some surprising benefits to paring down my wardrobe

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Maria Van Nguyen wrote a beautiful post on how she chooses to buy less.  She uses an interesting method of shopping only once every 6 months and describes how this has made her life better.

Her thoughts inspired me to think about the positive side effects of my decision to buy less and pare down.

Here are the benefits I’ve noticed:

  • I have more space
  • I have more time
  • I feel less stressed when I get ready
  • I feel more comfortable
  • I feel more confident
  • I feel good about doing what is good for our planet
  • I have less debt
  • laundry becomes easier
  • I become more creative

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wardrobe radar: crossover slider

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Crossover sliders are just as ubiquitous as arizona Birkenstocks these days.  I’ve been eyeing them for quite a while but haven’t been able to find the right ones for my foot type (long and narrow).  But alas, today I stumbled across this version by Johnston & Murphy.  The stock photos were not immediately appealing to me; first I felt these shoes were kind of ugly, but I fell in love with them after I saw how JetsetJustine styled them with modern casual pieces in this photo: Continue reading “wardrobe radar: crossover slider”

considered living: criteria for an essential wardrobe

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Imagine waking up in the morning to get dressed, you open the doors to your closet, and you feel calm and serene because:

You love every item of clothing in your wardrobe.

You have many outfits to choose from,

but you don’t have too much.

You have something to wear for every occasion.

You are satisfied in the quality of your clothes.

Everything fits well

and you feel chic and comfortable in every outfit you own.

These are the ideals of an essential wardrobe.  I’m certainly not fully there, but since editing/reducing my wardrobe I’ve noticed my morning stress level has significantly decreased.   I’m no longer panicked about what to wear and running late in the mornings.  Now I can start my day feeling relaxed and ready to face what lies ahead.

Creating an essential wardrobe requires one to be more thoughtful and selective.  To make it in, an essential wardrobe piece should meet the following 6 criteria: Continue reading “considered living: criteria for an essential wardrobe”

outfit: breton stripes + chinos

breton and chinos

I set out to the new Cos store in soho to fill a few holes in my essentials wardrobe, a breton stripe top and classic chinos. Here I’m wearing a lose fit 3/4 length cotton/wool breton top with dropped shoulders, tucked into the front of straight leg 100% cotton chinos, that sit nice and high on the waist.  Nothing groundbreaking here.  But it is exciting to start building a solid wardrobe foundation.

[outfit:  Cos breton top, Cos straight leg cotton chinos, Kork Ease myrna sandals]

Here are some more breton + chino outfits for some inspiration: Continue reading “outfit: breton stripes + chinos”