A few months ago I took everything out of my closet, decluttered a few pieces that I hadn’t worn in ages, cleaned the shelf and washed the floor and then put everything back in. I love a good closet declutter! I hung everything on a hanger facing the wrong way so that, if in six months or so, there was anything remaining on a hanger facing the wrong way I’d know that piece can probably be sold or donated.
One of the pieces still on a hanger facing the wrong way was my chambray shirt. I bought it years ago thinking that I would wear it all the time. That hasn’t been the case. I decided to hit up Pinterest again to see if I could breathe some new life into this piece.
For years and years I was on the hunt for the perfect tee shirt. I had a vague list of qualities in mind including soft, thick, dryer friendly, hitting at the top of the hip, and made with natural fibers. I spent a fair chunk of change on a lot of almosts. I know it seems like such a basic thing, but a good tee shirt is a real workhorse and a solid wardrobe basic.
I moved in with Mr. P&P recently. So far it’s swell.
That’s not what I’m here to talk about though, I want to talk about living a little bit lighter. Not physically lighter (sadly) but materially. Before I left my apartment I went through all of my stuff methodically and got rid of anything that I don’t need or use or want any more. This included half of my wardrobe. That’s right half. Now all of my clothes fit into one closet and they don’t even fill it up.
Living with a capsule wardrobe for the winter really helped narrow my focus in terms of what I actually wear and define my style clearly. I don’t plan on limiting myself to a certain number of items anymore but I do plan on shopping more mindfully from now on. That means thoroughly thinking through (say that three times fast) any purchases before making them, and investing in quality rather than quantity. I want a well curated wardrobe of classic pieces that all work together, fit properly, and will last. I never want to stand in front of my closet again and think that I have nothing to wear.
Here are a few pieces that I’ll be saving for over the next while:
This classic black bag will see me through many seasons. It’s perfect as an everyday bag and is large enough for me to carry around all the stuff I like to have with me at all times.
This leather jacket is beautiful and versatile. It’s the perfect finishing touch to dresses and jeans and tee-shirts.
These sandals are neutral enough to wear with a lot of different outfits and colours and should hold up well over the years.
If you’re looking for some inspiration on decluttering and/or simplifying, here are a couple of resources that I’ve found helpful.
So last week we had an actual blizzard! I’ve lived North of 60 for the majority of my life and never before have I experienced a bonafide blizzard. It was cray. Anyway, things have calmed down weather-wise and we’re back to crisp and sunny fall days. Fall is my favourite season for fashion. I love me some chunky knits, layers, and boots.
Here are a few of the things I’ve been reaching for over and over this fall.
This gorgeous oversize sweater from Urban Outfitters.
It’s like wrapping myself in an afgan. Delicious.
These Mavi jeans.
It’s all about the details with these babies. The zippers at the ankle, the panels at the knee, the leather pulls on the pocket zipper, and the inky indigo colour add up to the perfect pair of jeans. We all know that perfect jeans are nearly impossible to find!
This Bite Agave Lip Mask in champagne.
Colder weather means dry skin and chapped lips. This lip treatment is super thick and hydrating. You can wear it overnight but it adds a bit of sheen for daytime as well. It’s also a food grade product. You could eat this stuff. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.
This Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat.
Just. Look. At. That. Luxe rosegold packaging and a built in highlighter for a stunning marbled blush. I mean come on. I die. It gives the cheeks a gorgeous rosy glow. Love.
1. Don’t drink and shop (I’ll never forget the regrettable sweater incident of 2011);
2. Don’t shop on an empty stomach, you want to be thinking clearly;
3. Don’t buy a piece unless you can visualize it with three distinct outfits using items you already have in your wardrobe.
The last rule is important because you don’t want to end up with a fantastic top that works only one way. Who wants to be seen in the same look over and over again? Not I.
So friends, I give you a new post: One Piece Three Ways.
Look One: Drinks With the Girls
Necklace: Evernew Clutch: American Apparel Shoes: Nine West Lippy: MAC Fuscia Fusion
Look Two: Casual Saturday
Necklace: Guess Jean Jacket: Mavi Purse: Rebecca Minkoff Booties: Little Burgundy
Look Three: Beach Day
Sunnies: Barefoot Contessa Beach Bag: Bath and Bodyworks (gifted) Sandals: American Eagle Outfitters Bikini: Victoria’s Secret
These are just a few of the looks I can create with this romper. I could also add tights, boots, and a sweater for winter or pair it with a skirt and wear it as a top. The possibilities are endless. If you don’t have a romper, swap it out for a sundress! This is just a small sample of the ways you can create unique looks by changing the accessories.
Do you think about versatility when you’re shopping? I’d love to hear your tips!