Edit Yourself – Starting With Your Wardrobe
By: Lexi Smith
Last week the weather was so beautiful and I was inspired to change out winter clothes for spring and summer. So, now you know who to blame for the unpleasant change in temperatures and the non-stop rain we have currently. I sincerely apologize. At least I didn’t put in my screens – which would have prompted snow. In the meantime, as the weather continues to be unpredictable, I’m struggling to find clothes that can take me from a chilly morning through temperature increases in the afternoon, and dramatic drops by evening. Here are some thoughts:
- Layering is essential right now. I typically start off with a silk tee, a blouse or shirt, and a blazer or cardigan. With the fashion trends, I can also add a light weight scarf to complete the look.
- Pants are my staple during the early spring months – mostly because I don’t know how else to cover my legs. Opaque tights are a bit much, while traditional pantyhose seem dated – and it’s just too cold to go bare. Right now the trend with trousers is wide legs – which I love!
- Trench coats are all the rage – and I use mine like a blazer. I have a short trench that is great to layer with a light weight sweater.
While I was coordinating these in-between winter/spring and spring/summer looks, I edited my wardrobe significantly. I could tell last season that I was itching for a style up-date – and I decided now was the time to do it.
I create three piles: Give/Sell; Trash; Keep
Give/Sell – anything that does not fit. Do not save it in hopes that it will once again fit. Even if that day comes – it will be out of style – or your style will have changed. You can give it away to a charitable organization and get a tax credit, or sell it on consignment and add to your mad money stash. Doing either of these will make you feel much better than keeping something that doesn’t fit – and makes you feel guilty for adding on a couple of extra pounds!
Trash – anything that is damaged. Do not – I don’t care how much you paid for it – give away damaged clothes. Examine your give pile carefully. If it isn’t in gently worn shape – pitch it.
Keep – only those items that look great on you – and make you feel great. Most importantly – you need to feel great in your clothes. If you don’t – you won’t feel good about yourself. We all have our bad luck outfit – the one that just doesn’t help our self-esteem. No need to keep it anymore. If it doesn’t fit you physically or emotionally – time to let it go.
If you have some things in your piles that fall into – “I don’t know” – call a trusted friend to help you make the decision.
Now add something from this list of spring and summer trends for a style boost.
- Light weight scarves in bright colors
- Classic trench in neutral
- A boyfriend blazer in black or tan
- Denim – anything and in any color
- Printed tops (the bolder the better)
- Maxi dress
- Wedge heels
- Wide leg trousers
- Big floppy hat (think 1970s)
- An unstructured purse
Lexi Smith is a lifestyle guru for the woman seeking positive change. She is owner and creative director of Being Fabulous!, a consultation and personal shopping service designed to help clients achieve a higher quality of life by finding their own signature style.