If you follow along on Instagram, you know that I spent the better part of last Sunday cleaning out my closet. Most of the pieces I culled from my wardrobe are heading off to Goodwill, but the others are going on eBay. I’m hopeful I’ll make enough to buy this striped Halston Heritage dress for summer. Isn’t it darling?
Lately, I’m loving:
- This gorgeous pair of rose gold aviators c/o Randolph Engineering. The quality of the hand-crafted sunglasses is impeccable. (I’ll share more details about them next week.)
- Trying the recipes I have saved on my “Savory” Pinterest board. My favorites so far are the slow cooker chicken tikka masala, spicy Mexican quinoa, and turkey meatballs in a Thai curry sauce.
- Two pairs of flats I ordered online last weekend: a striped pair from Gap and Anthropologie’s palm-printed pair. I’d like to add a new pair of sandals (possibly these or these) and then my spring/summer shoe wardrobe will be complete.
Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate, I’m wearing one of my biggest sartorial loves: this Erin Fetherston dress. There aren’t too many opportunities to wear a lip-print dress, so I’m taking full advantage of the holiday. (On a related note, did you see this sweater and this dress from Erin’s fall/winter collection? Need.)
Something I don’t love? Snow. At this point, the only thing it’s good for is taking photos. (Before you ask, my feet really weren’t that cold. Growing up in Wisconsin gives you an amazing tolerance for chilly weather. Besides, it was a heat wave of 15 degrees above zero.)
So, who else is ready for summer brights? I’m really trying to be practical as I’m planning my spring and summer purchases (white chino shorts top my list), but I can’t help gravitating to Goshwara’s candy-colored baubles, Gucci’s bamboo pieces, Mara Hoffman’s joyful prints, and a Kotur clutch that’s just begging to be DIYed.
1. J.Crew, $45 // 2. Marco Bicego, $495 // 3. Mara Hoffman, $235 // 4. Gap, $40 // 5. Kotur, $850 // 6. Kenneth Jay Lane, $75 // 7. Gucci, $1,695 // 8. Goshwara, $1,950 // 9. Capwell, $38 // 10. Paul Andrew, $845 // 11. Splendid, $75
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I can’t believe this is the last month of my foray into The French Wardrobe concept and I’m actually quite proud of how I’ve done. Sure, there are some impulse purchases peppered into the list below (ahem, Forever21), but it’s nowhere near the number of items I purchased before starting the challenge. I’m now less likely to settle for an item that’s just okay. It needs to be pretty amazing to earn a spot in my closet.
In retrospect, though, I wish I had focused on items of higher quality that are truly representative of my personal style. When I review my “fun” pieces, they’re a bit scatterbrained. We’ve got three special occasion dresses, a cat-print dress, a tartan sweater I purchased for a Christmas party and a work-appropriate floral blouse. I like them all, but I could have done better. Where are the pretty day dresses I love so much?
Well, there’s always The French Wardrobe: Spring/Summer 2014 Challenge starting on March 1. (I’m prepared with a list of capsule wardrobe items. Bring it on, spring!) I do hope you’ll give it a whirl. It’s not the easiest challenge, but it is incredibly rewarding. Let me know if you’re in, so we can link up!
On another note, would you like more commentary on items I decide to keep or return, like this and this? I don’t want it to become annoying to read, but I’d like to start a conversation about what makes an item worth keeping as I continue to refine my wardrobe.
And, without further ado, the recap:
- Quality over quantity.
- Basics don’t count.
- Accessories don’t count, unless you’re spending a lot more than usual.
- Socks and underwear don’t count.
- Shoes do count. (I’m not counting shoes, though.)
The bold items are the new additions since the previous post.
- Part of my Five Six: Erin Fetherston lipstick-print dress, Anthropologie cat-print dress, J.Crew Factory tartan-print sweater, Express navy metallic cocktail dress, LOFT floral blouse, Erin Fetherston pink cocktail dress (for $36 on Amazon)
- Basics: Banana Republic pants in black and navy, Forever 21 white dress, T by Alexander Wang black skirt (similar), J.Crew Factory polka dot popover shirt (similar), J.Crew sweatshirt, LOFT striped swimsuit
- Bags: Diane von Furstenberg clutch, Samudra clutch, Diane von Furstenberg red crossbody (via Gilt for $79)
- Accessories: Jennifer Meyer for J.Crew bracelet, Kate Spade belt, opal ring at an antique store in Alexandria, Forever 21 ring, Lulu Frost bangle, J.Crew Factory necklace, Kate Spade bangle, Melanie Auld ring, Karen Hsiang ring, Tory Burch necklace
- Shoes: Joie tartan flats, Forever 21 d’orsay flats, Sam Edelman ankle-strap flats
- Purged: all of my pencil skirts, 1 dress, 2 coats, 5 pairs of shoes, 1 necklace, 1 bracelet, 2 pairs of earrings, 3 rings
Read the previous French Wardrobe posts here.