It is Spring and the beautiful parks around where I live are awash with a plethora of colourful spring flowers and in particular many happy yellow daffodils. They are heralding in warmer weather and hopefully a less restricted summer than last year. What a difference a year makes!
The arrival of Spring is a reminder from nature that everything is in the process of changing. The end of one season leads us into the start of another with all its joys and delights. Everything is in a constant process of becoming and so are we.
Change may sometimes feel onerous and exhausting, especially given the year we have just had. Although change can be akin to a rollercoaster ride, it can also be exhilarating if we embrace it with anticipation and acceptance.
Remember that there is also no age limit to having fun and approaching new experiences with a childlike playfulness enhances the benefits of the experience. A youthful mindset at any age allows us to remain curious and open to change.
The changes you want to bring about may reflect personal changes or simply making changes to your wardrobe. Spring is the perfect time to stop and take stock of your clothes and how it resonates with what you want to communicate to the world outside and having the right garments to do so. Therefore, does it remain a wardrobe that is fit for purpose?
My suggestion is to remove every item of your summer wardrobe and review each one in turn before you replace them back into your wardrobe. There are a number of reasons for my suggestions.
In the first instance, it is a practical consideration as it allows you to inspect every item for mending that may be necessary or cleaning and laundering in readiness for wear. It is also an opportunity for you to audit individual items and identify how they complement, or not, other items in your wardrobe.
This auditing of your wardrobe allows you to gain a visual insight into the colours and styles of each item and whether they communicate a collective silhouette and message that reflects your personality and style. If not, it is time to recycle or gift them thereby creating the space for new items that will allow you to communicate the message you want to convey.
You will know from my writings that I am a firm believer that clothing is an extension of who we are. Clothes are therefore so much more than merely covering our bodies. How and what you choose to wear is a great source of personal expression and a powerful tool in non-verbal communication.
Auditing our wardrobes at the start of Spring is therefore a great opportunity to reflect on who we are, the message we want to communicate through our clothes and whether the garments in our wardrobes enhance and contribute to the overall story we want to share.
If you haven’t already done so, now is a perfect time to revisit or for the first time engage a stylist to determine your personal colour palette. Colour is the start of any wardrobe as it has a powerful psychological impact on how we feel about ourselves and the messages we communicate to others.
It is also the first step in designing a wardrobe that includes only items that enhance and amplify your good points, thereby drawing attention away from the aspects of your body you want to minimise. It also ensures you have a wardrobe of items that represent value for money. No garment should languish in your wardrobe and not earn their keep.
My invitation to you therefore is to consider the changes you may want to bring about at the start of Spring. What are the dreams you have had or changes you may have considered for some time and which you may now begin to put into motion? As the saying goes, there is no time like the presence. Be brave and take the first step!