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Oscar Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater
Equipment
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Keep: A high quality cashmere sweater in a tailored style and relaxed fit will always be in style, with versatility that takes you from work to dinner to a casual Sunday. This Equipment turtleneck is exactly what we are talking about. The camel color is so chic, and it comes in all the must-have neutrals through the ‘shop it’ button (navy, black, grey). The modern fit has just enough ease and length that you can wear it with your pencil skirt, trousers, or your favorite jeans. And the quality will ensure you can keep this one for years.
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08/18/2015

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

Since we spend a lot of time talking about adding to your wardrobe, we’re taking this week to talk about how to make room in your closet for it all. Besides the studies floating around out there that show living in organized spaces makes us more efficient in all aspects of our lives, there’s just the practicality of the whole thing – in order to dress well, you need to know what’s in your closet and you should be able to feel confident in wearing any of it. We are all about building a modern wardrobe. And that means you’re mixing your mostly timeless pieces with some pops of seasonal fashion statements to always look appropriately fabulous. With the end of Summer drawing near, it’s time to make some room and get ready for Fall.

Just like in the first “Sex & the City” movie, cleaning out the closet can best be divied up in to a few categories. 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 stuff you love – your “go-to” pieces 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 black work trousers, a classic pencil skirt, a pair of jeans that does just the right things for your butt…you get the idea.

Group 2 “Donate”: Stop hanging on to fabulous 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, just aren’t your color, or you’ve changed fields/companies and now dress differently for the office, donate them to someone who will love them. Check out The Fashion Project, where they will provide a pre-paid label and donation bag for accepted brands (of the caliber we always talk about) and they will re-sell your clothes for you. 55% of the net proceeds from your sales will go to support a non-profit charity of your choice. Alternatively, you can donate any gently worn career clothes to non-profits like Bridge to Success (in the Chicago area) or Dress for Success (nationwide).

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 fast fashion pieces that are just “over” (goodbye jeans with rhinestones on the pockets). 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 site 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!
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Bella Luxx - Cambridge Cardigan
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Bella Luxx - Cambridge Cardigan
Cambridge Cardigan
Bella Luxx
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Add: This season, lean and long cardigans will give your leggings an updated feel. Bella Luxx created one of our favorites, especially if you get hot easily, because it’s made of a cotton blend that is lightweight but easy to wear year round in it’s black and white textured color combination. It’s a contemporary fit, and longer and slouchy in design. The banded bottom finish isn’t tight so it won’t cling to you – a perfect layer over your leggings when you button it up, or over jeans and a tee unbuttoned.
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Soft Joie - Katrell Leggings
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Soft Joie - Katrell Leggings
Katrell Leggings
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Keep: A great pair of leggings is no fashion discovery, but realistically, they are going to get you through lots of casual days. These leggings are a solid mid-weight so they don’t get any of those sheer or shiny spots thinner leggings can get, and create more of a substantial feel and coverage. And since their from Joie, you know the fit will be just right – not cutting in at your waist.
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Joie - Nalah Drape Front Cardigan
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Joie - Nalah Drape Front Cardigan
Nalah Drape Front Cardigan
Joie
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Add: The perfect mix between a sweater and jacket, Joie’s drape front knitted jacket has a fringe finish that is a stylish update for work or play. The fit is Joie’s modern relaxed shape, so you’ll love it over a button down, blouse, or simple tee/turtleneck with dress pants or jeans. And you’ve got color options – charcoal, pale grey, sandy tan - they all show off the pretty texture and updated silhouette.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/sweaters/cardigans/PRD~E1342/E1342.jsp
J.Crew - Lightweight Wool Jackie Cardigan
Keep: A classic cardigan that works over everything certainly earns its spot in your wardrobe, and you may even already have a version of this one from J.Crew. The Jackie cardigan has been a staple in their assortment for years for good reason. It’s that perfect go-to. The fit is typical J.Crew (modern and not too skinny) and it has an updated length that works even better with skirts, dresses, and pants than some of the older wool versions of this cardigan from seasons past. All the wonderful new colors have gold-tone buttons, this season too, which is a great little touch.
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Alice + Olivia - Long-Sleeve Double-Slit Turtleneck Dress
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Alice + Olivia - Long-Sleeve Double-Slit Turtleneck Dress
Long-Sleeve Double-Slit Turtleneck Dress
Alice + Olivia
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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Add: Update your dress repertoire with a turtleneck sweater dress, and make it this one from Alice + Olivia. Truly, it’s amazing. It’s a gorgeous super soft knit – not a bulky sweater fabric, but just thick enough that – along with the fitted stretch lining – it creates a beautifully smooth and slimming profile. No one will need to tailor this, even petite ladies, because the length and proportions look great as a true maxi length or as a mid-calf length. It doesn’t need a belt, but certainly looks good with one (black or brown). It can be dressed up with lace up heels or sexy pumps for a date night and can be worn casually with a rugged pair of lace-up booties. It’s even great for work with heeled knee-high boots. The longer sleeves stylishly gather around your wrists, and the turtleneck looks great unfolded and bunched or traditionally folded over for a cleaner finish. If your size is already sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, Shopbop carries it, too – and both offer free shipping & returns.
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Theory - Miyani Stretch Wool Fit & Flare Dress
Keep: The basic black dress that you can put on and know you’ll feel confident in should definitely stay in your wardrobe. This Theory seasonless wool version has a fit and flare shape that flatters every body type, nipping in at the waist and gently skimming your hips. And the split neck and conservative armholes ensure you can wear this anywhere and feel appropriate – to the office, dinner, or cocktails. Add a trim cardigan or scarf as the weather cools and tights look great. Note: The length is closer to just above the knee on most women, not as short as shown.
 

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