We may still be in the heat of the summer now, but before you know it we’ll be turning the corner into cooler temperatures and longer nights. This means that it’s the perfect time to start thinking about what sort of style statement you want to be making in the fall and winter, and here are three great themes to keep in mind as you start to plan your cold weather wardrobe.

Less is More. There are two ways to look at this maxim. One is to clear your closet of all the random impulse purchases and extra clothes that you no longer wear, and make room for a smaller number of strategic choices that work together to form a cohesive look. This way, you can make a more versatile wardrobe out of fewer overall items, which will also help keep your budget down. The other factor, though, is to focus on tasteful elegance – clothes don’t have to be extravagant or flashy in order to look nice, and in fact a more understated look can make a bigger impact.

Tailored, not tight. If there’s one message to remember in terms of fit, it’s that tight is out. Despite what you might have thought with trends of the past, clothes that are tight are not well-fitting. Tailoring does the job much, much better, and the other benefit is that tailoring works for every body type. You don’t have to be a super-ripped athlete to look amazing if your clothes are tailored correctly; anybody can have the wow factor if you give up the idea that too-tight is the way to get the best possible look. Thankfully, that fad is gone!

Comfortable, not sloppy. Just because tight clothes are a thing of the past doesn’t mean that laziness is in. In fact, the whole point of tailoring is that you get a better look without sacrificing comfort. Even if you’re thinking about the casual clothes you’ll be wearing on the weekends, though, you can still have comfort without compromise. This season’s performance fabrics and clean lines will have you turning heads everywhere you go, and best of all you’ll be comfortable the whole time.

It’s never a bad time to look your absolute best, but now is a particularly good opportunity to start thinking about your choices for fall and winter. There are a lot of gorgeous new fabrics and designs out right now, so it’s an an ideal chance to start thinking about how you want to make the most of them.

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