4 Tips to Revitalize Your Spring Wardrobe

4 Tips to Revitalize Your Spring Wardrobe

By Carrie Eckles

Spring is coming. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not one to say such a thing, what with my very severe obsession with “Game of Thrones,” but it’s true: spring is coming. I’m not a spring person. I have allergies and I hate the heat, but, for me, there is one consolation: fashion.

It’s important to freshen up your wardrobe for spring (figuratively and literally). Walking into the office in your thick winter suits while the cherry blossoms are in full bloom comes off as instantly frumpy. Spring is the time to revitalize your wardrobe and fortify it for the warm months ahead.

Out with the old

I’m looking at you, hoarders.

I won’t cast stones, because I am definitely guilty of holding onto old clothes, but there comes a point in time where enough is enough. While it’s true that styles recycle again, the fact of the matter is, they usually resurface in fresh, new ways. Flats from the 80’s look different than flats from 2013. And the difference is noticeable to people who are watching what you wear. (And believe me when I say people watch what you wear!)

The only exception with old things is if they are timeless pieces. Keep your pea coats, knit scarves, and berets. None of those are going anywhere anytime soon and you can bring them out again next fall and no one will be any the wiser.

Mend what is still on-trend

Say you bought a spring outfit last year that is still on-trend. Perhaps it’s a classic sundress. But, alas, there is a rip you didn’t repair. This is where the lost art of mending comes in. Mending is one of the biggest money savers, but it only works if you do it right.

If the rip is in the seam, it makes things super easy. The more delicate the fabric, the more careful you’ll have to be. Simply use a thread that is as close to the original thread as possible and have at it. For the finer points of mending, check out some online tutorials or ask Grandma. (Remember, Grandma made her own clothes—she knows this stuff.)

Personally, I always end up wearing the same sweaters until they end up ripping. I just love them, because they’re light weight enough to layer and wear year-round. Luckily, it’s the seams that like go first. (If you have a large bust, more wear and tear is naturally going to occur—unfortunately.) For a thicker fabric like that, all it takes is turning it inside out and a simple (but careful) whip stitch.

Pink hat and dress

In with the new…with a budget
Think about all the spring clothes you had to get rid of from previous years. Compare that to your current wardrobe. Make an inventory. Itemize what you have. It may sound obsessive compulsive, but it’s the only way you can truly see the difference between what you want and what you need, which can be difficult while you’re in the mall and have just seen “The Cutest Dress Ever.” (That dastardly dress always seems to make an appearance just as the weather warms!)

Steps to sticking to your budget

1. Make a rough estimate of how much money you can realistically spend on purchases.

2. Figure out what you absolutely have to get. Focus on the essentials first and then items you may need for special occasions like prom, weddings, and so on.

3. Shop at stores where you can get a good deal. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fashion. Forever 21 is widely praised for having wonderful deals while maintaining a standard of quality. Personally, a lot of my clothes come from there. I can get at least twice the amount of clothing as I could at a department store for the same price and the products stand up to wear and tear at a comparable rate. You may be thinking it’s only a teen store, but not necessarily. It all comes down to how you style yourself, which is more important than the store you bought the clothes from.

Spring trends for 2013

Lace is in again. If you’re freaked out by it or think it adds bulk, try for pieces that have lace details and accents instead.

Another detail trend is accentuating the back with cutouts and designs. In fact, whether on purpose or not, Jennifer Lawrence paid homage to that at the 2013 Oscars with her necklace that trailed down the back.

Look for details in unexpected places and don’t be afraid to get creative. The trick is: keep it minimal so your whole outfit doesn’t overwhelm.

One of the things I love most about spring is the color. And brightly colored patterns are big this spring. A great way to style it is to pair it with something simple. For instance, if your leggings are contrasting neon leopard print, try adding a simple black over-sized tee (perhaps with a cutout in the back). The contrast is appealing, fresh, and young, without being too over-the-top.

For a bright, spring-y look at the office—and a way to look mature without looking old—pair a floral print with a pastel solid. The key, once again, is to not do print on print. To balance out your shape, put the print on the half of your body where you want to add bulk. If you want to add some junk in your trunk, opt for a floral skirt. That’s not to say girls with voluptuous bums can’t wear floral skirts; if you’re curvier on bottom, go for a smaller print. The larger the print, the more bulk you get. Another grown-up yet cool option is a sheath dress. Be demure in pink or go unexpected in mint green. Fashion is, after all, an expression of you. Have fun with it!

 

Spring has forever been the season for renewal—ever since Persephone annually returned to her mother Demeter from the underworld. Just as the nature goddess revitalized the earth with her joy, revitalize your life by clearing out the clutter and giving your wardrobe some love.

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