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Italian Cashmere Crewneck Sweater
J.Crew
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Keep: A high quality cashmere sweater in a modern fit will always be in style, with versatility that takes you from work to dinner to a casual Sunday. This J.Crew crewneck is exactly what we are talking about. The heather dark plum color we’re featuring is a perfect pop under your sport coats, over your button up shirts, and with any neutral pants or jeans. It comes in a whole bunch of colors through the ‘shop it’ button, so you can easily add to your collection, because this is a style that will always be appropriate. And the Italian cashmere will ensure you can keep it for years.
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08/18/2015

The Gents’ Closet Clean-out: What to Keep, Donate, and Add

We spend a lot of time with you talking about what to add to your wardrobe, so it’s only fair to make sure you have the closet space for it. Yup, this week, we’re talking about the closet clean-out. With the end of Summer drawing near, it’s time to make some room and get ready for Fall. There are a lot of studies reporting that people with less clutter around them are more productive - even sleep better, and can have healthier weights. The first place to ensure you’re clutter-free is your closet. After all, getting dressed in the morning is pretty much where the day starts. And having a closet that is only filled with appropriate, confidence-building pieces will get you out the door in no time. Gents, no one can do this for you better than you can – you know what makes you feel good.

To get started, pull everything out (yup, it’s the only way to really know what’s in there) and start separating in to a few key groups:

Group 1 “Keep”: It should be filled with your “go-to” pieces - the ones that make you feel confident. They fit you well, they feel appropriate for a lot of things in your life, and you build outfits around them. These are often timeless staples like timeless charcoal work trousers, a great button up shirt, a pair of jeans that are perfectly broken-in…you get the idea.

Group 2 “Donate”: Stop hanging on to clothes because they are just “too nice” or you spent “good money” on them. If they haven’t seen the light of day in the past year, it’s time to donate them. If you’ve got clothes that just don’t fit right, never made you feel comfortable and confident, or you’ve changed fields/companies and now dress differently for the office, donate them to someone who will get a lot more use out of them. You can donate any gently worn career clothes to non-profits like Bridge to Success (in the Chicago area) or Career Gear (outside of Chicago, they accept donations that are mailed in and will provide you a tax-receipt once they receive your donation). Both focus on helping those in need get ready for interviews and the work world, so your clothes will be truly welcome.

Group 3 “Toss”: This one should only be filled with clothes and accessories that didn’t make the cut for the above groups – they have stains or rips that you never got around to trying to repair (and therefore prove you don’t care about those items very much). Or they’re fashion pieces that are just “over” (goodbye super wide tie). You’ll feel freer without them and you won’t miss them – you weren’t wearing them anyway, remember?

Group 4 “Maybe”: This is the group that a more ruthless person might be able to put in one of the above groups right away, but you aren’t ready to let go. Bag these up and put them out of sight for 2-4 weeks. If you didn’t miss them, move them in to your “Donate” or “Toss” groups. Hello, more room for the next group!

Group 5 “Add”: It’s the most fun and it comes once there’s room in your closet. Today (and ever week), we’ve got some top picks to get your closet looking just right. So check out a few of our top “Keeps” and “Adds” to ensure you have the best pieces in your freshly clean & efficient closet and check out the Full Top 15 List in this week’s Fashion Finds. You’ll be dressing quickly, and with confidence, in no time.

If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media. Happy organizing!
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Victory-Blazer-Navy/prod164690279_cat48730756__/p.prod
Peter Millar - Victory Blazer
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Peter Millar - Victory Blazer
Victory Blazer
Peter Millar
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Keep: You will never go wrong with a navy blazer. So if you have a favorite that you feel great in, hang on to it. The fit should be impeccable, ensuring the shoulder seams don’t slouch past your shoulders and you don’t have any pulling when you close it. If it’s time for a refresh, Peter Millar’s modern-fitting all wool blazer is just what we’re talking about. After all, even in today’s casual world, a navy blazer can be a gent’s best friend. You can dress it up for work or an event or dress it down for a casual outing. Throw it on with jeans, khakis or dress wool pants – and any solid or pattern button up shirt.
http://www.ledbury.com/products/the-haddon-chambray
Ledbury - The Haddon Chambray Shirt
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Ledbury - The Haddon Chambray Shirt
The Haddon Chambray Shirt
Ledbury
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Add: A button down shirt in updated colors are always a great addition to your wardrobe. The navy, purple, and orange combination in this one from Ledbury is bold, yet sophisticated – especially under a navy blazer, solid tweed sport coat, cardigan or pull over sweater. The spread collar has a soft, casual look, yet the luxe Italian fabric is polished enough to wear with a navy or charcoal suit – with our without a tie. And since Ledbury offers it in both a classic (modern and a little easier) and slim fit (contemporary and trim), every gent can wear it.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/j-brand-kane-slim-fit-cotton-twill-pants/3505292
J Brand - Kane Slim Fit Cotton Twill Pants
Keep: Soft twill jeans in a neutral tan color are a staple in any gent’s wardrobe, and that’s not about to change. They go with everything in your closet and can be worn to the office, on the weekend or out for an evening. J Brand has a version that is a favorite of ours, for its contemporary fit that is trim, and still very wearable for any gent looking for an updated look with a straighter leg.
https://www.eastdane.com/pilot-suede-jacket-obey/vp/v=1/1527982297.htm
Obey - Pilot Suede Jacket
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Obey - Pilot Suede Jacket
Pilot Suede Jacket
Obey
Sold by: East Dane

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Add: Last week, we talked about the masculine trend of military inspirations. Pair that with a soft suede, and you’ve got a rugged jacket to add to your wardrobe this season. Obey’s bomber jacket is a perfect weight for cooler Fall days before the weather gets truly cold. It’s great for a night out with your dark wash jeans or dark trousers. It is a contemporary fit, so size up if you want a relaxed look.
 

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