Hello, Darlings! Today we are going to be talking about how you can Evaluate Your Wardrobe For Spring. Last week many people dealt with winter storms, hopefully, that will be nature’s last hurrah and we will begin to see more spring-like weather.
Spring here in the south can be very volatile. We get the full gambit of weather- cold, windy, warm, hot, stormy, and it begins our tornado season. It is not uncommon to start the day with a coat and end the day in shorts.
Also, many retails are launching their Spring/Summer Collections and you will want to be ready with your wish list because inventory may be limited due to continual COVID issues in factories, especially overseas.
Evaluate Your Wardrobe For Spring
Time To Take Inventory Of Your Closet
If you have not already, you need to take an inventory of your wardrobe. This means trying on clothes to make sure they fit and are in good condition. Use the last of these rainy, dreary days to go thru your clothes. You may find that some items are in bad condition (stains, worn out, need of repair) others may not fit anymore due to weight loss.
Start making a list of those items you need to REPLACE.
Time For A Lifestyle Evaluation
This is the first step to having a wardrobe that you will really wear. Do the clothes in my closet fit my true lifestyle or am I buying clothes for a life I don’t live? For me personally, I have no need for any professional clothes. I do not work and if I do need to go to a professional setting, I can put together an outfit easily from clothes that I have for Date Night and church.
But if you do ZOOM calls or are heading back to the office, this is a category you might need to re-evaluate. Many office environments have gone casual, some I think have gone too casual and that lost professionalism.
Here are some of the categories that clothes fall under
- Special Occasion/Formal Wear
- Dressy Casual- Includes Date Night/Girl’s Night Out
- Relaxed Casual
- Sporty Casual/Athleisure/Workout
- Swim Wear
- PJ/Under Garments/Shapewear
My Personal Lifestyle Evaluation
What does my personal lifestyle evaluation look like? I need lots of Athleisure/Relaxed Casual style clothes that I can wear very casually for things such as running errands and everyday clothes. These items include short/skort/cropped pants/knit pants and tops to coordinate. This is an area I am really going to be focusing on this year.
Dressy Casual-Date Night/Girl’s Night/Church
Date Night/Girl’s Night Out and clothes for church is another area of my life that I need a functional wardrobe. Last year I really focused on this area and feel I truly have a good grasp with the addition of my Kettlewell Colours clothing. My new purchases allow me to mix and match, putting together very quickly outfits to wear for occasions when I need to “level-up” my looks.
My church is a more “casual” atmosphere where dresses are not needed. I still like to look put together and nice. A typical church outfit for me would be my Ponte knit pants with sleeveless top, adding a cardigan and completing the look with accessories.
Special Occassion/Formal Attire
Special Occasion clothes are for more formal activities such as weddings and other events. COVID has really dropped the need for these items. Also with my husband’s retirement, I no longer have events that I am required to attend. I purchased lots of dresses and outfits for my twin sons’ weddings and those garments can be used for these types of events. Now, I have a good collection of dresses, shoes, and accessories/shapewear. I have no need to purchases anymore, but I will try on some of these garments as I have lost a good bit of weight.
Relaxed Casual-Clothes For Travel
Travel is another area of my wardrobe that I need to think about. Before COVID struck, my husband and I had talked about doing some traveling. Now that we have both had COVID and the “scare” is gone, I would like to do some traveling. I need to have clothes that I can easily pack and will work for sightseeing and travel. Many of my Kettlewell Colours purchases meet this need, but I will be making a list of some of the more spring/summer garments that I would need to put together outfits for warmer weather. I need to work on my Relaxed Casual category.
The Relaxed Casual category is defined by shoes. This category is used to “level-up” your look. If you wear nice sandals, cute slip-on, or canvas shoes with your outfit and add a piece of jewelry or accessories it would fit in this category. This is an outfit you could go out to lunch with your girlfriends.
Athleisure is a “weird” category because depending on who you ask it can really be defined as Sporty Casual. With my recent weight loss, many of the items in this category are stretched out or do not fit. Sporty Casual really defines itself by athletic shoes/Birkenstock or Teva style sandal. If you wear your walking/tennis shoes with the outfit, it is considered a Sporty Casual outfit.
Athleisure would be clothes that are more polyester/elastane while Sporty Casual would be your cotton t-shirts with jeans or denim shorts.
Swim Wear/Resort Clothing
Summer clothing and swimsuit season is where I have lots of holes. Many of my swimsuits are now badly faded and of course the manufacturers are NOT making those styles again. I recently ordered several suits to try on. Because we spend so much time at the beach and lake, this is a “high priority”.
I recently listened to a Facebook Live from Kelly Snyder of Adore Your Wardrobe. As many of you know, she is my “fashion mentor” and I have taken all of her online courses in hopes to get a better grip on fashion, specifically my own wardrobe. One of her recent topics is how we deserve to look good in our loungewear/pajamas.
With that lecture in mind, I need to “level-up” my loungewear/ pajama category. I will be looking for brighter loungewear and pajamas that are in my Winter Seasonal Color Palette but are still comfortable. My undergarments such as bras, panties, and shapewear are in good condition.
Tennis As A Whole Category
I play a lot of tennis. I absolutely love the sport and many weeks I play as much as 3 times a week, especially in the spring. My husband and I have recently taken up pickleball, a tennis-like game played with paddles instead of racquets. Because I play so much, a good bit of my closet is devoted to tennis outfits. I have pieces for both warmer/cooler weather.
I can wear the same garments for pickleball as I do for tennis. Recently I did a huge purge of this section, getting rid of pieces that were not in my color palette and I did not wear. Now I feel like this area is a great condition, ready for the season.
Shoes are Important
Most outfits start with shoes, and with shoes, comfort is the #1 priority. If you have ever dealt with plantar fasciitis you will know how important it is to keep your feet “happy”.
So me as I am planning an outfit for the day or event I really take into consideration my shoes. Comfort-style shoes have really come a long way in terms of style/cuteness. For dressier looks, platform-style shoes or wedges can help keep your feet happy for the evening.
I will be adding more Comfort shoes to help “level-up” my Relaxed Casual outfits. I hope to write a whole blog post on shoes very soon with some of my favorites.
Accessories and Jewelry
This is a category I feel I have well in hand. If anything, I need to pair it down. It is an important category as it can help “level-up” a casual outfit and even balance an outfit for a Pear shape body.
In this category, I have statement necklaces in silver, layered necklaces for a more casual look, and a couple of event necklaces to complete those outfits. I have a nice collection of earrings and bracelets that will help give outfits that “finished” look.
This year I have added more colored scarves that really add pizzaz and interest to my outfits. These will be great as we transition into spring.
How To Evaluate Your Wardrobe For Spring
One of the easiest ways to evaluate your wardrobe for spring is to make a 10-day plan. Plan out 10 outfits that you would wear on a normal week + during the spring months. Then evaluate each outfit to see how you can “level-up” the look. Also, check that the outfits fit you properly, and are in your color palette. Do you have the appropriate shoes to go with each outfit?
Finally think about your accessories for each outfit. Do you have a casual necklace? Maybe you need to update your handbag? Even the Sporty Casual look may need a refresh with new socks and more comfortable tennis shoes.
Finally-Make A List Of Your Spring Wardrobe Needs
You already made a list of items you need to replace. Now you will make a list of “holes” in your wardrobe. Those items you will need to be able to create outfits for your lifestyle that fit properly and you look AWESOME in.
This year my goal is to look my BEST. Especially when I leave my home. COVID restrictions have made it so easy to slack off and grunge down. But taking the time to put makeup on, do our hair, and pick out an outfit that looks good on us will make you feel better, and give you more confidence.
Looking for transitioning pieces for spring? Check out my Moto-Jacket post