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Spring Simplicity

Spring is so wonderful, but it can also be pretty tumultuous. The weather can go from 70 and sunny to a snowstorm and back again. Everybody seems to get sick. Hello allergies! And that longing ache for full-on summer. Here are 5 tips to help ease into and simplify your spring.

Spring Clean

Its cliché, but spring cleaning really does do wonders. Give your home a deep clean and get rid of (donate or sell) any of your stuff that’s either not directly improving your life or doesn’t bring you joy. Also, make sure to put away your winter things – snow boots, parkas, extra comforters.

Plan Your Wardrobe

Planning out my seasonal wardrobes is something I’ve been doing for a few years now that has made my life so much simpler. Each season, I take a look at everything I own and keep only what I want to wear for the next 3 months in my closet. Everything else gets put in a storage bin under my bed or is donated. Then, I allow myself to buy a maximum of 3 new things each season (not including essentials like socks and underwear). Sometimes I don’t buy anything, but giving myself this limit means that I’m extra intentional about what I do add. This process has helped me to build a beautiful and small wardrobe of only things I love slowly over time. This spring, I added:

The Double Pocket Trousers in Black (coming in late summer).
This awesome vintage chore coat.
-A loose striped linen t-shirt.

Take A Breather

Taking a time out is a really helpful way to say goodbye to one season and hello to the next. Time off is rejuvenating, refreshes your work ethic and helps you to more clearly see what to focus on for the months ahead. Last week, I took five days off in Argentina. I soaked up sunshine in Buenos Aires, drank malbec in Mendoza and didn’t look at my email or Instagram once. So good.

Update Your Exercise

Exercising in the winter is really tough for me. Walking to the gym is freezing. Jogging on a treadmill is just so dull. As soon as April hits, I’m back to running outside and walking the 20 minutes to my favorite yoga class. So good!

Take It Slow

Just because its warmer outside doesn’t mean you have to suddenly do all the things you didn’t do when it was dark and cold. Be gentle on yourself, keep your days simple and make the space to enjoy all of the little things that Spring has to offer – warmth, light, freshness, flowers, anticipation.

“For a seed to to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” -Cynthia Occelli

“They remembered only the feeling which is the meaning of spring — one’s answer to the first blades of grass, the first buds on the tree branches, the first blue of the sky — the singing answer, not to grass, trees and sky, but to the great sense of beginning, of triumphant progression, of certainty in an achievement that nothing will stop.” -Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

“It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.” -John Galsworthy

SRRING WARDROBE

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: https://www.pinterest.com/eenvoudny/spring-is-coming/.

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!