Transitioning your wardrobe from summer to autumn

As summer draws to a close and the weather begins to cool, we start thinking about the exciting things the new season will bring.

Whether it’s brisk autumn mornings, the leaves changing colour or cosy evenings with a glass of red wine by the fire, there’s lots to love about autumn. And probably our most favourite thing? Hello, winter fashion!

Yes indeed, the drop in temperature means wearing a different set of clothes and that also means a bit of wardrobe transitioning is required.

So where do we even start? I’m glad you asked!

Here are my simple and totally doable tips for transitioning your wardrobe from summer to autumn…

Transitioning your wardrobe from summer to autumn

1. Front and centre

What’s that old saying? Out of sight, out of mind. So first things first, you’ll want to get your autumn clothing items out of storage or the spare room or the back of the cupboard, so you can see exactly what you’re working with.

For me personally, I have a small walk-in-wardrobe that I keep tightly edited with only the clothes I wear that current season. Everything else (including coats and dresses) live in the built-in wardrobe in our spare room.

Seeing everything means you’re more likely to wear everything, so make sure your autumn clothes are taking up the prime real estate in your wardrobe.

2. Clean up your act

Clothes can get a little dusty while in storage (or even just sitting unworn in the cupboard for any length of time), so do a quick check of what needs to be washed or sent to the dry cleaner.

Always check the label of an item to discover the best way to clean it. I can’t emphasise how important this is. Believe me, I’ve found this out the hard way!

Wools can usually be put in the washing machine at a low temperature and gentle setting, although – again – always be sure to check the label. Use a soft damp (but not wet!) cloth to wipe clean leather and click here to learn how to clean suede.

Transitioning your wardrobe from summer to autumn

3. Keep, ditch, donate

Once all your autumn clothes are clean and back in your wardrobe, now is the perfect time for a spot of editing.

Take each item and the following questions:

  • Does it fit?
  • Do I love it and feel fabulous in it?
  • Will I really wear it this season?

If the answer is YES to at least one of these questions, you should keep the item for another season.

If the answer is no to ANY of these questions, it’s time to do one of two things: ditch or donate it.

If the item has holes, stains, is beyond repair and has seen better days – ditch it. If it’s still in good nick and would make someone else happy – donate it to a friend or charity.

For more of my wardrobe editing tips, check out this post.

Transitioning your wardrobe from summer to autumn

4. Let’s go shopping!

Now to the fun part…

Make note of the items you ditch or donate – this will create the basis of a new season shopping list.

Pay particular attention to any basics you need (tanks, t-shirts, long sleeved tops) and also any gaps in your wardrobe that you need to fill of staple items such as blazers, shirts, jeans, etc.

Take your list with you whenever you’re shopping for clothes so that you only buy what you need to ensure a fully functional (and fashionable) wardrobe.

Save those extra pennies for a winter getaway, I say!

5. A new order

Once you have a set of autumn clothes that are ready and raring to go, take a little minute to set yourself – and your wardrobe – up for success.

Arrange your clothes so that you can see everything. (Well, as much as possible.)

Buy any storage and hanging items you need, such as boxes for scarves, thin flocked coathangers, hat/coat rack… these items don’t have to cost a fortune, you can find awesome options at discount stores and everyone’s favourite – Kmart!


I love a good wardrobe cleanout and edit at the end of a season.

It’s a great way to clear out any items you don’t love or wear to make way for new items that will make you feel fabulous and ready to enjoy everything the new season has to offer!

What are your top tips for transitioning your wardrobe?


  1. Mish says

    My tip would be to wear everything in your wardrobe!
    Not all at once but over a period of a few weeks or a month plus, wear everything once; so all of your tops, bottoms, dresses. Make note of which silhouettes you like best on you and which you don’t. Use this to decide which pieces to donate, sell, rag bag, etc and use the gaps to plan out what you need next, focusing on silhouette first and then the colour. I did this recently and happily added blouses in rust, khaki, mustard and blue.
    Thanks to a recent post by Nikki from Styling You, I am now on the hunt for a wine coloured blouse and because of my recent cull I have a few different silhouettes that I can choose from, so hopefully finding the right piece will be easy 🙂

  2. says

    Changing wardrobe is actually fun, you get to choose what you still want to wear, donate or can also have the time to arrange your things, you’ll never know you still have clothes that you haven’t wore yet in the box…

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