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Tuesday, January 15th 2013

Closet Inventory: Give Your Staples a Fresh Start in 2013

Wardrobe staples: plain tees, denim, sweaters, and button-downs.

The dawn of a new year marks yet another opportunity to make resolutions to live life better. Sure, most of us will break the promises we make to ourselves by mid-February, but right now we’re riding the wave of fresh starts. In the world of wardrobes, it’s time to take inventory of the staples in your closet. We’ve all got some tees and jeans that have seen better days. Retire them and bring in a new guard that can carry you through 2013.

Black, white, or grey. Dressed up or down. T-shirts are the foundation of any closet. Stock up on two or three of each color from brands like Monrow, T by Alexander Wang, and Joie.

If you’re like most of the staffers I polled in the Shopbop offices, you’ve got a stack of jeans in your closet, and you only wear about three pairs. Set those three aside and get rid of the rest (if they’re barely worn, donation is always a great option). Your closet will be organized, and you won’t feel guilty when you pick up a new pair from Current/Elliott or Rag & Bone/JEAN.

Plush knits make morning dressing truly effortless—perfect for casual Saturdays. Build out your own stack of classic stripes, solids, and polka dots from brands like Madewell, Vince, and Equipment.

The classic that defines staple dressing, even a wrinkled shirt feels refined, thanks to its tailored detailing. Every closet needs a plaid, chambray, and white version, and it doesn’t hurt to sprinkle in a few other prints and solid shades.


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