This post has been updated. Click here to see my current wardrobe.
These photos are a joke, but here are my grown-up Garanimals. As can be expected, having a few well-loved, multitasking pieces forces me to get creative with styling and combinations. Finding new ways to wear them keeps my wardrobe from getting stale. Note: I know it seems wasteful to use my Macbook to take pictures when the city I live in is essentially one giant backdrop for fashion bloggers. I'm not a fashion blogger, though, and I'm horribly un-photogenic and uncomfortable in front of the camera, so I decided to shoot these with help from two fluffy assistants. Toffel appears throughout and Kar mostly just sat on my clothes.
|Khaki cotton dress, secondhand, similar here
Black silk-lined virgin wool skirt, secondhand, similar here
Black patent pumps, secondhand, here
Nude patent pumps, secondhand, here
Waterproof leather boots, here
Green J. Crew cotton t-shirt with silk trim, thrifted, similar here
J. Brand Heartbreaker jeans, thrifted
Gap Pure Body grey cotton t-shirt, thrifted
Pink fitted dress
Navy silk-lined 100% wool dress, secondhand, here
|Red silk-lined dress, secondhand, same style in grey here |
Gap modal dress, thrifted, similar here
Nike Sky Hi dunks
Wool-cashgora coat, secondhand, similar here
Uniqlo beige cotton cardigan, secondhand, not pictured
Longchamp Le Pliage sac shopping small, secondhand, not pictured
Green trench coat, secondhand, not pictured. Similar here
Sunglasses, not pictured, same model in tortoise here
Wedding ring, gold infinity ring gifted from my sister, and watch
These are all the clothes and accessories I have now. Imagine t-shirts over the black dress, and sneakers, a cardigan, or trench coat with each item, and you have all my outfits, year-round. I sold my green sandals, grey pumps, and three dresses, consolidated into black heels and a modal dress. My at-home wardrobe consists of that dress, t-shirts, leggings, and jeans, but with a change of shoes they're ready for the pool, running errands, dinner with friends, etc. I prefer to let the subtle details of each garment, like pretty folds and strategic pleating, standalone instead of adding separate accessories.
Apart from my linen t-shirts, nothing needed replacement. I only mended an unraveling seam on the pink dress. We'll see how long the cotton t-shirts hold up. The Gap one has tiny holes where Kar massaged my stomach, which is too bad, because I love the fit and opaqueness of it. In Paris, it's popular to wear loose tops tucked into skinny pants cropped at the ankles, but that makes me look stumpy. I stick to a reverse silhouette: figure-skimming on top, slightly flared on the bottom (I can always roll my jeans if I decide to try the cropped look). I like pants hemmed to graze sneakers and heels, so I can wear boots under or over them. Proportion is paramount- waistlines just below the ribcage, mid-length skirts and t-shirts cut into hips.
It seems stupid to switch shoes and call it a new outfit, yet people do ask sometimes if I bought something new or I'm wearing something different. Well-chosen shoes change the way you carry an item- the way you stand, the way a garment hangs. They're an easy way to freshen a wardrobe without buying much. I'm pretty happy with my clothes and find myself falling in love with old favorites again. It helps that I don't feel the need to stand out all the time. While nobody seems to notice if I repeat an item, my purposeful non-style has the unexpected effect of being a little subversive. Click here or here to see how I wear these pieces in the real world; here and here to see how these adapt for winter.