I've been feeling really excited lately about my closet. I finally feel like I've been able to nail down some sort of consistent style, which is impressive since I'm a pretty eclectic person. I was thinking about this the other day, and I realized it's probably due to being a designer. I've always needed to be able to appreciate a huge range of styles and never wanted to get stuck in one box, to better service any client with any style that might come knocking. But on a personal level this has really been a problem, since I like a lot of disparate stuff - whether its clothing, home decor, or designing for myself!
As you probably know by now, I'm all about documenting my slow progress and evolution in all areas of my life, since I believe design extends beyond just work...I'm curating a brand for myself at the same time. I'm really envious of designers that this comes naturally to, but for me, it is a long and steady journey. It's hard to look at so much inspiration from so many inspiring sources and not want a little bit of this and a little bit of that. How do you stay true to yourself, while allowing room to test out some trends? How do you balance work attire with weekend wear? And how do you do it all on a really tight budget?
This weekend, I have to yet again purge items from my life that just don't match my aesthetic (a sad task, but my small closet will thank me!) We're getting there, people.
Two rules I am trying to implement when shopping for new clothes are:
1. Can it double for work and play?
2. Will it work under one of my jackets? (I'm always always cold. I give up on trying to pretend otherwise.)
All that to say, here are some of my picks from F21 for spring, a little bit warmer weather, and stuff that I'd wear to the office and out on the weekend!
Frayed Low-Rise Cropped Jeans - Shown in my image above. I have gotten SO many compliments on these! They add just a little bit of fun to everyday denim. I wear them to work with a heel or dressed down with slides or studded flats on the weekend.
Floral Patched Skinny Jeans - Okay these are a little pricey but so on trend and adorable! These are probably a little too much for the office so don't really pass my test (hence why I haven't bought them) but I've been seeing the embroidery thing everywhere and I love it. Maybe you're feeling like a splurge!
Satin Open-Shoulder Shirt - YES. I've been going a little dressier for work lately (never a bad thing) but I like how the shoulders make it a little more casual. My perfect mix. But, since I already have two similar shirts, I won't be getting a third.
Oversized Woven Top - I have a real obsession with oversized items. Again, it's that blend of elevated but casual, not too much effort. This would look so good with the frayed denim.
Satin Boxy Top - Okay, this I'm really excited about since it's only 10 bucks. I realized I don't have enough shirts to just throw on that work with a lot of pants/jacket combos, you know? Like when you've run out of all your real outfits and just need something to throw on by Friday. I like the luxe look of the satin (also on trend) and the champagne or even lavender colors act as neutrals that would pair well with a lot. I did order this and will report back!
Tie-Strap Cami - I just adore the sweet bows on this. I ruined one of my favorite tanks (v sad) so I gladly added this one for only 10 dollars. I'm going to be in Santa Monica this summer and need a few things that aren't sweaters, right? Can't wear this to the office but might be cute with a denim jacket for a casual dinner!
Let me know if you end up trying any of my picks!