will I ever lose that weight

Then you look at a dress and think

I really love that but I think my bust is too big to wear it

Such a shame it was really expensive

Can you see what I mean

It’s so ridiculous

I mean they’re just clothes

and your wardrobe is supposed to house clothes that you wear

not emotions that don’t help in any way at all

I’ve written a long blog post about this

which you can read here:

Why there are more emotions in your wardrobe than clothes

I’ve also created a course

Rock your wardrobe and look a million dollars

The course looks at wardrobe organisation

and it looks at emotional management

The two go hand in hand

This is a great way to help women with personal styling

If you only address the wardrobe organisation aspect

and not the emotional management

you’ll end up where you started

in a mess feeling bad about yourself

I wish I’d had this course myself

so I am delighted that I’ve created it for you

You can check out the videos for the course here:

Rock your wardrobe and look a million dollars

I’d love to see you there

It’s going to be enormous fun

Which is how clothes, your wardrobes and what you wear is supposed to be

See you there

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Why there are more emotions in your wardrobe than clothes

Why there are more emotions in your wardrobe than clothes blog header picture of a dress neckline with the title wardrobe emotions

The number of thoughts we have every day

We perhaps should not be so surprised that that are more emotions in your wardrobe than clothes.  We have all heard the statistics about the number of thoughts we have everyday (between 12,000 and 60,000).  Our brains are constantly working, processing information and sending us signals in the form of thoughts.

Thought management

I really do think thought management should be taught at school.  Thee are two thoughts I have had which when I had them I realised I would never go back.  The first is: You don’t have to believe everything you think (which relates to thoughts that I have heard from other people); and the second is: Just because you think a thought doesn’t mean that it’s true (that one relates to thoughts I think myself).

When I thought these thoughts I realised that there is a separation between me and my thoughts.  I am not my thoughts and you are not your thoughts either.  When I learned that there is a separation between me and my brain I started to learn how to manage it.  How to manage it when I am anxious or fearful or sad or angry.

So, back to the title of this blog posts, that there are more emotions in your wardrobe than clothes.  It is only when you deal with the emotions that are lurking in there that you are able to put your relationship with your clothes on an even keel.

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Flexi-wear – the rise in flexi-seasonal clothing

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How to create a wardrobe of flexi-wear clothes

Flexi-wear is a great strategy for early Autumn/Fall fashion is to choose clothes that will straddle the seasons and be flexible enough to take you from the beginning of September to the end of December and even beyond into the new year.

With the huge changes that we have experienced this year with working from home, not going into the office, working remotely from our colleagues and living and working in the same environment our working wardrobe has necessarily also had a sea change.  The outfits that we once wore daily were discarded in favour of much more relaxed dresses and quite often a softer, but no less professional, look.

What is flexi-wear?

Flexi-wear clothes are clothes that are multifunctional.  They can be worn casual and relaxed or styled up for the evening.  Flexi-wear clothes can be worn at home to work in and go into the office with.  They are smart and professional enough for a client lunch or board meeting, and you can meet your girlfriends for a drink in them too.  Flexi-wear is neither completely tailored, nor completely casual.  It’s somewhere inbetween,  and it’s on the rise.  We think it’s going to be a good new normal and this blog post is all about how to start to transition your wardrobe to flexi-wear.

Working Frocks dresses that transition from September to December

Working Frocks has created a selection of dresses that will do just that: be flexible and take you right through the seasons.  You can start September in sandals and a cardigan and still be wearing the dress with boots, tights, coat and scarf in January.  The dresses are suitable for work, work video calls, and are comfortable enough to sit and work in at home, but stylish enough to feel that you are professional and dressed for work.

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This is the way things will go.  Undoubtedly we will return to office life, and many of us miss seeing our colleagues each day, but increasingly women will be looking for flexi-wear clothes.

So, flexi-wear clothing will help you straddle the seasons as well as navigate the new home work situations that we find ourselves in.

Treat autumn/fall as a season and have the right clothes to wear

Pulling together a wardrobe of clothes, some from summer, with a few pieces of lighter-weight autumn/fall wear is a sensible and workable solution to early autumn/fall.  With a few pointers (see below) you can easily transition your wardrobe to adapt to the new season, as well as transition it too a great flexi-wear approach.

Here is a general list of how to create a working wardrobe, newly flexi-wear, for early fall/autumn.  The list will help you transition into cooler weather but at the same time provide clothes for those lovely warm days that are still ahead.

How to create a flexi-wear working wardrobe for early autumn/fall

Use these pointers to transition your wardrobe into early autumn/fall, and create a truly flexi-wear wardrobe.

  1. Remove obvious high summer pieces, (wash them and store them).
  2. Acknowledge that the season won’t change much immediately but you can make small shifts now.
  3. Because the season won’t change much right now, don’t anticipate going into all black, tights and heavy knitwear immediately.
  4. Grooming – sort your hair / sort your make up / decide on your choices of nail varnish.  Does your hair look great for the beach, but not so great for a work context?  Those highlights that have been bleached by the sun, and which are growing out, may look tousled and relaxed when you’re in the garden, but you might benefit from a slightly more groomed look for returning to work.  Hair, eyebrows and nails are three easy ways to look instantly groomed, so if you’re feeling a little washed out spend a little time on those three categories and see how they make you feel instantly better.
  5. It’s useful to create an early September timeline for yourself of what you can continue to wear: Keep out neutrals – white teeshirts, black/beige linen trousers / anything in pale grey / stone.  Write them out to remind you of what you’ve got that is perfect to wear now.
  6. Jewellery – put away the more obvious pieces such as large hoop earrings, summer style bangles.  Rework your jewellery and wear a new selection for the new season.
  7. For work – don’t go into heavy wear (see above) – Wear short ,sleek, or sleeveless pieces – you can wear them with a jacket or coat later in the season. Wear lighter fabrics.   Alternatives to a coat could be a leather jacket or denim jacket, so wear those on cooler days.WF sign up to list form

Five more pointers…

  1. Neutral colours – white grey, black are perfect.  Note, I mean black dresses not black tights or heavy knitwear at this stage.  Neutral colours don’t look too summery or too wintery.
  2. No black tights. Nude tights or bare legs at this stage are the way to go.  Stick to bare legs as long as you are able, it will make you hold on to summer longer.  Keep them sleek with moisturiser, maybe with a touch of colour or shimmer.
  3. Simple silhouettes look good at this time of year.  Save more complicated outfits and silhouettes for later in the season.  Don’t pile on “stuff”, just maybe a lightweight scarf or pashmina and keep your jewellery uncluttered.
  4. From your existing autumn/fall winter wardrobe only wear the lighter-weight clothes – pick a few choice pieces and introduce the rest slowly – remember February is still 5 months away.
  5. Have designated early autumn/fall outfits show from collection eg white dress, sandals, jacket or grey draped dress and brooch and shoes.  Create two or three outfits that you can wear without much thought.WF sign up to list form

If you only do one of the above at this stage do the last one.  Have designated early autumn/fall outfits ready to wear that will cope with the warmth of a summer’s day or be able to cope with a cooler day.

 

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Early Autumn/Fall Fashion

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How to transition into early autumn/fall fashion – and the biggest mistake you might be making

Early autumn/fall fashion is upon us.  August is a bittersweet month.  It is the height of summer, but autumn/fall is right around the corner.  Schools start to go back and plans are being made to resume a life, temporarily and briefly, discarded in favour of two weeks downtime.

Of course early autumn/fall doesn’t make a dramatic shift in weather, it’s a gentle transition.  The biggest mistake you might be making is that immediately the temperature starts to drop, you ignore all the opportunities of early autumn/fall fashion and start wearing black tights and full-on winter wear.

It’s a huge mistake and it happens every year.

In this blog post we will be covering:

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Early Fall/Autumn black white grey

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Black white and grey

Three easy colours to help us move from summer to cooler weather

Soon it won’t be summer anymore

The days are already closing in

The mornings are darker

The evenings shorter

You might be tempted to jump straight into winter wear

but that is a mistake

Autumn/Fall comes before Winter

It is a season in its own right

but we sometimes overlook this fact

You need clothes that will comfortably stretch over the seasons and take you from the tail end of summer

to the depths of winter

What should you look for in clothes that will do this for you

Three ways to wear clothes that transition into fall/autumn

First find easy to wear fabrics that are comfortable to sit in

whether at home or in the office

Then find styles that can be dressed up or down

dresses which you can get up in and start work at home in the morning

but still wear later on in the day to see clients or go to a meeting

Thirdly search out dresses in perfect “building blocks” colours like

Black White Grey and

use them as the basis for your wardrobe

to create timeless but modern outfits personal to you

I love colour and it has a great part to play in your wardrobe

but for transitioning out of summer into fall/autumn

pick a neutral colour and accessorise it

I just chose black white grey

but you could equally choose another neutral colour

Black white and grey make a good transition from late summer into fall/autumn

and beyond into winter

If you start now with a winter white dress

you can wear it with sandals

and a light jacket or cardigan

and look great right through September

In October you can start to wear the same dress with darker colours and shoes

At Christmas you can wear it to a Christmas lunch

with nude tights, gold jewellery, high heels and a great bag

We have created a beautiful winter white dress for fall/autumn see below

If winter white is too daring for you

try black or grey

the same method applies

With a bit of know how you can take one dress right through to the end of the year

Black White Grey Early Fall/Autumn Dresses for your working day - Adventure - Close up - White sleeveless dress with draped collar. Autumn Winter 2020. Part lined.

Shop the Frocks: Adventure – sleeveless winter white dress with neck details

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Plan well

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To plan well is an art

I never used to plan

I like to do

Doing is fun

You make progress

create

achieve

Planning seemed a bit dull by comparison

Gradually I realised how important it is to plan well

To begin with I thought

Oh so this is how it feels to be boring

and now I love it

and I don’t think it’s boring at all

Now I look around and see

the whole world does planning in some form

Some plan well

others just plan

We plan for everything

there is a planner a jotter a notebook a white board a black board an app

for every plan you would ever want to make

You can even do your planning with dots

amazing

But there is one area we really don’t plan well

and it’s our wardrobes

Finances too for some of us

but wardrobes in general we don’t plan well at all

We buy haphazardly

and shove it all in

ramming the door shut

When we open the door sometimes things come falling out

and sometimes they’re so stuck in there nothing moves at all

Lack of planning means

we say

I have nothing to wear

Nothing fits

I don’t like anything

and feel rubbish about ourselves and our lives and the general state of everything

But it needn’t be like that

It’s great fun to plan what you are going to wear

on a daily weekly and seasonal basis

You should definitely have a collection of occasion wear clothes

The ones you wear for going out

You need a goto wardrobe of 5 items, well 4 actually plus a group of items

Little black dress

Black evening trousers

Formal day dress

Informal day dress

and lastly accessories for all of them

Start with these then build on them

If you have this group of items in your clothes collection

you will always have something to wear in which to go out and have a great time

and be yourself

And not only that, but be relaxed too because you’re not fussing about a new outfit

that you’re not sure about

or which doesn’t fit properly but you bought in a hurry

An end to all that

Peace and harmony for your wardrobe

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The full blog post which goes into more detail about the 5 clothes groups which you need in your wardrobe for occasionwear is: How to plan your wardrobe – basic clothes list for occasion wear

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Personal Style

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How to find your Personal style

Do you have your own personal style

Maybe you’d love to develop your own unique look but don’t know where to start

Or you might be asking yourself whether your personal style

is an important or relevant concept

compared to world hunger or pandemics or the inequalities of life

Personal style is important

because it is one way in which we non-verbally communicate our character to the world

Personal style doesn’t depend on wealth

Anyone can have great personal style

If there is a correlation between what is going on in our heads and hearts (the inner you)

and what is going on in the way we express ourselves in the way we dress, (the outer you)

then there is peace 

In fact I’ve called it the Zone of Peace

It’s the place where the inner you meets the outer you and there is agreement between the two and peace reigns

So if you find yourself feeling that you need a personal style restart

or that you’ve lost your way and want to get back to feeling and looking as great as you once did

you’ve come to the right place

Remember that your personal style is exactly that

personal to you

It won’t do you any good to borrow someone else’s

So it’s worth taking the time to acquaint yourself with your personal style

In the process you will become more confident, both at home and at work

Your wardrobe dilemmas will also lessen, to the point where they  may disappear altogether

thanks to a greater understanding of what your personal dress code is

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To use the Working Frocks 3 step method to finding your personal style, read our longer form post,

Your personal style: 3 easy steps to find your unique dress code

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Pearls

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Pearls the perennials of the jewellery box

are having a moment

If you think that pearls are worn exclusively by the over 70s then

think again

Update your look instantly with some well chosen pearl earrings or

a necklace

The classic string of pearls still has a place in your wardrobe

but for a more modern up to date look

go for accessories which feature pearls

For example a pair of gold drop earrings with a pearl drop

rather than pearl studs

Or a silver necklace with a pearl pendant

Similarly you could wear a chain bracelet with pearls along the length of the chain

rather than a pearl bracelet

Think metal + pearl rather than just pearl

or chain + pearl

Simplicity is key

Pearls have dropped their formality

so look for contemporary modern shapes

They are equally at home in the boardroom as in the bar

they are great investment pieces

and versatile all rounders

image of a pair of modern pearl earrings. The hooks are a simple gold wire and there are 7 pearls which drop down as a pendant. The blog title is Pearl

If you liked this tip on pearls you may also like another jewellery related Styling Tip on Bin the Bling! 

Our post on wearing other natural materials such as coral and shell, Natural jewellery also gives you some great inspiration on how to wear your jewellery in a personal way.

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