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H&M sequin skirt, Quince sweater, Calvin Klein sling-backs, bag c/o R.Riveter, watch and sunglasses c/o Nordgreen.

The other side always appears greener, especially when comparing seasons. When it’s cold and gray, we yearn for summer and swimsuits, forgetting what it feels like to be hot. But come July, we scowl at the Sun, already yearning for sweaters and fall trends. Fortunately, the changing seasons ensure our clothing evolves with them. While refreshing our closets each season is enjoyable, it can also feel frustrating.

Organizing in-season clothes and finding storage for off-season ones isn’t always easy. Check out these five tips that are based on my experience living in high-latitudes for more than 20 years. They simplify and streamline your seasonal wardrobe, allowing you to focus on fashion rather than being frustrated about the upcoming cold season.



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#1 Give Up Feelings of Attachment to Things

Use the changing season as an opportunity to declutter your wardrobe of unwanted or unneeded clothes. Stop thinking that you can still wear this thing several times. If you remove more things, you will make room for new ones. It is unlikely that you will be able to be as happy with your old thing when you put it on as if you bought something new. By doing so, you can free up space in your closet and storage areas, eliminating unnecessary clutter.

After completing a thorough wardrobe audit, swapping, upcycling, and revamping as much as possible, you may still have items remaining without a place to go. You can sell these items and use the money to make more intentional purchases for the upcoming season. Ensure that everything is washed, cleaned, and wearable before donating to charity. Giving worn-out clothing to second-hand shops is unhelpful and incurs costs for charities. Another option is gifting these items to friends.


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#2 Make a Section in Your Closet for Year-Round Use

Simplifying your wardrobe organization can streamline the transition between seasons. Allocate a section of your closet exclusively for year-round essentials like white button-down shirts, jeans, and uniforms. Following this advice will save you time when overhauling your closet at the start of each season. Because now inappropriate items will not blur and steal your attention, you will stay focused. Judging by itself, in winter, seeing summer dresses that cause longing for warmth, is not very pleasant. Additionally, the suggested system helps you gauge the number of seasonal clothes you have, what you need to buy, and permits using a fashion budgeting tool.


#3 Work on the Rest of the Things

When you already have sorted clothes that you won’t need in high-latitude places anytime soon, think about these options:

  • Clothes swaps: Gather your friends and their neglected garments for an enjoyable day of sharing. You might find what you’re looking for sitting forgotten at the back of someone else’s wardrobe.
  • Re-style: Instead of buying new items, try wearing a dress as skirt or shirt Mix and match warm and cold season pieces from your collection. Experiment with pairing items you’ve never worn together before. Repurpose an old flannel shirt as a shacket, or create fabulous skirt and top combos as an alternative to purchasing a new dress.
  • Upcycle: Unleash your creativity and alter clothing that have gone untouched. Convert those unworn winter jeans into trendy summer shorts, or have your local seamstress transform a disliked dress into a skirt you’ll adore.  Make a skirt from old shirts. Embrace the opportunity to turn seasonal changes into an exciting hobby that satisfies your desire for new additions.


#4 Analyze Each Piece of Clothing

Follow the Marie Kondo method by methodically assessing each item in your wardrobe. Determine its usability for the upcoming three months, considering the typical weather of your climate region, and the best trends of the upcoming season. Although traditional fashion rules like “no white after Labor Day” may no longer be rigid, it’s worth reconsidering if you’re purchasing a bikini for a winter in Interior Alaska or Canada.


#5 Optimize Your Storage

Maximize the utilization of your storage spaces to your advantage when the season transitions. Enhance your home’s storage solutions by adding additional cabinets in inconspicuous corners to accommodate off-season items. Alternatively, customize your closet to accommodate wardrobe changes for each season. With customized storage options, transitioning your wardrobe with the changing of seasons becomes stress-free, effortless and seamless.


collage showing summer shoes and clothing storage solutions
Left: Summer dresses stored in clothes bags. Right: Summer footwear stored in see-thru plastic boxes.


storage solutions for winter attire
Storage solutions for winter attire. Left: Coats and jackets. Right: Long-sleeve sweaters. Clear storage boxes permit easy adaptation to changing seasons.



#6 Experiment with Layering

It is not at all necessary that thin and light things should remain in the warm season. Adapt your style to changing seasons by stylish layering. In the car, the mall, or at home, for instance, it may be too warm to wear outerwear, but too chilly for light outfits. However, when wearing a layered outfit, you can remove one thing and adjust your thermal comfort.


examples how to adapt to changing seasons in high-latitude places by layering
Taylor’s Gold’n Stone pendent necklace and earrings, watch c/o Nordgreen. Left: Layered outfit with Coolibar top and waterfall cardigan, London Jean bf jeans, Ivanka Trump pumps, Right: Outfit with GNW cardigan taken off. Hipstik pantyhose, double-buckle Mary-Janes c/o Newbella, Quince sweater, Burberry skirt.


Advice: Consider always having a backup plan: if it’s hot, if it’s raining, if it gets cold.


Conclusion on How to Adapt Your Style to Changing Seasons in High-Latitude Places

Avoid to take the change of season as some kind of depressing period. Instead, think of the season change as an opportunity to go further, refresh your style, and make room for new emotions in life. Let your wardrobe become more cheerful because it reflects the soul of the owner.

Outfit details of featured photo: H&M sequin skirt, Quince sweater, Calvin Klein sling-backs, bag c/o R.Riveter, watch and sunglasses c/o Nordgreen.

Photos of me: G. Kramm
Other photos: N. Mölders

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. These are great tips! Having a section of your wardrobe for year round use makes a lot of sense. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

  2. One wouldn’t actually wear a bikini in the winter, would they? Unless skiing on a very warm sunlit day? This article and your pointers are very wise indeed! My wife and I are both working on reducing our emotional attachments to certain pieces of clothing! 😀