The Closet Essentials Refresh
Written by: Amanda Chung
Published on: January 31, 2023
Fashion editor: Sandra Slusarczyk
Photo courtesy of Szymon Brzóska
Building an outfit without a foundation of closet essentials you’re excited to wear is like trying to construct a house on quicksand: It’s not going to work. This year, set yourself up for sartorial success by making sure your basics—the building blocks of any look—are solid. We’re talking tees and tanks, denim and trousers, and, for the time being, a solid stack of sweaters to get you to spring.
THE BASIC TEE
Finding the perfect T-shirt for you is not unlike modern dating: Sure, you might have to kiss a few frogs, but after figuring out what you like—and, equally important, what you don’t—you’ll eventually come across The One. (When you do, we suggest buying multiples.)
RE/DONE Tee, goop, $90; G. LABEL BY GOOP BRIGETTE BUCKLE RING, goop, $1,990; G. LABEL BY GOOP AVANT PAVÉ CRESCENT HOOPS, goop, $3,550; G. LABEL BY GOOP ELLIOTT PAVÉ ASSORTED-LINK BRACELET, goop, $2,950
THE EVERYDAY DENIM
If the skinny jeans you once lived in no longer fit with your sense of style, we see you. And we give you: three chic replacement pairs in wearable cuts and updated washes you can play around with.
THE SWEATER STACK
A sumptuous sweater is to your closet what face oil is to your skin-care routine: a smart layer with
healing sealing powers—the kind you’ll appreciate when walking the dog, when stepping out for coffee, or when someone at work cranks the office AC.
BELOW: G. LABEL BY GOOP THEO CREWNECK ROUNDED SWEATER, goop, $595; G. LABEL BY GOOP VALEII STRIPED HOODIE, goop, $695
G. Label by goop Heddi tipped round-sleeve sweater goop, $595SHOP NOW
G. Label by goop Schnell high-cuff cardigan goop, $595SHOP NOW
G. Label by goop THEO CREWNECK ROUNDED SWEATER goop, $595SHOP NOW
Maria McManus Sweater goop, $970SHOP NOW
Ciao Lucia Sweater goop, $325SHOP NOW
Lisa Yang Sweater goop, $836SHOP NOW
THE BASE LAYERS
Tanks should be substantial enough to be worn on their own during the warmer months and sleek enough to slot under sweaters, hoodies, or blazers now. Same goes for their long-sleeve siblings.
ALEX MILL SWEATER, goop, $135; G. LABEL BY GOOP ROWENA WIDE-LEG CORDUROY PANTS, goop, $425; TOTEME BELT, goop, $350; G. LABEL BY GOOP DEVEN LINK NECKLACE, goop, $2,500; G. LABEL BY GOOP AVANT PAVÉ CRESCENT HOOPS, goop, $3,550
THE WIDE-LEG PANTS
Why we love them: The A-line silhouette flatters just about everyone. And while they look quite polished, all that extra room in the legs makes you feel like you’re wearing pajama pants.
BELOW: Lee mathews pants, goop, $550; G. Label by goop tyler utility pants, goop, $325; G. LABEL BY GOOP KATIE-MARIE WIDE-LEG PLEATED PANTS, goop, $650
THE BARE NECESSITIES
The top drawer is often the most neglected, which is ironic considering it contains the can’t-do-without-’em closet workhorses we wear the most. Give it the refresh it—no, you deserve with coordinating underwear and soft, skin-coddling sets to sleep or lounge in.
THE FINISHING TOUCHES
If you’ve made it this far, congratulations. Everything here—gold jewelry, grounding black accessories, a goes-with-everything gabardine trench—is just the icing on the sartorial cake.
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