See why to makeover your wardrobe for fit, trends and style

over 50 years old style blogger in leather joggers, suede blazer, blouse in red, black, white and brown colors

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.

mature woman in leather pants, sude blazer with booties and polka dot scarf
Back view of business casual spring outfit styled with “long-term” residents of my wardrobe: Orvis suede blazer, Vince leather joggers, Manolo Blahnik booties, Yes Saint Laurent bag, Anne Klein polka dot scarf (all own)

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.

Alaskan blogger in street chic with leather jooging trousers, blazer and zebra print coat
Orvis casual blazer, Vince jogging pants, Manolo Blahnik red boots, Max Mara zebra print pony hair coat, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, YSL tote, Anne Klein square (all own) and blouse c/o Misook

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It’s an outdated view on fashion that one only has to adjust the wardrobe to new trends and new fitting clothes (when your weight changed).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

Nicole carrying a coat on her arm while walking thru snow in heels, jacket and pants
Orvis jacket, Vince joggers, Manolo Blahnik heels, YSL tote, Max Mara coat, Paloma Picasso sunnies, snake buckle statement belt, Anne Klein shwal (all own) and button-down shirt c/o Misook

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 to

Update 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.

midlife blogger in spring work look with trousers, jacket and blouse
Orvis jacket, Vince trousers, Manolo Blahnik footwear, Max Mara zebra coat, Paloma Picasso sunnies, snake buckle belt, YSL purse, black pearl necklace, Anne Klein scarf (all own) and blouse c/o Misook

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.

orange Bellorita large fish satchel
Orange Bellorita large fish satchel
Green-blue color blocked dress
Curved colorblock cotton knit sheath dress
Green ruched sheath
Ruched pleat cotton knit sheath dress

Top of the World Style linkup

Top of the World Style linkup party at High Latitude Style every week on Thursday

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

Top of the World Style Winner Rama in pink sweater, otk boots and striped shorts
Rama, the beauty blogger of Chez Rama became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post

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

Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav Claire Justine in blue dress red shoes
Claire Justine, the lifestyle blogger at Claire Justine xo xo became the Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post

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

Top of the World OOTD My Fav Kim of Fierce Fashion Blog in a great color combination
Kim, the fashion blogger at Fierce Fashion Blog became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post

Kim caught my eyes with the unusual, but awesome color combination of her outfit. She is the blogger at Fierce Fashion Blog.

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Photos of me: G. Kramm

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12 thoughts on “See why to makeover your wardrobe for fit, trends and style

  1. I love you style! So brave wearing heels in the snow! (But what would I know – I am a Florida girl!) Personal style is an evolution – my personal style has changed over the years!

  2. Love your take on this and I need to visit your post about your 17 ways for a closet rehab I start to go through mine as I move over the winter items and bring out the spring again! Are wardrobes def. do change as our personal lives change!

    Carrie

  3. Nicole, this is a very helpful post! And your outfit is stunning. Simple and classic. Thanks for sharing.

    xx Darlene

  4. Interesting post Nicole – thanks for sharing with us. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  5. A good read Nicole. I have to say that sometimes I feel i have the clothes to another person’s life because I have a lot of cocktail dresses and sometimes no where to wear them. I will be reading your 17 steps for a successful closet haul 🙂

  6. Loving your winning choices Nicole! have a super week!
    best wishes
    Ashley x

  7. I love your tips. Upcycling some of my clothes would be a great idea. I can’t sew but i know some diy or no sew. Will have to look them up!
    mireille

  8. Love the green dress! I go through the seasonal closet revamp. I am revamping my spring wardrobe, as there are pieces I am tried of, and need a change. I like your tips!
    jess xx

  9. Thanks for the feature, Nicole! It looks like you are no where near spring with all of that snow! You are so right about one’s style evolving. I’m clicking over to your tips on closet cleaning. Hugs!

  10. WOW Thank you so much. I am so honored to be your top of the world winner.

    I adore your look today. The pants with the burgundy shoes and to top it off with the jacket just fabulous look.

    You nailed the look.

  11. Great post Nicole! I shopped my closet after moving to Florida for about 6 months, so when it was time to get some new ones I knew exactly what I wanted to toss and couldn’t wait to replace things with some new styles!! 🙂

  12. Great ideas about refreshing your wardrobe for the season.
    x, Julie

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