Spring hit New York this week. And the warmth is inspiring small shifts in my daily routine. Running outside instead of at the gym. Iced coffee over hot. Lunch on the stoop. A few wardrobe updates.

If you’re like me, a new season can throw you a little off sartorially. Layers come off, but I find myself not wanting to wear the same winter clothing combinations anymore. And my style has evolved slightly from last years warmer weather style. I want newness.

For the past year, I’ve focused on buying less and more purposefully. For the first time ever, I’ve actually planned out exactly what I want to buy each season. I allow myself a maximum of 3 purchases each season (Spring: March/April/May, Summer: June/July/August, Fall: September/October/November, Winter: December/January/February). This may sound obsessive, but it’s actually quite freeing. Instead of going about life, buying things that you come across on impulse and building a mismatched wardrobe; looking at your wardrobe systematically allows you to build a really awesome, small and curated closet over time. Instead of feeling slightly disappointed with your full closet, you feel inspired to slowly create a collection of garments that make you feel proud and like yourself. It’s a bit like slowly building an art collection that’s uniquely yours.

This process has radically changed my approach to dressing, and I’m hoping that it may offer some inspiration. Here are some tips:

1. Create a visual board of the vibe that you feel drawn to each season. Here’s mine for this spring:

2. Write down the exact pieces that you want. This prevents you from buying something that isn’t quite right. Here are mine:

  • A blush / light pink cotton turtleneck or long-sleeved shirt
  • A black or navy cotton calf-length muscle tee dress
  • Black leather sandals / shoes with a 1” block heel

3. Buy with the intention to keep (and mend) these items for many years. This means focusing on your personal style over trends and buying items that are made well and with quality materials.

4. Plan how you’ll integrate new pieces with what you already have. For me, I’ll mix the above with Levi’s, black turtlenecks, Eenvoud tops, white wide-leg cropped trousers and a denim jacket.

5. For each garment that I add to my closet, I donate or sell something I already have. This keeps my wardrobe small and filled with only what I truly want and need.

6. Basics like underwear and socks don’t count towards the seasonal purchases, but anything else does, even if it’s ‘basic’.

Keeping life purposefully simpler can feel very inspiring, freeing and allows for more mental space to enjoy the little things in life, like lunch on the stoop.

If you’re interested in learning more about a curated wardrobe approach, RODEO, Desmitten and INTO MIND are great places to explore more.

Happy Spring!

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