Photograph by Andrew Bettles. Styling by Janine Trott at M.A.P.

There are some articles of clothing—a linen shirt, for example, or a wool peacoat—that occupy a prime spot in your closet during certain months of the year. Then there are the perennial items—clothes designed to transcend the seasons and keep your style constant. Courtney Colavita


While you don't need to spend every weekend color-coding your hangers, you should keep your closet well-organized by instituting overhauls at the beginning of winter and summer. Use these opportunities not only to spruce up your closet but to store seasonal items and weed out the ones you no longer wear.

Storage: Before packing clothes away for a few months, make sure they're cleaned properly. Even if you wore a shirt only once, the faintest hint of perspiration can attract moths and lead to underarm discoloration months later. Once they are washed or dry-cleaned, store your clothes in canvas bags or cedar boxes, which—unlike the plastic bags from the dry cleaner—allow ventilation.

Clearing Out: If you're still holding on to a flannel shirt from freshman year, ask yourself the following: Have I worn it within the past two years? Does it fit? Does it look good on me? If you answered no twice, dump the item and move on. You can take your old button-downs to the Salvation Army or a clothing drop-off, or you can put in a little more effort and sell your old Prada coat to a consignment shop or on eBay.


When it comes to your year-round wardrobe, stick with colors like tan, dove gray, and navy. For fabrics, choose lightweight wools, medium-weight cottons, and silk-cotton blends.

Gray tropical-weight-wool suit
White poplin shirt
Lightweight crew-neck sweater
Navy wool blazer
Slant-pocket chinos
Nylon jacket
Dark-rinse jeans
Cotton henley

Black leather oxfords
Black leather belt
Steel bracelet watch
Navy silk tie

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