To ring in the first day of spring, many people will undertake the arduous task of spring cleaning.
Lauren Murphy met with lifestyle and fashion consultant Judson Aikens to take one of the toughest places, the closet.
Here's advice straight from Judson:
Screen for Quality and Fit
For the first point, I'll talk about how it's important to make sure all of your essentials are up to par. Throughout the year, if your favorite heels have gotten a little too worn for example- now's the time to fix or replace them. Making sure your favorite items are in good condition is important to secure a firm foundation from which your wardrobe can be expanded. In addition to quality, this is the perfect time to scan for fit. If you've been working out getting ready for swimsuit season, now is the time to have that shirt tailored a little bit to make sure the lines are most flattering for your figure.
Identify Lonely Pieces
After that, this second point dives into an often overlooked area- identifying what I call lonely pieces. Throughout the year we all pick up a top, a skirt, a fun pair of pants that we say “I'll find something to go with this” and then it ends up hanging in our closet forever. Spring is the time to pull out those unique pieces and figure out what to do with them. One major trend now for example is to pair bright bold patterns or colors with softer more subtle neutrals. So take that fun hot pink peplum top and mix it with a great camel colored skirt or bag.
One In, One Out
This third point focuses more on quantity and closet maintenance. As you introduce a new item into your life, my suggestion is to remove an item that you love less. Eventually you'll end up with a closet full of things that make you happy, and you'll be less cluttered along the way. The key here is coming to the realization that you can live without it. Believe it or not, the world of fashion will always produce fabulous new things that can replace the pieces you need to let go of. You just have to enjoy the search and learn what works for you.