shirt- thrifted Gold Hawk, jeans- thrifted Lawman
Some clothing pieces can only be described in 1950’s era language. This shirt is one of those, because it’s simply divine. It’s a late afternoon coffee (invigorating) followed by a long walk in the city (chilly but beautiful) and a night in with a face mask and bubble bath (indulgent). It’s made of buttery silk and little tiny Marie Antoinette-esq fabric covered buttons. I fell in love the moment I saw it, added a few stitches to make it fit better, and promptly didn’t wear it for several months.
Because as divine as this shirt is, it’s also fussy. It’s got tiny little straps that are impractical for all but the hottest of weather but it needs to be paired with a big pair of pants to balance out its delicate proportions. The time it can be practically worn is limited to three days a year. I also wasn’t quite sure about the color. The pink is truly divine, but not a color I know what to do with. So I let it sit in my closet, brought it to college only because I felt bad that I hadn’t worn it in two months of ownership.
But then I woke up one day and it didn’t seem like an impractical object, but rather like the only practical piece in my closet, the only thing I wanted to wear. I put a big sweater on over it, but wore the pink shirt for the entire day. And it felt amazing, lovely, divine.
Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks.
sweater- Everlane, pants- Everlane, shoes- Vans
A girl I met the other day told me that this sweatshirt was the exact color of my hair, and it made me wonderfully happy. It’s also the exact color of these pants and when I wear the two together I feel like a crayon in a delightful Goldenrod or Atomic Tangerine (real crayon names- how do I get the job of whoever came up with those?) While wearing this outfit I realized it did something I often disregard in getting dressed; it made me happy. Not “I like my jeans” or “I look great today” happy, but the sort of happy that whenever I looked down and remembered what I was wearing I got a little thrill of delight.
There’s something remarkably freeing about wearing one color. For one, you look like a kid who puts together outfits based on what matches. The first rule on most articles about how to match your clothes is to choose pieces that compliment, not pieces of the same hue. But what could possibly go better with Atomic Tangerine than more Atomic Tangerine? One of my favorite New York memories is the afternoon that I came across the Green Lady walking down Mott street. She’s famous for her one-colored outfits, and she seems pretty happy.
I’m in a moment of quiet personal style. I used to “dress up” much more, but my collegiate style, from space limitations and personal style growth has proved to be more subtle, more simple. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just that I know what I want more than I ever did before. I’m still experimenting, and I’m sure I’ll laugh at myself when I’m a senior and wonder why wearing monochrome made me so happy. But for now, I’m happy wearing my Banana Mania colored outfit.
pants- Everlane, shirt- Zara
A cozy day in.
I once read a fashion theory that your ideal style is the way you dressed as a child. I vividly remember wearing and owning a pair of flaming hot pink corduroy pants. I’m pretty sure I did not like them, but with the resurgence of corduroy, I’m suddenly envious of my 7 year old self, and I’m reconsidering my entire childhood wardrobe. My triangle coat, overalls, red shoes, yellow raincoat — all are slightly more grown up iterations of pieces I used to have. Lately all the pieces I’ve been gravitating towards the most are evolutions of my ur-clothing.
These ur-pants really are great. They’re a straight leg version of Everlane’s wide leg crop pants, and have a wonderful thick corduroy feeling. I teamed them with my favorite black turtleneck, a Zara piece from four years ago. The outfit felt deliciously fall, especially with a cup of hot cider and a grey day accompanying.
shirt- Everlane, pants- Levi’s, shoes- Everlane
This is the winter version of my favorite summer outfit. Boyfriend jeans + tight black top + good shoes. By virtue of living in a dorm room and the space constraints that entails I’ve been much more into uniformed dressing than ever before. I only packed three long sleeve tops to college, so I suppose it was an inevitable. Some days I miss having more options, but most of the time I embrace wearing the same sweatshirt 4/7 days of the week.
Also, these DIY jeans are holding up well! I have to reattach one of the pockets a bit, but especially for how much use I’m getting out of them, they’re great. The denim is tough enough that I don’t have to worry about them stretching out, and my stitches have held (so far). I’m trying not to wash my denim any more than is necessary, and I think this pair is holding up the best out of all of my jeans. Anyone have any tips for preserving the life of denim?
A relic of going to school for 14 years is that every fall I look into my wardrobe and feel the need to spruce it up. It’s back to school shopping, preparation for a winter hibernation and sartorial restlessness, all wrapped up in one. But I’m also bound by reason, and know a complete wardrobe overhaul is both wasteful and inefficient. I like to think I’m a pretty good budgeter (and read on for a budgeting idea!), and so I try not to drop a lot of money on revitalizing my wardrobe each season.
That being said, adding a few new pieces to your fall wardrobe is a great way to keep from getting sad about the impending winter. Plus, fall is a season to buckle down and get to work, and investing in a few new bits can help to reflect any changes you may want to make in your life. Here are a few pieces I’ve seen around that could spice up any fall wardrobe. They’re all from small or sustainable stores, so indulge and help the earth!
- Picasso-inspired hand earrings ($5)
- High neck ribbed lavender tank ($19.99)
- High rise flare blue jeans ($25)
- Hammered brass post earrings ($39.31)
- Open neck slim ribbed top ($48)
- Tie front linen blouse ($60)
- Marine striped shirt ($68)
- Corduroy cropped trousers ($68)
- Double strap cami ($85.17)
- Leggings and top set ($95)
Be it your fall shopping list or a new computer to do your fall shopping with, budgeting and saving up for a bigger purchase can be hard. Catalogue with Credit is a great resource for some credit lending sites that can help. And while you should never purchase something you can’t afford, if the need to see Hedi Slimane’s new Celine collection on a new flat screen TV is proving too much for your wallet, check it out for some budgeting friendly options!