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.
Do you like purging your stuff once in a while or do you hang on to everything?
ASOS is having a big old sale right now. Le sigh. I can’t shop at all at the mo; I’ve got no pennies you understand. My life is such a trial. Honestly. Anyway, that certainly doesn’t stop me from internet window shopping (it’s a thing).
In the spirit of wishing (I might randomly find $1000 or be discovered and offered a
modeling contract job as a stand-up comedian career at Starbucks), here is a selection of my current picks from ASOS.
A girl can always do with a new bag. I love the juicy colour and structured build of this purse.
I don’t acutally own an iPad but it’ll be the first thing I buy when I find $1000.
How fab are these colours?
Love the sexy silhouette and print on this little number!
I can’t get enough of really chunky heels at the moment – these babies fit the bill!
What are your ASOS picks?
I’m a self-proclaimed online shopping expert. It’s a
survival skill that I developed during my years and years living in the frozen Yukon, where shopping opportunities are nil unless you’re willing to pay an arm and a leg.
One of my all time faves is Simons. I’ve been a loyal customer of theirs for about 7 years now and they’ve never once let me down. Simons is only available in Quebec but they started up an online shop about 5 years ago and am I ever glad!
My latest Simons find. Get it here!
I’m loyal to Simons for a number of reasons. The quality of the clothing is always excellent; they carry a range of brands/designers priced from outright steals to much spendier options; the sizes are bang on; the shipping is exceptionally prompt; and they’re Canadian! What’s not to love?
I’ve waxed lyrical about Simons’ virtues in the past, read that post here.
Do you have a favourite online shopping destination?
When I bought this shirt I wasn’t thinking about animal prints being huge this season, I believe my exact thoughts were, “gimme gimme gimme gimme”, but they are! There are lots of ways to incorporate a fun hit of jungle or safari fab into your wardrobe while still maintaining a work or daytime appropriate look.
Now, I love me a bold top, or bottom, or shoe, or
pick-up line drink, but if you’re not feeling that brave think about adding a snakeskin belt, or earrings with an animal print, or a bracelet! One of the great things about this trend is that you’ll be able to find a lot of great pieces at thrift stores, the 80s were pretty animal heavy!
Top: Maison Scotch (Plenty), Pants: Jacob, Belt: “Borrowed” from my sister, Shoes: Aldo, Ring: Etsy, Earrings: Purchsed from a store in the Yukon ages ago, Watch: Belonged to my dad, Bag: Matt by Matt and Nat
Are you going to be incorporating any animal prints into your look this spring?