Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

How to Build a Versatile Spring Wardrobe

The time of year is finally here when we can push our coats to the back of the closet and stash those thick sweaters on a shelf somewhere. Good riddance “” the birds are chirping, and we all want to embrace spring!

But wait! Before we go out and snap up the trendiest pieces we can find, keep in mind those brand new clothing items might be old news by the time warm weather rolls around again next year. Instead, make a simple and sustainable plan to shop at Goodwill for spring clothing and accessories! Here’s how:

Keep it Simple

When it comes to creating a wardrobe that will last you for years to come, the key is to keep it as simple as possible. Even if you’re just looking for a few pieces to freshen up your closet for spring, take some tips from the ” capsule wardrobe” trend. The idea behind the capsule wardrobe is that you keep minimal clothing pieces but choose them wisely so they can mix and match to create dozens of different outfits!  

Mom and two kids in Goodwill fashions
Spring 2022 Family Fashion
Womens' fashion from Goodwill
Spring Style!

When you’re shopping for new articles of clothing to add to your spring collection, look for classic styles that have been around for years. Think jeans, neutral tops to wear under jackets, simple blazers, and uncomplicated dresses. Also consider items that could have multiple uses, such as tops that could be dressed up or down, and jackets or blazers that can also do double duty.

Your local Ohio Valley Goodwill store has a large selection of affordable staple pieces that are sure to become your go-to favorites for years to come. Shop at Goodwill for ” capsule” pieces that can be interchanged and complemented with colorful accessories to show a little personality!

Imagine the Possibilities

Mom and daughter in Goodwill fashions.
Spring 2022 Fashion

As you’re choosing pieces, remember what you already have, and pick items that will fit seamlessly into your current closet. Shop at Goodwill to stock up on neutrals like white, black, gray, navy, and tan, and then throw in colors you know will complement them.

This process can be tricky, which is why keeping your wardrobe small helps it stay manageable. If it helps, consider taking photos of outfit combinations you love and keep them in an image folder on your phone. You’ll never stand in front of your closet in frustration again!

Slow and Steady

Remember, creating a sustainable capsule wardrobe is a marathon, not a sprint. Take your time to shop around and buy pieces you love on your body, because the idea is that you’ll keep wearing them for many springs to come!

While you’re shopping, keep quality in mind. You can find amazingly affordable designer brand names while thrifting at Goodwill! If you’re not familiar with the name on a label, look for the telltale signs of quality. Jackets should be lined, fabrics should feel good in your hands, and a quick scan of the label will tell you if the manufacturer used high-quality materials. If you want your new clothes to last, you’ll want to make sure they can stand the test of time. 

Make a Plan

To get started, take an inventory of your closet and make a list of the staple pieces you need to fill out your spring wardrobe. This could also be a good time to purge your wardrobe of any clothing, accessories, or shoes that you no longer want or need. Remember, you can always donate to Goodwill in Cincinnati to ensure re-wearable clothes stay out of landfills and keep the Goodwill cycle of success and sustainability in motion!

Goodwill's Cycle of Success
Goodwill’s Cycle of Success

When you’re ready, find a Goodwill store near you and get shopping. With a little patience and a plan, you’ll feel refreshed and less stressed ““ and you’ll have more free time to enjoy the beautiful weather!