9 Pieces You Should Ditch (and Buy) to Upgrade Your Style

Allyson Payer
·4 min read

We get that style is a very personal thing. But we also get that life seems to get busier and busier with each year, and a little sartorial guidance can be useful. For that reason, we've compiled a handy list of easy ways to improve your style right now, focusing on which pieces to skip for now and which to add to your wardrobe (if you haven't already).

Yet another thing we get: Saying to ditch something can seem harsh. We're simply pointing out that there are certain pieces that could benefit from a breather, and more of-the-moment, or classic, pieces that will up your style points. But everything in fashion comes back, so putting these nine pieces on hiatus certainly works, or donating them is a great way to free up closet space.

Either way, we're firm believers that confidence is the number one way to upgrade your style, so if these pieces we suggest ditching and investing in help you to do that, our mission is accomplished. Read on to find out what to ditch and buy to upgrade your style.

Ditch: Pastel Sneakers
Buy: Black Sneakers

Pastel sneakers are pretty to look at, but they can be hard to wear, unlike versatile black sneakers.

Reebok Club C Coast Sneakers ($60)

Vans UA Authentic Sneakers ($50)

Ditch: Kimonos
Buy: Roomy Blazers

Kimonos had their moment in the sun, but now, oversize blazers are the go-to way to bring cool polish to a look. We find them to be much more versatile than kimonos.

H&M Oversized Jacket ($35)

Tibi Nova Plaid Liam Blazer ($895)

Ditch: Mid-Rise Jeans
Buy: High-Waisted Jeans

Not sure if you've noticed, but mid-rise jeans don't hit at the most flattering place, making them even trickier to pull off than low-rise jeans, in our opinion. High-waisted jeans hit at the smallest part of the waist, making them a great option for all body types.

Levi's Ribcage Ankle Straight Leg Jeans ($60)

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Agolde Pinch Waist Jeans ($178)

Ditch: Tunic Tops
Buy: Slightly Cropped Tops

High-waisted jeans, trousers, and skirts are all staples now, and the most flattering thing to wear with them is cropped tops. Sorry, tunics.

Reformation Kai Crop Tee ($28)

Naked Wardrobe The NW Crop Top ($30)

Ditch: Cheap-Looking Accessories
Buy: Classic Accessories

Accessories can make or break a look, so we advise steering clear of those with excessive hardware and/or low-quality materials in favor of sleek, polished ones that will never go out of style.

Le Specs Jealous Games Sunglasses ($69)

By Far Kiki Bag ($588)

Ditch: Bell Sleeves
Buy: Puffy Sleeves

Puffy sleeves have been around for a few seasons now, and the return of all things '80s means they're sticking around for a while. On the other hand, bell sleeves have been slowly fading away.

525 Puff Sleeve Crew Pullover ($88)

Eloquii Gingham Split Front Puff Sleeve Stretch Cotton Blend Blouse ($3598)

Ditch: Plain Black Outerwear
Buy: Statement-Making Outerwear

Not sure if you've noticed, but the fashion crowd rarely dons black outerwear these days. Instead, they choose to have fun with it, and make a statement with bold colors, materials, and prints. Because why not?

NVLT Water Resistant Plaid Trench Coat ($195)

Good American Two-Tone Trench Coat ($249)

The Marc Jacobs The Trench Belted Double-Breasted Leopard-Print Denim Coat ($795)

Remain Birger Christensen Pirello Belted Leather Trench Coat ($895)

Ditch: "Complicated" Leggings
Buy: Bike Shorts

The bike-shorts trend shows no sign of cooling, and solid-colored leggings are a wardrobe staple, but leggings with loud prints can come across as trying a bit too hard.

Good American Essentials Lounge Bike Shorts ($45)

City Chic Bike Shorts ($35)

Ditch: Tassel Earrings
Buy: Chunky Gold Earrings

Tassel earrings have a tendency to look a little cheap, but fashion girls are fully embracing chunky gold earrings to add a little extra oomph to their look.

Ben-Amun Gold Hoops ($190)

Loeffler Randall Mini Hoops ($95)

Kenneth Jay Lane 1 1/2" Polished Gold Interlock Doorknock Earrings ($50)

Next, H&M just brought back the skinnies every celeb wore in 2009.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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