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New Year, Same Wardrobe? Here’s How to Upgrade Your Essentials

Ten must-have items for your 2022 wardrobe.

By Madeleine Kim

The start of a new year is an ideal opportunity to reevaluate your wardrobe, clear out pieces you no longer need, and stock up on styles you’re missing. But narrowing down that to-buy list can feel daunting—especially if you’re trying to stay on-budget after the holiday season. 

To make it easier, we came up with a list of ten essential items you should ensure you have for the year ahead. And if you’re missing any of the items on the list? Just keep reading for our recommendations on how to fill those wardrobe gaps.


A Classic T-Shirt

The first time I put on my Leslie T-shirt, I felt like I’d “made it.” It’s such a simple luxury, but a rich, buttery, beautiful-quality tee will make you feel like your wardrobe (and life) are going in the right direction.

The Rowling top and the Clooney pant.


A Polished Underpinning

Every person’s wardrobe should have at least one elevated top that “does it all.” And for thousands of M.M. customers, that top is the Rowling. It’s machine-washable, wrinkle-resistant, and odor-resistant, and the elegantly draped neckline and tuckable silhouette make it a no-brainer addition to any outfit.


A Stretchy Jardigan

For days when you want the polish of a jacket but the stretch of a cardigan, I give you: the jardigan. Equally at-home with jeans and a sleek pencil skirt, it’s the ideal mix of structure and comfort.

The Yiyan blazer and the Carlin tank.


A Traditional Blazer

Of course, there will also be moments when you need (or want) a more traditional blazer. With the Yiyan, you can achieve the look without sacrificing stretch, thanks to knit inserts in the seams that provide maximum mobility.


Comfortable Flats

Speaking of comfort, having supportive, chic shoes that are easy to slip on is a game-changer. The Rowan flats have memory-foam footbeds—and they look as good as they feel.

The Etsuko dress, the Beebe belt, and the Lana boot.


A Little Black Dress

If you don’t have a go-to black dress, you should give the Etsuko a try. A years-long bestseller, it’s got pockets, a classic silhouette, and stretchy-yet-structured, machine-washable fabric.


An Elevated Sweatshirt

I just got my first Kristin pullover (of what I predict will become several), and I’m in love. The unique neckline looks great on Zoom, the seaming in the back makes it look extra polished, and the length is just right. I plan to wear it from work-from-home days to casual evenings out.


Sleek Skinny Pants

“Sleek” is exactly what comes to mind when you look at the Curies. Made from our beloved Everstretch fabric, they’re simultaneously stretchy and structured, and put-together without feeling too buttoned-up. In fact, we think they’re so great, we made them in two inseam-length options.


Sophisticated Wide-Leg Pants

For maximum comfort, a pair of pants must have one of two things: a relaxed fit or tons of stretch. And then there are pants, like the Milo jeans, that have both—and look super polished.


A Layering-Friendly Turtleneck

How do you style the luxe, silk jersey Elizabeth turtleneck? Let me count the ways. You can wear it under a blazer; layer it under a cozy sweater; use it for some extra coziness under a button-down. You can tuck it, untuck it, and roll up your sleeves. It’s a styling essential, and if I were you, I’d get it in multiple colors.

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Madeleine Kim

Madeleine Kim is the Senior Brand Manager at M.M.LaFleur, where she started out as a stylist. She loves developing styling-focused content and creating newsletters that bring the M.M. community together.

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