Now that spring is finally here you probably can’t wait to hit the stores to update your spring/summer wardrobe. You are so sick of what’s in your closet, nothing looks fresh, nothing excites you. This transition season can be challenging, but it’s exciting too – it means this is the time to improve what’s in your closet so you have the right pieces for your lifestyle, pieces that are versatile and yes, pieces that ‘spark joy’… Whoa, hold on, do not hit the mall yet! There is work to be done at home first…
Rule #1 – Closet Purge! This will likely take a few hours, so pick a time when you are unhurried. Go through all of your clothes and shoes one by one. Get rid of anything that you have not worn in a year, anything that doesn’t fit perfectly, anything damaged, and whatever you feel is ‘just ok’. This is not as easy as it seems, we all make excuses to keep things – “it was expensive…there’s nothing wrong with it…it will fit me better by summer…I might wear it”. NO. GET RID OF IT. See the pretty white dress in above pic? Bye Bye! Yes, it is so pretty, but it’s a size too small for me, is not comfortable. This is one of about six items I parted with this month. Once you have completed this task, what remains in your closet are things you love, and things that fit properly. Hooray!
Rule #2 – Make a List What pieces do you need to complete outfits with what you already have? Maybe you can keep a list in your head, but if not, take out a notepad and start writing! Whether it is a closed toe shoe to go with your skirts, or a beige linen blazer, write it down. Having a list will help you to shop efficiently, avoid purchasing duplicates, and avoid buying something that you won’t wear. Did you go through your underwear drawer too? New bras might be added to your list – they make a big difference in how your clothes look, and will also affect how you feel. One item on my list this year is a summer weight wool navy blazer, a classic piece that works for business or weekend wear. (Stay tuned!)
Rule #3 – Start With Basics While you may be tempted by all the trendy new styles at the beginning of a new season, start with basics and you can add the fun pieces later. If you work in a business setting, do you have a basic black pump and a nude pump? Other basics for business are sheath dresses, pencil skirts, blouses and blazers. Start with neutral colors such as navy, black, tan, then add colors as you build your wardrobe. You can find basics at reasonable prices at stores like Ann Taylor and Banana Republic; Theory and Vince are higher priced but beautiful investment pieces for classic styles. As for basic shoes, my favorite is Stuart Weitzman; classic, comfortable, and available in different heel heights to fit your lifestyle.
Ok, now you can go shopping! 😉