The reaction people have when they find out how small my wardrobe is is usually the same as when ODB interrupted Shawn Colvin at the Grammys to say Wu Tang Clan is "for the children... we teach the children. You know what I mean?" Since my life is somehow following the same trajectory as both Becky Sharp and Dorothea Brooke (if you don't know who they are, watch Maggie Rogers' 'Alaska,' then listen to Beyonce's Lemonade), my style is changing considerably. Now instead of dressing like a senator's wife I need to dress like a real person who does stuff apart from picking out new wallpaper for the great room. Since we moved to Pigalle, my wardrobe has become nothing but black eco-rib tops from Reformation, cotton spandex, and vintage Levi's, all of which make sense for reading Albert Camus’ unabridged works on the steps of Playground Duperre. I haven't worn white sneakers since 5th grade and now I practically live in them- I love the sound they don't make when I don't play basketball in them. Only my trusty trench coat, inspired by John Cusack's character in Say Anything, and Dior dresses remain.
My accessories are mostly the same- six pairs shoes (Nike Dunks and Air Force 1's, Louboutins, boots, Ferragamos, espadrilles for summer), Longchamp bag, two rings. I lost my sunglasses in Oman and considered ethical options including a secondhand Gentle Monster pair (because I'm Korean) and secondhand Dior (because I'm basic), but my eyes ended up being squinty enough for me not to need them. I kept the white ribbed squareneck American Apparel tank top, white t-shirts, and plaid Isabel Marant shirt because they're useful, as appropriate in Sultan Qaboos' Grand Mosque as sitting on a bale of hay by the fire in Cleveland, roasting marshmallows and melting tires.
Since nobody makes eco-and-wallet-friendly lingerie in my size yet, my options resemble the plight of many single women today- to either exist without a supportive relationship forever or eventually be like, "This'll do." I've settled for non-vegan Stella McCartney: French Calais lace and silk, organic-cotton gussets, recycled metal hardware. I have the Clara Whispering and Isabel floating sets- like Asian eyelashes, my thoracic region essentially points straight down, so thick straps are important. I also wear old pure wool and solar powered Elin Nude / Stefanie seam Swedish Stockings.
Back to the new (secondhand) items. My jeans are 100% cotton Levi's, one Wedgie icon and one high rise short (thought they were both vintage but noticed they had tags). Both are size 25 and respond well to freezer washing (just stick in the freezer a day), but they stretch out a lot, so I recommend sizing down. I love pure cotton jeans so much. I love the marks they get and the nice sheen developing as a result of moisturizing with coconut oil before wearing. I still have the J Brand Maria high rise, which seem thin and disappointing after Levi's. For now, I mostly just wear them around the house.
I heard mixed things about Reformation, specifically how high prices are for synthetic fabrics. The eco rib is substantial, warm, and durable; the sizing charts, spot on. You have to wash synthetics by hand and dump the water into a houseplant, but otherwise my shirts- an Edison dress shortened into a tunic (XS), and Piper top (S)- are perfect. You can throw them in the freezer to freshen them up too. Same for an American Apparel bodysuit, navy Ryder dress, henley dress, foil ponte dress, cropped top and high waist skirt; Petit Bateau black t-shirt, H&M ribbed lace-up shirt, and H&M tank. I got a Closet dress from Asos' Eco Edit because I wanted something red and I got attacked in my red Dior dress (also in my Prada shirtdress). Nothing bad happened to me and nothing was stolen; I just didn't want to wear those clothes after that. I gave one dress to my sister and sold the other.
I had my skirt and navy, black, and grey Dior dresses taken in, handwashed my alpaca hat, gloves, and sweater, and bought a black American Apparel bikini plus a purple wool coat. Those are all the wardrobe updates I have for now. If I'm not wrong, that's 40 items, not counting socks or lingerie? I wear the henley dress and white t-shirts primarily at home- I used to wear the dress outside, but then my friend's daughter called it "pajamas" so it's a nightgown mostly now. If I need to run out or answer the door unexpectedly, it still looks okay. Anyway the links are really ugly in this post. Sorry. Pictured here are most of my outfits in the wild, undoubtedly inspired by all the images of Sarah Michelle Gellar I was exposed to during my formative years. I'll try to photograph the other new stuff soon.