5 Hacks to Keep Your Spring Wardrobe Fresh
There is nothing quite like that first day of spring weather to make you want to take your down jackets, heavy knits, and the rest of the clothes you’ve been layering all winter, place them into a metal barrel, and set fire to the memories of snow, sleet and zero degree nights while you dance around in nothing but a lightweight sweater, linen pants and sneakers sans socks.
Unfortunately, doing so may leave you with fewer options than you actually need for the transitional days before the weather truly warms up. But fear not. There are some easy ways to get the most out of your wardrobe without breaking the bank, or starting a fire. Here are five simple hacks to keep your closet crisp this season.
Wash Your Denim Sparingly
Denim experts recommend all sorts of tricks and gimmicks when it comes to caring for your jeans. If you search online, you can find selvedge enthusiasts who wholeheartedly recommend popping them in the freezer or putting them in the oven, or even rolling in the sand while wearing them before walking into the ocean to help break them in. It’s all a bit… dramatic. The easiest tip for keeping your jeans looking fresh and new for as long as possible is to wash them (in cold water) less frequently than you would other pants. And always let them air dry. Test it on these Nudie Jeans from Leo Boutique.
Stock Up On Plain White Tees
Is there anything more versatile to have in steady supply in your dresser than an assortment of classic, plain white T-shirts? The answer is no! Especially in the spring — when you can wear them on their own with the sleeves rolled, under light sweaters, or as a base layer beneath an open button-down — they are a fundamental, affordable building block that provides you with a huge range of easygoing, effortlessly cool options. You can spend a lot or a little — the effect is the same. This classic from OTHER/man is a perfect place to start.
Buy A Sneaker Toothbrush
There is something to be said for a well-worn pair of sneakers that carry dirt and remnants of last night’s shenanigans like a trophy of a life well-lived. But if you’d rather stay clean and pristine, don’t worry about the possibility of a spilled beer ruining your vibe. There are a lot of sneaker cleaning kits on the market but spending $5 on a toothbrush and some dish soap can let you do the job just as well. Bonus tip: baking soda helps combat odor, especially if you favor going sockless. With shoes as crisp as these Common Projects from Rooney Shop, you'll be itching to get the toothbrush out.
Get a Reversible Bomber
Depending on where you reside, you may often find yourself in need of a light jacket in the spring, especially if you plan to be outside at night. If you don’t have the funds to buy more than one piece of outerwear this season, consider getting the most bang for your buck with a reversible bomber jacket. Not only is a bomber timeless and simple to wear, but the construction of the jacket makes it especially easy for designers to make reversible, meaning you’ll have plenty of options to get a two-in-one MA1 like this one from HUF at Livestock.
Sunglasses Are a Must
Even if your spring wardrobe consists entirely of jeans and white T-shirts, investing in several pairs of shades can go a long way toward changing your look enough to keep things interesting. You don’t need us to tell you about the benefits of protecting your peepers from those awful UV rays — what’s equally important and factual is that without a good pair of sunglasses, you can only be 60% cool at most. Neighbour Shop has you covered with these Our Legacy shades.