May 20th, 2015
On My Mind

Three Things I Need

The upside of a freshly edited closet is that it’s easy to take stock of what I have and, surprisingly, don’t have. Honestly, I thought I had a lot more. I’d been storing pieces that were so old, unfashionable, or didn’t even fit, it only appeared that I had loads of things to wear.

There are some striking holes in my wardrobe. How is it that I don’t have a good black dress? Or a belt besides the ones I buy at the tack shop? A spring jacket? No wonder I always talk about a uniform and tight rotation—I’m reaching for the same few items day after day.

Jacket, Dress, Belt.

SHOP

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CHLOÉ

Gold-tone choker

VERONICA BEARD

Huntley shearling and suede double-breasted blazer

FRAME

Striped ribbed-knit turtleneck sweater

FRAME

Le Crop mini boot raw edge

GABRIELA HEARST

Joaquin double-breasted pleated cashmere coat

CÉLINE EYEWEAR

Cat-eye square-frame sunglasses

PRADA

Belted wool-twill coat

SAINT LAURENT

Leather Charlotte kitten heel knee high boots

CHLOÉ

Tweed wool-blend single-breasted coat

ISABEL MARANT ÉTOILE

Mora embroidered cotton shirt

REJINA PYO

Avery oversized belted two-tone cotton twill trench coat

CHLOÉ

Knotted sleeve-waist wool sweater

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  • I love a fresh edit and now do it every season. Initially I had no choice. I moved into a new space with a much smaller closet. I was not very happy with the size but it had a great upside. I could only put the current season in it and had to store the rest. Now I only store what is in good condition, current and wearable for next year. It really keeps my wardrobe fresh. So far I have not fallen back into that denim and t-shirt rut (it was huge) so that feels great, too.

    EmmeMay 20th, 2015  8:28 AM

     
  • Hi Preston,
    Who makes that belt? I seem to be having issues with the link. Thanks in advance!
    Cheers,
    JAO

    Julie AnnMay 20th, 2015  10:01 AM

     
  • Hi Julie Ann,

    The belt is Saint Laurent and I changed the link.

    PrestonMay 20th, 2015  10:51 AM

     
  • I love the Toteme dress. I bought it two weeks ago -just in time before your post probably sold it out!

    When editing a clients closet I ask them, “would you buy this right now?”. I believe they (and I( need to love every piece!

    Thanks Preston.

    Betsy AmesMay 20th, 2015  3:11 PM

     
  • Inspired by your edit to finally tackle my own. I have some Marni, Max Mara, Gucci that I never wear. Recommendations on where to rehome these pieces? What do you recommend? Donate to Dress for Success? Housing Works? Somehow it makes it easier to edit knowing that my purged clothing may find another happy home. Thanks!

    MarthaMay 20th, 2015  3:15 PM

     
  • Martha,
    I gave a Chanel and 2 Dolce & Gabbana skirts to my sister. Everything else went to a clothing box. Love the idea of donating to Dress for Success and Housing Works, I’m sure they would appreciate your pieces.

    PrestonMay 20th, 2015  8:03 PM

     
  • I did this last year, and it helped me so much. Need to edit it further now. Will be interested to see the black dress you end up with.

    KathyMay 20th, 2015  9:54 PM

     
  • As always, your choices are perfection ! I absolutely love the Totême dress, and the belt can change an entire look by its elegance !

    http://www.pardonmyobsession.com/

    CarolineMay 21st, 2015  6:58 AM

     
  • I don’t have a black dress either & am in desperate need of a wardrobe workout

    That's Not My AgeMay 22nd, 2015  9:36 AM

     

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