In our last post, expert organizer Sara Pedersen gave us great advice for cleansing and organizing our closets, like sorting clothing into categories and paring down our amount of clothing, but what if you can’t decide what clothes should stay or go? We’ve created a closet cleanse checklist to help with these difficult decisions.

Now that we’ve cleared all the clutter, it’s time to refresh our closets with the best basics from Jane!


A basic tee is your go-to for the start of any outfit. Running to the grocery store? Pair with your favorite jeans or comfy leggings. Heading to a job interview? Tuck your tee into a dressy skirt and add a blazer.

Go for solid, neutral colors, such as black, gray or white, as these colors tend to match just about anything. If your closet is already too full of black, (I don’t blame you) aim for muted colors, like olive green rather than neon green.


You can’t go wrong with black leggings or blue jeans

Black leggings are versatile. They can exude anything from ultra-casual to semi-formal vibes depending on what you wear them with. They’ll match most of your tops and are less likely to be see-through compared to other colors. If you want a casual look, simply put on a basic tee and sneakers. If you want to dress up your leggings, but still be comfortable, wear with a tunic or long cardigan.

Like leggings, jeans can be casual or a bit more formal depending on your other clothing pieces and even what style of jeans you’re wearing. Distressed jeans (you know, the ones your grandma offers to sew up) should probably stay out of the office, but regular blue skinnies are generally acceptable in most everyday environments.


The perfect layer. Ice cold in the morning and blazing hot in the afternoon? Wear a cardigan. Walking through the freezer aisle at the grocery store? Cardigan.

Solid, neutral colors are the way to go for a basic cardigan, though some simple prints or patterns, such as horizontal stripes can also work. 


When you’re constantly on the go, you need a versatile pair of shoes. Sneakers are the shoes you’ll choose time and time again. Great for the gym, keeping up with the kids and looking stylish all at the same time, you need a pair that will take you anywhere. 

Download our checklist to help you cleanse your closet and then shop Jane’s great selection of basics.

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