I Clean Out My Closet Twice a Month, But I Never Get Rid of These 8 Things

Mark A. Carlson

I’ve always been big on cleaning out my closet and decluttering my space in general, but as we recently discussed, I’ve been on even more of a kick lately due to the extensive amount of time I’ve been spending at home. However, sharing some of the items we have purged from our wardrobes actually got me thinking about those pieces which I rarely, if ever, give the boot—and why.

I didn’t notice it at first, but once I made a list, it became painfully clear that among the eight categories you’re about to read about below, there’s actually one common theme: They always come back (or never go out of style in the first place). That’s right. While items such as belts and eveningwear may seem more or less relevant over time, when you do need them, the versions you already own should typically do the trick. In other words, they’re less susceptible to the trend cycle and don’t need to be replaced as often, so rather than selling them and having to buy them again later, just keep the styles you own. To read about and shop all the categories that made the cut, just keep scrolling. 

1. Designer Bags

If the recent returns of Fendi’s baguette, Dior’s saddle, and Prada’s nylon shoulder bags taught us anything it’s that holding on to a designer bag from five, 10, or even 15 years ago will save you a lot of money (and regret) when the brand reissues it, and it’s suddenly cool again.  


Prada Small Nylon Belt Bag ($750)

Ratio et Motus Sister Top Handle Bag ($995)

Fendi Fab Leather Crossbody Bag ($1980)

2. Belts

Belts are pretty much always considered a basic wardrobe necessity, but they have a funny way of becoming more or less relevant with each passing season. When they do come back into the spotlight, however, I’ve found that it’s not the belts themselves that have changed, but rather the way they’re worn or what they’re worn with.  


Madewell Easy Webbing Belt ($32)

Ettika Lock Belt in Gold ($75)

B-Low the Belt Ivy Powder Belt ($79)

3. Eveningwear

Now, I’m not talking about one-off bridesmaids dresses, but if you’ve ever invested in classic gowns or evening accessories such as heels and clutches, odds are they aren’t going out of style any time soon (and possibly weren’t cheap). Hold on to them instead of scrambling to shop for future events. You’ll be happy you did.


Bec & Bridge Kaia Dress ($300)

By Far Mini Bag ($560)

Stuart Weitzman Aleena Slide Sandal ($425)

4. Classic Jewelry

Whether it was an investment or affordable find, a classic jewelry piece is simply that—classic. I never get rid of such pieces (which include rings, delicate bracelets, and chain necklaces) because while I might go extended periods without wearing them, they always seem to find a way back into my rotation eventually.


Mango Embossed Big Ring ($28)

Kenneth Jay Lane Round Cz Tennis Bracelet ($98)

Argento Vivo Sterling Silver Argento Vivo Herringbone Chain Necklace ($78)

5. Timeless Outerwear

I’ve definitely bought my fair share of trendy coats and jackets over the years—most of which I’ve ended up selling or donating—but when I find a good, timeless item such as a blazer, trench, or leather piece, I like to hold on to it. They’re often much more expensive to replace than whatever you could sell them for, and a polished coat is always a safe way to save an outfit.


Topshop Cortez Trench Coat ($75)

Bb Dakota Belted Blazer ($120)

Apparis Tina Belted Vegan Leather Jacket ($285)

6. Sweaters

High-quality, simple sweaters can be expensive, but if you take care of them, they can also last you years and are likely to still feel forward-looking. For this reason, I have a handful of cashmere and wool styles that I’ve been wearing for five-plus years and don’t plan to get rid of any time soon.


Lou & Grey Turtleneck Sweater ($36)

BDG Urban Outfitters Half-Zip Cable Sweater ($33)

Everlane The Recashmere Vintage Crew Sweater ($71)

7. Slips and Camis

Whether you wear them on their own or as under-layers, silky slip dresses, skirts, and camis are essential for any wardrobe and have been for decades. Perhaps that’s why a slip dress you could buy today looks a lot like the ones in some of our favorite ’90s fashion snaps, and it’s also the reason you never need to get rid of the ones you already own.


Auguste Keepsake Slipdress ($68)

Club Monaco Kora Cami ($99)

Vince Slip Skirt ($265)

8. Scarves

If someone asked me what a trendy scarf looks like, I don’t think I’d be able to answer them because I don’t think such a thing exists. Whether they’re silky or for cold weather, the world of scarves remains relatively unchanged over the years, so the ones you own should be able to stick with you for the long haul.


Madewell Silk Skinny Scarf ($20)

Hat Attack Chic Muffler ($62)

Kate Spade New York Giraffe Print Square Silk Scarf ($88)

Next: eight random trends that are definitely a thing right now.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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