7 Pieces to Purge from Your Wardrobe Before Going Back to Work
Your closet is likely housing some old office standbys that just don’t make sense anymore. It’s time to swap them for something new.
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Last week, I wrote a story on how to refresh your back-to-work wardrobe on any budget. But there’s one important aspect of your closet overhaul that I didn’t mention: identifying and getting rid of the pieces that are no longer serving you. As the country navigates the return to work, it’s worth taking a step back, rethinking old norms, and using this opportunity to rewrite the rules of how we think about—and dress for—work.
Maybe you’ve discovered that you’re way more productive when you’re wearing stretchy pants, and want to trade your trousers for office-appropriate leggings. Or perhaps you’ve learned that you only really feel like yourself in a full-on suit. We say suit yourself. Whatever the case, your closet is likely housing some old office standbys that just don’t make sense anymore. Purging those pieces will save you closet space—and free up mental space, giving you the clarity to focus on the clothes that fit right, feel good, and make sense for your lifestyle.
But what to do with the pieces you no longer need? If you’re saying goodbye to M.M. items, sell them on our resale site, Second Act, and redeem your earnings as cash or store credit. Then, send any non-M.M. items to our partners at thredUP, who sell consignment-worthy items and donate or recycle the rest.
Everyone’s clothing needs are a little different, but there are some pieces you need to get rid of before you can call your wardrobe refresh complete. Here are seven styles you should purge today—plus, what to wear instead.