The Basics You Should Upgrade (Or Inspect) Each Year

Fashion may be a passion for some, but clothes are clothes and some wear out faster than others. These basics should be upgraded (or at least inspected and professionally repaired/cleaned) each year.

Underthings & Tights & Socks

Unless you wash and dry your underthings and footwear regularly, these things should be replaced each year, or at least until they fall apart!

Invest in quality pieces that don’t show through your wardrobe.

Jackets & Outerwear

Look over your jackets and outerwear each year for rips, tears, broken zippers, or holes in your pockets. Have professional repairs made and/or cleaning done at a dry cleaner as needed.

Do the same for winter hats, gloves, scarves, umbrellas, and other seasonal wear.

The Little (Or Long!) Black Dress

The little black dress is something you should have in your wardrobe. Of course, you can get a longer dress if that makes you feel more comfortable – a maxi style dress also works in all situations that call for more formal or sophisticated attire. 

Formal dresses are perfect for weddings, galas, and holiday parties. Just like your seasonal wear, inspect your LBD each year for rips or stains and be sure to try it on to make sure it fits! 


Shoes complete an outfit. You want to be sure they look good, but you also want them to be comfortable.

Shoes that are a bit tight and awkward on your feet can shatter your confidence…no matter how stylish you think they are. 

Go over your shoe collection each year and make sure that you have shoes you can actually walk in! Keep your soles clean, replace broken laces or buckles, and donate the ones that aren’t doing you (or your feet) any favors.

Add a “wardrobe basics” inspection to your yearly “to-do” list and the next time you’re out shopping, keep an eye out for sales on quality, timeless basics that you can add to your wardrobe.

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