There's a lot to look forward to each spring. There's warmer weather, flowers in bloom and the promise of beach season just around the corner. One of my favorite things about spring is the fact that it inspires so many of us to clean out our closets. I'm a ruthless closet editor, going through a purge every few months. When people actually see my closet, they are often shocked at how little clothing I own. At last count, I had 46 pieces (not including shoes). Yet, some may think that's too many, but it's my entire wardrobe, from winter to summer, from coats to evening dresses to casual tops. No matter how your wardrobe looks right now, you'll be helped by the spring style tips below.
Clear Your Closet
One of my biggest style tips each season, but especially Spring, is to clear the clutter. If you haven't work something in 9 months, donate, sell or toss it (unless you're pregnant, you've recently given birth or you expect a dramatic size change soon). You'll find getting dressed much easier once you've eliminated pieces you no longer find relevant.
Invest in Basics
While you may be dying to try a blush-pink, off-the-shoulder top you spotted on your favorite celeb, that type of trend is not where you want to spend your money. You can certainly buy a blush, cold shoulder top, but keep these trendy pieces a minimal part of your overall shopping budget. You want to invest in basic, classic pieces that anchor the rest of your wardrobe--think a perfectly fitted pair of black pants, go-with-everything nude heels, and crisp blouses. While it sounds boring, these pieces are the workhorses that allow you to actually wear your trendier purchases (like that pink blouse) to stand out. Ever feel like you have nothing to wear despite constantly shopping? You may be chasing trends and ignoring your basic wardrobe needs.
Try New Pairings
It's easier than you think to update your winter clothing for spring. Sweaters, jackets and heavier tops can be paired with white jeans and neutral shoes for an instantly brighter look. Don't have white jeans? Any lighter, neutral bottom can work. Maybe you're looking forward to wearing dresses again, but it's still too cold. Layer a pullover sweater or turtleneck over your favorite dress. Wear your layered dress with sneakers for a cool-casual vibe or with patent pumps for a polished, professional look.
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I take the stress out of getting dressed. As a personal fashion stylist in San Diego, I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My blog features practical style advice for women everywhere. I've been addicted to blazers since 2004.