How many panties do you own? I’m not one for counting how many items are in my wardrobe, with one exception: panties! Here in NYC, I do my laundry at “The Mat” about every one-two weeks. Anything more frequent than that is expensive and inconvenient. I always feel like I’m at the brink of running out of panties to wear. Why haven’t I learned my lesson and bought more? Today while folding laundry, (something which btw, I really learned to enjoy doing while practicing mindfulness and listening to music, especially folding towels, love doing that! seriously), I thought it’d be a good idea to count how many panties I still own to assess how bad the panty shortage is. Drum roll please… so I own a grand total of 8 pairs of panties! Good panties that is. When I dug around my underwear drawer, I found two more pairs that I never wear because although “pretty” I never reach for them because they are made of polyester and don’t feel nice against the skin. Then I found 3 more pairs with holes in them (like the one in the picture). If I stretch out my laundry to every two weeks, I tap into this desperation pile of panties. It’s terrible. I bit the bullet and decided I would replace the ripped and polyester panties with unbleached organic cottons versions, which are on their way. I chose organic cotton because it’s better for the environment, but I read reviews about how it reduces your exposure to pesticides too. Does that really matter though??! The panties get washed presumably so is it really leaching pesticides onto your skin? It’s not like we’re eating the cotton. I have no idea and wonder if that’s just another marketing gimmick. My underwear collection has evolved a lot over the years. Have yours? I’ve always stuck to mostly cottons in the bikini or high waisted cuts (aka. granny panties). Occasionally I’ll have a moment of poor judgment and think I should wear something less boring like lace or panties with ridiculous patterns and embellishments, but I never end up wearing them, and that’s money down the drain! Besides even if I was motivated by the idea of looking “sexy” (cringe), I really don’t think men care all that much about underwear anyway.
Have you guys checked out the new mini release by Elizabeth Suzann? I’m really excited by the Andy Trousers. I’m too short to pull off full on wide leg pants like the Florence pants, but the Andy’s strike a nice balance. They are loose and wide but have a subtle taper at the ankle, that is just enough to give an elongating effect. I’m admiring the ones in midweight linen, but don’t actually want to buy anything right now. And I don’t feel pressure to either because I know these pants will still be there months and maybe even years down the line. I’m also kind of over the Clyde jacket in cotton canvas. I felt the ES cotton canvas in real life when I bought the Tilda pants in that fabric, and it was impressively thick and sturdy (I ended up returning those pants because of the bulk), but for my purposes, I think the fabric in jacket form is a bit overboard. If I worked on a farm, it might make sense. I do really like the same Clyde jacket in midweight linen though. I haven’t made up my mind about the Clyde trench yet. I like the length and lapels, but the batwinging on it is a bit too extreme to be practical for me. Will it feel right when driving a car? I do really like the parabola top in midweight linen and think the black version would pair nicely with a black pair of linen Andy trousers, like the one Chung is wearing here, for a head to toe wrinkly black linen monochrome outfit (it’s so dreamy!).
[image: from the elizabeth suzann website]
Anyway, I’m admiring all the new pieces, can imagine a few of them in my wardrobe, but don’t necessarily have a strong urge to buy anything right now (even if I could afford it right now, which I can’t). Sometimes I do get a sudden urge to replace all my clothes with everything ES. Rachel Hochman on my blog roll, who is an engineering grad student at Berkeley, owns a ton of ES. She’s even featured on the ES website in the community section! I’m so impressed by her outfits and wish more people would post pics of their ES clothes. There must be more people out there, somewhere. Please come out of the shadows and share!