I wore this outfit to work today. Nothing exciting here, except for some little details no one but us weirdos is ever going to notice.
I know I stated earlier that I would not add any more stripes to my wardrobe, but I just couldn’t resist when I laid my hands on this top at Bloomingdales earlier this week. When I found this top, I had just finished buying the navy dress I wore in the previous post. I also had just finished touching everything in the James Perse section at Bloomingdales with no intention of buying anything (I just wanted to get a good sense of the sizing and fabrics while in the store so I could be better informed when I buy James Perse secondhand online).
I was almost on my way out of Bloomingdales when I passed by the ATM brand racks. I had never heard of ATM before but noticed a few minimalist looking tops on a 60% off rack and I just had to check it out. Immediately I noticed that the fabrics felt high quality and there were subtle details that made each item special. Like this top for example. The blend of cashmere, wool, and silk was buttery soft but so light that it drapes like a good T shirt. Here it is on the model for a better picture.
I also loved the raw rolled up edges and the extra long sleeves. Something about that made it feel extra laid back and relaxed. I tried on the size xs, s, and m. They all fit and the differences were barely perceptible. In the end, I wanted a more garcon/tomboy loose fit, and went with the medium.
ATM stands for Anthony Thomas Melillo. He’s the lead designer who started the young brand in 2012. According to the website, they focus on making a small collection of casual basics that feel personal. I’ve never really heard of a designer talk about wanting their clothes to feel “personal”, but I can sort of see the message in the clothes actually. He puts his initials on the inner arm (near the arm pit) of every shirt to match the tattoo he has on his own body. It’s really subtle and no one is going to notice it. I thought it was a nice touch, even though usually I’m not a fan of visible branding. It’s kind of like the Phantom Thread! I think the small size of the collection lends itself to feeling personal too. The collection feels very similar to other high-ish end athleisure wear brands like James Perse, but with a slight apocalyptic / military flavor to it.
Anyway, I went ahead and bought the striped sweater, then on my way out the store again, I was drawn to a T-shirt that was laying in the ATM section. It was the perfect heather-y, pale-est neutral gray beige color. I had never seen a color like that before. The tag said the color was “flax”. This got me really excited! OMG, my favorite wardrobe color of all time. Then when I read the little description on the tag about how ATM started with the intention of making the perfect T-shirt, I thought well now I have to try it. I liked it so much, I ended up buying it at full price. In the end, it’s just a basic T shirt, so I don’t want to get carried away with making it seem more than what it is. I just happened to really like the color so much and felt that it was a rare enough find that I better buy it to avoid regretting it later.
Since Tuesday (3 days ago), I wore this flax T-shirt under this striped long sleeve two times already. Historically wearing something multiple times a week during the first week I purchased the item is a sure sign it’ll become a wardrobe workhorse. Right now, however, I think these shoes wins the top prize for being a wardrobe workhorse. I continue to wear them everyday to work since I received them around New Years. What’s your #1 workhorse in your wardrobe? What makes it special and how often do you wear it?
[outfit: ATM cashmere, silk, wool striped knit top, ATM flax t shirt, Everlane slim wool pants, HOPP studio essential oxfords]