Photo:David Harry Stewart
We talk a lot about trends here at Who What Wear, but today, we're acknowledging that not every style movement is right for everyone. Each season, we try to take stock of our own closets and decide what's worth retiring and what's worth adding to our closets all in the name of paring down. To continue this conversation, we tapped our resident style expert Susan Feldman, who recently did an audit of her closet.
Today, she's sharing which items she's retiring (forever or for the time being) and which pieces she's feeling the most satisfied by right now. Feldman is the founder of One King's Lane and In the Groove, a style destination where Feldman shares her age-defying outfits and shopping tips. Whether you're here to get inspiration on fashion for older women or simply curious to see find out which items Feldman is banning and keeping, keep reading for her take on style right now, and then, if you're so inclined to, shop the items she's loving most these days.
Banning: "Ugly" Sneakers
"I know that every It girl has been wearing and/or covering those big, over-the-top chunky designer sneakers from houses like Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. Although I know they're very comfortable, I just couldn't wrap my head around this one. I love sneakers, but I just need something a little on the mild-mannered side."
Trying: Vintage-Inspired Denim
Photo:David Harry Stewart; Pictured: Susan Feldman
"I've always been a fan of vintage denim, but I am jumping on this train big time. I just love the color and the feel of vintage and even vintage-inspired jeans. They all that lived-in feeling that looks great (hello, non-stretch denim!) and makes you feel good too."
Style Tip: Dress up vintage-inspired jeans with a fun pair of heels.
It's pretty hard to top Re/Done's iconic vintage pairs.
The twisted seam on this lends a cool touch.
Style Tip: Go ahead wear a basic tee with your jeans—a statement coat will tie the whole look together.
These are massively popular among Who What Wear readers.
One of our editors' go-to brands for amazing vintage-like quality denim.
Banning: Leopard Print
"I've always loved leopard. In fact, I never met a leopard print that I didn't like. Personally, I think of it more as a neutral than a pattern, but after the past few seasons when everyone has been so leopard crazy, I need to take a break. It was just a little too much, and although I'm sure I'll be back in a year or two, I'm bidding au revoir to leopard for now."
Trying: Hands-Free Bags
Style Tip: A belt bag offers an unexpected way to break up a color-block outfit.
"I remember sporting a fanny pack way back when and I didn't think it would be something I would embrace again. But this is a good reminder never to say never because I am loving the fanny-pack trend. Or are they called belt bags now? Either way, they look super chic and it forces me to only carry what I need. I've gotta say that not carrying a bag on my shoulder feels liberating."
Meet the bag brand every cool NYC girl is wearing.
Tap into the utility trend.
Style Tip: Wear a belt bag to cinch up a trench coat to really make your silhouette stand out.
This shape, though.
Isn't this color lovely?
"It's funny—I was wearing jumpsuits before it was an actual 'trend.' While I love how easy and chic they are, in this case, jumpsuits are too much of a good thing for me. No more jumpsuits in the near future."
Trying: Chunky Necklaces
"I can't get enough of the layered-necklace look. I love being able to mix my old favorites with new finds and feel like I get a completely fresh look. It also lets me channel my creative side into jewelry styling. Usually, I live by less is more, but this is the one time where more is really more."
Style Tip: Combine varying necklace styles like chains and pendants to create a winning stack.
This would make even your basic T-shirts look beautiful.
The layering possibilities are endless here.
Style Tip: Layering a chain necklace over a turtleneck will always make it pop.
This one is fashion girl–approved.
The contrast in link sizes feels really fresh.
If you're into something dantier.