We'd all love to think that when we buy something we love, it's a good purchase, right? And most of the time, it is. For that moment, for that season, for that time your life. The problem becomes when we think just because we bought something, it's a "classic". I see where that idea comes from, of course...after all, most of my clients wouldn't consider themselves "trendy", so they don't consider the pieces they buy to be trendy either. But as a style, "Classic" is a clearly defined aesthetic that doesn't just mean "I bought a skirt in 2003, and I really loved it then, so clearly it will be in style for ever". Someday, I'll do a post on what it really means to have a classic style, but today I want to show you 5 items I see all.the.time. in clients' closets that didn't make it on to the incredibly small list of truly timeless wardrobe pieces.
All of the pictures in this post were taken from eBay. I couldn't find a single picture of one of these items currently being sold in a store....which should tell you all need to know!
These fun necklaces were everywhere a few years ago, and they were one of the original "statement necklace" styles. They went with everything from a dress to a plain tee, and could be found in a Jelly-Belly array of colors. But when they started showing up at Walmart for $5, it was time to retire them....and that was years ago. Statement necklaces are still a thing, but these just look cheap and juvenile. Chuck em.
Super Pointy Shoes
Yes, pointed toe shoes are still a popular style (and a super flattering style at that)....but this iteration belongs on the feet of a woman who just had a house fall on her.
I know one reason my clients are reluctant to part with things (even things past their prime) is that they spent good money on them, and I get it. It's hard to feel like you're "wasting" money by letting clothes go, but here's the deal: Most clothes we own don't increase in value by sitting unworn for years. If you've got a closet full of Balenciaga and Balmain, that's one thing...but your Bandolinos aren't a collector's item. The money is gone, the shoes served their purpose. Time to say good bye to this style.
Ultra Low Rise Jeans
In all fairness, most of my clients aren't actually wearing these early aughts staples. They're just languishing in a bin or on a closet shelf. Ultra low rise jeans were super trendy around the same time that premium denim became a big deal, so for a lot of women, these jeans represent the first (and sometimes the last) time they really spent big bucks on jeans. If you're hanging on to your low-rise jeans for that reason, I'll say the same thing I said with the pointy shoes---they're not worth anything anymore. Just because you spent money on them doesn't mean you should keep them! If you're hanging on to them for another reason, you have to ask yourself "Why?" Is it because you remember how hot you were back in the day, or because they remind you of a crazy night out for your friend's bachelorette party? Keep in mind your closet is a container that should hold the clothes that dress you for the person you are today, not 10 years ago. Bottom line: any jeans that you can't wear because your c-section scar might show need to go. And no, your daughters probably won't want them someday.
"What the what", you say? "But I thought pinstripes were a classic!" Yeah, maybe this one, but these super fitted pinstripe numbers with overly stylized collars and cuffs didn't make the "timeless" cut. I totally understand the appeal of these shirts. They were flattering, due to the shaped bodice (which was often enhanced by empire seams or ruching), and they coud be thrown together with your favorite pair of work pants from The Limited, and viola, you had a professional(ish) outfit. Even I owned one of these shirts. It was black, actually from The Limited, and featured big cuffs and ultra-cool hook & eye closures. I felt so skinny and stylish in it. I remember wearing it to the final appointment with my wedding florist with bootcut jeans and high heeled black boots. Friends, I got married in 2004. Enough said, right? It's time to let go. Btw, this shirt comes in solid colors, too, usually with a distinct cuff on a 3/4 length sleeve. Striped, floral, or solid, its still dated.
Want to make your look frumpy and dated at the same time? Look no further than contrast stitching! A few weeks ago, a client had a pair of brown heels with a long toe that was both pointy and square, and featured contrast stitching. She hadn't worn them in years, but was hanging on to them because she thought she might need brown heels one day. True, but not those brown heels. White stitching on leather makes the item look cheap, frumpy, and dated. If those are NOT your wardrobe goals, send these pieces packing! Also, a good rule of thumb is that if you haven't worn it in years, the "someday" wardrobe event you're planning on isn't going to happen.
Ok, now it's time for a Closet Confessional....leave a comment and let me know how many of these you owned at one point, and if you're really feeling daring, tell us if you still have any hanging around! I owned all but the super pointed toe--way too uncomfortable for me--and I'm happy to say I don't have any of them now.