Spring Up Your Wardrobe

Winter to SpringFinally it is spring, like really spring, like sunlight and warm days and flowers blooming. So now it is time to fully embrace your spring wardrobe. Let go of your wools, pack away those sweaters and bring life and harvest to the season of warmer weather and longer days.

How do you spring your wardrobe to life both, literally and figuratively?

First step is to understand that there is still a chance that we will get another deep freeze. So, heavy coats can go to the storage. Now, don’t put everything away, spring still has chilly mornings, warm days and cold nights. This is when you bring your lighter outerwear to the front of your closet. Your denim jackets, trench coat, and blazers will now be your outerwear. And bring a scarf just in case; a silk one adds a touch of chic.

A hat is still cute, but no more wool beanie. Wear a dapper lighter-weight fedora, a leather cap, or even a floppy hat, especially for a morning walk. Toss the gloves off, let your fingers breath. The chances of frostbite are low now, especially in New York. What else can we store away to bring life into our Spring attire? Oh yes, snow boots- hide them, but keep your funky ankle booties until right before Memorial Day.

Lighten up not only with the layers, but with color. Either go for Marsala, an Earthy reddish brown which is flattering on everyone, or try bold jewel tones that radiate an aura of enthusiasm. Yellow is one of the most approachable colors in the world. Pink represents femininity but a man can be just as dapper in blush.

This past winter was rough on us mentally, physically and fashionably. Let’s really embrace and capture spring by having the wardrobe to match the outdoors.

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

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