As I shared in the first post of the year, finally, finally, finally, TSLL will be including more frequent style posts for the wardrobe. Look for the regular Outfit of the Month as has dependably been shared, but also, my goal is to share one more style post a month as I return to my love of communicating with clothing, and as always individual items on the weekly This & That and Saturday Ponderings . . . posts that I recommend and love.
The past two and a half years my home (Le Papillon) has held my focus and my budget, which I will admit, was a nice shift as it brought and is now bringing a deeper feeling of peace to my days. Now, the wardrobe needs a bit of attention, not much, but certainly some undivided time and investment to spruce it up, sharpened the edges as I align it with the life I now am living and support the true self I finally have the courage to fully be.
Now, don’t get me wrong, not much will change (effortless, label-free, neutrals, French fundamentals for timelessness with a touch of femininity, but also functionality) except, I won’t be buying items I ‘have to’ for expectations at work, and that, I will say, brings with a deep sigh of relief. Which also meant on the first day of the year, I edited my closet again, and purged, while only a few more items, items I was holding on to that were from a past life. It felt good to donate and consign. It felt even better to have a trusted clarity about what I needed to add, what I was wanting to add and I began to gradually shop for the items you see below.
And when I shop for items I want to wear for years to come, I invest. Long-time readers of TSLL know this well. But if you are a new reader to TSLL, very rarely will you find items that are ill-made or trendy. Rather, the items I share are pieces that, if they work for your capsule wardrobe, skin-tone and physique, will last for years. As shown in December’s A Cuppa Moments, that particular dress from French design house Acne was an investment piece I purchased more than four, maybe five years ago, but I wear it each winter and it continues to look great. Of course, if what I want to invest in is on sale, even better, so I often wait for certain times of the year when brands have their seasonal sales; however, if it is an item I know I need in my wardrobe and it will likely sell fast, I am willing to pay full price if I can.
Let’s take a look at the list of areas I have been looking to spruce up, and I will shop a handful of different pieces for each so you can shop as well. 🙂
If a pair of high quality jeans are worn often, they will continue to look great for years; however, after those many years, they need an update, and I have two pairs of jeans I have worn for now four-five years and I need to update them with a high-rise, slimming silhouette that holds its shape (not too much stretch).
Citizens for Humanity tends to offer a more sturdy jean, with the style I prefer. Madewell offers wonderful designs, but sooooo many are currently out of stock I couldn’t find one I would want without too much stretch. Frame is a brand I have trusted for more than a decade and their jeans will last. They offer both less and more stretch, as well as long lengths.
- Citizens for Humanity, Olivia High Rise Slim (many washes)
- Citizens for Humanity, Charlotte High Rise Straight Leg (many washes)
- Citizens for Humanity, Chrissy Long High Rise Skinny (many washes)
- Frame Le Italian True Straight Rinse (more washes)
- Frame Le Slouch Newell (more washes)
- Frame Le Skinny De Jeanne (more washes)
Everyday, versatile sweaters
Bulky sweaters, while I love them, are not ideal for the transition from winter to spring, so I am currently looking for sweaters that layer well under blazers, jackets as well as look great on their own with a pair of well-fitting jeans and a sharp flat or sneaker. La Ligne offers high-quality cashmere, and I am considering adding a turtleneck as they layer wonderfully but also can work well along as they bring all the attention to the face and if in the right color, camouflage without adding bulk to the silhouette.
- La Ligne Nuage Maxi Sweater (ivory)
- La Ligne Fine Line Navy Sweater
- La Ligne Fine Line Turtleneck, striped
- La Ligne cashmere Neat sweater (navy)
- Equipment Madalene V-Neck cashmere sweater, violet
- L.K. Bennett Sophie Cream Merino Wool Knitted Top (Toffee also available)
- Me & Em Merino Turn Back Cuff Sweater, ultramarine
Everyday leather sneakers
I am giving all of my attention to a new company for this purchase, and my first pair just arrived. I am tickled. A couple of years ago I purchased my first leather sneaker, but it is far too wide and I sort of feel as though I am wearing a clod-hopper. Sooooo, I sought out to find a narrower leather sneaker for everyday wear that still looks sharp. And I found Frankie4.
An Australian based business, Frankie4 is dedicated to changing the footwear game for women. Taking comfort seriously while not forgetting style and the planet, explore the variety of different everyday styles and colors. Their Nat II leather sneaker in cream (lower left-hand corner) fits beautifully and is narrower with nice comfort. I also like their Hannah II as it offers a very sleek and narrower look while still providing the ‘sneaker’ vibe.
- Frankie4 NAT II leather sneakers (many colors)
- LiLLi II Nutmeg Slide
- Hannah II White Casual Flat (with laces)
- Olivia Wheat Dress Flat (with laces)
Quality, versatile everyday crossbody or shoulder bag
When I think of a versatile shoulder or crossbody bag, I check to see if I can easily transition to an aperitif outing – not too much bulk, still hold what I need and sleek, sleek, sleek. Souer’s handbags provide all of these requirements and offer a beautiful unique look. Polène continues to design beautiful bags, and their Uma bag is classic, yet simple and chic.
- Soeur Bag Chéri (regular and mini, three different colors)
- Soeur Bellissima bag (regular and mini, two different colors)
- Polène Umi bag (in camel)
Leather pointed-toe flats for work and day outings
I love pointed toe flats and wear them with jeans all of the time. They elongate the leg, and no they do not make me feel like I have clod-hoppers on, even though, yes, I have size 10 feet. I very rarely wear round-toe flats as they, to my eye, don’t look flattering as they stop the eye and almost look like a sock (depending upon the style). Again, this is how each of us evolves with our style and we come to find what we feel our best in for the life we live.
The beauty of a chic leather flat is that it can be played down or played up, and the versatility saves us money as the shoe provides options to pair with many different outfits in our wardrobe.
- Sarah Flint Natalie pointed toe leather flats (many colors)
- M.Gemi The Danza leather hidden wedge flat (many colors)
- M.Gemi The Edetta suede & Leather pointed toe moccasin (many colors)
- Vionic Lena pointed toe flat (two colors available)
- Botkier Annika Pointed toe flat, grey
- Franco Sarto Sela Pointed toe mule
Wishing you success as you polish up your wardrobe as well. With ample amount of time before spring arrives, we have the ability to wander, peruse, try on, order, return and welcome into our closet what we know we will love, wear and appreciate. Happy shopping!