1. Think about pant length. While it is fun to pick up pairs of brightly patterned shorts that you can imagine lounging in on the beach, cropped or ankle pants are much more practical for the transition to warmer temperatures. You'll be able to wear them from late-March to early-November so invest in the basics, like denim and chino.
2. Take an inventory of your tanks and tees. Chances are that you picked up a stack of basic tops during the end of summer sales last September. Now is the time to remind yourself of those purchases so that you don't spend your entire clothing budget on $8 t-shirts when you already have one in every color imaginable.
3. Explore the trends. If there is something new and interesting in the window of your favorite store, try it on now! You don't want to wait until the end of the summer to try out a trend because then you will have fewer opportunities to wear it. By browsing the new styles early in the season, you can focus in on what you want your summer look to be.
4. Check your calendar. It may seem early to start worrying about an outfit for a May wedding or beach wear for your June vacation, but by adding those pieces to your shopping list now you will be able to keep your eyes out for great deals and avoid overspending later.
5. Embrace color. We are moving into the part of the year where clothes get bright! Refresh your wardrobe by choosing a bold, new color. Who knows, maybe it will become your favorite this season!