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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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Prep School Cool

Prep School Cool

Fall fashion brings to mind cozy sweaters, luxe layers and preppy accents.  We've taken the classic Ivy League look and turned it on it's head; it's totally cool and not at all conservative.  

Pair a classic fair isle sweater in a shrunken silhouette with a crisp white shirt and neck tie patterned silk skirt, all classically preppy pieces done in new and interesting ways.  Top the look off with a wide brimmed hat, lightweight scarf and a leather and shearling backpack to add a little edge.

Hartford Meribel Sweater, Rag & Bone Frances Shirt, Hartford Jani Skirt, Rag & Bone Wide Brim Fedora and Mini Pilot Shearling Backpack, Grisal Scarf

Sport your prepster duds with a bare leg and suede booties while the weather is still mild, then add some wooly, charcoal tights or over the knee socks once the temps dip.

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Wardrobe Essentials - White Shirt

Wardrobe Essentials - White Shirt

There are some items you should always have in your closet: an LBD, great fitting jeans, black, white and gray t-shirts, a cashmere sweater, etc...  

One of the most important, and versatile pieces you should have is the classic white shirt. There are so many iterations of this staple, but we're sticking to the original.  Whether you choose crisp poplin, breezy cotton lawn or lightweight silk, it's a piece you will reach for again and again.

Equipment Signature Shirt, Rag & Bone Beau Shirt and Strenesse Stretch Shirt

There are endless ways to style your white shirt. It can be as simple as casually rolling your sleeves up to your elbows and knotting your shirttails.  Layer it under sweaters, tuck it into your favorite jeans or pair it with your favorite statement necklace.  Most of all remember it's not too precious, the contrast between denim and a crisp white shirt is totally timeless and chic.

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