Spring is the perfect time to detox and refresh different aspects of your life – skin care, make up, meals, etc. – but today I’m going to focus on my favourite of them all: Your closet. The heavy knits and leather leggings that got you through winter will soon no longer be necessary, and you can start filling your closet with lighter pieces that will see you through spring and summer. YAY.
This isn’t about getting rid of last spring’s clothes to make room for totally new things, it’s more about adding to your existing spring wardrobe with pieces that you’ll get a lot of wear out of and love. love. LOVE. You don’t need to dish out a month’s worth of pay cheques on a whole new wardrobe, but if you’re feeling like you need a little refresh, you’ve come to the right place.
Here’s a step by step on the best way to refresh your wardrobe for spring. And yes, you’re totally allowed to treat yourself!
1. Detox your closet
Do you ever have those days where you feel like you have nothing to wear, yet your closet is packed to the brim? It’s pretty silly, but many of us have so. much. clutter. that we need to get under control. Spring is a great time to re-assess your closet and eliminate clothing that doesn’t work for you anymore. Maybe your style has changed, or perhaps you’ve grown out of some things. Bring pieces that don’t work for you anymore to goodwill and make room for new pieces that will enhance your wardrobe and personal style.
It’s also a not a bad idea to pack away your winter clothes to make room for your spring/summer attire. Some pieces can be worn year round, but you likely won’t be putting on your faux fur vest in the middle of summer, so you might as well pack it away. Having a de-cluttered closet makes it easier to physically see the clothing you have, put outfits together, and just feel like a tidier human being.
Once you’ve detoxed and organized your closet, you can see which pieces you have for the spring already, and what pieces you want/need for the season.
2. Create a vision
The best way to fill your spring wardrobe with pieces you will love and get a lot of use out of is to create a vision board. You can make a tangible inspiration board (cork boards work well) and cut out fashion, beauty, art and destination photos from magazines, or even your own photo books.
You can also create inspiration boards on Pinterest. Pinning can really help you figure out the way you want your style to go. It’s a great way to curate your own little image gallery, and it’s easy to notice what styles you’re most drawn to.
Once you’ve created your vision board(s) take a pen to paper and write down what you see – is there a colour scheme you notice? Patterns you seem to love? Textures that keep popping up? This will act as your shopping guide as you add to your wardrobe for spring.
3. Be realistic and plan
You also need to be realistic when adding to your wardrobe. In terms of money, of course – don’t spend what you don’t have. But also in terms of your lifestyle. If you work from home, like me, you don’t need too many “office wear” pieces. That’s actually one of the downfalls of working from home– I would love to get dressed up every day! But some office jobs don’t even expect you to dress totally formal, so you have to buy for your needs.
If you’re a freelancer, you may need a few professional pieces for client meetings, and you should be getting dressed instead of staying in your PJs all day. Pretty and functional clothing is my go-to. And then of course there’s your post-work wardrobe you need to account for. If you’re an avid gym buff, you’ll need proper attire for your workouts, and if you’re a social butterfly, chic put-together pieces should make your list. And think about any events that may be coming up soon – weddings, parties, a beach get-away.
Planning for the activities and events in your life will make it easy to gauge your clothing needs.
Below, check out some of the spring pieces I can’t wait to get my hands on.