You’ve most likely come upon the list of wardrobe necessities that each girl simply should own dozens of times. But we always find ourselves asking: Do we all really need a shift dress? Sure, it looks perfect on Michelle Obama, but what if you’re more of a whatever’s quick, easy, and comfortable, kind of person? And let’s be honest: We don’t all have the budget for a cashmere sweater we’ll only wear a few months, or feel confident in “staples” that don’t actually accentuate our body shapes.
For many individuals, fall may be a time to move back to high school or the workplace, go hiking within the autumnal woods before the summer light-weight fully fades or begin making ready for the holiday season that’s now just a few months away. But for the fashion crowd, fall is a signal to head back to the stores and stock up on this season’s chunky sweaters, elegant boots and show-stopping outerwear.
It’s around this time of year when an awful thought begins to creep into every woman’s mind: I have nothing to wear. Our favorite dresses need to be dry-cleaned, we’ve worn and re-worn the rest of our summer wardrobe to oblivion, and it’s not yet chilly enough to break out our fall sweaters that have been waiting in the wings. Instead of panicking and buying an armful of tank tops and skirts on sale—pieces you’ll wear for a week or so before they’re forgotten in the back of your closet—now is the time to get creative with what you’ve got.