The ways we know that spring is in the air? Brighter evenings, bare ankles and a new wave of spring fashion hitting the stores. Which means it’s time to make some space in your closet for the newest warm-weather trends—and clear out some of the old stuff. The good news is that getting rid of your old or last-season wares doesn’t have to mean that they end up in a landfill—in fact you can drop off some of your get-rid-of-pile at any H&M store thanks to the brand’s garment collecting initiative. The clothes you ditch are reused or recycled, ready to find new life in someone else’s closet, and you get a discount on your new trendy purchases.

Bottom line? The time is now to spring clean your wardrobe—because life moves pretty fast and the same can be said for some of our favourite H&M pieces. Here are three trends to try—and three to ditch to the recycling program—as you get your spring look sorted.

Swap off-the-shoulder pieces for ruffles


H&M ruffle skirt

If you love a little romance in your look, no doubt you’ve acquired some off-the-shoulder tops and dresses over the past few seasons. We’re not saying clean them all out, but truth be told you probably don’t need multiples. Instead, make room for the just-as-feminine ruffle piece, which adds drama and flare. For the statement-making woman, look for volume—the bigger the ruffle, the better. For a more romance-inspired look, stick so soft, small ruffles on hemlines and necklines. 

Switch up dainty ear cuffs and ear jackets for statement earrings


H&M Earrings

Delicate and dainty jewellery will never go out of style, but might we suggest a switch up for spring? No accessory trend is hotter than a statement earring. It’s not a new trend, but this season it has been perfected, with bold but lightweight options that you can wear to work to weddings to brunch. If you’re a minimalist, stick to metals and streamlined silhouettes—oversized hoops and straight drop earrings will work. For everyone else, get ready to embrace fun details like beading, gemstones and asymmetrical styles. 

Instead of velvet and lamé try breezy cotton


H&M Cotton Blouse

It should go without saying, but when the weather gets warmer, it’s time to lighten up—and that goes for your fabrics too. Ditch heavier options like velvet, tweed and leather for breathable cotton. About 43% of H&M’s cotton is sustainably produced—and it is the brand’s goal to have that number be 100% by 2020. Cotton is soft, it’s comfortable and, it’s a great way to embrace a more menswear-inspired look for spring. Oversized cotton shirts or utility-style pants are strong and cool—and perfectly paired with a heel or red lip the next time you want all eyes to be on you.