Classics Mix

Do you remember that scene from the movie Clueless when Cher is getting dressed and she uses a computerized catalog of her clothes to decide what to wear? Well first of all, I was obsessed with that concept from the moment I first saw the movie. It was like THE ULTIMATE in fashion organization. 

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As my style has gravitated more and more steadily toward timeless classics, I have found that my wardrobe sort of effortlessly does what Cher did with 1995's version of state-of-the-art technology.  One of the neat things about classic fashion is that most pieces can mix and match with ease.  I haven't tried this (although how funny it might be!) but I could probably let my seven-year-old pick an outfit for me using everything in my closet and I bet it would look great.

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I recently decided to give the capsule wardrobe concept a try, and this is a look born from that experiment.  The outfit is entirely investment pieces, some of which I purchased new, and others, secondhand.  As I get deeper into my career and deeper into parenting, my life just gets busier and busier.  I love that I can reach into my closet and pull out pieces I love every time, and bring them together in lots of different ways.

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I also love the subtle indulgence of investment pieces.  Recently, it has become one of my favorite ways to practice self-care. I often don't have much time for myself, but even an hour in a Chanel skirt makes me feel like I'm letting myself know I'm worth it.


Prada sweater (out of stock) // Isli jacket (old) // Chanel skirt (secondhand) // J.Crew shoes (secondhand) // Coach bag (similar) 

Easy Basics

Temperatures are rising, the schedule is getting hectic, and as much as I love putting together polished looks, lately I find myself just reaching for old favorites, like this many-seasons-old Banana Republic sundress.

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Have you heard? Gray is one of my favorite neutrals.  I went to a "Mortified" show years back (look it up! It's the best) and there was a bad poetry slam.  One person read a poem he wrote in middle school about the color gray, which does "not have the decency / to be black" and I immediately realized that gray rules, even after middle school.

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Guess what else rules? Not wearing a bra.  I thought I'd go ahead and state the obvious.

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Sometimes, you just need your easy basics.  And unfortunately, that sounds like a terribly cheesy pop song from the 70's.  Happy Thursday!

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Banana Republic dress (old) // Steve Madden shoes (old)  // Handmade bag // Valentino sunglasses

My Very Vintage Midpoint

I've arrived at the halfway point of my "Very Vintage May" self-challenge, and I'm both impressed with myself, and slightly more fatigued than I expected.

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As it turns out, I own a lot of secondhand clothing. I'm proud to say that I have used at least one secondhand piece every day this month.  However, I am realizing that a fair share of what I own is investment pieces that I bought new, but either have kept for a very long time, or intend to keep for a very long time, and there's value in those items too, in terms of adding to the Slow Fashion discussion.

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For today's post, I'm featuring a secondhand Alice + Olivia top that I can't stop reaching for lately. It's just an easy piece to wear lots of different ways, which is one of the attributes I am always looking for in the clothes I buy. 

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I love styling a look where feminine and masculine pieces can come into conversation with each other.  I also love adding playful elements to both my casual and formal looks, and was delighted when, after borrowing my husband's black suspenders several times, he finally gave them to me. You know, as if we don't share a bedroom, haha.

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Alice + Olivia top // J.Crew jeans // Cole Haan shoes // Coach bag (similar) // J.Crew hat // Oliver Peoples sunglasses