Spring closet cleaning
When you are a regular reader, you already know that I apply every season these 17 easy steps for a closet overhaul. Each time, I am astonished how many pieces that looked perfectly right in the last season are a Nay in the new season.
Yes, there are these items that have to be perenially replaced like white Tees. After wearing them for a season they look either slightly gray or yellow, maybe even both when you look at the underarm section. The better ones had served as underwear in the cold Alaskan winter. I tossed the other ones already in fall when I created a working fall wardrobe. It’s a normal that white T-shirts are on the shopping list.
I search for high quality white T-shirts in the men’s department to save. See how you can save when shopping to update your spring wardrobe.
Personal style is an evolution, not a constant
This time around, I had a lot of pieces in my donation bag. They were perfectly in shape, but I recognized that I wore them barely or not at all last season. I still love them, but they seem not to be right anymore. Don’t get me wrong. Their look still is great, but I just have the feeling I would like them better if only they were 2-3 inch (5-7.5 cm) longer or an inch wider than they are. So they are just not so me anymore.
Accept changes in your style preferences
It’s an outdated view on fashion that one only has to adjust the wardrobe to new trends and new fitting clothes (when your weight changed). On the contrary, to look and feel your best ever, you have to adjust to your personal evolution which is especially fast in midlife. Hand-in-hand goes the evolution of your personal style. Thus, there is no reason for fear of progress in style. It’s part of midlife. Every woman goes thru these changes, even a fashion and style blogger. In deed, today I prefer sleek and fitted with an inch of ease rather than skin tight, and the hem a hand above the knee rather than two.
Remember: Great style is not about how many clothes a woman have in her wardrobe
Adjust your style to your new lifestyle
Clothes convey a message. They can tell the world who you are today, i.e. who you have become. Are your clothes lying about you and your achievements? If so, you may reconsider whether it’s what you want. If not, change it. Need help with what your primary personal style is? Take this free style personality quiz.
As an empty-nester, orphan, divorcee, or when re-entering the work force, retirement, becoming a grandma, or upon starting to finally pursue a life-long dream like running your own buisness or selling your art, your personality grows. Like you out-grew you clothes fast during your childhood and teenage years, you out-grow the style that worked for you so long as you were a stay-at-home mom, a soccer mom, John Doe’s wife, A.J. Squared-Away’s daugther, Jane Doe’s mother, you get the idea.It's ok to adjust your wardrobe to the evolution of your personal style. #agelesstyle Click To Tweet
Thus, the new Do is toUpdate your wardrobe for fit, trends and style. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
Think about upcycling beloved clothes
Of course, some dresses can be shortened to be worn as tops or tunics. Others may feel right with a matching underskirt that “adds” length as it sticks out of the shorter skirt or dress. There are many tutorials out there on how to shorten a high low hem maxi dress, how an old unwanted shirt can be revived to a beautiful skirt or even how to upcycle how to upcycle boots to look trendy, just to give some examples. You may even think about updating old wardrobe favorites by dyeing when the colors are no longer so you or just because you want to take up one of this seasons It colors.
However, there were also those pieces that can’t be “upcycled.”
Avoid guilty feelings by donating to charity
And yes, I could wear these pieces another season or two. However, most likely I will barely wear them and if, I wouldn’t feel my best in them. Therefore, it’s much better to donate them to charity as then someone will wear them and feel their best. Also donating them makes me feel less guilty about not wearing them any longer despite they are still perfectly fine.When you feel less than awesome in a piece of your clothing, donate it to charity. #sustainablefashion Click To Tweet
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What’s currently missing in my closet?
I mean except for the white T-shirts? Well, more than my credit card can handle! 😉 LOL. The top three priorities are a green dress, a new orange handbag, and a pair of strappy sandals. I am lusting these items.
Top of the World Style linkup
Welcome to the 198th Top of the World Style linkup. I hope this time the party will run smoothly despite it’s the “new party room.”
Top of the World Style Winner
Rama, the beauty blogger at Chez Rama won the title Top of the World Style Winner. What a great winter to spring transition outfit! Love the pin arrangement in her hair too.
Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav
Claire Justine at Claire Justine became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav because you visited her post the most often. Her outfit matches the color of that huge pot. Great outfit photo idea!
Top of the World OOTD My Fav
Kim caught my eyes with the unusual, but awesome color combination of her outfit. She is the blogger at Fierce Fashion Blog.
Congrats Ladies! Grab your award buttons.See these awesome looks at the Top of the World Style #linkup party. #timelessstyle Click To Tweet
P.S. Like these outfit inspirations? Please feel free to pin them to your own Pinterest board.
Photos of me: G. Kramm
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