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How to detox your wardrobe: Step 2

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Expert tips for buying clothes that you'll actually love to wear

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How to detox your wardrobe: Step 2

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This is the second part of our three-step Wardrobe Detox series. You've cleaned out your closet. Now it's time to shop for key pieces. 

 

Step 2: Shop

This is the fun part. Follow these prompts – from the fitting room to your bedroom mirror – and never feel that buyer's remorse again.
 

At the store 

Ask: Will this fill a gap in my closet or create one? Think: of four outfits around the piece. “If you can only come up with one outfit for an item of clothing, it will most likely collect dust in the back of your closet,” warns fashion designer Misha Nonoo. Remember: “‘Classic’ is in the eye of the beholder,” says Chan. “Look for what works for you and your body.” Slow Down: “Be systematic about it,” she says. “Why have two just-okay blouses when you can have one really great one? It’s as simple as that.” 


When you get home

Don’t leave that new blouse in the shopping bag for a week. It’s time to test out those outfits you imagined in the fitting room. You can even snap some mirror selfies of your looks—they’ll save you on those “I have nothing to wear” mornings.


If all else fails 

Shop for “suitcase pieces”—the kind of easy-to-wear yet exciting finds (a tea-length dress, a suede moto jacket) that are the first things you pack no matter where you’re going. 
 

Wishlist 

Need some inspiration? Natalie Kingham, buying director at Matches Fashion, offers three trends to buy now and wear for years.

Old-school logos "I love the use of archive logos on accessories by Balenciaga, Gucci and Fendi."
 

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Fendi. Image by: Imaxtree


Sequin redux "Halpern has incredible sequined party dresses this season that I love to style with a classic black oversized Saint Laurent blazer."
 

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Halpern


Summer boots "One of the surprising trends we saw on the spring/summer 2018 runways was summer boots – Margiela and Chloé had some Western styles that would be a reat investment for pairing with dresses."
 

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Chloé. Image by: Imaxtree

 

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6 new fashion classics the ELLE editors are buying

“There isn’t a situation that an intriguingly printed midi-dress can’t, well, address. Fancy-ish dinner? Dress. Late for drinks? Dress. Speaking to a room of 50 strangers? You get the idea.”

– Liz Guber, associate fashion editor

Acne Studios Dragica Floral-Print Cotton-Corduroy Dress ($1,255)

Image by: Net a Porter

6 new fashion classics the ELLE editors are buying

“I’m more inclined to take risks with my outerwear than my day-to-day clothing, and this mixed-check coat is a just-big-enough step out of my comfort zone.”

– Victoria DiPlacido, associate beauty editor

Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Colour Block Checkered Coat ($1,297)

Image by: Net a Porter

6 new fashion classics the ELLE editors are buying

“Bees are essential to the future of our planet, and they do a heck of a lot for this sweater too. Plus, cashmere is essential for surviving Canadian winters.”

– Ciara Rickard, production editor

N.Peal Bee Detail Intarsia Jumper ($866)

Image by: Farfetch

6 new fashion classics the ELLE editors are buying

“Sometimes I yearn for a dollop of colour in my mostly-black-navy-grey wardrobe, which is why this clutch will be my new going-out staple. It’s a timeless shade of pink – not too millennial (over it) or ’80s neon.”

– Carli Whitwell, special projects editor

Loewe T Clutch ($985)

Image by: Farfetch

6 new fashion classics the ELLE editors are buying

“I practically live in white sneakers, and I’m strangely attracted to the juvenile vibe (courtesy of the Velcro and terry-cloth badge) these guys have.”

– Jed Tallo, art director

Raf Simons Off-White Adidas Edition Stan Smith Comfort Badge Sneakers ($279)

Image by: Ssense

6 new fashion classics the ELLE editors are buying

“This signet ring ticks two essential boxes for me: the opportunity to monogram and the ability to make me feel like a member of an obscure royal family.”

– Sarah Laing, culture editor

Dinny Hall Signet Pinky Cushion Ring ($241.23)

Image by: Dinny Hall

 



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