You will never hear me advocating for the permanent removal of prized clothing or accessories. If you love it, live in it and plan your wardrobe around it, by all means keep it, but for the time being, move some things to the back of the closet in favor of must-haves for spring.
First—shoes: Since Spring 2005, stacked heels, wedges and platforms have been the must-have for your pedicured toes. For the first time in a while our feet (not to mention ankles) have been given a temporary stay of pain, if you will, from the pointy toed, spiked heel every fashionista simultaneously loves and hates. A word of warning, stability does not mean rainbow platforms from the '70s or construction boots. The key to the girly platform is just that—girly touches of color and patterns with classic elements such as rounded toes.
Second—bags: There was a brief period of time when Gucci first developed its '70s meets '20s motifs in which carpet bags were all the rage when I gave up buying any arm candy. Metallic slouchy bags, while they are fun for the days when old jeans and vintage tees are demanded, don’t cut it for those of us with jobs or a serious desire for the classic.
Like this season's footwear, structure is a key element of bags. The B. Fendi bag with the structured buckles, the same style which paraded down the runway as belts on little white dresses, have captured the essence of the much sought-after structure. Try this twist for spring—white. A white bag instantly perks up any outfit and with structured body and handles it makes you look sophisticated, not juvenile.
Third—hems and hemlines: I grew up in the not so long ago past when Britney Spears and other pop princesses set the trends. As I get older micro mini skirts and frayed jeans that drag on the ground give not only scream teeny bopper they scream “I am dirty, I hate showers and laundry detergent!”