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Spring wardrobe cleaning

Posted on April 24, 2014 | by Maggie O'Neill

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Summer is fast approaching, and moving can be stressful, especially when hauling your clothes to another dorm, apartment or back home. Before lugging all your belongings around, give your wardrobe a spring cleaning by donating items that you may never wear again to make room for newer, more stylish pieces.

Some items that were once trendy have faded from the fashion lens of runways and storefronts. Although there are some classic fashions that will forever stay in style, take the time to donate some of the clothes that have been sitting in your closet unworn for a long time.

Studs and spikes may be big right now, but if you are low on space you should devote it to classic hoops and studs, as they will always be trendy.

A previously fashionable fad that is not going to be seen as much this season is floral patterns in pastel colors. While floral prints are still in style, they are mainly featured in stores in bright reds, blues and oranges, varying from the typical pale hues usually seen.

Most of the shorts that are seen this season are cut either mid-thigh or shorter. Denim and khaki Bermuda shorts are definitely not necessary this spring. Consider donating these items and keeping shorts with a slightly shorter hemline.

Adding a large number of accessories to your outfit is not a look that is currently sported. When you are looking to complete your ensemble with jewelry and other accessories for spring, remember that less is more. Feel free to donate extra clutches, bulging bangles and strappy sandals that may add too much to your look.

Many items you may already own can be recycled for the spring season as well. Strappy tank tops, crop tops and sundresses are still in style. A loud, patterned tank top paired with solid-colored shorts is a great ensemble for a day exploring the city. Hang on to the fun backless or strapless pieces for sunny social gatherings. Reflective metallic accessories also seem to be catching on, so it is a good idea to keep your shiny necklaces, shoes and handbags, especially those in a silver hue. High-low skirts and dresses, rompers and patterned pants are also still relevant on the fashion scene and can provide a cooler option for the brutal summer heat.

There are also some newer items that have not been as favored in the past but are notable this season. Black, wide-leg pants are making a comeback. They are a comfortable, breathable option for warmer settings. These can be dressed up with a solid-colored tank top and cardigan or dressed down with a patterned crop top. Neon earrings, bracelets, watches and necklaces are also in style, working as either costume jewelry or the perfect touch to a plain workday outfit. Ankle boots are a good footwear choice that can accompany dresses, skirts or casual denim shorts.

A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, April 24 print edition. Maggie O’Neill is a staff writer. Email her at 


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News Editor | Ann is a liberal studies sophomore who lived in Florence during her freshman year. She plans on double-majoring in journalism and political science and is always busy. She is constantly making lists and she loves to laugh.


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Daniel started at the Features desk of WSN last Spring, writing restaurant reviews whilst indulging on free food and consequently getting fat. Last Fall, he was the dining editor, and he this semester he is senior editor. Daniel is in Gallatin (living the dream) studying Food & Travel Narratives, incorporating aspects of Food Studies, Journalism, and Media, Culture, and Communication. He loves food more than life itself.

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Deputy Multimedia Editor | Hannah Luu is a ridiculously great Deputy Multimedia Editor. She is a sophomore from Northern California. If you think Northern California means San Francisco you might need to closely examine a map. She is passionate about NPR and being half Asian.

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