Wardrobe swaps to make

While women wish we could just add to the wardrobe all the time, there definitely has to be some give and take when shopping for colder weather. Sweater dresses and all-black everything have to go, and you should head in a new direction; here are some closet swaps worth making this season.

Swap cropped pea coats with longline blazers: Cropped coats have had their time spotlight, and extra-long (and extra-thick) blazers are taking their place. This style’s heavy and structured enough for transitional temperatures — and the very cold ones, too. Make an impact by pairing your blazer with a brushstroke floral dress and bold accessories. Alternatively, longline blazers also work over maxi skirts, looking sleek and put together. A black blazer over polka dots feels very 2018.

Swap floral frocks with layerable dresses in fresh prints: A mini wrap dress can be styled on its own or can be worn over tights and a turtleneck. Plus, new and exciting prints are being reintroduced in new silhouettes and colors for your wrap dresses. Prints like checks on checks, polka dots, brushstroke florals, cheetah, graphic color blocking, pinstripes and galaxy prints, are a welcome replacement for the usual boring prints.

Swap pajama-inspired pants with velvet bottoms: Equally as cozy, two times more elevated. Move on from the pajama-on-the-street trend, and velvet bottoms are a nice substitute. Plush velvet has been translated into easy jeans silhouettes and offer texture into your attire.  Pair velvet kick flares with a fisherman sweater and some patent-leather above-the-ankle boots, and you’ll be chic and cozy all at once. And while black is a classic choice, you can go to less expected shades like persimmon, pale pink, and merlot.

Swap out grays and blacks with bright colors: Don’t default to the same colorless palette you do every year. This season, it’s all about brights for winter, from oranges and yellows to royal blues and kelly greens.

Swap matching sets with monochromatic outfits: All-red outfits are everywhere and replace the matching set you’ve been wearing all summer long for a more sophisticated suit that can be dressed down with sneakers or dressed up with earrings and platforms. A monochromatic suit would consist of pieces in different shades and tints of one color, and the joy of going with such a trend is that it will work with virtually any color you choose.

Swap the sad sweater dresses with deconstructed hoodie dresses: Ditch that sweater dress as it is now frumpy or pilled for a cooler hoodie-sweater hybrid that can be styled with thigh-high boots or layered over a pair of leggings or jeans.  Another way is to match your brightest dress with a pair of trainers in the same hue.

Swap open-knits with cable knits:  Start scoping out the market for the heavier, chunky sweaters that be your best friend come winter — and a timeless staple for years to come.