by Sue Kantor

Spring is in the… Mall

Just as I was completing my winter wardrobe by taking advantage of the end of season sales, spring arrived in the department stores!

The temptation of the delightful spring and summer clothes are everywhere. My inbox is exploding with “must haves” or “essentials” from major retailers, fashion bloggers and NY, Milan, and Paris Fashion weeks.

Closet for male professionals

Image by Pantone | Pantone Fashion Color Report | September 2013

 

All the new, lightweight fabrics and bold, vibrant colors are so enticing! My eye is especially veering toward Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid.

Like me, you are probably very tempted to BUY NOW, but before we all give in to the barrage of advertising for the upcoming season, I suggest we ask ourselves these questions:

    1. When is the last time you reviewed your spring/summer wardrobe pieces?  If you are like me, it is easy to forget what you wore six or more months ago. Before you go whipping out your wallet, evaluate what you have that still reflects your personal style. By reviewing your wardrobe before you go shopping, you can narrow in on what your closet is missing. (see Do You Know What’s in Your Closet?)
    2. Are you going on vacation soon? Now is a great time to buy vacation wardrobe pieces; some of the best merchandise is available over the next month for the entire season.
    3. What pieces need to be “updated”? Typically certain garments such as white pants, a staple in the warmer weather, need be replaced every few years. What is the condition of yours? If you have difficulty in finding the right pant fit (which is the hardest thing to buy for most women) now is a great time to start looking.

Now that you’ve considered your wardrobe reasonably, don’t forget to take advantage of the new looks available! Certain pieces are important to buy early in the season, even if you cannot buy on sale. Some of the most interesting styles are available in March and April, so keep an eye out and splurge on key pieces that work well with your existing wardrobe.

So when you’re in the dressing room waffling over a potential spring purchase, remember to evaluate the garment objectively. Is it the right style and fit for you? Is the color flattering to your skin? Will the piece work in your current wardrobe? Is it something you can wear often—work and after hours?

If you are answering “yes”, then I say go for it. After all, if the weather keeps preventing the sprouting of spring, we may as well enjoy the season by looking fabulous indoors!

Would love to hear how you are celebrating spring fashion.

Sue Kantor

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