Spring-summer is a very long fashion season in most of Australia.
This means that for most of us, most of our wardrobe is devoted to clothes that are geared towards our daily life in those warmer months.
It also means that it’s more of a challenge to keep things fresh throughout the season … because it can feel that we’re wearing the same clothes every day.
Spring arrives officially next week so I thought I’d get a jump on the season and help you get organised for the warmer weather so that your spring wardrobe works for you.
None of the tips below are new to you if you’re a regular around here but often we all need a little reminder or two – myself included.
I guarantee if you get on track now you’ll feel fabulous from the get go and sail stylishly into the season ahead.
Let’s get stuck in, shall we?
10 steps to getting your spring wardrobe sorted
1. Get your wardrobe in order. I’m aiming to edit my wardrobe this weekend. I’ll switch out the heavy winter pieces for trans-seasonal pieces that I need to re-acquaint myself with as it’s warmed up here pretty quickly. I won’t quite move in the high summer pieces to my wardrobe just yet but this will be an easy add when it really heats up. I’m fortunate to have a spare wardrobe where I can move the opposite season clothes to. Out of sight and clutter-free is always optimal. You want to see in front of you exactly what you have available to wear. And everything hanging there needs to make you feel fabulous. Not feeling the fab with a garment? Be gone with it. My wardrobe editing tips are here.
2. Make a list of the missing basics. I let you in on my secret to always having something to wear here. It really does start with having your basics sorted. These are the wardrobe building blocks that you need to allocate your shopping budget to before being seduced by the show ponies. Buy well and basics will see you through any work or play situation. They’ll be there for you long after that sequinned top has past its use-by-date. Oh, who am I kidding? Sequins are a wardrobe basic, yes?
1. Bohemian Traders dress $149 | 2. Metalicus slip dress $49.95 | 3. Charli Bird scarf $69.95 | 5. Sussan bag $59.95 | 6. Zoe Kratzmann sandals $290 (Here’s a photo of me wearing a variation of this outfit)
3. Get clear on what your spring wardrobe needs to do for you. This is all about understanding what you need the majority of your wardrobe to do. Are you an office worker Monday to Friday? Are you a stay-or-work-at-home mum? What are the main activities you do each week that require you to dress the part? For me, working from home means that for most of the week it’s all about the smart casual. I need pieces that will be comfortable to wear at home but also presentable for a client meeting or the school run. It means I work those basics and invest in jackets and outer layers that can dress up my comfy casual in minutes.
4. Check your calendar. Spring and summer can be a particularly busy time socially and for travel. Major events like weddings, birthdays, holidays and conferences will mostly likely already be booked in. Planning your occasion wardrobe now will help take the stress out of putting an outfit or travel capsule together closer to the time. Planning will mean you’re less likely to panic-shop and more likely to think about what you already have in your wardrobe and working that into possible outfits first. Should you want to treat yourself to something new, getting clear on what that outfit looks like in your mind is a great way to start the process and ensure you find something that you’ll like.
5. Get your head around the spring-summer 2015 trends. You’ll find a cheat sheet for the main trends in this post. It’s never essential to be slave to all – or any – fashion trends but I find it does help to incorporate a little of the current season’s trends into your wardrobe to keep your overall look fresh. I love the ’70s trend but not as a wholesale package. Instead, I’ll embrace certain aspects like tan accessories and bold shapes and make them work with my own style.
6. Understand the styles that suit your personality. What I like to wear might not be what you like to wear and guess what? That’s VERY ok. It would be a boring world if we all dressed the same. Wear what shows off YOUR personality to the world. Wear what makes YOU sparkle from the inside out. Sure, it’s great to get inspiration from around you but take that inspiration and make it your own.
7. Take time to do a recce of the shops – online works for this too. It’s still footy season so Friday nights are couch nights at our place with Mr SY firmly in position in front of the TV. I utilise this time wisely, sitting next to him (oh the romance!) browsing my favourite stores for new arrivals to get an overall picture of what’s out there and what possibly would be a fit for my seasonal wardrobe plan. Early on in the season I also like to carve out a couple of hours for bricks and mortar browsing. No kids or other distractions, just “me” time to wander and “research”.
8. Sign up for your favourite stores’ email lists and loyalty programs. Some of my key purchases of late have happened because of a store email landing in my inbox at just the right time. No matter how often you check in a store – online or in person – you can still miss some of the best new releases and snap sales. It really does pay (save you money!) to join store loyalty programs for stores in which you frequently shop. For more fashion budgeting tips, check out this article I was interviewed for.
9. Shoes are key to a seasonal update. Nothing freshens up an existing outfit from your current wardrobe more than a shoe in a new-season style. This season look for platforms, gladiator styles with laces, block heels, espadrille slip-ons, slides and sandals with detail to bring your spring outfits into 2015. Take this opportunity to look at your existing shoe collection and see if any need to be let go. It is only the most classic of shoe styles that retain wardrobe longevity – anything bought based on a trend will not look the part if that trend was 10 years ago.
10. Mix it up each day. It is so damn easy to get into a rut with what you wear every day. Trust me, that’s why I started the #everydaystyle challenge almost two years ago. I was in a massive rut. It was so easy to put on the same style of clothes every day. Sure, I put effort in when it came to events or occasions but for my normal work/school mum duties, I just grabbed the first thing in front of me in my wardrobe. I’m not saying this is a bad thing. I’m saying that it didn’t work for me. It didn’t give me the confidence boost I look to my clothes to give me each day. Once I started prioritising myself, pre-planning what I was wearing, and sharing those outfits on Instagram and Facebook, I purposely mixed things up – a dress one day; shorts or jeans the next. It’s nothing that you’d find in the pages of a high fashion magazine but it’s a daily habit that now keeps me accountable to myself. I’m worth it – and so are you. (If you’d like to further challenge yourself in the spring wardrobe department, join in with @Kimbalikes and #SpringFling)
Now you might want to hold off on your spring wardrobe shopping until next week (#justsaying). Tuesday, September 1 sees the launch of the Styling You Spring Shop. It’s only open until the end of September and we’re excited to share with you the capsule spring wardrobe we’ve put together. Plus, as extra inspiration for you, we’ve also photographed all the clothes on young working mum Peta from Trainee Mama. Here’s a sneak peek.
And remember … if you’d like to be in the running to win a $100 gift card to spend in the Styling You Spring Shop, enter my 2015 reader survey HERE.
So tell me, are you spring wardrobe ready? Planning a wardrobe edit for the next couple of weeks?
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