Photo:Anna Routh Barzin
My mum, Nancy, recently messaged me that it was time for her to clean out her wardrobe. While she has a range of timeless pieces that will remain staples, she knew there were a few—as she said—"meh items" that needed to go. While she has a strong sartorial eye, she wanted a check on whether or not the items she wasn't wearing as much should be donated (when she's able to do that) or saved.
Given that we're not near each other right now, I had her text me the pieces she wasn't feeling for her own personal style. I then responded with either "purge" or "put back." While she didn't necessarily need to replace the "no" items with another forward item, she was interested in hearing my thoughts on trends to consider down the road.
So I rounded up a few of the items my mom is getting rid of, along with some visual inspo from cool fashion girls highlighting the trend counterparts that could be worth adding to her wardrobe when she's ready. I also included her feedback on each trend as well. As she noted, she's into the pieces in question because they could work for anyone at any age (including herself at 60 years old). Keep scrolling for a bit of wardrobe-cleanout inspiration.
"I used to live in lightweight cardigans with coordinating or matching scarves. I think the look is okay, but I'm into the suggestion of trying the cardigan and vest sets. I used to wear sweater sets all the time, and I am happy to see this trend is back."
"I know it's time for me to part with the faded and worn skinny jeans I've kept in my closet for years. I like the high-waisted cuts, so definitely want to continue adding nice straight fits to my wardrobe."
"It's goodbye to those sort of shapeless and drab maxi dresses for me. I'm actually looking forward to experimenting with some of those more statement-making styles with puff sleeves and the like—much more current feeling."
"I'm all for low-heeled shoes for comfort, but I see that these boots could feel a tad dated. I'm, of course, into black ankle boots with a more classic shape and wouldn't mind another pair."