It’s out with the old, and in with the new. As magical and mystical as winter can be, (if you’re a glass-half-full kind of person) there’s nothing like welcoming the idea of new beginnings halfway through the year. While Spring is like a trial run of Summer, we don’t want to be caught off guard when the scorching summer sun descends on us in all its glory.
Here are eight ways to refresh not only your wardrobe but your soul as we emerge into the light at the end of winter’s tunnel.
1.) Revisit your summer wardrobe
So all your summer clothes have been packed away for a few months. You may have forgotten what you actually own. Now is a perfect time, before summer hits in full force, to go through your closet and see if any clothes need ironing, dry-cleaning, hems stitched, buttons replaced, etc. There’s nothing worse than eagerly reaching for your favourite dress in a hurry only to find it’s creased after months of being folded in the dark, or eagerly reuniting with your favourite blouse, only to realize it’s missing a button. 😦
This is also a good time to toss out any old clothes you no longer wear and reassess those items that just sat, unworn in your closet the whole summer last year. Perhaps it’s time to pass them on to someone who will show them a little more love? If your friends or family members don’t fancy your SYB’s, don’t use that as an excuse to continue your hoarding spree. There are other avenues you can find mutual benefit from. Donate them to a hospice shop near you, or alternatively, if they’re still in a good condition, sell them to your local thrift store. Thrifting is making a huge comeback, so get on the trend!
2.) Let the colour in
Winter often becomes synonymous with dull, dark hues and muted shades of grey. But spring spells colour. It’s time to spice things up by bringing those bright hues and floral prints back into the light of day. Colour is also a great mood booster and they say the most beautiful thing you can wear is a smile. If bright pops of colour don’t make you feel happy, then you have bigger problems…
3.) Assess your accessories
Say goodbye to your felt fedora and hello to your straw hat. And while you’re at it, those woolly scarves that weigh a ton around your neck, but are essential for keeping your throat warm, you can literally lift that burden off your shoulders and replace it with the lighter version of summer scarves.
Woke up with a bad hair day? (Well at least it’s not a cold!) No more beanies, just a colourful headband or even a flower will do the trick. See, spring is all about simplicity.
4.) Put the spring back in your step
Your feet have been hidden in boots for the past few months so I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve forgotten how they look. Perhaps it’s time to reacquaint yourself with them, and the best way to do that is to treat them to some pampering.
Make a foot scrub by mixing your favourite essential oils with salt then put some cream on them, slip them into cotton socks and go to sleep. You’ll wake up with the smoothest feet!
Now all that’s left to do is paint your toe nails with your brightest colour of nail polish and put on your favourite summer sandals. It’s been a long, cold winter, your feet are dying for some sun.
5.) Speaking of the sun, it’s sunglass season.
Oh sunnies, how we’ve missed you! All those cruel winter mornings, when the cold made us sink further down under our duvets and press snooze one too many times, and then we can’t even hide our half-unmade faces with over sized sunglasses when we eventually emerge from the house twenty minutes late for work! This is what spring is saving us from.
6.) Wake up with the sun
With the weather warming up, those dreaded winter mornings we battled to wake up to will soon be something of the past. It’s easier to rise with the sun, so as the sun starts to rise earlier, follow its lead. If beautiful sunrises aren’t an incentive enough for you, think of how much more you’ll get done by just adding an extra half an hour to your day. Never have enough time to do the things you love? Well, how about scheduling in some much needed ‘Me time’ while no one else is awake to disturb you. Studies show that some of the most successful people share this secret of starting their day earlier than everyone else.
7.) Spend more time outdoors
Vitamin D. Fresh air. Exercise. These are all good for your skin and general health. Winter is gone and with it the excuse that it’s too cold to go for a run or get some fresh air. While a month ago you’d be excused for curling up on the couch with hot chocolate and a good movie, as the rain poured miserably outside, it’s shameful to be caught indoors when the sun is shining outside.
8.) Stop and smell the flowers
Because they’re blooming. Everywhere, in case you haven’t noticed. Amidst the hectic pace of the year that is fast dwindling away in front of our eyes, while we sprint to try and keep up with it while it threatens to leave us behind, Spring is setting flowers in our path to remind us to slow down. For just one minute. Take a breather and appreciate all the beauty around you. After you’ve gained some perspective you might not even feel the need to resort to rushing again.