No Longer Grey

The sartorial experiments and ramblings of a girl named Sarah

Winter Essentials

by Sarah on March 4, 2018, no comments

jacket- Uniqlo, jeans- Everlane, bag- thrifted, shoes- Everlane

This outfit exists right at the corner of form and function. It’s got walkable shoes, a coat with enough room for several layered sweaters, and a bag big enough to hold lunch, while still creating some resemblance of personal style. The jacket is from Uniqlo, which I picked up during the bomb cyclone because I was afraid I might lose an arm to frostbite. It’s got a removable down lining and the biggest pockets I ever did see, perfect for shlepping around all sorts of things. The shoes are completely simple, utilitarian Chelsea boots from Everlane with simple detailing. The’ve brought me through snowbanks and slush puddles aplenty without complaint.

What’s your winter uniform?

Stripes and Flowers

by Sarah on February 24, 2018, no comments

dress- thrifted, shoes- Marc Fischer, jacket- Gap

A little throwback from this fall. Look at those amazing flowers! Just look at them! And the leaves? Breathtaking. It’s starting to be spring in DC- cherry blossoms and everything- and i’m so excited to see everything come back to life after a long winter’s nap. Also so excited not to have to layer 15 jackets, which was my NYC look.

3 Step Sustainable Wardrobe

by Sarah on February 22, 2018, no comments

It seems like everything these days is being stamped with the word sustainable. Coffee, notebooks, furniture- all SUSTAINABLE! The fashion industry is not exempt. It’s 2018, and everyone has a capsule wardrobe and knows that denim is a dirty business.

So with all of this newfound sustainability, we should all have sustainable wardrobes, right? I would argue not yet. After all, a perfect is more than just the sum of its parts. For me, a sustainable wardrobe is one that is made up of great clothes, is fulfilling, and is curated. It’s not a wardrobe that is made up of only seventeen pieces, all made out of moss handpicked in Tasmania. It’s also probably not a wardrobe filled with unworn pieces from Forever 21. It’s something in the middle, and, most importantly, it’s something personal.

Let’s break it down.

First up, a sustainable wardrobe is made up of great clothes. Aesthetically, that’s pieces that bring the wearer joy and a sense of beauty. Note- the wearer. That’s you! Every piece should be exciting for you, and should be something you don’t want to take off at night to go to sleep.

A sustainable wardrobe should also be fulfilling. For me, that means that it’s made up of pieces that have more than just an aesthetic value. Maybe it’s a piece that I got on an especially wonderful day while living in New York. Maybe it’s a cashmere sweater that is not only beautiful, but snuggly and warm beyond words. And, of course, the way that the piece was made counts. Pieces that have care put into every aspect of their creation feel and wear differently. It’s little things; French seams on blouses, side slits on longer sweaters, full linings on jackets that show how much care and intention went into a garment’s creation. Well finished pieces will look better, last longer, and are more likely to become favorites.


Lastly, it’s curated. Just like an exhibit in a museum, a sustainable wardrobe is constantly being edited. It has an inflow of new garments, but it also has an equal outflow (because there’s nothing sustainable about having to shove hangers into an overstuffed wardrobe).

As far as the outflow goes, it’s important to consider where one’s clothing is going. This is where sustainability gets a little hairy. Donate, give away, sell, and yes, trash things. But the tragic truth is that the current “life cycle” of most, if not all garments, ends in the trash. After all, clothing does deteriorate with time. That’s why, in purchasing, it’s important to truly consider garments. Once you buy something, you accept ownership, and it become a part of your personal footprint. Getting rid of things is an important part of wardrobe-ownership, but it’s important to internalize the ownership of each garment, and come to terms with the fact that everything we discard (regardless of if it goes to a ‘better home’ first or not) will probably end up in a landfill.

But let’s go back to the fun part- the in! I’ve compiled a few of my favorite shops, places to get butterfly-in-stomach inducing pieces.

Everlane– I can’t speak highly enough about Everlane. The clothing is beautiful, made to flatter, and well priced. You can look inside their factories, examine their pricing model, and learn about where their fabrics come from. My personal favorites are the shoes, silks, and cashmere. All luxury (but with high street prices), and all completely worth it.

Grana– Grana is another basics first company, but they have the most amazing colors. Poppy red silk tank tops, dusty rose billowy skirts…

Pact- fair trade factories, fair prices, and no toxic dyes. Imagine the number of hours you spend in loungewear. Wouldn’t it be better to spend that time in soft and sustainable fabrics that aren’t irritating?

Veja– Sneakers centered on ethical sourcing and great materials. They look like fashion sneakers. Enough said.

Reformation– The stereotype of sustainable clothing is that it’s all drapey, cotton based clothing that is basics. Reformation is prints, silky satins, billowy sleeves and tiny skirts. It’s to show that being ethical can still look so good.

Whew! That was a lot. Now it’s your turn- what are your tips for a sustainable wardrobe?

In the Corner

by Sarah on February 11, 2018, no comments

jeans- thrifted, sweatshirt- DIY, socks- J Crew shoes- Vans

Coming atcha from a corner for today’s look. I wore this the other day to a work ‘thing’, and had a bunch of people really impressed with the sweatshirt. Which was super flattering, because it’s a sweatshirt from summer camp, not some sort of beautiful Paloma Wool creation.

Also, haven’t see you in a while, hey! I moved (again), started a new job (again) and have been in an odd state of not really knowing where I live. The other day I accidentally got bus tickets going from my old city to my new, instead of vice versa. But this new move brings with it a whole new set of sartorial challenges that I can’t wait to discuss and ponder with you all.

No Parking

by Sarah on January 26, 2018, no comments

shirt- thrifted, dress- c/o Tobi, shoes- Everlane, bag- thrifted, sunglasses- street vendor

The behind the scenes of these photos involve me squinting a lot, a man stopping his car on the street to watch the photoshoot progress, and me having to hold my leg up to get the last shot. Just to be totally transparent. Any preconceived notions of the glamour of fashion blogging that any onlookers may have had were quickly dashed with a blooper real of a photoshoot.

What is not a blooper real (great transition, I know) is this outfit. It’s very fashion blogger circa 2014 and the absolute opposite of je ne sais quoi. Je sais exactly what makes this outfit work: the piling on of accessories. There’s some adage about taking off one thing before one leaves in the morning to achieve effortless (or, let’s be real, French) style. This seems like it could easily get quite risqué. It also seems like a boring rule to live by. Sure, there are days when going to a café and sipping espresso wearing black satin cigarette pants, a white tee shirt and an Acne leather jacket seems like the ideal, but there are also days when going to a café and sipping a latte and wearing tassel earrings and red shoes and sunglasses the size of Mars and an amazing fancy Tobi little black dress and a striped shirt seems pretty great. Thank god multidimensionality in personal style exists.