Spring Cleaning: What to Keep Out and What to Put Away

As we gear up for the highly anticipated spring season, it’s only logical that we put away our winter gear (hallelujah!), and free up some closet space for more warm-weather clothing.  What can be less obvious, at times, is which pieces you can carry over into the next season, and which should go deep into storage. As such, today we’re bringing you this handy guide on what to stash away, and what you can continue to wear.

Scroll through for all the details, and of course, to shop our favourite spring-friendly picks! 

Not only will you likely be way too hot in faux fur, but it has a tendency to scream “winter”—which is the last thing you want to do in spring.

Instead, wear suede.

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Candice Lake

Suede is a big trend for spring, and is much more lightweight than it’s furry counterpart.

While we loved the blanket scarf for fall and winter, we think it’s time to retire it in favour of some lighter choices.

Instead, wear silk scarves and bandanas.

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J'ai Perdu Ma Veste

These It-girl-approved accessories are a must for spring. Wear them around your neck, wrist, or even as a belt for an instant outfit upgrade.

While harsh winters excuse us for wearing even the clunkiest of footwear, there’s no excuse in spring!

Instead, wear mules.

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Gastro Chic

If you’re looking for a comfortable shoe that’s also ladylike, the mule is for you!

Not only do you not need a big coat post-winter, but the puffy outerwear tends to take up a lot of precious space in your closet. Time to put them in storage!

Instead, wear a denim jacket.

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A Love Is Blind

Denim jackets are lightweight, compact, and always in style.

While beanies can be chic in winter, once the mercury rises, the knit accessory can look like more of a gimmick for covering up a bad hair day.

Instead, wear a fedora.

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Candace Lake

The structured nature of a fedora means that you’ll always look polished. Plus, they work for all seasons! Opt for one either in a light colour or with a light accent band.

Turtlenecks may be a great winter layering piece, but unfortunately they don’t translate as well into spring. The same goes for chunky knits, which also take up valuable closet space!

Instead, wear lightweight sweaters.

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Altamira NYC

A lightweight sweater will look great both on and draped over your shoulders, as an added touch to any outfit.

While it’s hard to part with our beloved over-the-knee boots, the full-coverage style is not what we’d call seasonally appropriate.

Instead, wear ankle boots.

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A Love Is Blind

Ankle boots, especially those with cut-outs or that come in light colours, are a great footwear choice for spring—they go with jeans, dresses, skirts, and pretty much anything!

Similar to fur, shearling (or shearling-lined) jackets and accessories have no place in a warm-weather wardrobe.

Instead, wear a moto jacket.

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The Urban Spotter

A simple leather jacket can be worn across all seasons, and when layers aren’t necessary, all you need underneath is a T-shirt.

Members Only Pebbled Vegan Leather Jacket ($159)

Do you have any other tips for readying your spring wardrobe? Share them with us in the comments!