**9/13/2017 Updated to add the rest of my TOPS information down below! I photographed, but forgot to share the last four tops.
It’s been a long time since I’ve shared a wardrobe update with you guys, and I thought it was time I give you a peek inside my closet, and share a little bit about what’s been rolling around my mind when it comes to maintaining a simple + streamlined wardrobe.
Honestly though, I’m doing this for myself. Being an influencer – where it’s literally my job to introduce you guys to new brands and seasonal items – I often wrestle with keeping my personal style well-defined. There can be a steady stream of new items coming in from brands I work with. I am not complaining about it, I feel very fortunate to have many gifted items in my closet. I love my job, and I love the opportunity to connect you guys with brands and products that align with my/your values. It’s truly my pleasure. BUT, sometimes the waters of my closet get a bit muddied, and things get overcrowded. Pairing down, and in this case, identifying a core wardrobe, will help to me continue to see my style clearly and get dressed with ease.
After chatting with Paige of Style This Life over the summer (seriously, we text everyday), we landed on the idea of identifying a two-part wardrobe: a core and a secondary. Staring at my closet in the morning can often overwhelm me when I’m looking to get dressed. I love the ease I feel when traveling or dressing out of a 10×10, and that comes from the small number of items I have to choose from. I’m also expecting that at the end of the season I’ll be able to better identify what I can cut loose from my secondary wardrobe.
A quick reminder – when I work with brands and designers I try my very best to only share and showcase what I love. However, sometimes, after the fact, I realize an item might not be the best fit or, just plain and simple, my closet is becoming saturated and there are not enough days to wear it all!
I’ve spent the last few weeks integrating my fall favorites into my closet, carefully separating all my items into two categories. 1) My CORE wardrobe, which is about 40 items and 2) my SECONDARY wardrobe which is about 20 items. The latter includes less-worn items; ones I still like but aren’t quite at go-to status. My core wardrobe is comprised mostly of pieces I wear in a two-week rotation.
The Items (in my Core Wardrobe)
1) Cotton Tank, Everlane – My interest in this oversized tank was renewed this summer when I started knotting it in the front. It makes for an instant crop top, that can be adjusted per the height of my pants!
2) Rugby Stripes, Everlane – An impulse buy at the Everlane storefront in San Francisco. Bold, but still simple.
3) Vintage Army shirt, from my husband’s personal collection (similar in men’s sizing) – The cotton on this is so worn it feels like silk. This shirt is oversized and unique. And sentimental.
4) Micro Stripes U-Neck, Everlane – This is probably my favorite t-shirt cut ever, see more below.
5) White U-Neck Tee, Everlane – If I were to do a cost-per-wear on this shirt it would be practically free. I’ve worn it almost once per week for the last three years. Crazy, right? Still love it. Still looks bright white and new. (Hint: I rarely dry it.)
6) 3/4 Sleeve White Tee, 3 Dots, c/o Zappos – This top is a great layering piece, it works under jumpsuits and sweaters or tucked into vintage jeans.
1) T Top, c/o Jamie + the Jones – This top has taken a backseat for almost the last year in my closet. That was mainly because I didn’t have a good pair of high-waisted bottoms to wear it with. Not the case anymore! Looking forward to taking it for many spins this season.
2) Luzon Tie Top, c/o Only Child (sold out) – It’s probably optimistic to expect to wear this top very much in the fall, but it has been on such high rotation this summer, I wanted to give it a shot.
3) Navy/White Striped 3/4 Top – thrifted (very similar) – My classic stripes! I think I’ve had a shirt in this style in my closet for years and years and years. Can’t go wrong.
5) Striped Long Sleeve Button Up, Tradlands – Classic top that goes with almost everything in my closet!
6) Chambray Long Sleeve Button Up, old J.Crew – Does anybody have any leads on a good, USA made chambray shirt?
8) Linen Button Up, Everlane (alternated with a cotton one)
9) Tan Striped Top (sold out), c/o Tradlands
10) Everyday Top in Noon (sold out), Miranda Bennett
1) Vintage Levi’s, thrifted – These are a true love of mine! I found them at a local shop and had them shortened at Nordstrom, using the original hem. I love wearing these pants. These jeans have a similar vibe.
2) Black Slim Boyfriend Jeans, c/o Everlane – These are basically fitted, straight jeans. I am so happy to have them, and I’m selling my black skinnies like hot potatoes. *Everlane is currently sold out but, if you ‘Waitlist’ yourself, you will get notified when they come back in stock. Sometimes people return items and they will get one or two back in stock. I’ve scored an item earlier than the expected re-stock date using this method.
3) Slim Boyfriend Jeans, Mid Blue, c/o Everlane – I’ve actually purchased another pair of these in a proper fitting size. They’re en route and I’ll keep y’all posted.
4) Sailor Pants in Midnight, Jesse Kamm – I sold my size 8’s and went down to 6’s. They are way more comfortable now (snug on the hips and don’t ride up) and overall have a much better look. I feel like the navy color goes with a lot more in my wardrobe than the tan color did. I’ll write an updated post about fit soon!
5) Clyde Work Pants, Elizabeth Suzann – I started wearing these last spring and I’m excited to run them through a full year. Love the versatility of this color of pant.
6) Wide Pant, Lauren Winter – I wouldn’t feel like me without my favorite wide pants! These are harder to wear the colder the weather gets, we’ll see how it goes!
1) Lou Jumpsuit in Black Denim, REIFhaus – GAH! I’m so excited about this piece! Last summer the Lou Jumpsuit (in linen) was one of my most style-shaping purchases. I was sad to retire it when the colder weather hit. I tried to extend it as long as I could by donning sweaters and tights, but things got a bit fussy. Fast-forward a year and I’m moving into fall with the denim version! The updated Lou is a tad longer and narrower, and I’m in love!
2) Black Shirt Dress, c/o Sotela – This is a dress that works great in spring and fall, hoping to wear it under some light sweaters before the weather gets too cool. And after that over jeans. I love dresses over jeans, and I need to do it more.
3) Striped Shirt Dress (same, in blue), Everlane – See above!
4) White Linen Dress, Pyne & Smith – I mostly included this one so I could wear it with my leather jacket. Contrast baby.
5) Mara Tunic, c/o Only Child (beautifully updated for fall!) – I adored this piece when I got it in the spring and quickly decided I liked it best over pants. Excited to experiment with lots of dresses/tunics over pants this fall.
6) Classic Jean Jacket, Levi’s – Shrunken and faded, good with everything.
7) Leather Jacket, Reformation (sold out) – Enjoying this one more each time I wear it!
1) Black V-Neck, Everlane – I acquired a nice little trifecta of cashmere sweaters last fall and winter, and I tend to layer them with everything.
2) Donegal Crop (sold out), Everlane
3) Camel Crew, Everlane
4) Raglan Detail Cream Sweater (quite old) – This is almost like the little sister version of the sweater below. Except I’ve had this one for much longer. Cream is my favorite color!
5) T Sweater, Jamie + the Jones – This is a major player in my closet. Last year I wore it from the day I got it (Christmas Eve, eve) until late spring. I’ve already busted it out once last week, and I’m excited to wear it all fall. The chunky cotton knit brings awesome texture to an outfit. If you’re in the market, they plan to re-stock in November!
I have a few more sweaters in storage, but they are thicker and heavier, and probably won’t get pulled out until closer to winter. It’s a great way to ‘freshen’ a wardrobe without actually buying new items!
1) Mariella Mule, c/o Nisolo – These shoes have yet to meet an outfit they don’t like. However, they will probably see most of their wear at the beginning of the season because, hello, rain.
2) Cognac Ankle Boots, Loeffler Randall – Love the color these lend to all the blues and blacks in my closet. They are bit sensitive to the rain though, note the water damage on the right heel (that’s with waterproofing). It’s also probably from driving. I wonder if there are any magic floor mats out there that promise to protect your shoes when driving? Seems like a business opportunity…
3) Blush Oxfords, c/o Everlane – A quick way to bring style to an otherwise plain outfit. And pretty solid in the rain!
4) Heidi Woven Clog, No.6 – These beauties have been on my dream list for a few seasons, and this fall I took the plunge. Yes, I still have my Bryr clogs, yes the color is about the same, but that is where the similarities end. Both are great. I’ll share more soon, I promise.
5) Rain Boots, thrifted J.Crew (awesome ethical option) – Not an Oregonian without some super waterproof footwear.
6) Black hightop Cons, thrifted – For when the ankles get cold.
7) Black Chelsea Boots, Everlane – See above.
8) V-10 Sneakers, Veja – For when I want to pretend I’m a teenager again. (Not that I ever wore anything that cool when I was a teenager.)
What About My Secondary Wardrobe?
I hope to tap into this second layer as much as I feel inclined. Many of the items lend themselves to more ‘creative’ days because they are more unique pieces that I don’t wear on as high a rotation. But who knows, that could change this fall and they could move to my core closet. Or, at the end of the season, I might realize I can’t justify keeping them.
Is This a Capsule?
Kind of, not really. I’ve basically created primary and secondary layers of my wardrobe, and this is the primary. What this tells me is that the value of the capsule mindset – of a more limited wardrobe – cannot be underestimated. The fewer things you have in your closet, the easier it is to get dressed, so long as you have been curating along the way. I don’t have any strict rules for myself and my closet this fall. I’ve long broken my shopping habit. Yes, I like to look online, but not obsessively, and I rarely shop in stores, unless I happen to be walking by a downtown boutique that I like.
I have many wonderful collaborations planned for fall. I’ll be sharing my picks from Only Child, Hackwith Design House, Vetta and more. That means I’ll be adding more items to my wardrobe along the way but I’ll be doing it as mindfully as possible.
Have any of you employed a similar wardrobe method? I’d love to hear your tips!