When she’s not working with big names like Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Hudson, and Hilary Swank, celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger also divulges her fashion expertise in our Ask a Stylist column. From the best places to source vintage to the secret to finding your most flattering jeans, come back each week for a professional’s perspective.
I recently shared the top items I’d remove from a stylish woman’s closet, so today I’m turning the tables and revealing the five things I’d ditch from a man’s wardrobe. Whether you’re helping your boyfriend, brother, or BFF up their style game, my suggestion is to start with a closet cleanse and remove these key items.
Scroll down to find out the five items every fashionable man should toss.
Stained Button-Down Shirts
We all have a trusty go-to button-down that makes getting ready in the morning that much quicker, but that also means stains are much more probable. Whether it’s some ink that you haven’t been able to get out after three washes, your morning coffee, or some underarm stains, take a second look at your button-down selection the next time you clean out your closet. Shop fresh options below.
Sweaters That Are Pilling
It can be an easy habit to hold onto sweaters for too long, especially if you spent a pretty penny on a particular knit, but if a sweater has more moth holes than it does fabric, it’s time to move on. Without proper care of your sweaters over time, not only will you see small holes, but pilling will also occur. Donate your favorite sweater from five years ago to make room for your new favorite sweater—check out my favorites below.
Unused Gym Clothes
One of the biggest New Year’s resolutions that always gets neglected is going to the gym more, which means lots of super-cute new workout clothes that end up collecting dust in the corner of your closet by March (don’t worry—you’re not alone). Take a minute to go through all your unused gym clothes and figure out if you’re actually going to wear any of them. If not, donate it all and make more room for clothes that you actually are going to be seen in. Shop my favorite gym picks for men below.
There is nothing worse than buying a great new pair of shoes only for them to be ruined by the rain or snow within a couple of months. While it is tragic to watch them go, any sign of weather stains that can’t be removed means donating and grabbing some new ones. Shop my picks below.
Any Shirts With Armpit Stains
Similar to button-down shirts, undershirts are an everyday staple for many men, which means they’re going to get worn fast. After months of wearing the same couple of undershirts, they’re going to be stretched out, but also, over time deodorant can cause some less than desirable armpit stains. Fortunately, undershirts are some of the easiest things to shop for and come in a variety of price points. Stock up on my favorite undershirts below.
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