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2017 Wardrobe Detox

2017 Wardrobe Detox

We made it to January. Phew! 2016 has certainly been a whirlwind, which makes the fresh start of a new year even more inviting. 

As we do every year, January is time for our annual closet overhaul.  We're far enough into the winter season to know what we'll be wearing till the weather warms up, and have enough distance from Spring and Summer to know what we don't want or need anymore. 

There are easy rules to follow when deciding what to toss and what to keep that will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed or making any decisions you might regret (we're thinking of those special pieces we impulsively sold). 

Quite simply, if you love it, don't toss it. Even if you haven't worn an item in years, place it in storage for safe keeping and move onto the next piece.  As for what to toss?  If you don't love it plus it doesn't fit or you haven't worn it in over a year or it's damaged beyond repair or outdated then you can do one of three things.  Repair/alter, sell or donate. 

From L to R: Vince cotton sweater, Rag & Bone "Dre" jean, ATM stripe tee, Mother "Looker Crop" jean & Veronica Beard "Schoolboy" jacket.

We like to fill in a few key pieces after our detox, wardrobe essentials that we will wear and love: denim, a stripe tee, a year-round sweater and a timeless blazer.

XO
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2016 Wardrobe Detox

2016 Wardrobe Detox

A new year often means a fresh start - and maybe even a fresh wardrobe - so we wanted to help you clean out your closet a bit and update some essentials. 

Unless you are a stickler to the One In, One Out rule, your closet may feel cluttered and overwhelming come January.  Although we suggest sorting through your clothes seasonally, January is a great time to do an overhaul, especially since consignment stores and clothing resale shops are still buying for winter through mid-February.

There are a couple of guidelines to remember when doing a closet clean out.  If you haven't worn a piece in over a year, it's too big or too small, has irreparable damage, or it holds no emotional value (which would warrant storage) then it should be thrown into one of three piles: Sell, Donate, Alter. 

ATM voile boyfriend shirt, Rag & Bone jeans, Vince cashmere poncho, Current/Elliott "The Cropped Straight" jean and "The Patch Pocket Workman" shirt.

We picked a few of our favorite new arrivals for Spring, to fill in a bit of what will get taken out. You can never go wrong with a pair of skinny jeans, a light-weight white shirt, a cashmere poncho and a chambray shirt. All essential, season-less and timeless pieces. 

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2015 Wardrobe Detox

2015 Wardrobe Detox

It's January - everyone is partied out from the holidays - too much booze, too many sweets and too many snacks.  We all know what that means: it's time for a little detox.  While we're cleansing our bods with green smoothies and extra miles at the gym, we thought it would be a great opportunity to clean out our closets to reassess and restock.

WARDROBE DETOX

T-SHIRTS

After a year of layering your favorite tissue tees under sweaters and jackets they are bound to be worse for wear.  It's time to replace those well loved basics with some fresh silhouettes.  We always like to have a gray, white and black option on hand.  And don't forget to replace your Breton stripe tee as well.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: 
CAP SLEEVE HENLEY AND V-NECK SLUB COTTON TEE BY STATESIDE,
GRAPHIC TEE BY SOL ANGELES, MULTI-STIPE TEE BY VINCE

JEANS

Although blue jeans only get better with age, black and white denim can start to look drab after too many wears.  A new pair of high waisted skinnies in black and a slouchy pair in white (we always like to size up with those) will instantly make your wardrobe feel fresh again.

LE COLOR SKINNY FILM NOIR BY FRAME DENIM,
THE CROPPED STRAIGHT BY CURRENT/ELLIOT

SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU SMILE

It's a new year and you deserve to treat yourself to a new piece that simply makes you happy and excited for Spring.  Because after all that holiday shopping for everyone else, it sure is nice to buy something for you.

FLORAL SWEATER BY AUTUMN CASHMERE, "VANEESE" TOP BY THEORY

Now that you've detoxed your closet those green smoothies and a little extra gym time doesn't seem so bad.

XO
Mercantile