9 Fashion Items to Ditch If You Want to Be More Stylish


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In the fashion world, there's a constant revolving door of trends. What’s in one season might feel a little tired the next. Then, something you never thought you would see make a comeback (hello, low-rise jeans) will probably return again sometime down the line. When you’re ready for a closet clean-out, this can make it tough to know what to keep and what to get rid of for good.

Ahead we’re breaking down all the pieces to remove and donate in a closet purge. These are the items that any 20-something or 30-something can confidently ditch without having any future regrets. Some of these—like body-con dresses—might have been worn in past years at a club. Others—like a laptop bag—could be in your current arsenal but have much more stylish alternatives. Want to find out the top items that made our cut for a closet clean-out? Keep reading for the pieces you can add to your donation pile.


Instead, wear comfortable heels:


Instead, wear trouser-style jeans:


Instead, wear tote bags:


Instead, wear cashmere joggers:


Instead, wear new bras:


Instead, wear solid tees:


Instead, wear sculptural, flowy dresses:


Instead, wear chunky jewelry:


Instead, wear retro sneakers:

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated. Next, shop my curated list of pieces to buy from the Net-a-Porter sale.

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.