Fewer, Better Things
While this is a catchy slogan for a clothing and bag company that I adore, it is a simple phrase that rings so true to my vision of a minimalistic lifestyle and expands well beyond physical things but also to relationships. You can sort of MadLibs it with many substitutions and generally the phrase still works: Fewer, better friendships. Fewer, better glasses of wine.
While I desire fewer, better things in many aspects of my life, the area I have had the most progress in the past few years is my wardrobe. I utilized a capsule wardrobe both pre-pregnancy as well as during the middle portion of my pregnancy. It was great ---less choice worked for me, having a simplified closet helped me avoid too many decisions in a day and I was spending less frivolously on clothes.
However, life got busy, motherhood (along with all the fun that is a postpartum body) along with changing workplaces (with very different fashion vibes) led me to shop. And shop. A piece here and a piece there. Not being intentional, but emotional about my purchases. I even pulled a circa-2005-Jenni-in-college move of buying a shirt for a single night out recently (Note: I already don't like it and regretted the purchase nearly immediately). So, here I am --- too many things in my closet and I am regularly frazzled over a decision that should be simple, what I am going to wear. So I'm pulling together a capsule wardrobe plan for the fall and below are a few items that are guaranteed to make the cut (mostly from my current mess of a closet).
1. Quality Flats: I used to view black flats as nearly disposable as they would often wear out within a season, but after investing in a pair of Tieks I am not sure I'll ever go back. I'm also interested in Rothy's brand as they are machine washable (what?). For a less expensive option or for a fun color, I will probably pick up a pair of Tom's flats. While I love wearing heels and wedges, flats are central to my daily life and allow me to transition from work to running after a toddler, which is a win.
2. Versatile Dress: This dress is one I rave about regularly (my favorite is the black version). I can wear it to the office, church, date night or a wedding and feel comfortable at each. While I dry clean it mostly, it's also washed at home pretty well. Brass has several essential basics that play into a capsule wardrobe well and I am also a fan of their ponte pants.
3. High Rise Black Jeans: The great thing about a good pair of high rise black jeans is that they can pair with longer tunics as well as standard length shirts and as someone who's favorite color is legitimately black, it's a no-brainer for me. This pair is a splurge I made in the spring, but am also a big fan of Dstld options and have been eye-ing Mott & Bow for some slim boyfriend jeans too at a slightly more affordable price. As an aside, one of my biggest fashion fears is the return of low rise jeans...let's all hope that doesn't happen anytime soon.
4. Comfy (non-wool) Sweaters: I can't deal with itchy sweaters and I could kick myself for not buying this incredibly comfortable sweater over the weekend when in Chicago, but am thrilled to have discovered the Canadian brand, Oak + Fort which has so many basics and a boxy vibe that feels very international for future sourcing. I will also be integrating my Madewell cardigan from this past spring as well. Tip: Spring is the best time to buy sweaters if you are like me and prefer cotton to wool.
5. Versatile Everyday Shirts: This is something I am pretty much always on the hunt for. I've had mixed luck with Everlane and generally snag a couple of basic shirts every year at Madewell and Anthropologie. I tend to go for either t-shirt, ponte or popover style shirts that are a lower maintenance than silk or a true button up. One action item that I also took was taking a few "almost favorites" to the tailor this week to get slightly adjusted so they could become true favorites.
*None of the brands mentioned are sponsored, I just like them!