The Best Item In My Closet

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It’s no secret that I am in love with turtlenecks. I don’t know why turtlenecks have such a geeky reputation or why my sister always asks me, “OMG, are you really going to wear that again?” Turtlenecks are having a major comeback moment and my black turtleneck is hands-down my favorite closet item. To me, the turtleneck is an infinitely wearable piece. It’s a great layering item that works just as well on its own. Whether your turtleneck of choice is chunky, cropped, knit, cashmere, sleeveless, slouchy, or skin-tight, the effect is the same. Turtlenecks are timeless and iconic – think Audrey Hepburn, the patron saint of black turtlenecks. Turtlenecks are classic, elegant, and flattering for all body types. I love the way the long neck accentuates my jawline, and when I wear my turtleneck I feel cute, comfortable, and covered. When I wear my turtleneck, I never feel like I’m sacrificing style for warmth or sophistication. Turtlenecks are both dramatic and understated, and I think that’s why I like them so much. Turtlenecks make a statement without being showy. When I was in high school I had to wear a uniform: plaid skirt, knee highs or tights, and a collared shirt. I saw turtlenecks as a feminine, fun alternative to an oxford button down, and in my mind, a turtleneck is practically the definition of academic-chic. I wore my black turtleneck with black pants on Halloween for my poet costume, and now whenever I wear my turtleneck around campus, which is often, people either remind me that Halloween is over or they question whether my costume was really a “costume.” A black turtleneck is sleek, simple, and a staple in my wardrobe. -Jane C

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Now technically speaking, these aren’t really an item found in my closet since they are a pair of glasses, but if I had a walk in closet (think Hannah Montana) you would totally find these beauties on a red velvet cushion in a glass box guarded with lasers that you have to limbo through. Anyway, these were a great purchase and I fell in love with them about 3 weeks ago while out shopping with my family. Me and my sis were trying on sunglasses in TK Maxx (also known as TJ Maxx, in some places, I believe) and the moment I laid my eyes on them I was in love. I have been searching for a pair of non-prescription glasses with transparent frames for MONTHS and I was so delighted when I saw these that nothing else seemed to matter but owning these glasses. Anyway, after looking in the mirror for a good 5 minutes and persuading my parents that it wasn’t a waste of money and that they totally should let me take the money out of my savings, I decided to purchase them. Can I also just mention the fact that they are Guess and their RRP was £130 and I paid £12. Can I get a hell yeah. The only downside about these glasses is that the lenses are just plain plastic and therefore I have to wear them with contact lenses, but it’s a small price to pay for such a wondrous accessory. Transparent is the greatest because it goes with literally everything, and these glasses have truly improved my quality of life. -Amy

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PLANETARIUM: I found this gem in the basement of a grungy thrift store two years back. When my eyes met its celestial orbs, I knew that I’d find my interstellar escape from the terrors of this cruel world. Upon squealing and running toward my bae, I discovered that it was missing one essential component—a power cord. “Whatever,” I thought to myself, “I can def find one online.” I trudged home, blathering all the while about how awesome my new planetarium was.  It had the capability to project the night sky as it would be seen from specific locations at specific times—how cool is that?! Upon bothering all of my friends and a fair number of strangers with my delirious ranting, I decided that I should really find myself a cord. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to procure one online from any reputable source , which forced me to ask my friends with ~technical~ knowledge for their suggestions. Since then, I’ve had not one, but two guy friends claim that they could either “create a new cord” (wtf does that even entail??) or “fix” the planetarium itself and ALAS, THEY COULD DO NEITHER. That’s what I get for trusting dudez to fix my shit. This beautiful bb now sits on the top shelf of my closet, as it has in my past two homes (whattup dormlyfe?), serving as a symbolic representation of what could have been a magical relationship. I feel like it would make sense for me to get rid of what is essentially just a hunk of bizarrely shaped plastic, but I could never give up the dream of being a supernova gurrrl. -KJ

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If this post were about the closet item I wear most often, I would be writing about a thrifted homemade sweatshirt advertising a tanning salon (which, now that I think about it, is all kinds of ironic), but this shirt is the best article of clothing I own. I like to think I was ahead of the pack with the return of the Peter Pan collar, and have been lovin’ this shirt since I got it at H&M in 2012. It’s also my favourite colour, burgundy, and is covered in rabbits, so, duh. I can dress it down with a pair of jeans or shorts, dress it up with a cute skirt, wear it under a coverall-style romper or dress, pair it with a cardigan, and wear it in any season. I’ve worn it so many times that the collar is a bit faded from washing, and I’m sure I’ll grow out of it one day, but I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of this shirt. While recently drunk-marathoning New Girl I discovered it’s likely a child’s shirt, but that won’t stop adult me from rocking a rabbit-covered Peter-Pan collar shirt from the spring line of 2 years past. This is exactly how I define a favourite clothing item. -Summer

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