The old proverbs “In like a lion, out like a lamb” usually lives up to its prediction. The month may start in a wintery mix but often ends in spring-like conditions. While the warmer weather is always welcome, it can be tricky to figure out what to wear. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Consider this your warm-weather wardrobe refresh.
5 Steps for a Warm Weather Wardrobe Refresh
1. Declutter your winter wardrobe.
Wait. What? I thought we were talking about warm weather clothes? We are but stick with me. By decluttering your winter clothes now, you’ll make transitioning to winter easier next year, and clear out space in your closet for your spring and summer clothes.
Also, since you just went through the winter you’ll have a great idea of what clothes you no longer wear or that no longer fit you. My recommendation is to take everything out of your closet and assess each piece individually.
Take your time deciding what you want your style to look like in this new season. Feminine? Edgy? Traditional? Only put the ones back in that you love! Take the rest to the thrift store to donate or even sell on ThreadUp or Poshmark. This way someone else may find the perfect piece and you might make a little extra money.
2. Sort your remaining wardrobe.
Sort your wardrobe into clothes that you only wear in the winter (think wool sweaters), clothes that you can wear year-round (layered pieces), and warmer clothes. Either pack your winter clothes away if you are short on storage, or place it in one section in the back of your closet.
Hang the clothes you can layer together in the middle and separate by color. This way, you can easily find your bright spring and summer colors when you are ready to wear them. Plus, it’ll just make you happy looking at your neatly organized closet!
Next, place all your warm-weather clothes together that can only be worn during spring and summer. These would include your florals, skirts, summer dresses, etc. I’d recommend waiting until the end of the season to declutter these until you see what you actually wear.
3. Take inventory.
In order to get the most wear from our clothes you might want to consider creating a capsule wardrobe. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to get rid of all your clothes and only wear the same three outfits. But it can mean downsizing and only keeping pieces that all work together. My recommendation is to fill your wardrobe with a lot of neutrals and pieces that will still be in style the next year.
Here are two major reasons you should create a capsule wardrobe.
- A capsule wardrobe will save you time. When all your pieces work together (or at least most!) you don’t have to worry about trying out different outfits in the moment. Just grab and go!
- A capsule wardrobe will save you money. When you know what fits into your wardrobe, you won’t spend money on clothes you don’t need. Yes, you might love those bright pink pants, but if you never feel bold enough to wear them, or don’t have a shirt to match, they will just collect dust in your closet.
That’s not to say we can’t own the occasional fun piece of clothing. That’s what makes us individuals! But it’s better to own pieces that play well together for the majority of your wardrobe. If interested, here are more tips on creating your first capsule wardrobe.
4. Fill in the gaps.
Now that we’ve edited, organized our warm weather wardrobe, it’s time to fill in the gaps! Here are a few “spring wardrobe essentials” you want to make sure to include:
Lightweight Neutral Sweaters
Light-Colored Pair of Jeans
Pretty Sandals or Flats
Neutral Camisoles or Tank Tops
Raincoat or Trench Coat
Some questions to ask yourself when filling in the gaps are:
Can I wear this to multiple events? For instance, floral dresses work for church, brunch, or date nights!
Does this piece match multiple items in my closets? White t-shirts, skinny jeans, and a jean jacket will be your most versatile pieces in your closet.
Will I still like this piece next year? You’ll get the most bang out of your buck when you invest in traditional pieces that you can wear for years to come.
As a bonus, check out these spring trends for 2020 from the runway.
While many pieces of jewelry can be worn year-round, springtime is the perfect time to bring out our pastel necklaces, floral earrings, and feminine dainty jewelry. This year, you might even want to add in a few head scarfs to be worn as bows.
And now you’re officially ready for spring with this warm weather wardrobe refresh!
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