At the end of the summer season, we sift through our messy closets and pull out all the unnecessary tanks and tees that aren't fit for a cooler fall wardrobe.
But in an effort to help you reuse the clothes you buy for multiple seasons, we've rounded up five wardrobe essentials that you can purchase now and rock today, tomorrow, and through the coming months.
By reusing your clothes and extending their lifespan, you're not only helping your wallet, but you're helping to reduce garment consumption, and contributing to a healthier, greener environment well beyond your closet.
So, rather than buying that fancy summer sundress you'll toss aside when you don't know how to work it with a light, layered sweater, try one of the key pieces below:
The olive bodysuit:
This summer, pair this perfect olive bodysuit with a pair of medium-wash jeans, black sandals, and maybe even a bandana, like Victoria's Secret model Romee Strijd. Come fall, layer it under a neutral cardigan with jeans, ankle boots, and your favorite pair of sunglasses.
The boyfriend shirt:
Wear a neutral boyfriend shirt with a pair of denim shorts and flat sandals for a simple summer look. This September, trade in your shorts for light-washed jeans, a black hat, and a pair of sneakers to keep you warm and trendy.
Bonus: this particular shirt happens to be from Reclaimed Vintage, an eco-friendly "limited-edition collection made from vintage fabrics and up-cycled original vintage pieces").
The relaxed blazer:
Zady, a brand working with a "new standard" to create sustainable clothing, shows this blazer with a casual white tee — and that's perfect for a casual summer workday. Finish with a kitten heel and cropped jeans. Then, add a warmer layer underneath with dark jeans and high boots come fall.
The mini skirt:
Just as styled in the photo, keep this look simple, pairing the skirt with a plain or graphic tee and white sneakers for a hot day. Later on, trade in the tee for an oversized sweater and a leather jacket and you'll be good to go.
A good bag:
While we do love a good pom pom bag for the summer, invest in one that won't get tucked away come September. A good brown saddle bag, like this one, is ideal.
Moreover, this handmade bag by Hiptipico, is "ethically produced in Guatemala [and] gives back to the local artisans who craft their collection of bags."