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7 Tips for Refreshing Your Routine This Fall

Ah, autumn as a grown up: You can get all of the gear for a seasonal transition without any of the looming back-to-school dread. While we’re always sad to bid summer farewell, we welcome fall with open arms, as it brings opportunity for new habits, wardrobes, experiences and more. If you're hoping to re-engineer your own look and daily routine this autumn, consider these seven tips.

1. Teach your pants some new tricks

These slim-fit slate gray 5-pocket pants pair with a blue blazer, a gray sweatshirt, or both.

2. Reinvent a staple

The ultimate compromise between playing hooky in denim and earning extra credit with a collar: the chambray button-down.

3. Eat a real breakfast

Three simple reasons you should rediscover oatmeal (steel cut—not instant): minerals, nutrients, and plenty of fiber.

4. Burn through your bedside book stack

The easiest speed reading trick in the book: Start on the third word of each line, and finish on the third word from the end. Peripheral vision will handle the rest.

5. Get buzzed (but sleep great)

French-press your own coffee and bring a thermos to work with you. But stop sipping after 12 p.m.—you'll sleep better.

6. Switch up your scent

On the day you switch from iced to hot coffee, swap your summer fragrance for a woodsy cologne—(something with vetiver, cypress, or sandalwood).

7. Audit your pockets

The invigorating effect of crisp fall breezes comes at a cost: chapped lips. Stow away a supply of protection.

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