The stores are full of resort and winter items on sale. But not for long! This week, most of the bigger stores are going to start putting out Spring clothing. Yes, I know it’s tough to imagine — especially when you’re buried in 5 feet of snow!
To help you get in the Spring mindset (as well as take advantage of the big sales), here’s an afternoon exercise to complete on your closet:
Review your Winter Wardrobe
- Pull out your pants and skirts. What did you wear this season? What needs repair? What needs replacing? Keep the things you wore and that are in good condition. If that black wool skirt has seen better days but you know you’ll need another one for next Fall, write it on your shopping list to see if you can find it on sale now.
- Pull out your sweaters and coats. Again, same questions as above. If your favorite cashmere cardigan is starting to get threadbare, get it on your list and check out the sales.
- Look at the wear of your shoes. Check the heels for scuffs and the toes for wear. Take any shoes that need the toes or heels fixed to your nearest shoe repair guy. Shoes can last forever if you take care of them.
- What items did you really need this past season but didn’t have? Boots? A long coat? Write them down on your list so that you can make sure you have them for next Fall.
Review your Spring Wardrobe
- Hopefully you reviewed your Spring wardrobe before you tucked it away but if not, follow the steps above.
- What colors would you like to incorporate this season that you are lacking? Grays, roses, corals and yellow are big colors for Spring. White, navy and beige are Spring staples. Pick a few neutrals + colors and review what you have and what you need. Add those to your shopping list.
- If you’re unsure what basic neutrals you should have and would like to take some professional help along with you as you shop, try our Shopping Companion. It comes in two versions, Warm or Cool, and includes tips for your body type, shopping lists and most importantly, swatches for cool or warm neutrals.
Organize Your Closet
Last but not least, make sure you organize your closet so it’s easy to see what you have. Wardrobe 911 recommends that you keep an Active Closet – meaning you wear everything in it. Put your “occasionally worns” in another section or another closet if space is limited.
Organize your wardrobe by color (from light to dark for example), style (sleeveless to long-sleeve) and by type (shirts, sweaters, pants, skirts, dresses.) Use the same hanger throughout for consistency — it makes things easier to see. I recommend the flocked Huggable Hangers (read this post on my favorite hangers.) Check out these closet makeovers at Real Simple for more tips.
By having your closet organized, it will make getting dressed much easier in the morning!
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