Fall is considered the shoulder season in the north. On one side you've had warm or hot weather and on the other, cold and snow. Here in the north, there can be a 60 degree sunny day followed by a 30 degree night. You need to be ready for anything and everything.

My color preference for my own Northwoods Closet is to keep things simple. White, black, or gray, with a pop of color somewhere. Like everything else in life, the choice is yours.

If you're anything like me, what you wear actually does matter. It matters to you, and no one else. If you're also like me, there's probably not a lot of closet space in the cabin for the same amount of clothing you have in your city life... nor do you want to wear the same things you wear for work every day.

Clothing up north is not the same as your corporate or work wardrobe. When you come north, you want to leave that life behind and get ready for a bit of lake time. Fewer choices. Comfortable clothing. Pieces that can take you from the cabin to town for groceries, and maybe even mix in with your other life when you get home. All with a little bit of style, of course.

When we moved into our cabin last year (900 sq. ft. with no finished closets) one thing was pretty clear: I had to get rid of a lot of clothing. I went through the 3-part test: 1. Do I feel comfortable in it? 2. Do I like what I see when I look in the mirror? 3. Have I worn it in the last year? If not, it got chucked from my closet into someone else's. I started thinking about what I really needed in my closet and about the people throughout the world who only have enough clothing to fit in a backpack. I interviewed friends and family to see what they would choose if they only had twelve items of clothing for the season. Hence, the Northwoods Closet was born. Twelve items for the season. Twelve pieces that can be layered for warmth on chilly morns and evenings. Twelve pieces that can be mixed and matched for variety. Twelve pieces that can be pulled out and worn at any time, to any number of events in the north, all thrown into one small bag for traveling. Twelve pieces for the season.

12 Essentials for the Season

If you haven't realized by now, the Northwoods Closet is not about denying yourself choices. It's about keeping things easy, simple, and effortless so you can spend more time living life, instead of time trying to figure out 'what to wear.' Be sure to check out our advertisers who can help you with your own Northwoods Closet... and let us know what you ended
up wearing for your lake time!