Before I switch out my fall/winter for spring/summer, there is a transition period. In the past I don’t think I navigated this period very well. I am going to explore some ways I can navigate the winter to spring closet change and hopefully I can provide some insight for you as well. Let’s talk about where I went wrong before. One year when it was warm I switched out my fall/winter wardrobe for my spring/summer wardrobe, it was WAY too early. Nothing worked style wise, I was always cold and felt like I had nothing to wear. Another year I thought putting away the heaviest sweaters would provide a better wardrobe to work with, but the colours of my blouses didn’t work and I couldn’t create the outfits I wanted.
My new idea for the switch is to partially change out pieces from both seasons. This way I can have the best of both worlds. A wardrobe that functions, feels like it is in season and the perfect warmth balance. As I try to figure out my personal style, I am starting to see that I really know what I like and am against. If I put on an outfit I don’t feel good in or doesn’t feel polished, it’s not going anywhere. This is a great place to be, I definitely know what I don’t like. Now to figure out the style of outfits I absolutely LOVE.
3 Tips on How to Slowly Transition Your Wardrobe into Spring
Look at your colour palette
If your fall/winter wardrobe has more neutrals, with pops of colour for example dark green and orange, maybe you can pull out some of those richer colours and substitute for something lighter. Keeping neutrals year round is great, but then you need to look at the colours that work for you in each season. In spring you might introduce creams, light pinks, and soft greens, however it depends on what colours work for you.
Exchange items in your wardrobe
Don’t overload your wardrobe with spring/summer pieces or keep all of your winter clothing. For example swap a long sleeve winter blouse for a short sleeve spring blouse. This way you are still trying to build a cohesive wardrobe. In the case of sweaters you might want to put all of the heavier ones away. In this case maybe you will bring out lighter jackets like a jean jacket or bomber jacket that would layer well for spring
Don’t forget about footwear
I always make the mistake of not looking at my footwear! Then halfway through spring I realize my shoes and boots have taken over the closet. It’s a good idea to put away heavier boots and any style you have that is more fall/winter based. Then all of the shoes in your closet will be in season!
A lot of people don’t have extra storage, but if you are able to put away seasonal items it really helps to navigate your wardrobe throughout the year. I use a small container for shoes and then have a chest below my clothes where I can place all the clothing I am currently not using. There are also those bags you vacuum, they don’t take up much room at all! Each year as the seasons would change I would be so frustrated with my wardrobe and feel like I had nothing to wear. Putting away the non-seasonal clothing made a HUGE difference. When I look in my wardrobe I am excited to wear everything! I don’t have to search through light coloured blouses or sandals.
Anyone else have seasonal wardrobe tips? I am in a learning phase when it comes to my personal style and wardrobe, so love hearing what others have done.