I’ve always found it easier to dress up though maybe not for exactly formal events but definitely special occasions. My closet consisted of ‘dressing up’ clothes such as work suits, day and cocktail dresses. For non dress up I had a vintage pair of Levi jeans, drawstring pants and a couple of bias skirts with a few fitted tops. That’s it. There was nothing in between. I don’t know why it was so hard and it’s taken me such a long time to find and build a foundation of casual items I feel comfortable in and confident about.
Jeans: one of the most important elements is this little pile of jeans above. Count them, four pairs of Gap boyfriend jeans plus two in the wash…I’m just making up for lost time. I couldn’t choose between because they all have a different look, from the bottom: very dark blue selvage, a pale blue wash which is thinner due to the deliberate wear process (called ‘citrine’), mid blue with holes, grey and in the wash are the neutral wash (called ‘grain’) and another blue pair with copper stitching that reminds me so much of the 70’s.
Skirts: the most edited of the lot – fine cord mini, white cotton pencil, fuschia jersey pencil, white flared linen and a denim pencil.
Jumpers: indicative of the climate I live in 🙂 I need a couple more in grey! There are 2 different types, fitted and slouchy. I haven’t included the 2 super thick jumpers and polonecks I wear for a few weeks each year the big freeze hits.
Shoes: ballerinas, ankle boots and
(wedge trainers – I can’t find these anywhere!) and tall boots. Again a reflection of the climate I live in. I’m planning to add some plaine white Converse tennis shoes towards the Summer and some black ballerinas.The 3 pairs bottom right are all from Clarks kids. I need to replace the white laces of the boy’s desert style grey suede boots I’m going to save these for my son since he’s only half a size behind me and he already has the same pair in blue – uh huh blue suede 🙂 I try to avoid suede footwear but it’s not always possible.
I’ve been able to really focus on what I have and seeing them together like this as a category has helped a lot. In fact this is all I need as a stand alone closet….if only I didn’t get bored easily and didn’t love dressing up so much!
Thanks for reading!