This time of year the birds are louder, the sun is teasing us…..and our mail boxes are full of the spring collection catalogs! I don’t know about you, but I enjoy them as a welcome reminder that we have made it through the worst part of the cold season, and there are warmer days to plan for! But wait, […]
This time of year the birds are louder, the sun is teasing us…..and our mail boxes are full of the spring collection catalogs! I don’t know about you, but I enjoy them as a welcome reminder that we have made it through the worst part of the cold season, and there are warmer days to plan for!
But wait, not so fast! Because our spring clothes are put away and we haven’t seen them in a while, we likely feel a little disconnected to what we already own. After all, we are still wearing heavy socks and our sweater drawer is full and unruly. Before buying clothes under the heady sense of fresh looks and bright colors, let’s have a strategy to keep our closets neat and make every purchase count!
Look at Winter first while the season is still fresh in our minds. This is the BEST time to ask yourself, “What didn’t I wear?” What doesn’t fit? What simply needs to be retired due to style or age? Also, look at color; do you have too much of one shade?
Take stock of your shoes and boots too. What is the condition? Do any need repairs? Realistically, will they get repaired? Were any uncomfortable or not warm enough?
This should help you determine items that can be purged for discard or donation BEFORE they are sent into hibernation for another year. Keep in mind that most local consignments accept only upcoming season, so it is likely too late to try to sell these to brick and mortar resale vendors. And when donating, please consider condition; stained or torn items can just be tossed.
Next step–Spring Review: Even if you aren’t ready to switch out your closet, preview your spring things. As in the above, you can eliminate anything that doesn’t fit, is no longer in style, is no longer wanted. I highly recommend taking the time to try on everything. Now let’s take stock: how many items do you have for each category of clothing? For example, how many are there of jean shorts, capris, maxi dresses, sleeveless tops, skirts, t-shirts? It’s a good strategy to write it down or use a wardrobe app and have this list available for referral when you are shopping. You may even take photos as a reminder. Now, let’s make some outfits! Take notice of which items don’t seem to have a partner. Also, take note of colors that you trend toward for spring, and review whether you have shoes that compliment these colors and outfits. Keep heel height in mind: flats, flip-flops and wedges…what do you own more of and is it what you want to wear for this year? It is also good to look at undergarments and make sure you have enough neutrals and light colors, and also bras with the right configuration for those fun tops!
Now you should be ready to make well-informed purchases that either replace, replenish, or introduce new items to your wardrobe. This exercise will also help cut down on unwanted bulk in your closets.
So enjoy the fresh air, take in the new colors of season, dive into those catalogs, and be inspired. You are officially ready for that spring thing!!