You may have noticed that more and more, you can leave the house without two jackets, a cardigan, and a long-sleeve shirt. In fact, on some days, you can walk out the front door in a regular T-shirt without wondering about symptoms of frostbite. These instances lead you to believe in one indisputable truth: Spring is coming.
The warm, comfortable weather of spring is a delight to experience after the long, dark months of winter, and flirty spring fashion is charming for everyone to behold. Unfortunately, heavy cold-weather clothing has taken over most closets, and others who have springtime styles available might suffer from last year’s trends.
The task of reworking your wardrobe can be arduous and expensive if improperly treated, which is why you should follow these simple steps to clean out your closet and freshen your fashion for the warm weather months ahead.
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Minimize Before You Maximize
In all honesty, there are plenty of good reasons to hold onto articles of clothing you don’t necessarily wear. You may gain or lose weight and need those old jeans. Crocheted leggings may come back in style, or you might go to a themed party that requires outdated fashion. However, closets aren’t infinite, and if you want space for new outfits that you want to wear, you need to edit your wardrobe.
Many people find the easiest way to purge unused clothing is to follow a flowchart, and many of such charts are available free online. The first question you must ask yourself is: Do you absolutely love this piece of clothing? If the answer is “no,” it’s time to throw.
How long this process will take depends entirely on the current density of your closet. However, once you’ve sorted your old clothes into piles of “keep” and “toss,” you can wrap up the duds and take them to a consignment store that will give you cash or credit. That way, you have a little nest egg to help with purchasing new styles for the new season.
Now that you have a limited number of fabulous outfits, you can devote your time to bringing these pieces into style. The fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to do this is by augmenting basic articles of clothing with fashionable accessories. In the morning, when you plan your outfit for the day, you should always consider how any of the following items can improve the style of your look:
In some cases, it is entirely worthwhile to splurge on a gorgeous accessory that will last for years; for example, a watch from Altivo Timepieces is classic and classy with almost any outfit, and diamond earrings will never go out of style. Still, for the most part, your accessories don’t need to break the bank. Unless you are wearing plastic jewelry and cardboard shoes, no one is going to notice your budget accessories — just your excellent fashion sense.
As much as I would like to tell you that you can wear whatever color you’d like, some skin tones catastrophically clash with certain color palettes. When you wear colors that complement your skin, you will look bright and glowing, and certain imperfections are likely to disappear; in contrast, when you sport an incompatible palette, you will look drained and uncomfortable, and some non-existent flaws may start to show.
There are a handful of online quizzes designed to determine your color palette, but you can also experiment at home by yourself by trying on different colors and assessing how they make you look. Partners and friends can also be called upon to provide opinions, but know that loved ones close to you may be hesitant to tell any negative truths.
Once you know which colors look best on you, you can begin integrating those colors into your wardrobe. In general, pops and splashes of color are better than an entirely bright and bold outfit, especially if you are less comfortable with fashion experiments. You can search online to find looks you love, and copy their color choices — as long as they mesh with your skin tone.
Being fashionable takes work, but for many, the impressed looks and compliments are well worth the time and energy spent weeding through clothing racks for the perfect piece. If you place importance on how your wardrobe looks, you’ll find that crafting cute outfits becomes easier and easier. As long as you stay open to new ideas and remain body positive, your cool confidence should warm up your wardrobe in no time.