Winter seems to have dragged on forever; Christmas and the new year already feel like a lifetime ago, and most of us are pretty bored by the rubbish weather and general dreariness at this stage. But the end is in sight, in just a few short weeks spring will be officially here. For that reason, now is the perfect time to start planning your spring wardrobe. Whether it’s having a sort out of what you already own or going on a shopping trip, you have chance to get everything in order and ready for the season ahead. Here are some tips to help you plan your spring wardrobe.
Out With The Old
Having pieces that you love and that you come back to each year is great. Especially if you’ve paid a little more, as it really allows you to get your money’s worth from them. Maybe it’s a designer bag in a spring shade, or a classically cut spring/ summer dress that doesn’t go out of style that you enjoy wearing each year. This is great if you choose well and properly store your items you can definitely do this. However, if you have things in your wardrobe that you don’t come back to (and are just sitting there taking up space) then it’s time to have a sort out. Whether it’s gone out of style, no longer fits right or the quality has deteriorated, let go of it. With a cleared wardrobe you’ll be able to see what you have left and know exactly what you have to wear that does look nice on you. This is helpful when you go shopping since you know what you have already, and can build things up from there. Be brutal, if you’re not going to wear things this year then pass them to friends, donate to a charity shop or throw in the bin if they’re no good. There’s no point hanging onto clothes that don’t serve you a purpose anymore! It’s easy to get sentimental, but there are far better ways of hanging on to memories than storing items. Do you have a picture of you wearing the item that you really love? Why not keep hold of that instead?
Consider a Capsule Wardrobe
If you don’t have a whole lot of money to buy a brand new wardrobe every season, or just want to spend more on a couple of pieces, then you could consider a capsule wardrobe. Here you have a few versatile key items of clothing that can be dressed up or down, or worn in a variety of ways. And crucially, everything goes with everything else. By doing this you get the very most out of the items you own, but don’t get bored or feel like you’re wearing the same things over and over. You don’t need to buy loads of items to have a wide range of outfits, which allows you to save money or simply spend more on the things you do by. A few simple, easy to wear dresses make good staples for spring. A flowy swing dress, a tunic style denim dress, and a jersey skater dress for example would all make good key pieces. From there a few versatile tops and some jeans are also a good move. Go with pretty spring shades- white and pastels all good choices for the warmer season. Rather than just grab clothes off the shelf because they look good in the shop, spend a little time planning. This way you know that each thing you buy will work with everything else in your capsule wardrobe.
Stock Up on Basics
Leggings, jeggings, and underwear along with vest tops and plain t-shirts for layering. These are the kind of everyday staples that we all own, but because they’re worn so often, they quickly go scruffy. While you’re sorting out your wardrobe, go through all of these items too. Has anything gone baggy, holey, grey in the wash or just past it’s best? You can pick up all of these for just a few pounds each from cheap high street shops, so there’s no excuse. Treat yourself to some new basic items for the season ahead, you’ll thank yourself for it every time you come to get dressed! Write a list of exactly what you need. For example, if you live in leggings and wear them on most days’ purchase at least five to seven pairs. Doing this will mean they will last longer too, as you’re not constantly rotating between the same few pairs. If a lot of your spring dresses have thin straps, for example, you could look into a strapless or multiway bra. If you wear vests and t-shirts every day to layer under other items, then again buying lots of these is always going to be a good move. Sort out your drawers and organise everything, that way there’s no digging around and each morning you can grab exactly what you need. This makes getting dressed a breeze.
Decide on Outerwear
When spring rolls around, we get to see the sun for the first time in what feels like forever, after a long dreary winter. But don’t forget, spring is still a relatively chilly season. You might get the odd warm day, but outerwear is still needed. You might not need your extra padded bomber jacket, woolly hat or gloves any more but a cardigan and a couple of jackets that work with the outfits you’ll be wearing are essential. Sleeveless jackets are very fashionable and can help to bridge the gap until the weather warms up a little. Kimono-style jackets and cardigans were hugely popular last year, and the trend is set to continue this year too. These are great pieces since they’re flowy and flattering, give you an extra layer without weighing you down, and you can get them in gorgeous prints and styles.
Switch Out Your Footwear
Once the winter has faded and the spring has arrived, it’s time to box up all of your heavy boots and put them in storage for the autumn. It won’t be flip flop season for a while, but when the weather eases up and we transition into spring clothing items, your footwear needs to be switched out too. Keep your Uggs and snow boots for later in the year! You could opt for canvas pumps for a super casual look or ballet flats which are sturdy and go with just about every daytime outfit. Don’t go for anything too strappy or open just yet since there’s still a chill in the air- keep those kinds of shoes for the warmest summer months. The last thing you want is to be stepping in puddles with open shoes on- there’s a quick way to spoil your day!
Think About Accessories
Your accessories are what really personalise an outfit. They show your style, and can completely change how an outfit looks. A plain black dress with a glamorous statement necklace and a clutch bag immediately glams it up for evening. Wear that same black dress with a bucket bag and a couple of bangles, and you’re good for daytime. Your accessories are things like dress jewellery, handbags, hats- even scarves. Scarves are a great transitional piece at this time of year if you go for a lightweight fabric. It can help bring a nice pop of colour and/or pattern to a plain outfit and will keep you warm but not too warm.
Have you started planning your spring wardrobe yet?