With spring in full swing, it can be all too easy to introduce heaps of new flirty dresses, trendy jackets, and standout accessories to your warm weather wardrobe. And since the Betty editors love a good shopping spree (who doesn’t?), we know what it’s like to frantically rummage through your overstuffed closet every morning –and it’s not fun. So, before you even get started on adding of-the-moment pieces to your collection, here are a few tips that’ll help you get rid of those too-tight tops and acid wash jeans (shudder) and keep your for-keeps pile organized.
- Be honest. If you’ve been hoarding every cocktail dress you’ve worn since ninth grade, it’s about time to let go. If you haven’t worn a piece within the past year or two, chances are you never will again. And if your snug skinny jeans seem intent on giving you a muffin-top, donate them. Letting go is hard (I’m still mourning my satin LBD), but looking and feeling uncomfortable in your clothes is harder. And think of all of those unflattering Facebook photos. The horror!
- Do good: Donate! Donating gently used professional clothing and accessories to Bottomless Closet can give disadvantaged women a chance to succeed in the workplace. If you live in or near a metropolitan area, there’s a good chance you can drop off your used clothing and shoes at one of Planet Aid’s yellow collection boxes. Since 1997, the nonprofit have been backing international development projects. Click here for service areas. And of course, there’s always Goodwill. Visit the store locator here, where you’ll also have the chance to calculate the impact of your donation. Sweet!
- Host a clothing swap. The saying goes “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” –especially when it comes to fashion. Remember the gal pal who basically drooled over the flirty pleated skirt you’ve grown tired of? Or your BFF’s chunky necklace (you know, the one you’ve had your eye on for ages)? Trade in your old duds for the ones you really want by hosting a clothing swap. It’s easy: Pile up your gently used clothing and accessories, whip up cocktails and snacks (keep them away from the clothes!), and invite your crew over. Whatever’s left can be donated to the charity your group votes on.
- Invest in felt hangers. One of the best things I’ve ever done for my wardrobe was to ditch plastic and wire hangers –which left my tops and jackets misshapen– and drop some cash on felt hangers. Neatfreak clothes hangers ($29.99/50 pack, macys.com) work wonders and look super sleek!
- Sort it out. Even the most expansive, roomy closets can get cluttered faster than you can swipe your credit card. To save time and unneeded stress, sort the pieces in your closet by type and color. The hour or two you use to organize will make getting dressed in the morning a breeze (meaning you can have those 15 extra minutes of sleep every morning!).
Without further ado, here are the fashion forward digs you’ll find us sporting this season. This is the refresher your wardrobe has been waiting for, so go get ‘em, girl. You’ll never look back (we promise)!