over the past few weeks i have been slowly but surely slaughtering my way through my closet. call it the texas closet massacre if you will. i wen't "all-in" this time. there are empty hangers dangling from the closet bar, my drawers are nearly bare and there are several large black trash bags filled with my victims piled in a corner. there is only a small collection of truly loved, cherished and classic pieces that have survived. i'm proud of myself. this wasn't an easy thing to do. i had to get honest with myself and really analyize each and every piece. my shoe rack is still full but only for the time being. i will make my way over to it shortly with my imaginary machete. i have a feeling that this may be my hardest battle yet. pretty shoes are hard for me to part with.
simply put, i am over having a jam packed closet filled with clothes that i don't wear. i want to rid myself of all of those trendy pieces that i have only worn once or twice and i am only hanging onto those that are timeless, classic and dearly loved. i will no longer buy something that i cannot see myself wearing time and time again, year after year. investment pieces if you will and i'm not talking about price.
if i had to describe my personal style i would say casual, comfortable, classic vintage. i think lots of linen and cotton, a great pair of blue jeans, perfectly plain and perfectly worn t-shirts, with a bit of late sixties/early seventies mixed in. i see mostly flat, comfortable shoes including a strong pair of heels for when necessary and a timeless pair of leather boots. i think of mostly neutral colors and lots of texture. don't get me wrong, i have a huge affinity for the fifties and early sixties, i love a pretty peter pan collar and a full waistline, but those are things that i don't wear often. i tend to pull those dresses out when i am dressing up for special occasions and having fun with my clothes and so most of them will be going, while the few truly beautiful and loved ones will be staying for such an event. i am excited for a more simplistic focus when it comes to my style. staying true to myself with a minimalistic, seemingly effortless feel. that is when i feel most comfortable and confident and that is what is most important to me.
photos of jane birkin. probably my biggest personal style influence.
i plan on only adding a few pieces to my newly simplified postpartum wardrobe. like i mentioned above, a good pair of jeans. i got rid of most of my jeans in my purge, so i am on the hunt for a new pair once baby boy arrives. i am also looking for a great pair of leather boots. these are both things that i don't mind spending a bit more money on. i will be sure to share my choices with you when i find/acquire them. i will also continue sharing a bit more about my mission towards simple style with you now and then if you don't mind. it's still a work in progress.
what are some of your wardrobe staples? and who are your some of your biggest style influences?