In part 01 of this three-part series (see it here), I talked about how style icons can help us determine our personal style so we can downsize our closets and simplify our lives. Part 01 was all about bloggers and part 02 (see it here) was all about fashion industry professionals. In this third and final edition, I share a look at the four celebrities whose style most inspires me.
As I explained in the video post like week (see it here), I'll be wearing the same 33 items for the next three months as part of Project 333, a capsule wardrobe challenge. In this video, I'll give you a closer look at which items I've chosen as well as some different outfits I can make with them. Take a look!
Statement pieces in neutral colors fit perfectly into any outfit. Pair with classic pieces for a subtler look or pile on the statements as high as you can go.
For the next three months, I'll be wearing the same 33 items. Watch the video to learn more.
In part 01 of this three-part series (see it here), I talked about how style icons can help us determine our personal style so we can downsize our closets and simplify our lives. Part 01 was all about bloggers. In this second edition, I share a look at the four fashion industry professionals whose style most inspires me. Check back for part 03, which will feature celebrities.
To ensure you don't miss part three (or any upcoming content), follow my blog with one of the option in the sidebar of this page and subscribe to my channel on YouTube by clicking through the video above and hitting subscribe.
Do you ever find yourself attaching special memories to specific items of clothing? I always remember that the first day I wore this skirt was the day my nephew Barrett was born. I also remember wearing this sweatshirt the night Ryan and I told Barrett's parents, my brother and my sister-in-law, that we were planning to get married. I have a lot of items like that in my closet, some of them tied to more mundane memories than the life-changing events this outfit makes me think of, but I also have a lot of memories that exist free from fashion. For example, I don't know what I was wearing when Ryan proposed.
What items remind you of certain events or special moments in your life?
CREDITS: Sequin wool pencil skirt – Anthropologie | Short-sleeve sweatshirt with silky sleeves and gold stitching – Anthropologie | Studded suede harness wedges – Jeffrey Campbell for Need Supply | Mixed metallic dinosaur bone ribcage cuff bracelet – NOir Jewelry | Quartz ring – Kiki Designs | Ear jackets – Target
Back in June, I did a fun tag video called Closet Confidential, where I showed you some pieces form the extreme ends of my wardrobe and talked about about them. (See it here). This video is similar, but it gets into some of the fun questions that other YouTubers added to the tag. Watch to find out what item I love that everyone else hates and what item is the most outrageous piece I own.
Let me know your answers to the questions in the comments or leave me a link if you do your own version.
UPDATE: Thanks to IFB for featuring this post in their latest weekly roundup! Check out the full list below.
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- La Vintage Vida: Spending the Afternoon with Frank Sinatra
- Living Boldly: I Fell in Love With New York
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- Ms. FABulous: The Blonds Retrospective with Rootstein Mannequins
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Two years ago, I took it upon myself to use October as a time for catching up on all the classic horror and gothic fiction I'd missed when I was
more of a sissy younger. You can read that post here.
This year, I'm feeling similarly inspired to immerse myself in Halloween-related books: contemporary ones now that I'm more-or-less caught up, but also Dracula (my favorite discovery from the classic horror reading project).
Spook and The Witches are both non-fiction. The first is Mary Roach's scientific exploration of various beliefs about the afterlife and the second is a dense bit of history by a great story teller.
The Last Werewolf and The Historian are pieces of genre fiction (about a werewolf and a vampire, respectively), that have come highly recommended to me. Generally, I find immortality to be a particularly interesting subject in genre fiction, so I think these might both be up my alley.
Sharp Objects and Broken Monsters are both mysteries. The first is by Gillian Flynn, whom I worship, and the second borders on horror and comes recommended with the additional recommendation not to read it too late at night.
Finally, Vampires in the Lemon Grove is a collections of short stories by Karen Russell, whom I love, which explores a variety of bittersweet and whimsical fantasy characters and situations.
Taking a closer look at my wardrobe (through practices like KonMari decluttering and capsule wardrobe challenges) has caused me to think a lot about how I define my style, what I want to wear, and what items are "me." Because I love classic pieces and minimalism but also original designs and some whimsical, "out there" stuff, I sometimes feel like my style is a bit schizophrenic.
But, recently, I've discovered something about the way I dress that I think helps me develop a cohesive look that isn't too busy. I'm always looking for balance in outfits (masculine and feminine, hard and soft), and I think my desire to wear more basics and neutrals has naturally balanced itself with a desire to accessorize with statement pieces.
Fashion osmosis, if you will.
These statement pieces harmonize with the minimalist aesthetic while also adding a bit of interest. For example, in this outfit, the delicate gold threader earrings are simple enough to look minimal but unique enough to stay interesting, while the camouflage pony-hair high-top sneakers and the mixed-metalic dinosaur ribcage cuff are neutral colored and have enough space on the black canvas of the outfit to be the focus of the overall look.
CREDITS: Black skinny jeans – J.Brand "Maria" photo ready denim in "Vanity" (buy here) | Black cashmere crewneck sweater – Everlane (buy here) | Camouflage pony-hair high-top sneakers – Michael Kors, TJ Maxx | Dinosaur bones ribcage cuff bracelet – NOir Jewelry (buy here) | Gold threader earrings – Forever 21 (buy here)
Decluttering my closet is still a work in progress. After reducing my wardrobe by more than half with the KonMari decluttering method (blog post here), I feel much better about my options and my personal style, and being able to see everything I own in one place has helped me determine even more items to get ride of. Since the big purge, I've made several smaller purges, tried my hand at selling clothes on eBay, and even tossed out a few individual items when I wasn't specifically looking for things to cull.
I thought it might be nice to give you a look at where I am right now. My drawers are all KonMari folded and well organized, and my shoes can fit into a single vintage locker, but I still own a lot of clothes. I'm discovering how many clothes I really want to own as I go.
I'm also going to experiment more with capsule wardrobes to get a better sense of what I really need and what I can let go of. I don't want my full wardrobe to get down to the size of a capsule necessarily, but I think choosing a capsule for a specified amount of time can be a helpful process, especially since I've already experienced the other extreme.
After trying the 30x30 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge in June (blog posts here and here), I've decided I'm ready to try Project 333 for the fall season starting on October 1st, so make sure to check back if you want to see how that goes. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking through the video above and you can follow the blog with one of the options there in the sidebar. ->