I have a confession to make: I’m a clothes hoarder. But guys, not the good kind of clothes hoarder. My wardrobe isn’t full of thousands of beautiful items I couldn’t possibly bear to part with Nope, not me. I have closets (plural) full of clothes that are ultimately unoffensive, but do I love them? No, and to be honest there is a 99.9% chance I bought them because they were on sale and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Ah, regrets. We all have them. Mine are consuming my closet. And dresser. And floor…
AND SO. My goal for the coming year is to purge my wardrobe of all the junk, and rebuild it from the bottom up. I’ll start with the basics, and embellish it with only quality items that I absolutely love. Right now, this seems like a massive undertaking. To begin with, I have such a hard time saying goodbye to those pants that fit so perfectly ten years ago and I can still wiggle into them now and if I just hit the gym a little more certainly they’d look good again? And also – Goodwill is going to absolutely hate me when I show up with fifteen bags of clothes. But I can just tell already, it is going to be so. worth. it.
Left to right:
American Eagle AEO Open Knit Sweater; American Eagle Lace Gauze Tank; American Eagle Soft & Sexy Kimono T-shirt; American Eagle Anorak Jacket; ASOS Midi Cardigan; ASOS Denim Shirt; American Eagle Keyhole Back Sweatshirt; Loft Pintucked Mixed Media Top; Loft Floral Ballet Neck Tee
I live on the border of Washington and Idaho, where it’s not uncommon for snow to fly prior to Halloween. A practical person might assume this means ALL OF THE SWEATERS. All of the long-sleeved tees and blouses and fleece-lined everything. However, these are practical people we’re talking about, and not me. See, I have a weird thing where I hate being confined to long sleeves. What if it gets hot and you’re trapped and destined to suffocate in your sleeve-prison?! (I never said I was a rational person.) It is for this reason that I much prefer short sleeves year-round – tees and tanks paired with easy-to-shed cardigans and sweaters and jackets.
Much like Shrek, I am an onion. Layers of emotions under layers of clothing. (Side note: did you know my manfriend doesn’t like Shrek? Who doesn’t like Shrek, I ask you! Maybe I just associate it with many a middle-school sleepover, fueled by sugar and angst and giggles. Ah, those were the days. But I digress!)
Left to right:
ASOS Monki Pocket Detail A-Line Skirt; Target Women’s Utility Pants; Target Striped Flare Skirt; Target Journee Collection Kendel Round Toe Tassel Boots; ASOS River Island Leather Wrap Mini Skirt ; Target Scrunch Ballet Flats
I’m really trying to concoct a fall wardrobe that can work for both personal and work scenarios. Luckily, my job is pretty relaxed save for a formal meeting here and there, but still a far cry from the bartending and call-center jobs I worked during and immediately after college that allowed me to channel Ilana Wexler on a regular basis. These days, I’d like to focus on clothing that is modest enough for the office, but just as easily dressed up or down for a night out or a day spent running errands. Basically, versatile. Flexible. Diverse enough to be fun, but not to the point that nothing works well together (please refer to current closet situation).
If you couldn’t tell, I am all about neutrals. Stripes. Soft, drapey. If I can get away with feeling like I’m wearing pajamas and still look respectable, I probably will (jeggings are my jam). But I’m trying to branch out a little – to include items that are a little edgier, a little more of my wannabe version of myself. (You know that episode of The Office when Jim creates his Second Life character who is a super-cool sportswriter guitarist? Well, my Second Life character would be a badass kinda-punk-with-a-hint-of-sophisticated lady with really cool hair. And she’d wear red leather skirts, like above.)
What are your all-time favorite wardrobe staples?