No Longer Grey

The sartorial experiments and ramblings of a girl named Sarah

13 Year Old Me Predicted My Style

by Sarah on April 3, 2018, 2 comments


Recently I’ve been going through a style rut, which inspired a Pinterest obsession, which, in turn, led me to discover my 13 year old self’s pinterest account. It’s a veritable time capsule of what I was like, complete with cringy, outdated memes, fashion that’s a little too 2012 tumblr, and DIYs that no one really needs to make. But shoved between a board featuring glittery manicures and Louboutins, I found a gem; a board called “capsule”, which was originally a sort of shopping list of what I thought my closet would need growing up, abandoned and forgotten for five years.

Somehow, 13 year old me perfectly predicted my current style. To a tee (ha ha). Bear in mind that I created this board when I still wore infinity scarves and confused Max Azria with Max Mara. It’s nothing short of a miracle.

The board isn’t just a prediction of what my closet would look like; it’s a prophesy fulfilled. Subconsciously, I’ve manifested every single one of the pieces (not the exact ones I pinned, but ones that fit the style and spirit of each. Come on, this isn’t Disney) into my wardrobe. Tell me that isn’t crazy. And of course, I thought I would share. Here are my ultimate capsule wardrobe picks.

This is crazy! Honestly, I’m in awe that my style has remained fundamentally the same throughout most of my teen years. Of course, maybe I have it the other way around, and it’s not myself that has shaped my sartorial future, but rather complicated algorithms used by Pinterest to suggest only things I’ve already said I like, making my style a repitition. In a Cambridge Analytica world, who can say. In any case, it’s remarkable.

Anybody else have any wild wardrobe tales?

Shop the edit: grey wool coat, high waisted jeans, white button down, Breton shirt, black pointy toed shoes, white tee, party dress, grey t-shirt, black flowy trousers, graphic tee, high waisted shorts, black tee, black clunky shoes

Almost Spring

by Sarah on March 21, 2018, one comment

Almost spring// no longer grey jeans- Everlane, shirt- Everlane, shoes- Everlane, belt- Target

Let me be perfectly clear; the only place this outfit is going is into my kitchen to make scones. It’s snowing BUCKETS out right now, and if I were to wear backless mules outside, I would end up with backless feet. A girl can still dream though. And this is a rather dreamy outfit!

The shirt is a wonderful piped-collar piece from Everlane. As I look at the outfit, I am realizing that the whole thing is from Everlane. Except the belt, which is from Target, but definitely the part of Target pronounced tar-jay.

I’m quite excited about this jeans and shoe combo. I’ve extolled the virtues of these jeans before, but there is something wonderful about casual pants with loafers. Jeans capture the masculinity of the loafer while dressing down the whole thing. It’s what I would like to imagine Angelina Jolie would wear on a beach vacation (Or what Millie Bobby Brown, who owns these shoes, might reach for).

Off to watch Stranger Things and pretend I can lift cars with my mind!

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?