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Spring-clean your closet

Keep staples like metallic silver that will work for multiple seasons.

Fashion magazines and retailers have thrived for decades on promoting the idea that things are suddenly unwearable within six months. But today, in an age of eco-consciousness, this belief overlooks a lesser promoted universal truth—some things never go out of style. When cleaning out your closet this spring, hone in on what you should keep. Much of the apparel and accessories in spring and fall collections are not just investment pieces for one season, but for at least two, and hopefully much longer.

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  • Future Disco

    Future Disco

    Metallics appeal to our primal selves as they’re reminiscent of minerals and ores. Silver is classier than gold and lighter than bronze; it’s the color of the future.

    For spring: 
    Wear it as casual and day-oriented as possible with white cotton or linen, or anything matte that will cut through the shine. You can also throw it on as a mini dress with nothing but killer shoes.

    For fall:
    Stick to the matte rule, and layer it with dark loose or structured separates. The key is keeping the add-ons understated to balance silver's high volume.


    Above, from left: Off-White, Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Christian Dior, Erdem, Paco Rabanne

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  • Scarf Prints

    Scarf Prints

    These motifs usually tell stories and remind us of the waspy sophistication of our grandmothers’ generation. But scaled up as drapery across the body, they become witty and fill in a gap left by the now hackneyed boho prints.

    For spring:
    Pair them with white, cream, pastel, or neutral accessories, or very clean tailored separates if the item is not a dress or jumpsuit.

    For fall:
    Stick to the above, but switch to a winter palette of maroon, navy, black, charcoal, chocolate, moss green, and mustard.


    Above, from left: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Richard Quinn, Salvatore Ferragamo, Erdem, Dries Van Noten, Hermès

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  • High Voltage Tuxedos

    High Voltage Tuxedos

    Since YSL’s classic ‘Le Smoking’, they never go out of style. The difference now is that it’s not just a jacket and pants or skirt: it’s about working around the tux to let it dominate but also create a dialogue with its sartorial companions.

    For spring:
    Keep the fabrics it sits with light and floaty, or even sheer. Layer it with interesting asymmetric shaped skirts or pants and show off some skin.

    For fall: 
    Pair it with leather, wool, cashmere, and flannel while retaining asymmetrical shapes.


    Above, from left: Isabel Marant, Roberto Cavalli, Tom Ford, Tom Ford, Haider Ackermann, Marques'Almeida

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  • Trenchcoat 2.0

    Trenchcoat 2.0

    Trenchcoat 2.0
    This is another classic that YSL’s muse Catherine Deneuve popularized in cult call-girl movie Belle du Jour. To prevent it from looking cheap and utilitarian, avoid matte beige and keep it long, with multiple abstracted, reworked shapes. 

    For spring:
    A lightweight one can make a fabulous dress. A leather one will make you sweaty so avoid in high summer but relish it in fall. 

    For fall: 
    Layer black or beige cashmere over a lightweight trench and wear wool underneath. A leather trench which was too hot for summer works great now. Avoid short skirts and bare legs.

    Above, from left: Miu Miu, Victoria Beckham, Sies Marjan, Dries Van Noten, Loewe, Céline

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  • The Universal Legging

    The Universal Legging

    Sportswear and athleisure show no signs of abating in their runway domination. Their popularity means designers are being forced to reinvent them in chic ways.

    For spring:
    Create a more conceptual look that’s within the athleisure aesthetic by pairing them with graphic, form-fitting tops.

    For fall:
    For a casual look, pair leggings with an oversized jacket. Transition to an evening ensemble with a chic blazer, which creates a slim silhouette.

    Above, from left: Versus Versace, Versace, Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Dior, Fenty x Puma

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  • Wild Animal: Tamed

    Wild Animal: Tamed

    A print that never dates or loses admirers, it is also one of the hardest to wear. Separates keep it tamed.

    For spring:
    From voluminous lightweight shirts to modern line jackets, the motif should be the it piece of your look. The key is to opt for contrasting shapes using separates.

    For fall:
    To create a structured and modern look, layer animal prints with neutral or darker colors.


    Above, from left: Halpern, Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, Saint Laurent

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  • Give Me A Hand: The New Opera Glove

    Give Me A Hand: The New Opera Glove

    Another one of our grandmother’s staples is ready for reinvention. Suddenly in an age of everything being bared on social media, a little formality and mystery seem more seductive than ever.

    For spring:
    Stand out from the crowd by wearing them with a dress at urban art openings and cocktail parties. Bonus points for revealing some upper arm and shoulder. 

    For fall:
    Let the sleeve bleed into the glove, playing a game of hide and seek. Never do leather-on-leather for fear of a dominatrix look.

    Above, from left: Erdem, Peter Pilotto, Moschino, Off-White, Missoni, Marc Jacobs

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  • Best Western Boots

    Best Western Boots

    Cowboy-inspired footwear has been creeping up on us over the past couple seasons, and has shedded its theatricality. The new styles are tinged with rebellion and rock chic attitude. Keep the rest of the look clean.

    For spring:
    Use the boots to liven up your minimalist warm-weather wardrobe pieces. They are the hero of the look. Go easy on turquoise and tassels.

    For fall:
    Pair them with thick black tights and a miniskirt or loose cropped pants and a cocoon coat.

    Above, clockwise from left: Fendi, Isabel Marant, Calvin Klein, Versus Versace, Maison Margiela, Givenchy
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