If you follow me regularly, you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as often. There are many reasons for this–I have interviews under way of women who create beautiful things I can’t wait to share, I am about to move (yes…I just did not too long ago, it’s a long story that is at once exciting and somewhat wistful–more on this later) and perhaps even more importantly, the pandemic has made me stop and take note of what I want to share with you, because almost everything these days is uncertain and evolving.
Unlike other sites, I only post when I have something I think is worth sharing. If I have nothing worthy of sharing, I don’t post. Who needs endless, lazy content these days? And what I am trying to wrap my head around, is how, with a pandemic that sadly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon if you live the US (I will not go into that now, but it is absurd and sad and the long-term consequences seem so dire it’s hard to fathom at times), we will want to dress in the near future.
Sure it’s deep summer right now, but that early September “back to school” vibe or as the French call it, La Rentree, is something I have always looked forward to. Now, it all just feels confusing. Unless you live in New York, and even if you do, there will still be a lot of WFH happening, possibly for months.
Who really wants to put on sweats again once it cools down? Or only get half-dressed for endless Zoom meetings? Then again, how much of the clothing sitting in your closet have you recently worn? And what are you dreaming about wearing that you haven’t since this all began?
I’m going to imagine that since you’re reading this, you love getting dressed and feeling good about what you’re wearing. But what is going to make you feel good now? Something simple and timeless? Something colorful that gives you an emotional boost? A hint of something indulgent (say a piece of jewelry) that might be at once have-forever and over-the-top? Or something sentimental, even perhaps a talisman or two?
One thing seems guaranteed–the buy less buy better credo I am constantly harping on about seems more relevant than ever before. Fall is a time when we spend the most money on clothes, mainly because they are substantial and cut from expensive materials (leather knee-high boots vs. sandals, cashmere sweaters vs. cotton shirts). Even if you are lucky enough to be in relatively good place financially right now, wasting money on clothes that will sit in your closet is just that, wasteful.
There are two words that I often use to define how I want many aspects of my life to be, they are small and exquisite. Perhaps a better word choice would be edited and exquisite. What does mean? Whether it’s the handbags and shoes in my closet, or the home I live in–I try to keep the number of things I bring into my life to a minimum, and when I do, I try to make them things I truly want. It takes patience to wait for the right thing. Sometimes I’m good at it, other times I’m not. Sometimes I slip up and feel the need to have what she’s having, even though it’s more her than me. And exquisite in my eyes does not equate with money, it’s something being the purest essence or ideal of what you are searching for. It can be as basic as a gray tee.
I admit I do keep imagining what I will want to wear when I have a chance to travel, which also goes back to my belief that a perfect travel wardrobe is often the best edited version of what you should always wear. Pre-fall clothes are starting to trickle in, but nothing about buying new clothes you can’t wear for months feels urgent or necessary right now. Once I get more settled and give it more thought, I’m going to share my hyper-edited version of what I’ll be wearing this fall. In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’ve been wearing, what you miss wearing, what you can’t imagine wearing again, and what you can’t wait to wear come fall. xx Jennifer
images courtesy Hermes