News-flash – it might be time to put away your winter woollies… spring is on its way! That means warmer, sunnier weather, and a chance to wear lighter, less bulky clothing.
If you’d like to give your seasonal style a bit of a ‘spring clean’ without spending a fortune, here are a few top tips to help you.
Getting spring-ready without spending loads
- Get sorting. Pull out all your spring / summer clothes and place them on the bed. Now, start sorting them into piles – those that you’re definitely going to keep, those that you might wear occasionally, and those that need to go to the charity shop or clothing exchange. Sometimes it’s better to be brutal – it gives you more space in your wardrobe, and more room to see what you’ve actually got in there!
- Mix and match. Don’t be afraid to experiment with matching up new items. It’s a great way to create entirely new looks without spending a penny. For example, that shirt you always wear with a pair of jeans? Try it with a mid-length skirt instead. As for those corduroy trousers? Rather than automatically reaching for a tight sleeveless top to go with them, try wearing a t-shirt or long-sleeved top instead.
- Don’t forget the accessories. In winter, most of us end up hiding under chunky jumpers and coats, without paying much attention to accessories. Spring is the perfect time to start wearing some jewellery, or to pull on your favourite floaty head-scarf or belt. Even a change of watch or shoes can alter the appearance of your outfit.
- Think layers. Let’s face it, spring is an unpredictable time of year. One minute it’s hot, the next, it’s pouring with rain. As such, layering your clothing is a great idea. Team up pretty blouses with long-length cardigans, or vest-tops with grungy shirts. A lightweight blazer is ideal for slipping over a tea-dress, and a scarf keeps your neck warm when you’re out and about. Don’t forget the tights too – bare legs can get cold at this time of year.
- Check out the catwalks. You don’t need to be a slave to fashion trends; but sometimes, a bit of inspiration from the catwalks can be a useful thing. For example, this season, there are lots of emerging ‘looks’; from ruching and ruffles, to the gender-neutral style. It’s easy to incorporate a hint of high-fashion into your existing wardrobe; for example, adding a skirt with ruffles, or a man’s shirt. Even a masculine fragrance like Tweed perfume would provide just the right hint of gender neutrality.
- Keep it practical. If you’re a parent, you’ll know that clothing not only has to look good; it has to withstand the daily rigours of having kids too. That means it needs to be suitable for the school run, preparing food, carrying little ones and everything else. If you need your clothing to be practical first and foremost, add just a hint of spring fashion – for example, a cute hairband or a floral blouse.