4 Ways to Get More Out of Your Closet

Richard Wright

Our closet is firmly divided into clothing we wear on a regular basis and the stuff reserved for more formal occasions. But Brooklyn Decker wants us to abandon all that. Instead, the model, actress and soon-to-be mom of two wants us to bring together all the items in our arsenal, even our black-tie gowns and casual weekend tees. We used the digital wardrobe app Finery to take a look inside her closet and finally understood what she was talking about. Cocktail dresses and denim jackets can live in harmony after all.

Here are the best tips we gathered from watching the mix-and-match style master in action.


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Sumptuous fabrics like velvet, satin and tulle may feel too precious for daytime, but they’re actually really easy to tone down. All you need are the right shoes, jewelry and handbags to complete the look. Take a note from Decker’s adorable combo of a maxi dress and boots, and opt for minimalistic accessories with an earthy vibe, like a slouchy satchel, thin gold choker or brown ankle boots.

Keep Colors In Mind how to get more wear out of your party pieces


The easiest way to connect two items of clothing is through color. A plaid flannel shirt and a sexy lace skirt come together in perfect harmony thanks to their complementary shades of dark blue. Complete the look with shoes in another hue taken from your plaid print.

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This gorgeous frock might seem too fabulous for a daytime affair. (It’s floor length! It’s got lace! It’s sheer!) But the floral embroidery perfectly parallels the details on this cool leather moto, turning the duo into a sartorial dream team. Try to find a connection between your high and low items by matching metallic threading with gold hardware, high-shine leather with sequins or velvet trim with suede.

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A floor-length ball gown is going to look fancy no matter how you spin it. Start with the festive items in your wardrobe that already have some expected elements to them, like a heavily embroidered top that is cut like a T-shirt or a luxe pair of satin trousers that are reminiscent of track pants. Remember to keep your accessories minimal (just some white sneakers and neatly tousled locks will do) and you’ll look perfectly ready for anything the day may bring, party or no party.