As the temperatures rise and you begin to change your wardrobe, you might realize you don’t have anything to wear this summer. Before you just start buying random summer clothes, take a look at what you have and take an organized approach to shopping so you can build a balanced and functional summer wardrobe.
Sort It Out
Go through what you already own first before you shop. Try on clothes that you’re not sure about to see if they still fit and if you still like the style. Get rid of anything that is worn thin, out of style or ill-fitting. This gives you a clean slate for your new wardrobe.
Now document what you have left. Write down how many pairs of shorts, summer skirts, tank tops, dresses and shirts you have. You might also note the colors so you don’t double up on similar items.
Think About Your Style
You might see tons of cute sundresses at the store, but if you’re not a dress girl they’ll probably spend the summer hanging in your closet. It’s okay to try new styles, but consider what you’re most comfortable wearing. Let this guide what you choose for your summer wardrobe.
Fill in the Gaps
Now that you know what you like and what you have that will still work this summer, you need to fill in the gaps. Decide how many more of each type of item you need. If you only have one good pair of shorts, you’ll probably need at least two or three more. If you have 10 tank tops that still fit well, you probably don’t need anymore.
Now that you’ve figured out what you need, you can head to the mall with a clear idea of what you want. Don’t be afraid to try on styles you might normally choose. You might be surprised how well you like something that isn’t usually your style. Try everything on for fit. Look at the construction of the pieces to make sure they will hold up well.
When possible, find pieces that you can mix and match. For example, you might buy a dressy tank top that goes with a maxi skirt you bought plus shorts and capris you already own. This gives you more outfit possibilities without buying several complete outfits.
Don’t forget to accessorize your new summer wardrobe. Buy a few summery jewelry pieces that will complement the outfits you bought. A few new pairs of sandals gets your feet ready for summer fun in the sun.