Winter to Spring Closet Transition
I’m pining for spring about now. I keep thinking that I should write a post about the typical “winter to spring transition outfits” theme that so many bloggers are doing at this time of year. But I really don’t feel like jumping on that bandwagon right now. It’s kind of simple, really, figuring out what to wear during this in-between time when the weather is still saying winter and your feeling like it should be saying spring. Layering is the key and throwing in some spring-like colors.
What about when you are so tired of opening your closet and being greeted by shades of black, gray, and brown. When it feels like those winter sweaters, that seemed so perfect a couple of months ago, are just adding bulk to your body.
It’s time for a winter to spring CLOSET transition!
If you’re like me – or really like just about everyone – there are clothes in your closet that you wear infrequently but still hang on to . . . because you used to love them. But we don’t love them anymore, so why are they still taking up valuable closet real estate?* I definitely have a few of those pieces in my winter closet. I used to feel really great wearing them, but those days are gone, and, still, I keep trying to make them work. It’s time for them to go – I’m ready!
And then there are those clothes that you integrate regularly into your winter wardrobe, but you know you won’t be wearing through the spring and summer seasons.
It’s a good time to start looking toward spring style and transition your closet just a bit. This doesn’t have to be a huge project. I spent about 30 minutes going through the process that’s documented here. And, truly, it felt so great a the end!
*(A good guideline for trying to decide what to keep and what to let go of is the KonMari method (named for Marie Kondo, author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”) of organizing, which includes determining whether individual items “spark joy.” If you’d like to learn more about this method and book, check out this post.)
Transitioning My Closet from Winter to Spring
The idea to do a small closet winter to spring transition grew out of my desire to be wearing more spring-y looks, but still dealing with a pretty cold March (by California standards – I know it’s wimpy). Since I’m not able to really embrace some spring in my wardrobe quite yet, I thought moving my closet toward spring would be a little uplifting and make some room for some perky colors at least.
The first and easiest thing to do was to pull out things that I don’t wear much and that I’m not enjoying enough to put them into the rotation again. Do these pants spark joy? NO! The gray jeans are actually kind of a spring style – skinny and ankle-length. But I just never feel good wearing them. I’m tired of trying to talk myself into them. The burgundy pants – kind of the same. They feel just a tad tighter than is comfortable and since I like the color, I replaced them this season with a pair of my favorite AG jeans in burgundy (which I love). And burgundy isn’t really a spring-y color anyway.
What’s in your closet that doesn’t make you feel great when you are wearing it? It’s time to let it go.
The Easy Decisions
Used to like these tops but I hate them now. I have no idea why they are still hanging in my closet. They make me feel a little dowdy. I am saying goodbye.
Moving Those Winter Clothes Until Next Time
Now these are sweaters I still like. But they are definitely winter. I’m going to move them into another closet to hibernate until next winter. Hmmmm. Now that I look at that blue one I realize that I haven’t worn it all year. It may be time to rethink hanging on to it for another season.
Do you do that? Move out-of-season clothes into a different closet until you are ready to wear them again? I think it makes it kind of fun when you rediscover clothes that you haven’t seen for six months. They feel fresh again.
These are also things I still like, just pretty winter-y looking. The long green blouse could be a spring thing if it wasn’t such a deep, dark green. The gray sparkly sweater is something fun to wear around the holidays. I will look forward to rediscovering both of these next fall/winter season.
These fabrics say winter: velour and velvet. This top with the velour cowl neck and the velvet jeans are fun, and I will definitely want to incorporate them back into my winter closet.
And Then There Are Those Undecided Items
I’ve had this sweater for a long time. I don’t wear it much – in fact, I haven’t worn it at all this year. Which probably means I should move it along. But I keep thinking I really like it. So I’m going to hang on to it for another season and move it out of the closet for now.
These Could Still Work
These corduroy jeans had me in a quandary. To me, corduroy = fall/winter. But these colors! Mint green and rosey/salmon. They are perfect colors for spring.
Where I live not far from the coast in Northern California, our springs – and even our summers – can be a mix of high and low temps, with mornings and evenings dipping into the low 60’s and afternoon temps getting up to the high 80’s, all on the same day! Since these thin-wale corduroys are fairly lightweight, I decided to leave them in my transitioning closet for now.
Obviously, I’m a fan of denim shirts. I think it’s a timeless, classic, casual look, especially in springtime. So these will stay as I know I’ll be enjoying my denim shirts over the coming months.
Feeling a Bit Lighter
Here’s the pile that of clothes that will be moving out of my closet. I do feel like I’ve shed some weight.
There are still things left in there that will work while I am waiting for that sunny, warm, spring sun to entice me into my spring wear. And I’ve made a little space to slide something in that adds color and lightness among the dark winter wear.
And Next . . .
So . . . maybe I’ll need to tackle the bootie situation next!
About My Closet
I moved out of my closet a couple of years ago. My bedroom closet, I mean.
I’d always wished that my husband and I had separate closets. Not because we were cramped in our closet. It’s a pretty good sized walk-in. But I just thought it would feel better organized if we could separate our stuff. Plus, I get up earlier than my husband, so I usually dressed in partial darkness so as not to wake him.
At that time a I moved out of the bedroom closet, we’d recently become permanent empty nesters. All the chicks had flown the coop and were not likely to be returning for longer than visits. We had these empty bedrooms – such a waste of space. So I decided that one of those empty bedrooms would make a perfect dressing room/closet for me!
It was a bit annoying at first to have to leave my bedroom to get dressed. But I got used to it. I purchased a makeup table, set up a dresser, moved my clothes into the closet, installed a large, full-length mirror, and, in more recent months, added a couple of additional clothing racks.
I love it!
If you have a spare bedroom that is rarely occupied, consider giving yourself the gift of your own dressing room.