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Orvis suede blazer, Vince leather joggers, Manolo Blahnik booties, structured bag, Max Mara zebra print coat, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, snake buckle belt, Yes Saint Laurent bag, Anne Klein silk scarf (all own) and blouse c/o Misook
  1. Spring closet cleaning
    • Personal style is an evolution, not a constant
    • Accept changes in your style preferences
    • Adjust your style to your new lifestyle
    • Avoid guilty feelings by donating to charity
  2. What’s currently missing in my closet?
  3. Top of the World Style linkup
    • Top of the World Style Winner
    • Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav
    • Top of the World OOTD My Fav

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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. Donating them to charity gives them a second life and someone can save with second hand wardrobe additions.


mature woman in leather pants, sude blazer with booties and polka dot scarf

Alaskan blogger in street chic with leather jooging trousers, blazer and zebra print coat
Outfit details: Orvis suede blazer, Vince leather joggers, Manolo Blahnik booties, Yes Saint Laurent bag, Anne Klein polka dot scarf, Max Mara zebra print pony hair coat, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, YSL tote, Anne Klein square (all own) and blouse c/o Misook (all own)

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/or 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. Typically, your body changes especially fast in midlife. Hand-in-hand goes the evolution of your personal style. Add lifestyle changes to the mix. 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 when 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

These adjustments also give you the lust and motivation to dress your best every day.

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

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.


Nicole carrying a coat on her arm while walking thru snow in heels, jacket and pants

midlife blogger in spring work look with trousers, jacket and blouse
Outfit details: 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. Recall one woman’s trash can be another woman’s treasure.

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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

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


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


Congrats Ladies! Grab your award buttons.

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Photos of me: G. Kramm

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. lovezenenergy

    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!


  3. aquamarinastyle

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

    xx Darlene

  4. Jacqui Berry

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


    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. Lazy Daisy Jones

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

  7. mireilleftm

    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!

  8. Jess

    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. fiercefashion

    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. chezrama

    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. Chrissy Rowden

    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. This Main Line Life

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

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