Ask Anne: Wardrobe Clean Out?
Anne Keane, formerly the fashion director at Lucky magazine, is our newest goop contributing editor. You can send questions on everything from how to mix prints to how to up your earring game to [email protected]
Dear Anne, I’m in desperate need of a closet overhaul. Any suggestions on what to keep, donate or buy?—Julie B.
Dear Julie, Cleaning out your closet requires a willingness to be ruthless. My friends and I have dubbed the activity “Cutthroat Island”! The rule is if you haven’t worn it in over a year you must get rid of it.
January is the perfect time for a closet purge. Once you’ve made space both physically and mentally you’ll find new inspiration in building up a closet of things you’ll actually wear and will make you feel great. Some advice: Don’t feel bad about buying newer, updated versions of the basics you love and may already have in some form. Are you a striped tee girl? Try one in a new color combination. Do you wear pencil skirts? Update with a rugged, tie waist version. Here are three outfit ideas grounded in a few great closet workhorses that will take you through the year.
THE BLUE BUTTON DOWN
A blue button-down is one of those things that you truly can’t have enough of. This particular style offers up a prim, polished spin on a more masculine silhouette and the French cuffs and romantic ruffled collar make it unlike anything else in your closet. For those mornings you find yourself in a what-to-wear rut, pairing this shirt high-waisted wide-leg, a cozy cardigan layer, and simple sneakers is the way to go.
Shirt 61 Pleated
Collar Shirt goop, $475
Le Palazzo Pant Raw Edge goop, $255
BA0106 Sunglasses goop, $430
Erica Puff Sleeve
Cardigan goop, $695
The Alta Sneaker goop, $199
DEW SKIN SPF 20 goop, $45
Whitney Bag Theory, $315
THE TAN OVERCOAT
It’s no secret we love a great day-to-night coat. This goop Label Crombie coat is an update to last year’s sellout style, done up in a goes-with-everything camel Loro Piana cashmere. This menswear-inspired piece looks just right with something a bit more girly—a winter-y white jean and embroidered top deliver in the sophistication department.
Cigar Pavé Diamond Band goop, $1,700
EAU DE PARFUM: EDITION 01 –
CHURCH TRAVEL SPRAY goop, $55
Rolex Oyster Perpetural Watch goop, $8,500
Gwyneth Camel Crombie Coat goop, $1,395
Janelle Leather Slippers Moda Operandi, $650
Embroidered Blouse NET-A-PORTER, $695
Benny Crop Flare goop, $340
THE STRIPED LONG-SLEEVE TEE
As far as we’re concerned there’s no reason not to wear stripes 365 a year, and this second skin stripe top is as cool as it comes. The black-red-and-ivory motif is a twist on the classic navy-and-white marinière stripe, and still has the same goes-with-everything appeal: we like it paired with a high-waist belted skirt, as much as we do a pair of tried-and-true skinnies. For a bit of playful texture, layer with a printed scarf and socks in cooler temps.
Lurex Stripe Rib
Second Skin Top goop, $320
High-Waist Belted Skirt Uniqlo, $30
Doodle Print Scarf Stylebop, $350
& OTHER STORIES
Suit Socks & Other Stories, $17
Leigh Heel goop, $395
WEIGHTLESS LIP COLOR goop, $28
Speedy Bandoulière 25 Louis Vuitton, $1,910