My Year Round Zero Waste Wardrobe

                         
Au bureau, je porte une robe, parfois un jean, un t-shirt blanc (lin ou coton), et un manteau oversized. J’enfile un jean près du corps, un t-shirt col v et des talons hauts ou des baskets pour un dîner ou le weekend, avec leggings et un t-shirt (bien évidemment du sweat dans l’hiver) chez moi. D’habitude, je porte un slip soie La Perla (un cadeau de mes meilleurs amis aux Etats-Unis) pour pyjama. Et un soir de gala? Une robe rouge de Dior.

How to make your wardrobe work year round? By choosing temperature regulating, all season fabrics, like woven wool, thick linens, and waxed cotton in muted or jewel tones. Layering is easier when items already have some structure, so material doesn't cling or form unforgiving wrinkles. I also like to have all the hardware in my wardrobe match, which is probably crazy- gold everything from zippers to my two pieces of jewelry (wedding ring and a gift from my sister). Not only does gold suit my skin tone, but I remember watching an episode of Clueless where they said silver was tacky, and it always stuck with me.

You don't need a huge accessories collection to mix things up. Shoes or creative layers add variety, giving me practically endless combinations. For instance, the black jacket, heels, and boots go with everything, the sneakers match all my casual clothes, and I wear the shirt and sweaters over dresses and skirts sometimes.

The additions

Since this post, I've made a few changes. I haven't bought a new pair of jeans since middle school- it's one of the easiest things to buy at thrift stores- and for the first time in years, I have two pairs. My previous jeans didn't fit anymore; now that Vetements made flares cool again, I'm taking it back to 2014 with skinnies. I should have switched long ago, but I'm sartorially self flagellating. The Maria jean is true blue, the 811 indigo. Buying used meant no color bleeding, though I still wash them inside out with a capful of vinegar to fix the dye. This denim is less dense than my last pair, so I could wear them in a humid desert and feel fine. Conversely, they were warm enough for freezing Cleveland, easily tucked into boots, substantial enough not to rip or tear. Best of all, the fabrics don't attract or show much cat hair.

I usually shy away from collared shirts, but some corporate settings require them. All the Paris Vogue women wear checked shirts- this Etoile Isabel Marant shirt felt like the perfect nod to both my Ohio roots and new French home. It came with a weird pleat that formed a big bubble down my back, which I stitched flat to look better. Again, linen-cotton blend is great on hot days, yet cozy enough for winter. In Cleveland, I wore this with high waist jeans and boots and never felt chilly at bonfires or shoveling snow outside. If you can't thrift or purchase an ethical, sustainable collared shirt, consider custom made options to wear forever.

I thrifted the white t-shirts in Cleveland and the tank top in Paris, naively imagining the ribbed tank would make me look like Emily Ratajkowski at Coachella (Fun fact: We were both photographed by the same person, obviously with very different outcomes). I don't care if I look like everyone's great uncle at the Fourth of July family reunion, it's comfortable, isn't sheer, doesn't shrink when washed, and is perfect for la canicule.

Winter is coming


Everyone worries about me being cold, but I grew up in the tundra. If it's freezing, I add tights and a coat to my regular outfit; if it's raining I carry an umbrella and wear boots or patent leather shoes. I spend a lot of time outside in business attire, and this formula works well. Thanks to climate change and the small size of my wardrobe, I don't keep anything in storage. Everything can be washed or hand washed except the down coat. I air dry (no ironing!) before hanging them in the closet. Shoes stay in their original dustbags and shoeboxes where possible. Also, ever since I got multiple t-shirts, tank tops, and jeans I feel like I'm constantly doing laundry. I'm actually still doing all of our household washing only weekly but it seems like there's way more and it takes longer.

Note: Normally I hang the cashmere sweater in the shower so it's unwrinkled when I wear it. Kar's been climbing up on the closet shelf to sleep on it for two weeks so I wasn't going to bother getting the creases out for a few pictures. I'm not smiling and I'm clutching my stomach in a bunch of photos because I took these when I was sick... I don't know why I'm hunched over on one side in most of them though. This is a new level of awkward, even for me! P.S. I was sneezing in many pictures.


Not pictured: Eight pairs of socks, grey tshirt and leggings for exercise, wool tights. Stockings (Elin nude and Stefanie seam) and sunglasses purchased new

Sources

I. Navy wool Dior dress, Ferragamo Vara shoes in nude bisque, black H&M cotton jacket, Christian Louboutin Simple pumps, Louis Vuitton wool skirt, organic cotton Nuria Couturiere espadrilles, grey wool Dior dress
II. LK Bennett Marina dress in natural barley, grey angora cat
III. Prada shirtdress, cashmere J Crew sweater in heather acorn (worn over navy dress), J Brand Photo Ready 811 jeans in Bluebell
IV. Red Dior dress
VII. J Brand Maria high rise jeans in Storm, Etoile Isabel Marant Keiran linen t-shirt
VIII. American Apparel 2x1 u-neck tank top, Etoile Isabel Marant Tom cotton linen shirt
IX. DIY t-shirt (based on Isabel Marant Felipe), Nike Sky High dunks
X. Dior down coat, Louis Vuitton trench coat, Celine cashgora coat, Alisa Design sharp shoulder handknit alpaca sweater, Lomaki handknit alpaca hat and mittens, Geox boots

All items secondhand except espadrilles and handknits ethically made from sustainably sourced wool. See more on my Snapchat: paristogo.
Paris to Go

48 comments:

  1. Hi Ariana,
    First: I love your blog.
    Second: I have a question about your Louboutins: Did you chose your usual size or did you need to size up, half a size or a whole size? I ask because friend of mine bought pointed Louboutins and she had to size up half a size. And I often hear that Louboutins run small.
    Greetings, Audley

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    1. Hi Audley! Thank you so much! Yes I sized up a whole size. Louboutins definitely run small and narrow but the Simple pumps are better for wider feet.

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  2. Hi Ariana!
    Great photos of your wardrobe! Lots of options I wouldn't have thought of doing. More inspiration from you! Hope you have fully recovered from they 'ick'. On day 7 of no-poo. Just about caved in today. But I'm on holidays so will hold out. Wish me luck. Not loving it yet. Might take time for my hair/scalp to adjust plus I'm just not used to not shampooing!
    Take care,
    Kate

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    1. Hang in there! Good for you for sticking it out! And thanks so much, you are too sweet. Hope you are having a great holiday- it's the perfect time to try no poo out :)

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    2. Hi Kate, I started no-poo two and a half year ago with one backing soda wash to rempove all styling products and to make the change easier. Since then I wash water only once a week. Audley

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    3. Hi Audley, thanks for your post to me, I really appreciate your experience. I don't use products, but I washed my hair really well with aleppo when I decided to start the no poo. I've let it air dry too. I've been 'washing' it with water only about every 3 days. Yesterday I really finger massaged my scalp for a long time and air dried my hair. After I had my son I've been prone to a really flaky scalp but only in three patches! Top front and both sides. I find it appalling! I have noticed it seems a bit better already! I'll keep at it for now. Thanks again for the encouragement! What did you notice the most about no poo that has kept you going?

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    4. Hi Kate, the biggest diffrence between shampoo and water only was und still is that my hair is more voluminous, thicker and stronger. I think it's because of the remaining sebum when you wash water only. I don't have to care about my hair. I wash it und if the ends are dry I use a bit oil and that's it. Audley

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    5. Edit: The first results I could see after one or two weeks. But I've often read it can take 6-8 weeks.

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    6. Sounds like it's worth the wait! I'll keep at it and if I have to pony tail it after holidays I will until the full effects take place. It does seem 'fluffier'. Thanks for the positive feedback and encouragement!

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    7. Audley this is too cool! Two and a half years, wow. I'd love for you to do a guest post if you're interested :) I have so many questions!

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    8. Also great to hear that the flakes are getting better. That was the biggest improvement I noticed with no poo. I never would have connected it to using shampoo but water only eliminated the issue.

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    9. Ariana, it's crazy to think water would clear up flakes! Even though I thought I was rinsing really well. My face has cleared too. Any little zits are gone or going and it looks smoother - just with water!!!! I might have to blow dry my hair to 'style' it, I think that's part of my resistance. It feels unkept without the blow dry. The part has gone funny without me doing anything. But nobody has said I look the mess I feel! Haha

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    10. I'm sure you look great! But yea sometimes I like a nice blowdry. My natural texture has improved lots since starting it but in the beginning I definitely liked heat styling :) It's probably bad for my hair but I find that if I pull my hair back in a ponytail as it air dries, and then comb it out, I get nice big curls and the crown looks smooth and neat.

      Also, have you seen this blog: lulastic.co.uk

      She drank 3L of water a day and that made her skin look amazing too. I always forget to drink water even though I wash with just water... it reminded me to increase my water intake!

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    11. Ariana, thanks for the link! I will check it out! And thanks to your secret of how you get those beautiful curls like in your one post. 3 litres! I'm about 2.8 litres shy. Haha. Good tip though. I'm watching 'trashopolis' on Paris's garbage history. Yikes! Thanks again for all you do! It's all very inspiring, you have no idea!!!

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    12. Ariana, I send you an e-mail because of the guest post. Audley

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    13. Thanks Audley! I never watched trashopolis Kate! I will check it out tonight :)

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  3. Gorgeous pieces! Do you have examples for where you would wear each of these outfits? I.e. why you chose to wear espadrilles with some outfits and heels with another?

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    1. Thanks Tamara! So espadrilles are my summer commuter shoe, as are the Ferragamos. I wear the boots to commute on cold or rainy days (although the patent leather shoes and my sneakers work in the rain too). I often change into my Louboutins when I get to my destination or I wear them when I go out with my husband.

      For example the first row would be work or religious meeting outfits, but I could also wear the dresses alone or with the black jacket or a coat out for cocktails. I've worn the navy dress with heels to awards ceremonies before, like the Financial Times Boldness in Business awards in London.

      The second row, work, religious meeting, or brunch outfits.

      The third row, I've worn the shirtdress to the market, to the Loire Valley, and while traveling to countries where I need to cover my knees and shoulders. I wore the cashmere sweater, jeans, and Ferragamos when meeting with apartment agents, because you need to dress nice and impress them, but it's better not to be too formal. The same combination but with the Louboutins, I wear that when I go out to dinner with my husband or friends.

      The next two rows, work or religious outfits, but I wear the red dress with my Louboutins to big events or swankier places in Paris :) and with the Ferragamos to weddings. I've worn the red dress and espadrilles at a fancy event on a beach.

      Tshirt and jeans for weekends, the t-shirt with a skirt is a very popular work formula in Paris. If I wear the tank top out at night or with a skirt, I wear a jacket and heels over it. The last two rows are a mix of work, casual, going out, and sledding, bonfire, or hayride outfits :)

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  4. I am with you on the yellow gold preference. I really love the Cartier wedding rings that you have. My wedding rings consist of a stack of two thin bands: one plain yellow gold micro torque Frank Gehry band and one diamond micro torque Gehry ring from Tiffany's. Aside from my rings and a simple gold watch (a graduation gift from high school over a decade ago)- I keep it simple. Though I tend to wear pearls (inherited from my Mom who inherited them from her Mom) to funerals or professional events Question for you: what are your thoughts on the apple watch/fit bit/tech jewelry both from a fashion/style stance and zero waste perspective?

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  5. Really love this! I too am gold-or-bust in all accents in my wardrobe. I can't remember where my affinity for gold came from, but it very well might have been Clueless.

    A single pair of Paige jeans has gotten me through the mildly cold winters and humid summers here in Atlanta quite well.

    My pared down wardrobe looks not so dissimilar from yours, actually!

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    1. That is awesome you wear the one pair of jeans. I hear great things about Paige. Your wardrobe may be similar, but your pictures are way better :)

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  6. I am in awe. The short jacket looks great. I have a similar leather one, which goes with just about everything I own.

    However, I am on team silver :-)

    PS: two weeks before the wedding, my friend made me something amazing, no hairdresser will be involved, just me and some sugarwater and a little more make up than usual... and of course my new "silver" wedding ring.

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    1. My husband prefers silver too :) So happy about your wedding and how you stay true to your values! <3

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  7. "I'm sartorially self-flagellating." You're such a good writer and you totally crack me up!

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  8. I think your posing is very chic! You give off a sort of "devil may care" attitude that looks effortless. Plus, your choices and styling combos are simple and lovely. I appreciate seeing how a real human dresses - one who isn't a slave to trends and pursues simplicity over all the patterns/layering that is de rigeur these days. It's inspiring!

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    1. Aw that is too nice of you to say Erin! I can't even do the patterns and layering I see people wear... I just don't get it. Layers are big here but after two pieces, I'm done :)

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    2. Agreed. Maybe its an attention span thing, or a patience thing...

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  9. Your dresses & skirts are especially gorgeous on you.

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  10. Ariana, what brand for stockings do you recommend? I am drolling over your confession about how durable your stockings are.

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    1. Hello Galya! How are you? I recommend Swedish Stockings. https://www.swedishstockings.com/ Recycled nylon in minimal, plastic free packaging, fast shipping, great service, beautiful product. They have a nice natural sheen and gorgeous texture. Like your skin only better. Also comfortable in the heat and warm enough for the cold.

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  11. Great post! I always love taking a look into different bloggers' wardrobes with posts like this.

    With your down coat, how do you launder it? (With previous down jackets that I owned for ~3 years each I... confess that I never really did any laundering except for spot cleaning the outside when it got dirty. So many layers are worn under those coats that they don't really get dirty otherwise.) The washing instructions for at least one of them said machine-wash only, though I found that instruction a bit intimidating.

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    1. Unlike my other coats, I actually did run it in the machine. It really needs the spin cycle. I have to put it alone though (with just a few balls of socks to break up the clumps) because it fills my tiny machine. And I put vinegar in the rinse cycle. Yea I don't think it needs to be washed often because of what's underneath. I just washed it when I got it and scrubbed the outside after going to Cleveland and Norway with a flour sack towel with a little soap and water on it. I washed the fur collar in the sink with savon de marseille and let it airdry though. When the coat was drying, the dryer was on the lowest setting, and then I hung it up for a few days and it dried without smelling and the down seemed to migrate to all the right places.

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  12. I love the wardrobe and apartment posts! Super fun to see more lately!

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    1. Thank you so much Darcy! I'm trying to show more on social media so people can see I'm not lying about really wearing all these clothes and living in my apartment lol. Hope you are well!

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  13. These outfits look great and you can certainly combine them multiple ways, but is it possible this capsule wardrobe and the thrifted aspect work only if you're young or thin? Not everybody can fit in vintage sizes. Do you think these pieces will remain part of your rotation over time, as age inevitably sets in?

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    1. First, thank you for implying I'm young and thin! I love you! There are some great examples of capsule wardrobes for all ages and sizes, although this is my whole wardrobe, not a capsule. The blog Grechen's Closet is a good one. The pieces aren't exactly vintage, they are all from the 2000s I think, so modern sizing. I can let out the dresses to accommodate at least 30 more pounds, because I bought them when I was 33 pounds heavier and the tailor took them in so that the extra fabric remained. Women in my family shrink as they get older, so I'm not worried!

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  14. I love your linen T shirt! So I set about trying to find one locally, couldn't find one second hand. But the place I buy a lot of my clothing actually just listed two. I'm linking them because they are ethically focused and I thought you might find it of interest. I know you mentioned that you avoid ordering online (understandable) but I do love this shop. The owner has a very hands on policy about ensuring items are ethically made before she stocks them but also! Their packaging is wonderful - even the tape is paper tape and all wrapping is used in a way that it can be easily reused for the same purpose.

    I am probably picking these up next time I go in: http://www.beadandreel.com/products/dina-linen-tee-amour-vert

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    1. Hi Kat, this is so awesome- Amour Vert is a great ethical brand and it's so amazing that the company uses paper tape, though I try to avoid ordering online, for some things, you just need to, and I like companies that use the least amount of packaging and paper tape. I hope more companies start doing this! Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Dear Ariana. I have s ridiculous question. :) Do French people have a concept of " clothing for home" at all? I come from a culture where women wear old worn out robes or things thst are too worn to wear to the public, somehow we think that husbands can easily take this kind of visual abuse. :) And this can not be good for a one's self esteem , can it? :) Thank you. Yuliya.

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    1. Hi Yuliya, not a ridiculous question at all! (Sorry I'm answering so late). They wear nice things at home as far as I can tell. Sometimes I have to drop in unexpectedly at my neighbors' and they always look good. It's all washable stuff and stuff you can spill on, but presentable- not sweats or yoga clothes or pjs like in the US :) I wear a t-shirt and leggings or a comfy dress around the house usually.

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  16. Hi Ariana, yours is one of the only blogs I subscribe too - like the way you live, your posts are no-frills, to the point, useful while also being articulate and a pleasure to read. It is always an inspiration to read about your closet, and works as an inspiration for myself; it's taken me years to shake off fast fashion and to appreciate quality and designer, but since realizing that, life has become a lot more fulfilling with less clothes, more quality and most importantly of all, more time to myself to do what I want instead of being held back by what I'm wearing. Goes to show that if you have a good foundation, you'll always be ahead. You've definitely got me excited to buy only used and to focus on the good stuff. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much CL! I'm so happy to hear of the positive impact living with less clothing has had on you. That is so awesome!

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  17. HI,Ariana
    Do you have some tips for cat-friendly fabrics.

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    1. Hi, wool is really good because they don't like the feeling on their nails, and linen and cotton as well :) They don't attract as much cat fur as smoother fabrics.

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