Whether I’m traveling or not (which I am not this year), the week between Christmas and New Years is a time when I start to slowly take stock of the year that is coming to a close. This covers topics both big–the general direction of my life, and small but still integral to who I am, such as my closet. I’m not one for confessionals and this is a style blog, so we’re sticking with clothes here.
When it comes to clothes, I start to consider what worked and what didn’t, because come the first few weeks of January, I am generally ready to really purge the excess and focus on what made me feel my best and how I can add more of that into my life. While I promise to delve into the nitty gritty of cleaning out your closet next month, a first step can be to get pull together some general thoughts (mine, below are with some IG Story images).
This fall and for winter, I am wearing trousers in place of jeans when I go out and I really like the switch. I feel a bit more pulled together. I can dress my look up with my Toteme low-heeled boots, or for run-around days, take it down with my Nike sneakers (my only fall shoe purchase). Always a cashmere sweater on top (with a Frances de Lourdes turtleneck or tee underneath) and then my oversized HommeGirls coat or my camel belted coat from Acne Studios I bought a few years back. I find myself wearing the same pieces on rotation and feel really good about it. I have a fall/winter uniform of fewer, better things, that works.
I find warm weather months are hard if you’re a minimalist and looking back at Spring and Summer I struggled more, but it’s getting better (and I have a very definitive short list of Spring items I want that I will share when the time is right, meaning when you can buy them). That being said, my favorite go-to outfit was a black Xirena Channing shirt and pair of off-white Nili Lotan cotton pants, and for dressing up my black cotton Frances de Lourdes tank dress and my Matteau silk printed trousers and matching top (which I paired separately with tank tops and black shorts). My bag purchases this year–a The Row Bindle in luggage brown for summer and a Bottega Jodie mini in black for evening this fall, have both been worth it.
What didn’t work? I spent too much money on two things 1) a black Celine boucle tweed jacket with a tie top and 2) a Prada black shacket a friend had and I then really wanted. I’ve only worn each once. Cringe. I spent a good chunk of change on those two items. I also think the pandemic and the general upheaval of early last year might have had a bit to do with these purchases, because I just really wanted to splurge on something. In retrospect, I should have saved the money. Plus, if I sell them, I will get pennies on the dollar, so they’re staying in my closet in the hopes I’ll wear them more in the future. Lesson learned.