How I Transition My Closet for Fall + Labor Day Weekend Sales

Greetings, happy Friday, and cheers to Labor Day Weekend! 🥂 My girls have off from school today, so our weekend starts NOW.

I’m going to share my usual roundup of Labor Day Weekend Sales . . . which are pretty stellar this year! But first, I’ve had a bunch of questions about how I transition my closet for fall and the “rules” for dressing in September.

More specifically, I’ve been asked about what items to I put away and which ones I will continue to wear — especially now that the “no white after Labor Day” rule is considered antiquated.

How I Transition My Closet for Fall

First of all, there are no hard and fast rules anymore. Yes, you can wear white after Labor Day, and of course it’s officially still summer for three more weeks.

That said, I do start transitioning my closet for fall on Labor Day weekend.

I always take this weekend to go through my closet, remove items I didn’t wear or no longer want (I either pass along to friends or family or take to a resale shop), and pack away my summeriest summer clothes and shoes.

Next week, I will start wearing darker colors and sturdier fabrics, regardless of the weather. I love that there are so many options these days for sleeveless tops in fall colors and things like that.

Of course, there is no fashion police that is going to track you down if you wear a white eyelet dresses in October, so wear what you like. I just like to give a nod to the calendar, despite the weather. It makes me happy.

Now that I’ve made fashion blogging my profession, I’m always cycling clothing through my closet, and I keep it pretty up to date at all times. That means my Labor Day weekend project is much less daunting than it used to be, but I still like to take this weekend to move out my summeriest summer clothes, bags, and shoes to make room for fall styles.

It’s still warm here in Philly, and it probably will be well into September, so I do this project in stages. I will go through my closet again when the weather turns cold and remove more items, and at that time, I’ll bring up my heavier fall/winter sweaters and boots, etc.

But for now, I just remove the lightest fabrics, sandals, espadrilles, white bags, etc.

The picture above shows the items I moved into bins in the basement this week. After this weekend, I’ll add my white jean jacket, white shorts, and maybe a few more odds and ends to that bin. (It’s perfectly fine to wear a white jean jacket in fall, but I never do. I guess I’m just over it by then. I do, however, keep my white jeans in my closet year ’round.)

Basically, I move out things that seem very summery to me — either in color or fabric content.

So while I keep my white jeans in my closet, I will put away linen and other airy fabrics. I keep block heel sandals in light neutrals like blush and beige, but I’ll put away my espadrilles and woven bags.

After I clear out my closet, I go to the basement where I store out of season clothing in plastic bins, and I sort through those. (And no, it does not stay looking this nice. This picture is actually from last winter, right after we set it up.)

I put my summer things away and bring up some of my lighter fall clothing and shoes.

I’ll grab things like long-sleeve tees and blouses, loafers and booties, and any moto jackets or light layering pieces I put away last spring.

Here’s what my closet looks like now, after moving out the summeriest of my summer things and bringing in some early fall items.

Like the basement, my closet does not always look this tidy, although I try to put it back together every so often.

In a few weeks, I’ll do another overhaul and put away the lighter fabrics and sandals and bring out the heavier fabrics, black suede shoes, and tall boots.

I don’t mind doing this in stages because I like to keep my closet pared down to what I’m actually wearing right now, but of course you can bring up all of your fall/winter items or wait and do it all in a few weeks.

Some people just shift their closets around, moving out of season clothing to the back. There is no one right way to organize your closet for the seasons. This is just how I like to do it.

Also, I do have a dresser in my bedroom where I store overflow things like workout gear and things like that. And I keep a hanging rack and shoe shelf beside the dresser, where I keep things I’m planning to try on or shoot for the blog. That helps keep my closet from getting overwhelming.

Labor Day Weekend Sales

Now that I’ve made room in my closet, it’s time for some shopping!

Labor Day weekend used to be when all the retailers put their summer styles on clearance, but these days, they are always turning over their inventory, and you can get some great deals on things to wear now and in the upcoming months.

I’ve rounded up my favorite sales below.

ANN TAYLOR // 40% off full price styles + an extra 10% off with code LASTHURRAH

BLOOMINGDALE’S // Labor Day Big Brown Bag Sale: Save from 40-75% off when you take an extra 20% off sale items labeled “BIG BROWN BAG SALE: EXTRA 20% OFF APPLIED IN BAG.” Discount will automatically be applied in bag on qualified items.

Plus, it’s DENIM DAYS!!! Save 15% off one pair or 25% off two or more items labeled “DENIM DAYS” through 9/2/19.

This is a great time to save on premium denim brands like AG, Mother, Paige, Rag & Bone, and more. (To narrow down the choices, filter by Designer, Jean Type, Inseam Length, etc.)

BODEN // 20% off with code R8W3

COLLEEN ROTHSCHILD // 20% site wide with code WORK20

J. CREW // Extra 50% off sale styles + 40% off your purchase with code SUNSET.

J. CREW FACTORY // 50% off everything, prices as marked.

LOFT // LOFT has their entire site 40% or 50% off. I just placed an order this morning, and I’m working on updating my LOFT Favorites page in The Shop.

NORDSTROM // Nordstrom has marked down a slew of new fall styles from the #NSale, some priced even lower than they were back in July; so if you missed out on something you wanted, this is the time to spring for it. See my Nordstrom Favorites page in The Shop for all my top picks!

REBECCA MINKOFF // Extra 30% off sale styles with code LABORDAY30.

TALBOTS // Fall Style Event: Save 25% off your full price purchase (prices online reflect discount) PLUS save up to 80% off original prices on sale styles.

The Final Fashion Friday

Well, friends. This is it — my last Fashion Friday. I’ve been hosting this linkup for so many years . . . I don’t even know how long it’s been.

Fashion Friday started as a collab with some other lifestyle bloggers that wanted to do a fashion feature once a week. Back then, fashion wasn’t my primary focus, so this was the day we dished about fashion and invited others to join us.

It was actually through this linkup and having fashion blogs link up with me that I realized fashion blogging was a thing. It’s been a lot of fun to host over the years, but I’m making some changes to the blog for the fall, and I’ve decided it’s time to close this chapter.

Thanks to all who have linked up over the years! It’s been a lot of fun. Feel free to link up a recent fashion post (or two or three) below, and have a beautiful weekend!

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