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When it comes to cleaning out your closet, I always suggest grazing your wardrobe every few months. Aside from swapping in and out seasonal items like coats and sweaters, I look for five key items to move to the donation pile. Think along the lines of that overbearing drawer of socks or your stack of old T-shirts you’ve owned for way too long. Parting with these items on a regular basis will keep your wardrobe well-organized and full of the freshest pieces you wear on repeat. Plus, not only will this habit leave your overall appearance looking perfectly polished, but it will also create more space in your wardrobe. (And who can complain about that?)
Keep reading to find out the five items you should remove from your wardrobe.
1. Mismatched Socks
We’re all guilty of owning mismatched socks. Where do the pairs go? We will never know, but I suggest finally taking the time to clean out your sock drawer and donate the mismatch pairs. Stock up on my favorite sets below.
2. Dingy White Tees
It happens to the best of us. You find your favorite white T-shirt and wear it on repeat to the point where you earn some not-so-lovely yellowish stains. Restock your white-tee collection with my picks below.
3. Heels You Can't Walk In
Maybe you sized down because they were on sale, or perhaps the heel was deceptively shorter online—whatever the reason, if you can’t walk in them, it’s time to part ways. Find another home for the shoes and shop the heel style that’s most comfortable below.
4. Jeans That Don't Fit
Consolidate your denim collection every few months, and donate the pairs that no longer fit you perfectly. Jeans give and wear wash after wash, so it’s completely normal to have pairs that no longer flatter your body the way they used to. Freshen your denim selection with my go-to jeans below.
5. Stained Blouses
Similar to white T-shirts, your go-to blouse will gain stains over time. Whether it’s an underarm situation from your deodorant or an unfortunate coffee spill, if there’s any evidence of a stain, it’s time to toss. Stock your blouse collection with my picks below.
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This story was updated by Anna LaPlaca. Next, five celebrity stylists share their exact fashion basics.