Master the Lean Closet Movement With These Everyday Staple Brands
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Master the Lean Closet Movement With These Everyday Staple Brands

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By Banu Ibrahim
While you’re in the midst of spring cleaning, consider slimming down your closet and focusing on everyday staples.

There’s so much we do around the house to make our lives simpler— we even spend an entire season cleaning and organizing to make the rest of the year easier. But for some reason, many of us hate putting that same philosophy to our closets, opting instead to hoard outfits we keep telling ourselves we’ll wear "one day," and making simple tasks like picking out what to wear to work that much harder. Remember, the more time it takes for you to sift through your jam-packed closet to pick your outfit of the day, the less time you have to, you know, sleep in.

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Fortunately, there's a solution—think of the lean closet movement as Marie Kondo-ing your wardrobe. You’ll keep the the pieces you absolutely love, and build an arsenal of quality clean, crisp basics that will never go out of style. You’ll get more bang for your buck by investing only in everyday pieces you’ll get solid use out of—and since these are typically premium items, they’ll last you far beyond just one season.

A number of brands specialize in lean closet staples, designing durable leather totes, layering tees, and classic footwear that you’ll want to live in day after day. Ahead, we’ve rounded up a few standout labels that make decluttering your wardrobe totally doable. 

Cuyana

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One of the early pioneers of the lean closet movement, Cuyana has long challenged its shoppers to buy fewer, better quality items. Its offerings, which are all considered classic silhouettes, include variations of the LBD in all types of materials and shapes (silk slip dresses, linen maxis, velvet open-backed numbers), as well as lounging joggers, everyday crewneck tees, and lightweight moto jackets.

Cuyana Half-Moon Mini Bag
Cuyana Half-Moon Mini Bag
Contemporary in shape, our Half-Moon Mini Bag is a playful, smaller companion to take you from brunch to a night out. It fits a small wallet or card holder, a phone, keys, headphones, or any mini essentials you carry.
Cuyana Silk Slip Dress
Cuyana Silk Slip Dress
An essential in every style-savvy woman's wardrobe: the silk slip dress gets a sultry spin with beautifully feminine details. Divinely crafted from 25mm silk crepe de chine, its fluid silhouette is cut to flatter the figure.
Cuyana Classic Leather Tote
Cuyana Classic Leather Tote
Cuyana’s bags have quickly become cult favorites, and for good reason. This Italian-crafted leather tote has the same quality and durability you’ve come to expect from a designer label, but for a fraction of the premium price tag.
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From grade-A cashmere sweaters to roomy weekender bags and Japanese denim jeans, everything Everlane produces is made to last. The company's pieces are also ethically made, transparently priced, and eminently wearable—you’ll be surprised just how often you end up sporting the brand in your daily outfits.

Everlane Modern Snap Backpack
Everlane Modern Snap Backpack
This twill backpack features a contrast base that’s screen printed 11 times for durability and protection against wet grass and dirty floors.
Everlane Straight Leg Crop
Everlane Straight Leg Crop
Our most flattering pant—now with a straight leg. With a waist-nipping high rise and a cropped leg, we took the fit of our bestselling Wide Leg Crop and made it in a cool, straight fit. Plus, each pair is garment-dyed for a soft, broken-in feel.
Everlane Denim Jacket
Everlane Denim Jacket
The essential denim jacket. Designed with a modern, relaxed fit, ours is made from a rigid Japanese fabric that’s garment-washed for a one-of-a-kind look—that just gets better with time.
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Nowadays, we can (and do) get away with wearing sneakers for pretty much every occasion. So having a pair at arm's reach when you’re getting ready for the day is essential. Good thing for you, Brooklyn–based sneaker company Greats sells premium luxury-esque footwear that costs far less than any designer label. Bonus: They’re also available at Nordstrom if you have a shopping cart full of everyday essentials in the works.

Greats Women's Royale Ripstop Shoe
Greats Women's Royale Ripstop Shoe
Our best selling style, the Royale is a timeless essential, handcrafted in Italy, perfect for year-round wear.   Photo Courtesy of Greats...
Greats Women's Royale Mono Shoe
Greats Women's Royale Mono Shoe
Our best selling style, the Royale is a timeless essential, handcrafted in Italy, perfect for year-round wear.   Photo Courtesy of Greats...
Greats Men's Royale Blanco Gum Shoe
Greats Men's Royale Blanco Gum Shoe
Our best selling style, the Royale is a timeless essential, handcrafted in Italy, perfect for year-round wear.   Photo Courtesy of Greats...
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Men can, and should, get on board with the lean closet movement—especially considering how often they have staples in rotation. Like Cuyana is for womenswear, Buck Mason is all about creating effortless, iconic American menswear such as crewneck sweaters and tees, polo shirts, oxfords, and slim-fit jeans with designer execution. Plus, most of our favorite items are less than $100 —and many are even under $50!

Buck Mason 36-Month Slim Jean
Buck Mason 36-Month Slim Jean
The 36-Month Jean is our most advanced wash to date. Exceptionally soft, it’s beaten and worn to butter perfection with a 2% stretch that moves and works the way you do. There's a bit of room in the thigh, and it tapers at the calf. It’s a slim jean, but the fabric’s so soft you won't feel it....
Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee
Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee
Our slub curved hem tee is built from beautiful 100% slub cotton. Slub is a lightly textured fabric made on small batch, low-tension looms. The neck opening leaves room to breathe, while the rounded shirttail lends a tailored look to an everyday essential.
Buck Mason Rinsed Fine Stripe Shirt
Buck Mason Rinsed Fine Stripe Shirt
Old world manufacturing meets modern design. The fabric for our Rinsed Fine Stripe was made at a Japanese mill that’s been continuously operating for 200 years.
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Chances are, you’re going to need athletic wear in your closet for hitting the gym (or the couch) in complete comfort. When you're stocking up on workout essentials, consider Outdoor Voices. This Internet-famous brand meshes comfort, performance technology, and standout style in its line of yoga pants, hoodies, running shorts, and sports bras.

Outdoor Voices 7/8 Springs Leggings
Outdoor Voices 7/8 Springs Leggings
Engineered to sculpt your shape, these snug leggings fit like a glove. The structured chevron paneling contours your legs, while signature OV texture quickly wicks and camouflages sweat. We designed these to stay tight, and always pass the squat test.
Outdoor Voices Sunday Shorts
Outdoor Voices Sunday Shorts
Our best-selling short isn't just for the weekend. Comfortable, relaxed fit with a drawstring waist and side pockets. Four way stretch makes these ideal for showing off your best moves.
Outdoor Voices Athena Crop Top
Outdoor Voices Athena Crop Top
Our best-selling crop top is so flattering you'll want to wear it every day. Made with our most supportive material, this racerback design offers full range of motion and wicks sweat.