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Every week, the fashion world spits out a host of new things for us to buy — and we all know that some are better than others. At times, pulling out the plastic or balancing the checkbook (apparently people do that still I guess) are justified, but other times, a head scratch or an artfully placed finger on the chin emoji feels more appropriate.
In any event, let’s take a look at some of the new arrivals that anybody would be happy to throw in their closet. Below are six new things that’ll last well past just a few seasons — easy items like tees and denim jackets to add to your closet right now and keep for a long time.
Here, in the doldrums of winter, the kind-of-warm days of spring seem far off. Wait, who am I kidding — winter is basically spring now, thanks to climate change. Well, whether you're in actual spring or just an alarmingly warm winter, you should be harnessing the power of a denim jacket. It doesn't need to be fancy, it just has to have that classic look to it. And trust me, denim jackets hit everybody at a good point on their hips; your profile (the view from the side, not Tinder) will thank you.
Stutterheim Men's Raincoat ($295)
Okay, remember what I said about spring coming soon? With that, we can also depend on some rain. And despite my best attempts at combatting the rain with wool coats, nothing repels water so well as a Stutterheim rain coat, and East Dane just got a fresh new stock of them. The rubber material will keep you bone dry, and the hood is roomy enough that your precious hair will remain intact. Just know that this raincoat works almost too well — if you're out in the rain for a while (why?), the water may run right down on to your jeans.
Lemaire T-Shirt ($83)
I'm fully willing to admit that $83 for a T-shirt is a lot, but I've gone through enough $24 ones in my time to know that when you up the quality (and obviously the price), you're getting a better deal out of the whole thing. Plus, when you're forking over a little more than normal, you're getting something that looks a little more interesting. Wear it every day if you want, nobody's going to fault the perfect black shirt.
Spalwart Sneakers ($290)
These are the Seinfeld sneakers of the now. Like a couple of the things on this list, there's nothing groundbreaking going on here. They're simple and supportive and verge on dad-tastic, but that's not a bad thing! Think of them as, like, New Balance's cool cousin who's visiting for the weekend and you're kind of sad when they leave because you'd rather be friends with the cool cousin than your friend. You get what I'm saying here?
Rag & Bone Sidney Reversible Coat ($895)
A woman I used to work with had a coat very similar to this — menswear-inspired, chalk stripe, nice length. Every time she wore it I was just like, "Damn, that is a nice coat." That was a couple of years ago, but thankfully, this Rag & Bone coat has arrived at Barneys to carry that torch. You could go full menswear with it, but think how perfect this would look with a pair of faded jeans and some master hoodie layering this winter. Everybody else will be in yoga pants and you'll feel like the boss of them all. Because you are.