There are many ways to find joy in your day-to-day life. Whether it’s decluttering your home, finding a new job you truly love or embracing self-care. I always find joy in refreshing my wardrobe for a new season. Now that spring is upon us, you can start organizing your spring and summer wardrobes.
Start with the basics already in your closet. See what condition they are in and if they need to be replaced. Are your T-shirts crisp and white? Do you have a couple pairs of jeans that you can wear casually or dress up? Consider a white pair, if you dare.
Be mindful of those pieces that you truly love and will wear often and in several different ways. It’s important to have comfort and versatility in your clothing choices. When you come across something you haven’t worn in the last year or so, or you wonder why you even bought it, add it to the donate pile.
Once your current wardrobe is organized, it’s time to go shopping. Some people dread this necessary task, but it doesn’t matter what size and shape you are, there is something out there for everyone. Sometimes it just takes a bit of time to find those items that fit properly and celebrate your body type. Here are a few ways to find joy in shopping:
- Make a day of it. Plan to go with a friend or on your own. Plan a stop at your favourite coffee shop or lunch spot, or organize a post-shopping glass of wine.
- Make sure you are in the right frame of mind before you set out. If you are stressed, tired or just feeling blasé, pick another day.
- Think about where you want to shop. Do you enjoy the mall atmosphere? Do you prefer a boutique environment? Think of what type of customer service you require. Are you the type of shopper who needs a lot of help? Some shops offer better customer service than others. Plan ahead.
- Browse. Take your time. Grab a few pieces that intrigue you. Don’t be afraid to try something you would not normally choose. Curious how you look in a leather jacket? Leopard print? Give it a try.
- How do you feel when you look in the mirror? Does the outfit fit properly? Can the item be incorporated into your existing wardrobe? Can, and will, you wear it often and in several different ways?
I can’t tell you how many times over the many years I’ve worked in retail that a woman tries on an outfit and looks fabulous — and knows it — but decides against the purchase. She is unsure, or wants to lose 10 pounds, or can’t justify spending the money on herself. If it’s a financial issue, of course, you have to be sensible. But if it fits today, don’t worry about those 10 pesky pounds you want to lose. You won’t lose it by tomorrow and you look great today. I suggest searching your area for a great tailor or seamstress, and once those 10 pounds are gone, get it altered. It’s as simple as that. Find comfort in the fact that you have an article of clothing that you love, that fits, and that you see wearing often with other items in your closet.
Fashion is a celebration and expression of your own personal style. Always wear what makes you feel beautiful!
Check out the European and Canadian fashions at Guapa Boutique as a shopping destination for your spring wardrobe refresh.
By Johanna Ventoso
Johanna Ventoso is the owner of Guapa Boutique at 3059 Gottingen St., Halifax.