Take any year, search for spring trends and you’ll find a litany of remixed patterns, colors and shapes to inspire ready-to-wear (khaki, khaki, khaki) for the next year. I’m constantly inspired by both high fashion and street style. However, my own spring style revamp is less in the buying and more in the vision-casting. With every season, I build on the process and use it as an opportunity to build my own aesthetic.
Clear Out and Clean Up
A new year, and colder weather, is an apt time to dig through the dusty parts of the closet. As I think about my goals for the next year, I consider my clothing priorities. Depending on what projects I’m tackling, my wardrobe carries a different role. Sometimes, I’m focused on climbing professionally and need to bolster my traditional office-wear to boost my confidence. Other times, I am expanding my artistic side and find it inspiring to simply my style to focus on making. Still other times, I’m feeling gloomy and nostalgic or cheery pieces life my mood.
Absorb and Expand
To create anything, one must breathe in inspiration. The same is true with building out a new look for the season. Personally, my fashion inspiration rarely comes from the runway or the trends around me. Instead, it crosses over from literature, film, and art. I see, watch or read something new. Then, I latch onto the colors, textures, or feelings that match those moods.
“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” —Lauren Hutton
Augment not Makeover
The core of my wardrobe is pretty plain. I stick to one silhouette, flowing tops with fitted shoulders and skinny bottoms (pencil skirts and straight jeans). The change up comes with the shoes, necklaces, bags and hair. Those little touches shake up my look from season to season. Since I like change, a smaller wardrobe actually gives me more versatility. For example, I always keep less than 10 pairs of shoes. So, they wear out much faster. This allows me to keep them current, replacing each pair after eight months or so.
Match and Mix
Finally, I lay out all the pieces and make sure each item works with an outfit. This shows the holes in my wardrobe and ensures nothing drops to the back of the closet. Also, it helps weed out the pieces I don’t love. While it may seem a bit frivilous to put so much care into reworking my wardrobe for the spring seasons, it has become a thoughtful process of preparation. And for the final trick, the castoffs fall into a DIY pile – probably my favorite part. Check out P.S. I Made This and Mark Montano to get some attainable ideas to augment your wardrobe.
For now, I’m collecting some inspiration for Spring and Summer 2017 below. Sound off on your favorite looks on my facebook page.