Fashion has always been a hobby of mine. I have always loved the hunt involved with finding great pieces and the artistry involved in putting those pieces together to create something that makes you feel fantastic. That is not to say that I have always been great at it. Absolutely not. Thinking back on my High School and College years makes me cringe and destroy most picture evidence. There was the Avril Lavigne tie-wearing phase, and the hippy chic phase, and the I wear heels everyday phase, lord help me. I think for me, the act of finding myself, my own identity and confidence, was manifested on the outside. Dammit.
With the embarrassment of my terrible fashion choices behind me, I now have a much better sense of what I love and what makes me feel confident. I love good quality basic pieces that can be dressed up or down. I love investing in pieces that are going to last me through more than one season. I used to be so scattered in my taste that I would indulge in buying a ton of things that didn’t complement each other and that would go out of style or be tattered and torn by the time the next year rolled around. I have become wiser and I guess less trendy over the years and just can’t bring myself to buy anything that feels like it will fall apart or looks like eventually I would say, “what was I thinking?” So this is my new fashion philosophy: Buy less quantity but invest in quality, timeless or statement pieces that will last.
This fall I did a bit of this shopping and one of the basics that I needed was a chambray shirt. I had one from Anthropologie that I absolutely loved and wore fore literally years. It carried me through a couple of winters and falls and then even through my pregnancy. Man that was a good shirt. But then I looked at it one day and decided that it was time to part with it and the numerous holes it had acquired. Luckily, Anthro had this shirt by Cloth and Stone (same brand as my past shirt) that I have totally fallen in love with. It is such a classic, staple piece, but the fringe detail adds some fun and interest. And the material is so soft, it feels like velvet. I paired it with my Pilcro Jeans here and the Franco Sarto booties that I just got from Nordstrom. This is such an easy look that is perfect for me to throw on when I am trying to get out of the house with Eliza and still look put together and feel like myself.
Jeans: Pilcro Denim
Booties: Franco Sarto in Nimbus Grey Suede
Oh and sixteen year old Marlo is extremely thankful to not be wearing a large Tommy Hilfiger Sweatshirt these days! Although I guess those are sort of back in… either way. 🙂 MEB