Spring has officially sprung!
And with warmer weather just around the corner, 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 (not to mention spending a ton of cash on new pieces that may or may not work with your current wardrobe), let’s start with some planning first, okay?
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 objectively assess your wardrobe, create a style plan for you, and help you with your shopping.
But if that’s not in your budget or the right fit for you right now…
Here are 5 steps to take before you go shopping for new Spring clothing (or any new seasonal wardrobe pieces):
1) Take all of your Spring clothes OUT of your closet and lay them on your bed or a rolling rack.
Taking them out of your closet is important because you need to be able to have a “bigger picture” view of everything together to see what you have, what you like, and what you are no longer interested in.
If there are pieces you hate, will never fit into again, or are damaged beyond repair, remove them from your room now (donate the pieces you no longer like and will never fit again, and toss the ones that are damaged).
2) Now, looking at what’s left – pick out the items 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 – set aside ALL of the pieces you love and are excited to wear, and put them in one spot.
3) Using those pieces that you love, try and create 6-10 head to toe outfits for Spring.
I know this sounds easier than it actually is, but play around with it and see what you can come up with. If you need help, use a site like Pinterest or Google to get some inspiration and your creative juices flowing.
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” and see what comes up. You may discover some cute outfits 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!
From there, you can then search for denim shirt outfit ideas. Maybe you’ll discover some cute new outfit ideas for wearing that with some things you already own too!
Then just keep going.
4) As you are going through the outfit creation/research process, make sure to have a pen and paper close by.
As you are trying to put outfits together using what you already have or checking out outfit ideas on Pinterest, make notes of “missing pieces” that you need to make a complete outfit using your current items.
Using the same example above of the denim shirt with the cargo jeans – maybe the outfit you saw on Pinterest showed the denim shirt casually half tucked into the cargo jeans with a funky statement belt peeking through. If that’s something you like, make a note of that on your shopping list.
5) Think about the finishing touches.
So, let’s say you have done all of the above and put together some cute outfits already, but you want to take your outfit to the next level.
Well, the best way to do that is with cool shoes, accessories like jewellery and belts, and lightweight layering pieces like cool vests, jackets or scarves.
So, have a look at your pieces and the outfits you’ve created (or are going to create once you get the additional pieces) and start to brainstorm what finishing touch items you could add that would work for a lot of them – so you get more mileage out of a piece as opposed to it only going with one outfit.
I know all of this may feel like a lot of work in the beginning, but in the long run it is going to save you SO MUCH money, time, and stress.
– It’s going to save you money because you will only be buying the things you need or REALLY want/love instead of just randomly purchasing items that end up never getting worn because they don’t go with anything you already own.
– It’s going to save you time when it comes to shopping because you know what you are looking for and not wandering around the mall or boutiques looking for inspiration to jump out at you.
– And it’s going to save you from the daily stress of feeling like you never have anything to wear.
So, 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!
P.S. If you just can’t bear doing this on your own, do it with a friend! Or if you want a professional to help, check out my Winners Shopping Sessions or Sort, Shop, & Style service. I’d be happy to help you out!