I haven’t forgotten about the main thrust of Uniformly Dressed, even though my recent blog posts seem to make this place more of a lifestyle blog as of late. Recently I’ve been thinking and sorting out my wardrobe, and here is what’s emerged/what I plan to do. I feel that if I speak about it publicly, I’ll hold myself accountable to accomplishing what I want to do, so here goes:
– I don’t fit in the things I bought last year.
The Target Mossimo ankle pants I used daily for work are too big for me, and I don’t know that I’ll necessarily re-buy them again for work. When used heavily, the black fabric fades to a greenish-mottled black/gray fade that doesn’t look very good. It also stretches out far too much in the seat and thighs but not in the calves by the end of the afternoon. However, it is the cheapest pant option with functional pockets, so we’ll see. I’ve kept one of the tailored pairs (still too big on me in the legs) as backup pants for my away bag, which contains emergency clothes for work/play.
Most if not all of my shirting is oversized in the body. The shoulders are “acceptable” but the fit isn’t tailored anymore–I don’t look professional. I can accept oversized cotton buttondowns, but not for dress shirts. I tried on some shirts at Lands End’s petites section, but the fit seems off somehow. I want to try Brooks Brothers dress options next, or maybe look closer at Uniqlo’s broadcloth offerings.
– Wear these (previously neglected) pieces more
There are things in my closet I bought last year that I’ve not worn enough: this Bridge and Burn Straat jacket (2014 edition here), my Muji bretons, and these Clarks Charlie brogues. I’ve already begun to wear the B&B jacket more–I’ve been bringing it to work as my main outerwear for the last three weeks. It’s good for the light warm weather we’ve been having, but the zipper does tend to get cold when I wear it inside the artificially glacial offices. I’ve also worn the dark blue Breton/mariniere top this week. I need to start remembering to use the items I already have in my closet instead of reaching for the same three sweaters and two shirts every week–it would be nice to get my money’s worth out of the things I already own!
– Limit “fun” summer purchases and buy smarter
Buy less: I have enough cotton/light work shirts for the summer. I have a pencil skirt and a maxi skirt, and I have cardigans to deal with the office cold. I also finally have sandals in a neutral gold color that needs to be worn on weekends and after work. I’m already tempted to get another Cotton On crop tee which I already own in gray. I may just get a second gray one as a uniform for the summer. While this is completely unnecessary in the grand scheme of things, I want to allow myself that one concession in the hopes that I’ll be less tempted to binge on other light knits (I’m side-eyeing you hard, H&M Basics.)
Buy smart: good lord no more cheap, scratchy polyester. Never ever again. When I went through my closet looking to donate clothes, half of the things that went into the pile were synthetic blend clothing or anything that had cheap poly lining. There was one top in particular that was half acrylic, maybe polyester, and some cotton–it was soft, but it pilled badly. I liked the way it draped and it had nice puffy sleeves, but it didn’t breathe well and it also generated much static with my hair and during dry weather. I’m talking about the ubiquitous sheer gauzy poly tops in stores, those are the worst offenders. I own dresses that have poly lining or are poly blends (Zara, H&M) and those are OK–they don’t seem to have the terrible static and itchy texture problems that F21 or Target has in some of their items.
With this I’m really looking forward to sitting down one of these weekends and planning how I’ll incorporate the lesser-used items back into daily wear. What have you noticed lately in your own wardrobe? Are you satisfied with its current state, or is there something you wish you could have at the moment to make it more functional/feel complete?