Is your wardrobe starting to feel a little winter-weary? Have you tired of your sweaters and scarves? Are you longing to start shopping for the bright spring clothes that are showing up in stores -- even if there is still snow on the ground? If you said yes to any of these questions, then you need a winter wardrobe wake-up! There are two smart ways to get your winter clothes to rise and shine, and I've found some of the best on site to help you do both. And to help you shake things up in your closet, we are offering free shipping on all clothing and shoes through March 8th*.
1. Buy things you can layer now and wear by themselves in the spring and summer.
Go ahead and indulge in a few spring pieces that are coming out now; just look for things you can pair with your winter clothing. Candy-colored jeans are everywhere, with fits for everyone, from juniors' to plus sizes. The vibrant color will give new life to your old favorites. Instead of waiting to wear them with tank tops later, try wearing a teal pair with the grey cardigan you've been wearing since November.
If it's sleeveless blouses that have caught your eye, look for something that will go well under a blazer now. This embellished heather grey top would be an edgy addition to a black pantsuit; when it warms up, wear it with a dark denim pencil skirt. A sleeveless dress -- like this one featuring this spring's color-blocking trend -- would also work well with a blazer (add opaque tights and knee boots) and without layers later.
2. Buy things you can wear now, store over the summer, and wear again next fall and winter.
Fall 2012 fashions are on the runways now, so you can get an idea of what's to come and look for pieces that already feature the next best thing. One trend that showed up on the New York runways was snake print. Pick your python: You can have it in 5-inch pumps or in chain-accented flats. Those chains cover another trend in NYC: tough-as-nails shoes. Try it a little with studded ballet flats or try it a lot with buckled motorcycle boots; either way, you'll be ahead of the curve now and on trend next fall.
You also can't go wrong with a few classic pieces. A black wool coat is timeless, so if you're over your parka, take advantage of end-of-season prices and look for a wool coat on sale. You can also look for pieces that are in style whenever it's cold. Military comes back year after year; add this military-inspired coat to your wardrobe now, and it will feel just as fresh next winter. And you can put money on plaid coming back next fall. Wear a classic plaid coat for the next month or two, and it will still feel new when you get it out again next year.
Do you get the clothing "blahs" in March, too? How do you like to wake up your winter wardrobe?
Posted by Stephanie Petersen
*Free Shipping on All Clothing and Shoes offer applies to orders comprised of items in the "Clothing and Shoes" store. This offer applies to U.S. orders only. For expedited shipping, additional charges apply. This offer applies to the lower 48 states and APO/FPO destinations only. This offer excludes Alaska, Hawaii, and international orders. Offer ends March 9, 2012 @ 1:59 AM EST.