9 Pieces You Should Ditch (and Buy) to Upgrade Your Style

We get that style is a very personal thing. But we also get that life seems to get busier and busier with each year, and a little sartorial guidance can be useful. For that reason, we've compiled a handy list of easy ways to improve your style right now, focusing on which pieces to skip for now and which to add to your wardrobe (if you haven't already).

Yet another thing we get: Saying to ditch something can seem harsh. We're simply pointing out that there are certain pieces that could benefit from a breather, and more of-the-moment, or classic, pieces that will up your style points. But everything in fashion comes back, so putting these nine pieces on hiatus certainly works, or donating them is a great way to free up closet space.

Either way, we're firm believers that confidence is the number one way to upgrade your style, so if these pieces we suggest ditching and investing in help you to do that, our mission is accomplished. Read on to find out what to ditch and buy to upgrade your style.

Ditch: Pastel Sneakers
Buy: Black Sneakers

Pastel sneakers are pretty to look at, but they can be hard to wear, unlike versatile black sneakers.

What to wear with black sneakers


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Ditch: Kimonos
Buy: Oversize Blazers

Kimonos had their moment in the sun, but now, oversize blazers are the go-to way to bring cool polish to a look. We find them to be much more versatile than kimonos, which screamed "trend."

Ditch: Mid-Rise Jeans
Buy: High-Waisted Jeans

Not sure if you've noticed, but mid-rise jeans don't hit at the most flattering place, making them even trickier to pull off than low-rise jeans, in our opinion. High-waisted jeans hit at the smallest part of the waist, making them a great option for all body types.

Ditch: Tunic Tops
Buy: Slightly Cropped Tops

High-waisted jeans, trousers, and skirts are all staples now, and the most flattering thing to wear with them is cropped tops. Sorry, tunics.

Ditch: Cheap-Looking Accessories
Buy: Classic Accessories

Accessories can make or break a look, so we advise steering clear of those with excessive hardware and/or low-quality materials in favor of sleek, polished ones that will never go out of style.

Ditch: Bell Sleeves
Buy: Puffy Sleeves

Puffy sleeves have been around for a few seasons now, and the return of all things '80s means they're sticking around for a while. On the other hand, bell sleeves have been slowly fading away.

Ditch: Plain Black Outerwear
Buy: Statement-Making Outerwear

Not sure if you've noticed, but the fashion crowd rarely dons black outerwear these days. Instead, they choose to have fun with it, and make a statement with bold colors, materials, and prints. Because why not?

Ditch: "Complicated" Leggings
Buy: Bike Shorts

The bike-shorts trend shows no sign of cooling, and solid-colored leggings are a wardrobe staple, but leggings with loud prints can come across as trying a bit too hard.

How to wear bike shorts


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Ditch: Tassel Earrings
Buy: Chunky Gold Earrings

Tassel earrings have a tendency to look a little cheap, but fashion girls are fully embracing chunky gold earrings to add a little extra oomph to their look.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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