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New Year, New You. What Are Your 2022 Wardrobe Needs?

Mary Zubritsky
ByMary ZubritskyJan 7, 2022 | 7 comments

clothes hanging in closet with hat at home

As we (hopefully) bid adieu to the pandemic in 2022, it’s only natural to want to start anew. Whether you resolve to run a marathon, lose weight, update your wardrobe, quit drinking, or become a more sustainable shopper, all these goals are within our reach. 

Well, if you’re about to take this quiz, you’ve clearly got your closet on your mind and are trying to figure out how to update your look. If you’ve been following me and Mr. Hoppy Golightly, you know we’re all about styling, profiling, and clothing rentals. One of the main reasons I rediscovered rentals is because I pulled a Marie Kondo on my closet at the start of lockdown, listed items on eBay, threw away damaged pieces, and donated lots of clothing, shoes, and accessories to Goodwill and the Salvation Army. I know you did the same thing too. 

So, what’s left? Um, not much. Some of it is now too small, tragically out of style, faded, or just too young for a woman who’s suddenly too old. Truth be told, before the pandemic struck, I barely owned any chill clothing, and then I went out and stocked up on leggings, sweatshirts, sweaters, sneakers, and tees, but now I have nothing else to wear! Yikes.

Luckily Rent the Runway and Armoire have helped fill in my wardrobe gaps with on-trend, and essential pieces, while Rocksbox introduced me to jewelry designers I’ve never heard of before. And then you’ve got clothing subscription boxes that’ll replenish your essentials, styling boxes that’ll help you pull it all together, and even boxes that’ll go thrift shopping for you! 

Not sure where to get started on your 2022 wardrobe redux? We’re here to help. Take this short quiz to find out what you need, why, and how you can achieve that look for less - without all the stress and mess. 

Mary Zubritsky
Mary Zubritsky
If shopping were an Olympic sport, I’d be a gold medalist. And while my bank account often feels the crunch, I just can’t stop buying secondhand clothing and accessories, under-the-radar designer goods, stuffed animal unicorns (I have about 75), and toys for my pet bunny rabbit. After 20 years of city slicking in NYC and DC, I now have a car and love to tour the Virginia countryside looking for vintage shops, undiscovered wineries and breweries, historic sites, and Thai restaurants—I’m addicted to Thai food. I never leave home without a spare phone charger because I love horror movies and therefore have an irrational fear of being stranded somewhere with a dead battery.

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Lana

PS Took the quiz and it had literally no options for me to say nice things about my wardrobe. The appropriate result could have easily been “you’re well covered on basics, try renting specialty/trendy items to spice things up/treat yourself” or whatever, but instead I’m being told how supposedly worn everything I have is and being recommended services that don’t apply

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Mary Zubritsky

Sorry about that. This was a weird assignment that I tried to make fun but failed!

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Melissa

Same, and good point. For at least half the questions there wasn’t any answer that really fit, and, like you said, it was designed to make us choose negatively.

I looked into the subscription, and the items available in my size were mostly hideous, save for one dress that I loved and was tempted to purchase as a one off.

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Mary Zubritsky

I struggled with this one quite a bit. I understand what you’re saying. I think I’ll stick to my RTR reviews instead. 🙂

Lana

I looked into Rent the Runway, but the sub price is more than I spend on clothing in a year, yet I purchase name brand things, cashmere, leather etc. So doesn’t really make sense to me. Plus things often don’t fit me as I like off the rack, seems like I’d easily miss out on items every month because they don’t fit right

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Lauren

This is where I am. I just paused my RTR subscription while I think it over. I guess I (foolishly) thought the high-end brands would mean better fit and quality and that hasn’t been the case. I’ve sent so many things back unworn because the fit was so poor. Add to that the issue of lack of seasonally appropriate dresses (many more sleeveless light-weight summer dresses than longer sleeve heavier fabric cold-weather dresses) PLUS the issue of style (many outfits are simply too revealing or too “avant-garde” for my part of the clothing-conservative Midwest) and I can’t figure out why I would want to keep the sub in the first place!

I think Mary’s reviews woo me. 😂

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Mary Zubritsky

To be completely honest, RTR is the only one I like. I feel that way about Armorie… I just can’t get into it, and I really dislike their selection! But it is January, Omicron has taken over the country and there’s nothing to do! I could see how the styles they offer aren’t perfect for the Midwest. That’s the thing about fashion, certain styles apply to certain parts of the world better than others. When I used to go home to Baltimore on the weekends (back when I was living in NYC) my sister used to call me alien and I’d get awkward stares because of the way I was dressed and didn’t fit in at all. It’s kind of the same thing for DC though — this is an Ann Taylor Loft, J Crew, and Kate Spade type of town. I have to apologize though because this quiz was a hot mess.