LOCKDOWN SPRING OUTFITS 🌼 | Curating my wardrobe + a Spring Lookbook
In January 2020, I was convinced my spring would consist of me strutting the streets sipping on my iced latte and showing off my latest outfits, but it seems the universe had a different plan for us all. However, just because we're in quarantine doesn't mean that we can't get all dressed up - even if it's for your daily walk. It's surprising how changing from your loungewear or PJ's to actual clothes can really change your mood and mindset. Over the last few weeks, I have curated my wardrobe and exchanged the cosy jumpers for the lightweight shirts. I'm going to guide you through how I curated my wardrobe as well as showing you a selection of spring outfits!
THINGS YOU'RE GOING TO NEED
To make the process a little easier I would suggest getting the following:
Storage boxes or Vacuum packs. These come in all different sizes to fit your space and they're pretty inexpensive to buy. This is all down to personal preference on if you want easy access to your clothes "just in case" - in that regard I would suggest a storage box.
A bag(s) for any clothes you decide to sell or donate (be it to a friend or a charity) that you are no longer planning to wear
HOW DO YOU CURATE YOUR WARDROBE FOR SPRING?
My advice would be to do it in stages otherwise, you may end up with the entire contents of your wardrobe on your bedroom floor. Start by taking out all the items you have been wearing during winter, I assume items like warm coats, knitwear, jumpers, thick flannels, winter jeans etc. Then move on to accessories. Things such as hats, gloves and scarves, items that you aren't going to need during the warmer months of the year. Finally, remove any other garments that correlate with winter. Okay, now that you have taken out all your winter items, you can go ahead and fold them up - there are tons of methods online for how to do this effectively - and box them up or vacuum pack them.
All the winter items are now out of the way and in storage until later in the year. You should be left with your core items like t-shirts, shirts etc. At this point, I would suggest finding out any clothes you may have set aside from last year. I have a suitcase where I put all of my clothes from summer so I got that out and started adding it into my wardrobe. This is where I would begin to categorise the clothes - of course, this varies from person to person so just find a system that works for you!
(I hope you read that in RuPaul's voice) To help you out, here are the categories I use when it comes to organising my clothes:
Shorts + Jeans + Trousers
Jackets + Coats
The best way to visualise it is this: Imagine your wardrobe is a clothing website (like Asos for example) and you want to easily access the correct item for you.
EXTRA INFO: Because I am extremely pedantic with these sorts of things, I also colour coordinate my hanging clothes.
Hopefully, by the end of this process, you should be left with a wardrobe full of clothes ready for the spring and summer weather. Even though it's likely that we won't be going to many places, it still feels good to dress up for yourself and strut your stuff in the garden or around the local park.
WHAT TO WEAR ON A TRIP TO THE KITCHEN?
As most of us will be staying indoors, I've put together a couple of casual outfits that still represent spring but are still comfy enough for your daily household chores. This could be cooking, cleaning, lounging around or creating the latest viral TikTok - the house is your oyster!
LET ME CAST SOME SHADE
If you're lucky enough to have access to a garden, this is the perfect time to dig out those summer hats and retro shades! It may not be the beaches of Ibiza, but who doesn't love a little outing in the garden? I find it so serene to sit in the garden with a good book and listen to the birds tweeting, the distant sound of a lawnmower (or twelve), or even some music. This is your chance to turn your garden into a fashion show for your neighbours. Think Elle Woods or Meredith from 'The Parent Trap', that's the vibe we're going for here!
A WALK IN THE PARK
Make sure you're sticking to the 2metre rule. We have been blessed with some lovely weather this spring and I have taken full advantage when and where I can. I love going on walks in open fields and hidden pathways. There's always a peaceful spot where you can have a secret picnic. You really can't go wrong with a white tee and culottes.
GO FORTH AND BLOSSOM
We're going to be in lockdown for quite some time, so now is the perfect opportunity to curate your wardrobe - out with the old and in with the new. I hope that you gained some tips from the post and that you had some inspiration and motivation to create some spring outfits of your own.
The outfits I have chosen to wear are tailored to no specific gender and can be worn by anyone. Tweak things here and there to suit your own style. This is a topic that I think I shall revisit in a future post, but for now, you can just enjoy the pastels and the shades.
As well as creating this blog post, I also have a YouTube video featuring a lookbook of all these outfits so you should go check it out for some more style inspo!