As the seasons change, it’s a great time to assess what you’re wearing and what you’re not and think about adding a few pieces to refresh your wardrobe. I know going through your closet can seem overwhelming, and you may not know how or where to start. As a wardrobe stylist, I’ve learned over the years that the key to a successful closet edit is to start.

Style is Personal

Recently, I heard a stylist proclaim that certain items, like button-down shirts, are universally unflattering and should be tossed. Another stylist declared that all items with large logos were outdated and should be discarded and replaced. Honestly, personal style is just that – personal. You may feel amazing in a crisp button-down, while others may prefer a different style top. I love my Tory Burch wedge sandals, which have a big logo, and I am keeping them in my rotation. The important thing while starting your wardrobe refresh journey is to find what works for you and let go of what doesn’t.

Assess What You Have

Start by assessing what’s in your closet now. Pick a category or section of your closet, take small steps, and asses. Go through each section or category and find pieces that are authentic to you or not. Do you have specific items you truly love? If not, it may be time to make some changes. Take baby steps – maybe it’s replacing the pieces you wear repeatedly, and you’re tired of them, with something more current. You can also start by listing spring essentials you want to add to your wardrobe. Maybe you want to add a specific color or style or print it to the list.

Letting Go

Pay attention to the pieces you haven’t worn in a while during your wardrobe refresh. Ask yourself why they’re not getting any love. They may not feel authentic to who you are now, and that’s okay. We grow and evolve over time. Those pieces may no longer align with your professional image or who you want to be. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have?” The most important part of a wardrobe refresh is letting go of what’s not working for you because it creates space. Space for you to become who you are meant to be.

Inspiration is Key

As you start to make your list of items that you want to add or replace, you can find some inspiration from social media platforms like Instagram or Pinterest. Sometimes, a few great outfits can inspire you to create several new looks or a capsule wardrobe that fits who you are now or who you want to be a year from now.


If you need a little more motivation, check out my quick and easy 5-Day Challenge to Clean Out Your Closet, which costs less than $30, or my free 30-Day Challenge to Clean Out Your Closet. As always, I am here to help. Feel free to reach out for help if you need it.