Spring Closet Cleaning Guide 2018!

Spring is here, so it’s time to refresh your closet to reflect 2018’s fashion favorites! In today’s guide, we’ll identify two styles that are over (and safe to donate!) plus one easy and enduring trend that works for every body type and is currently enjoying another moment on the runway. Read on for some spring style inspiration!

Fashion is cyclical, and it’s very likely that these looks will come back in style someday, but today’s spring cleaning mission is to weed through your wardrobe, so we’ve identified two trends you can donate. This year, fashion authorities have announced that we can say goodbye to the lace-up bodysuits that have been popular in recent years. To take it a step further, I think it’s safe to clear out any lace-up looks that aren’t footwear. This was a hard style to conquer anyway so it should be easy to say goodbye.

Next up: while we all love grabbing a souvenir from a fun event, the tour merchandise fad that was a top trend last summer is fading fast since it can actually come off as braggy or uninspired. And doesn’t it always seem like that top you stood in line for at a packed concert never really fits the way you hoped it would anyway? Avoid the frumpiness of ill-fitting tee-shirts and other tour merch by letting them go. You have the memory of the event, and that won’t take up any space in your closet at all! Since these types of purchases can sometimes be sentimental, if you absolutely have to keep one special piece for lazy days at home, that’s okay, but knowing that band tees won’t be a fashion focal point this year, try to trim your collection.

Ready for the fun part? This spring and summer ruffles are back in a big way! They’re bold, exciting and versatile. You can add movement to every ensemble by finding the right ruffles to compliment your lifestyle and body type. Since they run the gamut from gauzy, draping layers to starched, structured collars, you can use this dramatic accent to draw attention to your favorite features or away from areas you’re self-conscious about. This season, I’m also on the lookout for ruffles on off-the-shoulder tops, bell sleeves and maxi dresses.
And that’s the fashion forecast for the next couple of seasons!
By contributing to Goodwill, either with donations or dollars spent, you’ll expand services that create stability in your community, so a spring closet cleaning is about so much more than just making space for the latest trends. As you prepare for Spring this year, please donate to Goodwill. For all 33 donation centers in the Greater Cincinnati area, visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/donate. Happy Spring Cleaning Everyone!