January is the perfect time to go all Marie Kondo on your closet. Take a page from the author of It book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and ask yourself: Do the items in my closet spark joy when I wear them? If the answer is no, it’s time to toss, donate and re-evaluate. This year, resolve to buy only forever pieces rather than fashion flings. The latter might be hot for a while, but they quickly fizzle when the next trend comes along.
When it comes to timeless style, East Coast cool wins hands down. But don’t worry: You don’t need a house on Nantucket or a mother named Muffy to cash in on this classic look. School boy blazers (bonus points for crests or monogramming), shirt-dresses, loafers, tote bags and pearls—these preppy staples seamlessly anchor a woman’s wardrobe for both work and play. From Jackie O to Reese Witherspoon, New England-inspired looks have been washing ashore for decades.
Want to preppify your closet for 2017? Sprinkle in a few statement pieces in tomato red and/or fuchsia, slip on a pair of pretty printed loafers and invest in one or two iconic accessories. (Hello, pearls!) Now grab a gin and tonic and check out our gallery below of nine game-changing preppy pieces to wear now—and forever.