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Nothing to Wear? Here's How You Can Fix That.

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When you open your closet door and just feel completely exhausted by all your outfit possibilities? Yeah, us too. We've all been there. Not all of us, however, have actually had the guts to take it a step further and actually start over — from scratch. Tanisha Pina, our associate market editor, did just that though, and she's got some tips for how to build a wardrobe of pieces you'll be excited to wear, every time. 

And next up, ever noticed that Sephora stores looks like MAC stores looks like Nyx stores? Why is that? Our beauty reporter Cheryl Wischhover investigates.  —Stephanie Talmadge, social media editor

I Just Decided I Hate My Entire Wardrobe, Now What?
A closet.
Story by Tanisha Pina

About a year ago, I found myself saying “I have literally nothing to wear” far too often for someone with a full closet. I wasn’t happy with anything I owned. (Whether it was because my style had changed, or my body, or if I was just being difficult, I’m still not sure.) So, I did what any reasonable person would do and got rid of it all.

My initial reaction was relief. I had made upwards of $100 at my local Buffalo Exchange (you can attest to this being a big deal if you’ve ever felt slighted while consigning), and was able to donate whatever they didn’t take to a local clothing drive. But with a clear head and closet aside, I started to settle into the reality of the situation. Now I actually literally had nothing to wear — once an exaggeration, now a fact.

For a week or so, I wore the same two outfits with subtle variations (thank you, layering), and thought long and hard about how to start all over.

Rebuilding your wardrobe — especially as an adult — can be a tedious and relatively expensive process, but when you go into it with a solid game plan, it doesn’t have to be a hard one. To take the guesswork out of how and where to start, you’ll find a handful of key pieces and suggestions here, straight from someone who's been there.

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This Weekend's Non-Gift Guide Picks
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Who: Sarah Pappalardo & Beth Newell
What they do: Cofounders, Reductress
What they want: Steph Mantis Kitty Kitty Charm, $175

People freak out every time I wear this two-headed cat necklace. It is the biggest piece of jewelry I own and the only statement jewelry I will wear in public. This is great for anyone who is obsessed with said animal, weighty brass, or gunmetal objects, and has incredible taste in jewelry. Works for both dudes and chicks, too. —Sarah

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Who: Maggie Gould
What they do: Violinist
What they want: Kate Spade Cameron Street Neema Backpack, $348

I am forever schlepping with a violin and bags, whether it be to rehearsals, a last-minute sub in the pit, a recording session, or to teach. I've been looking for a feminine, beautifully-made backpack that will last me through the schleps, evenly distribute the weight, and house my music, strings, teaching materials, etc. Always a fan of Kate Spade, this one seems up to the task and is the perfect size. I haven't worn a backpack in a while, but this may be a step up from my grade-school L.L.Bean-initialed backpack, don't you think?

Check out the rest of our non-gift guide picks here. Want to make donations your gift of choice instead? We've got you covered on that front too.

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