Moving Tips? What does that have to do with your image? Here are three “moving into Spring” tips:

1.    Shed the pounds. I’m not talking about weight here, I’m talking about that heavy winter coat you’ve been wearing to keep warm in the harsh Midwest winters. Many head out the doors sans coat when the sun is shining only to find that it is still quite cold at 50 degrees! Go ahead and opt for a lighter weight coat, but hang on to the winter scarf. An all-weather coat works great at this time of year, especially when paired with a bright colored, but warm, scarf around the neck.

2.    Remove a layer. Layering was a great way to stay warm. Now that the temperature is warming up a bit, separate the pieces and you’ve got double the outfits. Try the shirt alone and then the sweater alone on another day. It may look a little strange the first time because your brain is used to seeing you wear layers. Kick the entire look up a notch by adding some bold jewelry at the neck. Again, brightly colored jewelry says “fresh,” which is just what we are looking for as we shed the winter blues.

3.    The Big Move. The day/weekend you spend putting your winter clothes into the “spare” closet or packing them into storage until next fall. Before you start moving items, think about what you wore last year. If you have items in your spring/summer wardrobe that you didn’t wear last year, chances are high you won’t wear it this year, either. We all tend to wear the same clothes over and over again, while the majority of them end up at the back of the closet. If they don’t fit, aren’t comfortable or don’t compliment your coloring or body shape, get rid of them. It’s time to pass the baton, which means give them to someone who will use them. Whether it’s your sister, best friend, a consignment shop or a donation center, the point is to get it out of your closet to make room for the items that you will wear.

May you always look great!

Pat Roland, CTIC