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For Spring Style That Stands Out; Less Is More

give your wardrobe a good old fashioned clear out

For Spring Style That Stands Out; Less Is More

While the subzero temperatures may not be a good indication, spring is on its way. It’s a season that brings rebirth and encourages new beginnings, so why not give your wardrobe a good old fashioned clear out? Whether you’re a minimalist or a self-confessed packrat, we’re all guilty of hanging on to garments and trinkets that may hold sentimental value, but when was the last time you wore them?

A clear mind begins with a clean closet

the life changing magic of tidying up

the life changing magic of tidying up

The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing has become incredibly popular over the past few years and spawned several best-selling books on the subject. Marie Kondo’s the life changing magic of tidying up guides readers as they determine which items in their homes spark joy and which don’t and how this process can inspire a much more calm, motivated mindset. I encourage each of you to begin thinking of your wardrobe in the same way. The warm weather is just around the corner, so dive in, declutter and ruthlessly prioritize as you begin to create your must-have spring looks. For many, the process can be a challenge. So, once you’ve conquered this difficult task, it’s only fair to reward yourself with a few new items to freshen up your look. Here are some great tips for staying organized and (of course), some must have pieces for spring.

Divide and conquer

First comes the hard part; shedding the dead weight of your wardrobe. In order to be effective, lay down some ground rules for guidance. Be sure to ask yourself questions like ‘when was the last time I wore this?’ Even consider giving yourself a time frame. Have you worn it in the last year? ‘Will I ever wear this again?’ If you’re unsure, take the time to try it on. It may no longer be a good fit or, you may no longer like the way it looks. And most importantly; ‘could someone else use this more than I could?’ From there, divide the excess items into categories- 1) Deliver (to friend or family) 2) Donate (to a charity of your choice) and 3) Ditch. This process not only helps you get organized but also has the potential to help someone less fortunate who really needs it.

A great tip I picked up is to divide your wardrobe into different seasons to better organize your looks. Consider using different colored hangers for each season. If you’re working with limited square footage, you can use vacuum sealed bags to save space by placing them under your bed or in storage until needed. With your clothes organized, it’s time to move onto shoes. If you’ve got more than a few pairs like I do, you can use clear plastic shoeboxes to stack, save space and clearly see the contents of each. Alternatively, save the shoeboxes for each of your favorite pairs and simply snap a polaroid and fasten it to the front of each box. While this might sound a little OCD, it’s a lifesaver and will keep you from having to rummage through box after box when searching for your favorite pair of kicks. Organizing is also a great opportunity to showcase your individuality. The internet is filled with amazing tips to DIY your closet so don’t be afraid to get creative.

Freshening up your existing looks

Now we move onto the fun part. It’s time to re-stock your wardrobe for spring! This season it’s clear that real men wear pink. We’re seeing an overall trend for pastels and this season’s stand out shades include a lot of traditionally feminine shades of washed-out pinks and purples. You can expect to see this on everything from collared shirts to chinos and sweatshirts from brands like Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney and Acne Studios.

This Fun Jacket!

This Fun Jacket!

Nothing freshens up your old favorites better than a great spring jacket. This is a great way to transition to summer in style and this season, there are some fantastic choices. Bombers continue to be a major crowd pleaser. If you feel like splurging, check out the embroidered cotton and silk blend satin souvenir jacket from Alexander McQueen in the gallery below. This is one piece you’re sure to keep coming back to year after year. If you’re looking to save some cash for a rainy day, this flower-patterned option from H&M is a great way to stand out for a lot less. Look for elements of ornate, detailed embroidery that offer a sporty silhouette.

The breakout stars of spring 2017

If a bomber isn’t quite your style, consider investigating in a quality leather (or faux-leather) biker jacket. This timeless piece never goes out of style and is sure to survive closet clean-outs for years to come. It’s not only perfect for nights out on the weekend, but also pairs well with your more preppy, professional day-to-day looks to provide some much-needed personality. There are so many great options so you’re sure to find something that speaks to you and suits your personal style.

White Kicks

White Kicks

There is no item more essentially spring than a new pair of fresh white kicks. My favorite, go-to look for work, play and anything in-between is a jean jacket, pocket tee, rolled-up khakis and white sneakers. The result is so incredibly crisp and effortlessly understated. With great shoes comes great responsibility and white shoes are under constant attack from threatening salt stains, unpredictable weather and general wear and tear. The best protection against the elements are offered by Jim Moore from GQ in his ‘How to clean white sneakers’ YouTube video. So, before you toss your old pair aside, check this video out. Your wallet just might thank you.

Celebrate the challenge!

The number one cause of a five-alarm fashion faux pas is undoubtedly poor planning. So be sure to avoid those stressful moments by editing and updating your wardrobe throughout the year. Grab a bottle of wine and your best pal and make an adventure out of it. A second set of eyes can be a huge asset and provide some much-needed perspective. If you’re not wearing something, don’t be afraid to let go. After all, it’s not about having multiple closets jam-packed full of clothes you ‘might’ wear someday. It’s about having a foundation built on great staple pieces that you can mix and match again and again to create countless killer looks.

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