5 Tips to Edit Your Wardrobe:

1)  Try it on.  If you have pieces you are convinced you love but really haven’t worn in the past year, give it a try. Check the fit and feel of the garment.   If it’s not perfect…bye!

2) Get rid of multiples.  Do you have 4 pairs of black boots and 5 grey sweaters that all pretty much look the same?  Chances are you have a fave or two that are your go-tos.  Keep those and consign or donate the extras that are just ok.  {Have friends who are the same size as you?  Clothing swaps are another fun way to purge some old and update your closet with new-to-you items.}

3) Organize your basics.  If you were to have nothing but basics in your wardrobe, you would be just fine.    You don’t need a million of them, but have ones that are good quality and fit you well.  Edit out basics that are dated, ill fitting, or just worn out.   This is how I break down my base wardrobe.

Spring Wardrobe Basics

 

4) Sort out your “extras”.  These are the pieces that make your style personal.   For Spring I’m loving printed silk scarves, a floral kimono, a khaki green jacket, some light hued specs, mules (yes, they are back and I want a pair), and  a fabulous hat.  The 3 bags I keep in my wardrobe for Spring are a textured tote,  a statement clutch (I have a bright orange leather one that has been a fave for years) , and a neutral cross body bag.  Cell phone cases are another cute way to add some fun to your accessories.  A Spring dress is a must!  I’ve been lusting over this striped Alice + Olivia dress but it’s a bit too spendy for this momma right now.  I’m dying to do a thrift shop one day to see if I can find any treasures .

Spring Wardrobe Extras

5) Shop smarter.  This might sound like a strange tip when we are talking about purging.  The thing I have come to realize is that if I am to have a more ruthless and realistic eye, when it comes to shopping, I end up with a closet of items I love and actually wear.  My most recent purge was necessary after being pregnant.  I had to clean out the maternity wear and do inventory of what I have, what fits, and what I will actually wear.  I have a couple of items on my wish list and a few things that are completely worn and needing to be replaced.  (I’m always a  bit excited when I wear and item so much and for so long it actually wears out.  I’m talking holes and falling apart.  I would have never done this years ago.  Fashion used to be disposable to me.  Now I’m careful with my selections.)

 

At the beginning of each new season I get the shopping itch.  I want shiny, new, pretty things.  Before I crack out the plastic, I’m sure to take inventory of my closet.  My process:

1) I start with three bags.  One for charity, one for consignment, and one for trash (Yes, trash.  Somehow it’s in there.)

2) I go through all my clothes and pull out all the pieces that either don’t fit me anymore or things I know I’ve worn and loved, but am over now.  There are also those items that are just worn out.  A sweater with holes or a broken down irreparable shoe are not worth keeping.  These are the things that will go in that trash bag.  If it’s something that just needs a stitch or some love, I start a new bag for repair items.

Before…a scary place.

Ah, that’s better.

3) To make sure I know exactly what I have, I go through everything.  Every drawer, every hanger, every shelf.  I reorganize every article of clothing I have to make sure it has a home.  Folded items are re-folded and my hanging items are hung by colour.

4) Once I’ve purged and organized my closet, it’s time to see what I “need”.    My seasonal needs are usually things that will update my wardrobe to keep it current while mixing well with what I already own.

A few things I make sure are always in my wardrobe are:

1) A couple pairs of great fitting jeans that make me feel sexy.  I prefer skinny and a straight leg jeans.

2) A blazer that will work with jeans or over a dress.  A blazer is such a simple way to keep your look polished.

3) Scarves!  I have so many scarves, and I keep getting more.  I have basics as well as fun colours and prints.  Every women needs some fabulous scarves.

4) A trench coat in a basic colour like beige, black, or navy.  It’s a classic piece that never goes out of style.

5) Some cute little dresses.  I usually try and find dresses that I can dress up or dress down.  I want to be able to wear them with heels and jewels or with a leather belt and denim jacket.

6) These along with some printed blouses, a-line skirts, ballet flats, metallic sandals, and some fun accessories and bags, my closet is full of great mix-n-match items perfect for summer.

Now that my closet is organized, getting dressed in the morning is a pleasure not a chore.

Happy Spring Closet Cleaning!

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