Depending on where you live, you may be subject to everything from gale force blizzards to sweltering summer heat throughout the year. Those who live in more temperate climates may have it a little easier, but even Floridians need to have some “winter” clothes for the rare chilly evening or northern vacation. In essence, many of us have three or four separate wardrobes, one for each season.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to streamline your wardrobe so that most of what you own can be worn in any season. Granted, your snow boots will still sit idle in your closet in July, but by choosing clothing that can be layered and mixed and matched, you’ll get a lot more mileage out of your “seasonal” duds – and look fabulous doing it!
For instance, take your basic camisole style tank top . This is a must for your summer wardrobe, but why let it languish in a drawer in the winter? Instead, pair it with an open weave sweater or chunky cardigan. You’ll be plenty warm and get some use out of your summer clothes as well. Pairing the same neutral sweater with a variety of colored tanks allows you to create a whole new look for the price of a tank top, which is likely to be much less expensive than buying a whole new sweater!
Repurposing some of your winter clothes for summer can save you some cash as well. Instead of buying a winter coat plus a windbreaker or light jacket for fall and spring, choose a coat that has a zip-out lining or vest – two coats for the price of one! Even your winter hat can be a fashion item in the off-season: go for a felt bowler (in a fun color) instead of a stocking cap, and you can wear it almost year round.
Bathing suits and mittens may always be seasonal, but most of your wardrobe doesn’t have to be. Wearing clothes in the “wrong” season has another fashion-forward benefit too – you’ll never end up wearing the same outfit as someone else!