Unpack your closet

I am constantly in a rush to move on to warmer weather. Not only is winter unbearably cold, but I also find myself bored of pants and sweaters, and looking forward to sundresses and sandals! Adding dresses back into my rotation for spring is something I can’t wait to do.

I like to pack away all of my winter pieces that I know I won’t need as soon as the average temperature hits 70°F. (Maybe a little early, but I can’t help myself!) When I decide what to store away for the season, I tend to go in this order:

  1. Cold weather gear. Gloves, hats, scarves and anything else I have floating around go into a plastic storage box.
  2. Sweaters or long-sleeved tops. These won’t have much use on a warm, sunny day. I do keep light cardigans for layering in the office where the A/C tends to be set pretty high.
  3. Thick or seasonal dresses. Most of my dresses can be transferred between seasons, but it’s nice to pack away holiday-specific pieces or heavier wool dresses.
  4. Pants made of wool or heavy materials. Once the weather warms too much, I rarely even pull out my jeans! Though those are good to keep on hand.
  5. Tall boots and snow boots. While booties can have their place in a spring wardrobe, tall boots are too warm for the season.

Not sure what to pack your things away in? I invested in some plastic storage bins that are total lifesavers – try these, these or these. I know that storing boxes can be hard, especially for those of us living in studio or one-bedroom apartments. One amazing service to consider? MakeSpace – it’s a service that gives you free packing bins to fill, picks up your out-of-season boxes and stores them for you, then has an easy return delivery service. Available in New York, Chicago and D.C., it’s the perfect solution for those of us who have little closet space with lots of clothing to store.

On the flip side, when the season changes, the first things I pull out of storage are my light layers, structured dresses and sandals. Here are the pieces I’m most looking forward to pulling out of hiding.


Floral Dress: Jack Wills $90
Striped Dress: J.Crew Factory $63 $44 | code HOWNICE
Gingham Dress: Old Navy $35 $28
+ free shipping | code YAYSALE


Pastel Blouse: LOFT $55 $30
Floral Top: French Connection $128 $24 | code FC60SL
Gingham Shirt: J.Crew Factory $45 $31 | code HOWNICE


Denim Shorts: J.Crew $45 $31 | code HOWNICE
White Denim: J.Crew $115
Ankle Pants: J.Crew Factory $58 $41 | code HOWNICE


Trench: ASOS $103
Field Jacket: J.Crew $148
Dressy Blazer: H&M $35


Ankle Rain Boots: J.Crew $68 $30 | code SALETIME
Sandals: Jack Rogers $118
Ballet Flats: Banana Republic $79


Blush Bag: Rebecca Minkoff $295 $198
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban $115
Swimsuit: kate spade new york $125 $75


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