We Asked 5 More Women to Wear ‘That One Thing’ in Their Closet

Our fall follow-up to Round one in the summer

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Whether you’re a die-hard minimalist, a Konmari enthusiast, or a functional vagabond at the whim of a rotating cast of greedy landlords, you’ve likely given your closet a good several stare-downs over the last decade, right? Which means you’re intimately familiar with the geographical landscape of a bedroom during such an endeavor.

There’s the Trash pile of pit-stained white T-shirts that need to vanish in a fire.

The Donate pile of ill-fitting sweaters that only get the job done in the most utilitarian sense.

The Sell pile of dresses purchased with someone else’s body in mind.

And, of course, the Keep pile of stuff sincerely loved and frequently worn.

Then, finally, there’s your One Thing. The piece whose gravitational pull incites a tsunami of cognitive dissonance that shatters your closet-cleaning confidence and makes a rebel out of you.

Truth #1: This item does not fit your current style.

Truth #2: You have not worn this item in years.

Truth #3: You just know you’re going to need it one day.

And so you keep it. Obviously. And then a couple years later? You keep it again. Obviously! But there’s nothing like the turning of a season to shake us out of our shoddy excuses and make our exceptions into rules.

Enter Christene Barberich, Co-founder and Global Editor-in-Chief of Refinery29Kellie Brown, the Founder of And I Get Dressed, Claire Beerman, Founder of C’est Clairette and editor at ZEITmagazin, Tiffany Reid, Senior Fashion Editor, and Man Repeller’s very own Leandra Medine. Five stylish women who agreed to hunt down one such rule-breaker in their closets and reverse the order. Click through above and see what happened.

Photos by Krista Anna Lewis.

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  • Naura M. Keiser

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3bc2d6e37c9901f9dd778b88d948d2e1133eaf006f7114223ff4d3ac789b529f.jpg Leandra, I have been attempting to approximate that jacket for years with “clever” layering of a moto jacket and black ruffled bolero (among other forced pairings). should you ever feel compelled to sell it, pls consider me before theRealReal….

    • Naura M. Keiser

      Also, on a related note I once owned then purged the leopard print item worn by Ms. Barberich.

    • YES. FIRE. QUEEN. AMAZE.

    • lily

      YES WOW YES

    • Leandra Medine

      You rule

      • Naura M. Keiser

        deeply honored by your comment. weather is perfect for resurrection or re-imagination of JW-inspired outerwear (these pics being from 2015).

  • Leandra, I actually always make outfits in my hand with that junya jacket of yours. It’s beautiful. Keep it forever.

  • Love that white blazer it looks so chic, glad she finally got to wear it!

    – Natalie
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  • Kelly

    I have so many of these items lurking in my closet; the grey patent peeptoe lace up Dolce & Gabbana booties, the gold Comme crop trench, the embroidered Saloni gown that I will one day wear to my engagement party… Once i find a partner.
    I am so quick to donate things to friends/family/charity, but these and a handful of others are permanent residents of my closet now.

  • Katy Scheuer

    On an unrelated note, if I have no loafers, should I buy black or pink ones. My sensible side says yes, but I also love the pink ones, because they are baby pink and great, but I don’t want them to turn into that thing I don’t wear, so I guess it’s sort of related.

  • JW JACKET w long black slipdress and some great booties or mules = done! @leandramedine

  • Ting Ting

    I love the leopard organza coat! Usually leopard prints make me go meh, no matter what the trend, but this is definitely a keeper. 🙂
    Leandra, I don’t think that outfit works either, but that jacket is so gorgeous. I think it would go with that lovely summer dress with embroidered red roses (you know, the one you wear on the picture with Peter Pan) or that Céline Lace Cami or that denim Marni dress (all three pieces have sent me into a frenzy of shopping for similar things). And it would always be wearable with denim pants, as long as you have the matching pair of badass shoes (which I know you do). It’s the kind of jacket that the princess wears after she’s come into power and ready to tell all the manipulating elements of her government to go fuck themselves. It’s like a halo. You should wear it more often, you know, we all only have so many years to live. 😀

  • Caro A

    Gosh i love this series

  • Natasha

    Truth #1: This item does not fit your current style.

    ^ One way I test out this point is by bringing these items with me on holiday. Being in a different environment where nobody knows you, I find it so much easier to try new things and air out the weirder parts of my fashion personality. If they still feel wrong then, then they’ve got to go.

    • That’s such a great idea!!

      • Natasha

        🙂 another reason to look forward to your next vacation

    • rachel

      This is so interesting, because I adhere to the complete opposite philosophy: if I don’t wear it at home, I’m sure as hell not going to wear it on vacation. But maybe it’s time for me to switch things up…

  • Ellie

    Yesssss love that this is becoming a regular feature! The last post made me dig out some printed wide legs trousers that I now wear at every opportunity 😍

  • SFTU LEANDRA IT WORKS AND MAKES SENSE AND YOU ARE QUEEN OF PULLING THINGS OFF BAIIIIIIIIII

  • Antillanka

    I’ve been keeping some dresses my grandmas gave to me in this same state of mind haha! Someday, red chiffon dress, someday *stares longingly at the horizon*

  • Monica Gallo Riofrio

    Thank you it’s fabulous you include all shaped and sizes 😍