Wardrobe Cleanse – Get Ready for Spring

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring


I don’t know about you, but since we are now creeping up on February, I’m starting to turn my wardrobe thoughts to spring. I know, I know, it’s still a bit far away, and it sure does still feel like winter here in Northern California (okay – it’s nothing compared to some really cold parts of the country, but relatively speaking). But the days are getting a tiny bit longer, and spring is now only eight weeks away. The stores are clearing out their winter merchandise and making room for fresh spring clothes. Maybe we should think about doing the same.

Spring invites us to turn over a new leaf, to emerge anew, to refresh. A wardrobe cleanse is a fun way to get ready for the new season. Out with the old, in with the new! Make room in your closet, yes. But more than that, spend a little time reviewing what you have in your winter closet and also in your spring collection.

Out with the Old

The end of a season is a perfect time to take a look at what you have loved wearing and what you haven’t. It’s fresh in your mind. We aren’t ready put away our warmer clothes. But by now you probably have a pretty good idea of what has been left hanging in your closet unworn over the season. Are these things you want to hang on to for next season? Why haven’t you worn them? Can they pass the “sparks joy” test? (More about that in this post: Closet Purge – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?) One way to keep track of what you have and haven’t worn over the season is to turn all your hangers backwards on the closet rod. When you wear something, put it back with the hanger the right way. At the end of the season, you’ll have a visual of what you’ve been using and what you haven’t.

Next, make a list of your favorite fall and winter pieces – you know, the things you’ve worn over and over. Those items that don’t make this list are things you should seriously consider donating. Special occasion pieces get a pass – if it’s a party look you love, you may want to keep it even though the number of times you’ve worn it might be few.

Then do a little prep for your next year’s fall-winter wardrobe. Jot down items you need to fill in to help complete outfits (e.g., black sweater, red cardigan, white shirt, dark green jeans, etc.). You may not be purchasing them now as the winter fashion season draws to a close, but it will really help next season when you are adding to your fall and winter wardrobe and feel tempted by those ads that float into your Facebook newsfeed or the abundant seasonal sales.

Bring in the New

As you get ready to transition to a spring and summer wardrobe, it’s good to use the same process. If you did this at the end of last summer, then you’ll be ready to fill in useful wardrobe pieces. If you’re just starting, have fun with it!

Evaluate what pieces you want to keep and what needs to go. If you don’t love it, if it doesn’t make you feel great when you wear it, if it doesn’t SPARK JOY, then that’s a sign that it’s time to say goodbye. Make room for some new spring pieces.

Now the fun starts!

A great place to start refreshing your spring and summer wardrobe is by integrating a few new colors. Take a look at the 2017 Pantone spring/summer colors below. You will likely find that you already have something that falls into one of these color ranges – it doesn’t have to be the identical shade. And stores are definitely going to be featuring these colors in the spring and summer fashion offerings.

2017 Pantone colors for spring-summer:


Getting ready for the spring-summer season is pretty much the same process of curation that you did at the end of the winter season. The only difference is that you’ll be creating a list of things you want to add now or in the very near future since the spring season is upon us. Spend a little time focused on what you really need so that your shopping is effective and you end up with things you’ll wear, work with things you already own, and you don’t end up spending money on the wrong things.

A helpful tool is the Stylebook app (available for iPhone and iPad). You can use this app to photograph your individual clothing pieces and then save them in categories. Then you can easily create outfits from the clothing inventory that is stored in the app. It makes outfit planning and shopping for specific pieces that work with some of your current pieces a breeze.

I’m getting tired of my cold weather wardrobe and the darker colors that I have. I’m ready for some spring colors, fabrics, and colors to perk me up! So I’m counting the weeks and looking forward to adding a couple of spring trend looks. I’ll let you know how my wardrobe cleanse goes!

And a P.S. to Last Week’s Post: Dressing to Look Slimmer

When I wrote last week’s post with some tips for using fashion and style to give you a slimmer silhouette, I had wanted to show some examples. However, a few things prevented me from doing that:

  1. I am not very good (yet!) at mirror selfies, and I don’t have a photographer (but I’m recruiting my husband as my photographer in the future).
  2. My iPhone 5s camera is not very good and the quality of photos is poor.
  3. I’m a bit self conscious about putting my photos out there since there are aspects of my figure that I’d rather not highlight (delicately said!).

But I decided to offer a few examples of the tricks I was talking about last week. The collage images I included in the post last week were nice (and fun to make), but they don’t really give a visual in the same way.

So what changed to convince me to put some photos out there?

  1. I’ve been researching and practicing mirror selfies and they’re getting a little better.
  2. I got a new iPhone 7 Plus!!!!! So exciting to finally upgrade my technology. And what a difference! I’ve included photos below from both phones just to validate my “story” about the quality of 5s vs. 7 Plus  photos. (The first set of photos is from the 5s, but I’m sure you could tell!)
  3. I’m trying to get over focusing on my  figure “imperfections,” because we are NOT perfect. And do we really want to be?

I hope these photos are helpful in illustrating some of the tips from last week.


















  1. marie
    January 20, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    I LOVE this last outfit with the green jacket…very flattering…I also enjoy reading your posts.

    PS…My cousin is Val!

    • January 20, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      Hi Marie,

      Thank you SO much for your comment and compliment! I love this jacket also (I have another in a sand color). The lines are very flattering. It’s a French terry by a company called Testimony. So comfortable. Say hi to Val. Feel free to share feedback anytime.


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