And with warmer weather just around the corner (any time now Mother Nature!), you’ve likely been thinking about getting out there and doing some shopping for some new Spring clothes.
But before you head out to the stores and become mesmerized by all the fun prints, colours, and styles (and possibly spending a ton of cash on new pieces that may not work with your current wardrobe), let’s start with some planning first, okay?
Because I am all about a shopping strategy and planning your purchases.
Now, of course I believe one of the best ways to do that is to hire a Personal Stylist to help you assess your wardrobe, create a style plan, and take you shopping.
But if that’s not in your budget or the right fit for you right now…
Here are 3 things you can do on your own before you go shopping for any new Spring clothing
1. Take All the SPRING Out of Your Closet
This is important because you need to be able to have a “bigger picture” view to see everything you have.
Now, looking at those items, I want you to pick out the pieces that you are instantly drawn to and “can’t wait” to wear this Spring – maybe it’s a super colourful top, funky jumpsuit, or favourite pair of strappy shoes – and set those pieces aside.
2. Use Favourite Pieces to Create Head-to-Toe Outfits You’ll Love
I know this sounds easier than it actually is, but play around with it and see what comes up (if you need help, use a site like Pinterest to get some inspiration).
For example, maybe you have a pair of olive coloured cargo jeans you love to wear but are uninspired about what to pair them with.
Go to Pinterest and search “cargo jean outfit”. You may discover a cute outfit pairing cargo jeans with a denim shirt (which you already own but had never before thought about wearing with your cargo jeans!).
Voila, now you have a new outfit idea!
As you’re looking at these outfit ideas on Pinterest, make notes of possible add on pieces you may want to get.
Using the same example as before – the cargo jeans with a denim shirt – maybe the outfit you saw on Pinterest showed the shirt casually half tucked into the cargo jeans with a funky statement belt peeking through. If that’s a look you like, check your closet first to see if that’s something you can create using what you already own. If not, add a “statement belt” to your shopping list.
3. Keep Creating
All you have to do now is keep the creative juices flowing and repeat the above process for all your fave Spring pieces to see how many outfits you can come up with, using what you already have.
Then keep using Pinterest for inspiration while taking notes of the items you need to shop for to fill in the gaps.
And if at any time you get stuck, come on over to my Facebook Group, The Style Society and connect with me there – I’d be happy to help!
Now, I know all of this may feel like a lot of work in the beginning, but in the long run it’s going to save you SO MUCH money, time, and stress.
Just take some time on the weekend – go to your closet, turn on some fun music, and use the steps I listed above and get planning.
Then, enjoy your Spring shopping and get excited about the fun and functional wardrobe you’re going to create!