Simple Winter Outfit on Ali Schilling

Maybe it’s the new year or the weather here in Dallas, but lately I am only inspired the classic pieces in my closet. This means, it’s time to do another closet clean out. The idea of purging isn’t necessarily to create room for new items (however this is always a plus), but more about only having things in your closet that make you feel good on the inside and out.  For me, this means finding easy outfits in my favorite quality fabrics and colors.


Everlane Cashmere / AG Crop Flare Jeans / Gucci Mules / Lindroth Mini Market Tote (c/o) / Daniel Wellington Watch (get 15% off with the code: DASHOFDETAILS) / Bubble Earrings 

Honestly, I always feel more comfortable in solids (or stripes) than prints and tend to gravitate towards black, white, grey and tan.When it comes to the day when I am cleaning out my closet, for some reason I have a hard time parting with those colored sweaters I bought 5 years ago and only wore a handful of times (anyone else have this issue?).  It’s not that I don’t like color, but I always just feel more put together wearing neutrals. They end up just sitting in my closet taking up space and I reach over them every time I get dressed. Keep reading for my 5 tips to create the ultimate timeless wardrobe.

Linroth Designs Mini Market Tote and Gucci Mules Black and White Outfit on A Dash of Details Design Darling Bubble Earrings Market Tote Bag with White Jeans

Here are five tips to help you clean out your closet:


Some of the best advice I ever received came from my Aunt when I was only 10 years old. She told me that when I was older, I should save up for quality pieces. She wasn’t suggesting I blow my entire paycheck on a new wardrobe (or handbag) but she always suggested less is more.  For example, two really well made t-shirts (maybe $100) was better than a drawer full of $10 dollar ones. Same goes with sweaters, dresses, jeans…you get the picture. As I get older, I realized she was the one who shaped my style. If you are looking for a brand that make quality items that won’t break the bank, be sure to browse the Everlane site.  They make the most wonderful $100 cashmere sweater.


We have all been there, you are at the mall looking for something to wear for a party and Forever21 is calling your name. You need something quick and cheap but most likely you will spend $50-$100 and wear it once (or twice if your lucky). Instead of opting for something trendy, opt for a cute top in a neutral color that can be worn with jeans, white high waisted pants or a shirt. Think about items that you would want to wear more than one season.


Honestly, I typically stay far away from trendy items, but if it is something you love I say go for it! Again, I would recommend choosing your go-to color verses something like neon pink. Sites like Mango, Pixie Market and Shopbop have great trendy pieces at reasonable prices too! Volume sleeves are going to be a big trend this Spring, I am loving this top and this top.


If you haven’t heard of Marie Condo and her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, you must do a little research. Her method is all about getting rid of things that don’t bring you joy. Whether this be physical or mental, your closet is a great place to start.  While I don’t think I could do the whole KonMari method, I am really excited to completely purge my closet of any piece that doesn’t bring me “joy”. Whether this be an item that doesn’t fit, has seen better days, or just isn’t my style anymore; they have to go.


While I mentioned, cleaning out your closet shouldn’t be a method to create space for more things, sometimes after a clean out you may be missing a few key pieces. I suggest making a wish list once you finished your clean out. You can keep the wish list on your computer and when you have saved a little extra one month, purchase one of those “wish list” items. Again, remember these pieces should be quality and timeless.

I hope these tips help all of you create a wardrobe that brings you joy and makes you feel good on the inside and out.

xox- a dash of details

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