I am so happy that Spring is here! That means longer and warmer days, blue sky, and sunshine. And if you haven’t already, it is time to start moving dark colors and thick fabrics out of your wardrobe and substitute them with more cheerful whites, yellows, greens, blues, and pinks. And this means, more shopping! Of course, it is important to know how to shop smarter to build a fun and versatile Spring wardrobe without breaking the bank. Now, we usually think of shopping as a fun thing to do, and it is fun, but with all the temptations waiting for us in every store we walk into, the flowers, the ruffles, the colors, it is easy to spend big bucks on things we don’t need. I am certainly no angel and I too make impulse purchases, and sometimes they result in a cute additions to my wardrobe. Usually, though, I find that whenever I ever resist from an impulsive purchase and then see the item a few days later, I often do not love it as much any more. Anyhow, my typical approach to building my seasonal wardrobe is pretty pragmatic and consists of three steps and they help me to with decision how to shop.
1. Inventory your wardrobe.
Have you ever bought a top that looks very much like a top you already have in your closet? I certainly have, so I try not to go on a shopping spree without knowing what I have and what I need. I look at what classic basics are missing from my wardrobe and what seasonal items I have from the last few years. And I use my findings as a base to build the rest of Spring wardrobe on. To my happy surprise, my recent inventory finding showed a lack of both basics and trendy items. Great fun for me, not so much fun for my bank hehe.
2. Notice trends.
Do check out the trends. They truly refresh the wardrobe and the way we feel when wear our clothes. Usually trends come down to types of fabrics, shapes, and colors. This Madewell pullover in the refreshing ‘blue mist’ color is one of my first purchases of Spring casual basics. Light color always makes me feel and look brighter and better. (I am also eying this J.Crew ‘Summerweight’ basic sweater in pink, now on sale.)
I truly plan what I want in my closet. This step is a big money saver. I plan what type of item would look good and mix and match well. I check out different stores and different items online, look at prices. I also take time to read reviews (this one is a must!) because I want my clothes to be of a good quality and not get destroyed after a wash. Also, leave some space for fun items. For example, these Wildfox sunglasses were last Summer’s trendy item, but they just added so much fun to any casual look, and definitely brought many compliments. I’m sure I’ll wear them for more than just a season. (I have too much to say about planning a wardrobe, let me know if you would prefer me to write a separate post on the topic!)
Anyhow, these are the three steps I take when it comes to how to shop. Did I miss anything? Do you have any tips? Write in your comments below, would so love to hear from you!!
In this story:
Rag & Bone jeans, old (New style here)
Kate Spade handbag, old (similar by Vince Camuto here)