I'm Gutting My Closet and Saying Goodbye to These Basics (But I'm Adding These)


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Every January, I have the motivation to tackle my closet. I have specifically been taking inventory of my collection of basics to see what's in dire need of an update. Stylish basics, in fact, are what my wardrobe primarily consists of, so they are always top of mind. Not only do these pieces tend to be comfortable and easy to mix and match, but they also have a timeless quality. Even so, it's time to store (or even sell and donate) some of the old staples and make room for fresh additions.

For this good old-fashioned closet clean-out, I am focusing on incorporating new basics that feel more modern and elevate my everyday looks. Think of it as an update for everything from simple socks to stylish sweaterdresses (the slouchier the fit, the better), classic outerwear, and more. Ahead, check out five basics that have served me well in the past and what I am swapping them out for this season.

Store: No-Show Socks

Swap For: Crew Socks


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Lately, I can't help but feel that showing my socks looks better when it comes to wearing sneakers and clogs. I 100% blame it on the resurgence of Princess Diana–inspired style.

Store: Midi Skirts

Swap For: Ankle-Length Skirts


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There is something so chic about longer skirts that hit right at the ankle. The style gives me '90s-minimalist vibes that bring Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy to mind.

Store: Fitted Sweaterdresses

Swap For: Oversize Sweaterdresses


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I'm already in love with oversize sweaters, so it's only natural to take it to the next level. The slouchy fit has a cooler, more grounded feel.

Store: High-Waist Leggings

Swap For: Legging Jumpsuits


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I have been living in high-waisted leggings for years now during my off-duty moments. Now, I'm taking it one step further with a legging jumpsuit. The ease in dressing it provides is unmatched.

Store: Classic Trench Coats

Swap For: Boxy Trench Coats


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I will always love a classic trench coat, but right now, a boxy option is at the top of my list. The minimalist style takes me back to Phoebe Philo's incredibly chic tenure at Celine.

Next up: The Very Best Things I Bought This Year (So Far, By Far)

Jennifer Camp Forbes
Contributing Editor

Jennifer Camp Forbes is currently the shopping updates editor at Who What Wear, where she has worked in a variety of capacities for over a decade, including creative director and various editor roles. She’s well-known as a shopping expert that’s sought out for advice and insight on the latest trends, outfit ideas, and fashion picks thanks to her thoughtful shopping roundups, digital moodboards, and extensive knowledge of up-and-coming brands, plus the new arrivals sections of the chicest retailers. Jennifer has had a lifelong interest in fashion which led her to intern at Harper’s Bazaar as an undergraduate. Later, while working towards her masters degree in psychological counseling at Columbia University, she founded two digital fashion publications: Le Fashion and Olsens Anonymous. The popularity of both sites grew and after graduation she decided put her plans to become a therapist aside to pursue a career in fashion. While she has called Los Angeles and New York City home in the past, she currently works remotely from Massachusetts. When she’s not obsessing over and writing about her latest fashion finds, she is delighting in raising two little ones with her highschool sweetheart, perusing TikTok religiously, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, creating abstract photographs, and eating the best Mexican food she can get her hands on.