outfit: slouch potato

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I’m a little out of my comfort zone here.  These are my very first pair of white pants!  Let’s hope I don’t spill coffee all over them.  As you might know, I’ve been stalking the slouchy chinos from Everlane for a while now and absolutely fell in love with them (to my surprise) when I tried them on in the Manhattan showroom.  Finally a pair of pants that look much better on a “real” body than on models. Continue reading “outfit: slouch potato”

outfit: linen, oxfords, and socks

nisolo oliver oxfords elizabeth suzann eileen fisher outfit

Maybe I should sit down for all outfit posts?  I re-arranged furniture in my living room again this weekend (no surprise!).  After rearranging things like 10 times, I think finally, the layout is right.  The space feels open and airy.  Good feng shui all around.  My money tree is nice and happy in that corner soaking up sun.  In the all the rearranging though, I lost my white wall for outfit posts, so you’ll be seeing me with different backgrounds from now on.

I found a great deal on a pair of like-new oliver oxfords from Nisolo this week.  I was stalking these shoes for a while in preparation for fall/winter.  I thought a simple classic oxford that could be worn with socks for the fall and winter would be nice.  And had heard that Nisolo makes comfortable soles, which is surprising given how thin they look on the outside.  There’s quite a bit of cushion in the toe box and a strip of raised leather along the arch as well.

I ventured for a half size up, which makes the shoes a little roomy for thick socks in the winter time.  With regular socks, my narrow feet swim around in them a bit so I’ll have to put sticky arch inserts to fill them out.  I’ve been using these leather stick on arch inserts from Amazon.  They really stay put and don’t look ugly.

The rest of this outfit feels relaxed.  I’ve been pairing linen pants with linen tops a lot lately, mainly because its been hot and humid here in NY.  I think socks that are a shade lighter than the color of your shoes looks good.  I found these socks made out of re-used yarn at Muji.   They come in lots of different colors.  I like their socks because they have a 90 degree angle at the heel so there’s less fabric to bunch up at your ankles.  It’s a minor detail, but I love thoughtful little details like that in the design of clothes.

Anyone know what they want to dress up as for Halloween?  This year I think I’m going to go for something happy and cheerful.  The world is already a pretty scary place as it is.

[outfit:  eileen fisher linen top*, elizabeth suzann tilda pant in midweight linen, muji reused yarn socks, nisolo oliver oxfords*,  * = pre-owned]

the z-strap sandal

balfour dr marten

Lately, my Doc Marten z-strap sandals have been on high rotation on hot days that require a lot of walking.  I previously owned a pair of Chaco Z2’s that look similar, except much more orthopedic.  The straps on the Chacos were too long on me, not built for my thin/long feet.  Lucky for me though, they have a cult following among outdoorsy people so I was able to sell them easily online for almost the same price I paid. Continue reading “the z-strap sandal”

outfit: shades of black

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Many mornings I get dressed in a mad hurry and realize all of a sudden I’m wearing all black.  I second guess myself always, (“hmm, I look like I’m going to a funeral…  maybe I should put on something else?”).  But then I remember this is New York and it’s normal to wear all black almost all of the time.  NY Mag even wrote a little piece on the history of wearing all black in NYC.

I’m trying hard to wear lighter colors and experimented with light tan chinos recently.  I love the look of top-to-bottom creams and light tans, but sadly I spilled coffee all over my pants the other day and it couldn’t be salvaged.  I snagged these J. Crew cafe capri pants secondhand online for $10 (retail $98).  I’m wearing a size 2 for reference (I usually wear a size 27-28 so J. Crew definitely rounds down on sizing).  In general, I don’t shop at J. Crew anymore, but I already own a pair of royal blue cafe capris and they’ve lasted over 5 years and I love the way they fit and feel.  I didn’t want to take a risk on ordering pants from another brand.  For me, pants are the hardest to get the fit right.  My waist to hip ratio is oddly close to 1.

It was easy to find these pants online because everyone shops at J. Crew and this cut was brought back season to season.  My light tan chinos were replaced with this black one.  Why black?  NYC is a dirty place and I need to be able to hide stains so I can wear the same thing over and over again each week.  I’m still trying to wear lighter colors on the lower half of my body though (I’m still awaiting my ES Tilda pants in a light tan color; let’s hope I don’t spill coffee all over those!).

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What about you?  What are your thoughts on the all black look?

[outfit:  everlane texture tank (xs), j. crew cafe capri, stuart weitzman flats, cluse watch]

wardrobe radar: basic flats

everlane day flat

This week, I realized I need a good basic flat.  I’m currently selling the two pairs I already have because they don’t fit right or feel too fancy for everyday wear.  I’ve been stalking the Martiniano’s for a while but couldn’t quite swallow the price tag especially for a shoe type that I know I’ll destroy in under a year.  Everlane’s new day flats look promising.  I’m waiting for others to review it before I decide to invest.  I’m curious how substantial the soles are? can they fit thin orthotics? Are they structured or malleable like a glove?  And how do they feel in warm weather?

PS. I like how everlane is trending away from the orthopedic-ly unfriendly pointy toes!

[image: everlane]

 

outfit: hardworking basics

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Here’s another outfit with my hardworking staples.  Getting dressed feels so much easier these days.  I wore this casual outfit to work, except for the sandals.  I’m liking sweaters with extra long arms that can be folded or used to keep the hands warm.  These trousers from j. crew have been going strong for 5 years now.  They are a size 2!  I think I’m actually a size 6, for reference.  If I ever need to replace them I’m going to search for it secondhand.  Quality mainstream clothes make good secondhand purchases because they are easy to find and you know what to expect.   Continue reading “outfit: hardworking basics”

wardrobe: the simplest bra

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I hate bras.  Don’t you?  But for some of us, support is necessary.  And saggage happens more quickly than you think.  Coopers ligaments lose their elasticity pretty quickly without a bra.  Anyway…

I’ve been a big fan of bralettes lately.  I think bralettes have gained in popularity because women don’t want to be bothered anymore with the fuss of underwire and padding.  We just want to be comfortable.  I’ve been through a few bralettes and my favorite so far  is also the simplest:   the pansy bralette. Continue reading “wardrobe: the simplest bra”

outfit: workday (+ Everlane ponte pant review)

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In a previous post, I talked about my disappointment with Everlane’s Ponte Pants.  Here’s my proper review of them.  Let’s start with the good.  They do feel comfortable and strike a nice balance between leggings and trousers.  With a tunic or dress, it’s modest enough for work.  And it’s long and conforming enough to keep you warm in the winter.  In theory, these were the perfect pants.   Continue reading “outfit: workday (+ Everlane ponte pant review)”

Lessons from a leaner closet

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Like a lot of other people, I felt like I learned a lot about myself in the process of paring down.  When forced to make tough decisions on what stays or goes, I learned about what was most important to me.  Since my focus here has been on personal style, I wanted to share some of the things I learned in that department.

My favorite and most worn clothes were surprisingly from a broad range of retailers, from cheap fast fashion stores like H&M to designers like Trade-Mark.  Although I try to shop more consciously at ethical brands as much as possible now, for moral reasons, I don’t mind at all holding onto high rotation, fast fashion clothing that I already have and I like mixing it all up.   Continue reading “Lessons from a leaner closet”

Why I stopped wearing patterns

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As I pruned my wardrobe down to the clothes I wore most often and then reflected on why I wore some things more than others, I realized I had gotten rid of almost all my clothes with patterns.  Patterns are exciting when first purchased but after a few wears, I tend to get sick of looking at them.  And because they stand out in people’s memory, I feel that I can’t wear the same patterned clothing over and over again.

Continue reading “Why I stopped wearing patterns”