10 Ways To Update Your Closet Now

If we’re to believe the wisdom of a ’90s pop song (um, duh), you really only get what you give. So, if 2014 is all about giving our wardrobe the refresh it deserves then we’ve gotta swap out a few of our favorites in return. This isn’t about never wearing those tried-and-true pieces again (hello, beloved skinnies), but a challenge to expand our sartorial horizons. Think of it as a stylish swap. And, if you’re willing to clear your closet of those overworn standbys, imagine how much room you’ll have for something new? Ahead, the 10 trends R29 editors are trying out in exchange for their old favorites.

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“I’m taking a break from my New Balance and sliding on a pair of slip-on sneakers. They still read menswear, but are a bit easier for me to throw on with a skirt.”

MARC BY MARC JACOBS Low-Top, $345, available at Shoescribe.
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“For some reason I equate the cold-weather season with skirts and chunky sweaters. Therefore, the fancy-ish part of my closet is about six-part skirt to two-parts dress. Not that I need to go shopping or anything, but if (read: when) I do, I vow to head straight for the dress section to look for a frock that’s perfect for any occasion — from the office to a dinner party.”

Opening Ceremony Pasque Pleated Dress, $495, available at Opening Ceremony.
 

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“I love white tees for myself, and I routinely admire them on others. They are such a perfect complement to anything over-the-top — a snake-patterned extravagant tuxedo jacket, a deep v-neck sequined cardigan, a luxurious patterned silk scarf. I love them so much, in fact, that I reach for them far more often than I do any other single piece of clothing in my wardrobe. 

“My frustration is that, until now, I haven’t been able to wrap my thick head around the fact that if I’m wearing these babies more often than my other clothes — and they are indeed the MOST susceptible to staining and discoloration of anything else in my wardrobe (and I have to say that the laundromat water in NYC is particularly unkind to washable white cotton) — then I need to be on high alert when it comes to the question of keeping them updated and as fresh as can be. That’s all…I resolve to keep them fresh because they are important and of frequent use to me. Favorites brands include Everlane, Zara, and ALC!”

Zara Organic Cotton T-Shirt, $7.99, available at Zara.
 

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“My thing this year is going to be presenting myself as an adult, always. So, that means either a rich lip color, a noticeable piece of jewelry, or heels, every single day. A challenge for sure, but I think I’m up to the task. And, in exchange, I’m going to lean away from the excessive number of cardigans in my closet. They’re such an easy layer, since I’m always cold, but I think I can do better.”

Gucci Bamboo-Effect Suede Pumps, $695, available at Net-A-Porter.

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“I’m going to ditch my skinnies and double down on baggy-fit jeans. There’s such a cool-girl vibe about them that skinnies couldn’t possibly emulate (not to mention, they’re about a million times more comfortable!).” 

Isabel Marant Étoile ‘Parson’ boyfriend jean, $245.39, available at FarFetch.

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“I’ve hated man sandals for like, ever. While I love a good strappy number on a woman, I’ve just never been into the same style on a men’s hoof. Until now. After Chloé debuted the fur-kenstock, I went straight to my shoe closet, stared at the espadrilles and canvas sneakers I tend to rock when the temps warm up, and thought, ‘What if (after all this time), I debut Bobby in a Sandal this year?’ And, let me tell you, I was so into the idea. So much so, I’m seconds away from adding a pair of real Birks to my cart. So, long covered dogs come winter getaway and summer time, and hello, exposed tootsies — pedicure included.”

Birkenstock Soft Footbed Black Suede Arizona, $130, available at Birkenstock.

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“Two things that will never change about me: I only wear pants and I never wear color. This year though I’m going to try to break away from wearing skinny jeans all the time (the rag & bone stretch ones just feel so good) and start wearing more grown-up, stylish trousers (in various shades of ivory, gunmetal, army-green and camel).”

See By Chloé Cropped Trouser, $375.40, available at Far Fetch.

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“I’m ditching simple T-shirts for crop tops to bring some fun into my wardrobe.”

T by Alexander Wang  Cropped Neoprene-Backed Jersey Top, $255, available at Net-A-Porter.

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“I want to wear earrings, but can’t remember the last time I wore an earring for more than 20 seconds without saying, ‘See, I told you. Look how bad earrings are on me.’ Dangling earrings make me feel tres Christmas tree and the holidays are over, so 2014 will be all about decorating the lobes with tiny, simple studs.” 

Grace Lee XO Earrings, $255, available at Steven Alan.

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“If I’m being completely honest, I know I won’t ever completely ditch the skinny jeans. But, I’ve noticed recently that I have nothing but leg-hugging, mid-rise jeans in my closet, and it’s time that changes. This year I will step outside my comfort zone and stock up on a more diverse collection of denim. I’m specifically keen on mastering the slouchy boyfriend fit, which I find to be a bit of a challenge for my shape. I’m gonna ease into it with these slim — not skinny! — boyfriends, worn with a heel.”

Current/Elliott The Fling, $147, available at The Dreslyn.
 
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