5 Ways to Refresh Your Wardrobe for Spring

April 3, 2015

There’s no better reason to revamp your wardrobe than a change in seasons. With new fashion in full swing, now is the perfect time to give your closet a good spring cleaning in preparation for floral prints, flowing sundresses, and strappy sandals. While wading through your existing wardrobe may seem like a time-consuming chore, with a few easy-to-follow tips, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Here are five ways to give your closet a boost for the springtime season.

Out with the Old
The first step to a wardrobe overhaul is getting rid of anything you no longer want, need, or wear on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb to go by is if you haven’t worn an article of clothing in a year, it’s time to toss it. As Oprah.com suggests in this post, a handy trick for identifying those garments you haven’t worn in a while is doing the following: First, turn all the clothes hanging in your closet so the hangers face away from you (the “wrong” way); then, after you wear an article of clothing, hang it back up facing the correct way. After six months or a year, check your hangers—anything that is still turned the wrong way should be considered as good as gone.

Invest in Timeless Staples
Some styles go in and out with each season while others stand the test of time. Make sure your wardrobe strikes a balance between the two for ultimate versatility. Look for quality staples like collared button-ups, a sleek blazer, neutral trousers, a little black dress (or two), an all-season coat, and dark-wash denim. These pieces will last you through the years, and each season. That’s not to say you can’t (or shouldn’t!) shop the latest trends, because pairing what’s in now with timeless pieces is an easy way to keep your outfits looking fresh and in step with current fashion.

Wear the Right Undergarments
Undergarments act as the foundation to every outfit you wear. When they fit correctly, the clothing on top gets an instant boost, creating a more flattering shape and overall look. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true, as any woman who has owned an ill-fitting bra can attest to. As Adam & Eve notes in this guide, there are three factors that contribute to the perfect bra fit: the band, cup, and straps. In some cases, it can be helpful to visit a lingerie store for a professional fitting, but if you’re in a pinch, think about your bra size in terms of fruit. For instance, if your girls are about the size of plums, you’re likely an AA or smaller. Lemons are an A, oranges a B, grapefruit a C, and melons a D. Once you’re wearing the right bra and other undergarments, the rest of your outfit will fall into place.

Take Care of Your Clothes
No matter how much money you spend on your outfits, if you don’t care for your clothing properly, it will show. When in doubt about how to wash an article of clothing, look to the laundering instructions usually found on the tag. Now, this is where it can get tricky. If the tag is all words—no symbols—you’re in luck! Proceed to wash and dry (or dry clean) as stated. The symbols, on the other hand, are often indecipherable for the average person, complicating the laundering process immensely. Use this laundry guide from Textile Affairs for a headache free approach to clean clothes.

Accent with Accessories
Sometimes, a shopping spree is simply out of the question. If you’re on a tight budget when revamping your wardrobe, accessories can provide the boost you need without breaking the bank. Layer necklaces and bracelets for an eclectic look or opt for a chunky statement piece. Pair belts, shoes, and handbags you already own with outfits you wouldn’t normally wear these items with for a completely different look. 

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