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

Updated 10/05/18

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 very 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.

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Esplar Logo Leather Sneaker in Black Pierre
Veja Esplar Logo Leather Sneakers $120
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Acne Studios Black Manhattan Sneakers $470
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Ditch: Kimonos Buy: Oversize 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, which screamed "trend."

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Zara Double Breasted Corduroy Blazer $129
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Violeta by Mango Prince of Wales Blazer $150
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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.

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Pinch Waist Jeans
Agolde Pinch Waist Jeans $178
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H&M+ Skinny High Jeans $35
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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.

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Kelly Cap Sleeve Top
Miaou Kelly Cap Sleeve Top $225
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Baylor Crew Neck Top
Alice + Olivia Baylor Crew Neck Top $295
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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.

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Weejuns The Whitney Patent And Lizard-effect Leather Loafers
Re/Done x Weejuns The Whitney Patent and Lizard-Effect Leather Loafers $325
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Edie Croc-effect Leather Shoulder Bag
Gu_de Edie Croc-Effect Leather Shoulder Bag $575
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Ditch: Bell Sleeves Buy: Poufy Sleeves

Poufy 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.

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Pixie Market Brown Square Neckline Sweater $79
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Balloon Sleeve Corset Top
Tibi Balloon Sleeve Corset Top $325
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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?

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hide faux leather puffer jacket
Nanushka Hide Faux Leather Puffer Jacket $545
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Freddie Coat
Reformation Freddie Coat $248
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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.

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Beyond Yoga High Waisted Biker Shorts $58
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Alo Lush High-Waist Shorts $62
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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.

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Onda Gold And Silver-tone Hoop Earrings
Laura Lombardi Onda Gold and Silver-Tone Hoop Earrings $185
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Bagatiba Rectangle Dangle Earrings $160
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This story was originally published on Who What Wear.

 

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