Clothing & Accessories

Cleaning Out Your Closet–What to Toss and What to Save

Trends come and go and some styles stick around forever. It can be confusing to know what’s what if you don’t have time to stay up to the minute. And some of us just make it a habit to throw out clothes every two or three years. Most organizational experts say to throw out clothes you haven’t worn in a year. BUT, are there some things worth holding on to in the case that go in and out of style? Here’s a quick guide of what to toss and save.

TOSS 

Wedge sneakers. We’ve seen these come and go to some degree, but they’ve always looked very different. The wedge sneaker has been replaced with classics, like Converse and Adidas that never go out of style. You probably won’t wear these again.

SAVE

Classic tennis shoes. Again, Converse and Adidas classics can be worn with everything from pencil skirts, to cropped skinny pants, to flowery dresses.

Unisex Converse Chuck Taylor Ox Casual Shoes
Finish Line $30

TOSS

Low rise jeans. Frankly, these are not flattering for most people, so don’t bother stressing over them. They don’t hit most people right at the waist, making them difficult to wear without a muffin top.

SAVE

High rise jeans (they’ve come and gone since the 70s). Right now, high rises with flowing tops or cropped tops. You can also save overalls. They’re back now and go in and out since the 70s. Instead of wearing them with a flannel, wear them with a ribbed tank or cropped top. However, we don’t suggest BUYING a new pair, as these are a trend. Don’t spend big bucks on the overalls, but definitely keep them around if you have an old pair.

Model
Chloe from Revolve $174

TOSS

Tie-dye. Let’s be honest, tie-dye died in the mid eighties. If you’re still wearing it, retire it.

SAVE

Bold prints, like florals. The prints can be big or tiny, but prints are always in and look great with skinnies.

TOSS

The babydoll/empire waist dress.

SAVE

Shift dresses. The shift is a classic and we highly recommend buying a solid and a print shift dress for the long haul. Wear them to work with heels or to a picnic with sandals and minimal jewelry. Dress them down with a denim jacket or up with a blazer. These are effortless. Pictured below is a from Ann Taylor–the Queen of the Shift.

Primary Image of Lace Shift Dress
Ann Taylor $110

In general, the 90s are back! If you look in the back of your closet and find mules and scrunchies—good news. You can revive them for now!