“New year, new me,” you say? Look inside your closet and the case might not be so. Don’t get stuck in a fashion rut with outdated and outgrown pieces inside it. We’ll help you run a closet detox to see what to throw away, just in time for 2016.
So if you’re a proud owner of any of these 10 items, hold them in your hands, take one more look at them, and bid them all good-bye. They’ve ran their course this year, but that’s about it. See what you need to purge out of your closet fast!
#1 Exaggeratedly ripped jeans
If your pair of ripped jeans has more holes than actual fabric in them, it’s time to rethink your choice of trusty denim. There’s a thing such as ripping them too far even Kim Kardashian can’t pull them off. Trust your intuition with this one. If you feel like your pair is torn a bit too much, toss it to the bin!
#2 Easily creased white button-downs
We all have this one button-down that’s already wrinkled five seconds after wearing them—and that’s all it takes to annoy us and make us more conscious for the rest of the day. Inasmuch as white button-downs are considered classics, invest in a fuss-free one that will make you chic in an instant, not after hours of hopelessly ironing it.
#3 Denim leggings
These aren’t your ordinary jeggings—they’re worse than that. These are stretchy denim-looking leggings with no pockets and an elastic waist that have all the worst features of denim jeans and leggings combined. To cut the story short, they just don’t do any good to your outfit at any cost.
#4 Tops that are just too sheer
Don’t be fooled by the runways of Saint Laurent Paris when they suggest to bare it all with their ultra sheer tops. (Yeah, nippies out and all.) In real life, we still want to strike the balance between sexy and just plain lewd. Next year’s trend suggests subtlety with just hints of skin—say, a refined slip dress with skin peeking through lace material.
#5 Heavily monogrammed pieces
Gone are the days when heavily branded items were actually a thing. An ongoing shopping culture suggests that buyers tend to veer away from items that flaunt the brand’s logo overtly. “[They] can’t stand logos,” Business Insider says referring to millenials. It’ll pay for you to follow suit.
#6 Baggy sweatpants
You still want in on the athleisure trend? Okay, but oversized sweatpants aren’t the way to go. As brands take their athletic collections seriously—from H&M to Tory Burch—workout clothes don’t equate to just drab clothing (read: sweatpants). So look more into the more chic Nike- or Adidas-type of pieces to better flaunt what you’ve been working hard on and throw those unflattering sweatpants away (Yes, toss those toe shoes on your way out, too, please!).
#7 Oversized bags
With the rise of the miniature statement bags, larger-than-life bags have become a thing of the past. It might be fashion’s way of saying to only bring the essentials with you—and yeah, those biggie bags aren’t one of them.
#8 Stud earrings
The 2016 accessories game mandates a more-is-more aesthetic. As for the earrings, shoulder-grazing and generously sized pieces are total ear candy. We’re talking about making a statement with your earrings so studs won’t make the cut next year, honey.
#9 Cork wedges
Whoever decreed cork wedge sandals to be a thing for this year’s spring/summer must have gone bonkers for a bit right there. Lucky for those who hate them—with a passion—next year will be more unforgiving to this pair. There are just pairs of shoes that are inherently not flattering in any iteration
#10 Cat ears
If you’re not Ariana Grande or if it’s not Halloween, give these up. They’re cute, yes—if you’re a twee six year-old. Let’s just hope next year won’t usher in a new animal body part as a trend.
Art by Dorothy Guya