If Friday’s outfit was all about the ‘shoulds’ then this look is all about the ‘goods.’ As in so good I can’t get enough. THIS I would grab ten times over if I were packing for a trip. THIS outfit puts a skip and a hop in my step. It even makes my shoulders relax like I am permanently drinking a latte. THIS outfit screams me to the world.
I absolutely loved all the discussion (in the comments) about ‘shoulds’ – I am very thankful so many smart women read this blog and weigh in. No woman is an island, right? Nor should any woman be an island when it comes to her wardrobe.
Based on what you guys shared, I had a few ‘a ha’ moments and key takeaways. As Lindsey noted, the big difference between capsules and uniforms is variety/remixing verses repeated looks, respectively. That idea made me think maybe I was trying too hard to make my uniform have variety, when a uniform by definition is uniform and repetitious!
I also realized I’m just not a skirt person at all. I actually only own three skirts. One, I’ve had since high school. Realizing that was sort of a relief. Now, I know not to include them when I’m shopping because the likelihood of me getting value out of that purchase is low. (Not to be confused by dresses, which I love.)
After reading Monica’s comment I had the revelation that just as I’m judicious about shopping and what I add to my closet, I need to equally as judicious about what I eliminate. She pointed out that sometimes restyling an item makes her re-fall in love with it, and I think that’s a great point. I suppose it all goes back to reminding us why slow fashion truly is a beneficial notion.
As I mentioned in the first paragraph, everything here I love! Perhaps that’s why you feel like you’ve seen this outfit before.
CHAMBRAY SHIRT | This one is a few seasons old from J.Crew, and has moved in and out of being a staple of mine. (Currently: in.) I’ve found three great ethically made options: 1 – men’s lightweight denim shirt from Everlane, 2 – washed indigo denim shirt from Tradlands, 3 – linen/chambray blend from Tradlands. Note: I realize the latter brand is a bit of an investment but, if you can swing it, it’s worth the price. I recently bought a shirt from Tradlands for the spring, and I love the combination of masculine meets feminine fit. It’s structured, but still hugs in all the right places, like the upper arms, and not too broad nor too narrow at the waist. I also like the extra buttons, which allow me the ability to wear it with a few different necklines. They’re all made in the USA, and you can usually snag a promo code for your first order.
SWEATER | My alpaca sweater from Zady has turned all kinds of nubby from use, but I still love it. It’s crazy soft and very warm. Conforms nicely to what I’m wearing. Try this similar version from Amour Vert.
CLOGS | (In Sienna leather.) I still love these and want to do a little dance every time I put them on. Gift for review from Bryr Studio.
BAG | Trusty little leather bucket bag, made in the USA.