wardrobe planning: spring 2018

the inspiration: a new minimalism, two decades ago and now.
top: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, photo taken in the 1990s // bottom: a recent effortlessly elegant street style subject

there's snow blanketing everything as i write this, but i am firmly in the mood for spring.

wardrobe planning this time of year always comes upon the heels of spring cleaning and decluttering. this season is mostly about style as a state of being at ease, and embracing new shapes and silhouettes that will complement existing foundation pieces.

on the list:
a new denim silhouette: the cropped boot (also love Veronica Beard's darkwash take and this C/E version) – i picked up a pair of j.crew's demi boot jeans over the holiday sales, and am hooked on this new style. all the benefits of a bootcut jean without the hem-dragging downsides. also, any jean that shows off the ankle and a cute shoe is a winner in my book.
Mansur Gavriel circle crossbody (more colors) – when MG first debuted the circle bag in the larger size, i didn't pay much attention as it seemed impractical in the hatbox size. this small version is ideal as a crossbody for day, and i plan on using it as a little clutch / minaudiere for special occasions.
loafer mule/slides – as someone who takes shoes off as soon as she gets home, i am pretty excited that these loafer-mules are pretty much designed for people like me. (also an ideal style for when you're going over to friends' homes where shoes-off is de rigueur...)
soft leather slip-on loafers – i've worn out a few pairs of flats and these stylish soft loafers will do just fine for the weekday rotation, and for stashing in my bag as a spare pair. for leather shoes, can't beat this price.
a simple slouchy leather tote – i've been feeling a bit of accessory ennui over the last year or so. this rather inspired design by rag & bone has all the good relaxed minimalist vibes.
relaxed cotton poplin oxford shirts – a few of these in classic white, blue, and stripe to replace some oxford shirts in colors/patterns that i've donated recently. 
cotton poplin layered shirt – i like this sleeveless riff on the classic poplin oxford shirt, with a few subtle details to add more interest. also ideal for layering under spring cardigans and jackets. 
simple A-line cotton/linen dress – love this latest piece from the IDLF collection. simple dresses like this one in natural materials are always so hard to find! perfect for the weekend farmer's market, or browsing the stacks at The Strand.

velour sweatshirts – i have a small but regularly-worn stash of sweatshirts, and added a few of these velvety cotton velour sweatshirts to the mix over the post-holiday sales. very cozy, and easy to style with some statement jewelry as a casual/dressy top.
Botkier convertible clutch/crossbody – picked this up on sale over the holidays, and it has not disappointed. very spacious and stylish while still keeping the profile of a classic clutch. the leather is thick and smooshy, and the two included/detachable straps make this super versatile.

last year felt perpetually apocalyptic with all the political and retail disasters. culturally, i feel like i blinked and now the Kardashians have truly taken over every style and media outlet, gah! taking refuge in my forever style icons (CBK, Jane Birkin, Christy Turlington) and comedy/cool lady inspirations: Issa Rae (if you haven't seen Insecure, go stream it now!); Tracee Ellis Ross. happy International Women's Day!

what's on your wishlist this season?


  1. I'm also on the cropped bootcut denim bandwagon! Thankfully, I got one of the last pair of J. Crew Billie petite versions, or else I'd be shut out from the trend (I'm 5'2"). Madewell has a cute pair now in short length, as well, although I have never had any luck with their jeans.

    On my wishlist: I want a pair of fun sunnies, like Dries Van Noten Linda Farrow-ish ones circa 2009, and I've also been looking for a simple cropped sweatshirt for ages. Sometimes the simplest items are the hardest to find.

    1. oh man, i wish j.crew would restock sizes in their Billies ASAP, it's such a standout jean in their lineup!

  2. I’m always so grateful to see you post! It’s a breath of fresh air in this icky kardashian era

    1. i'm so grateful to have you as a longtime reader! :)

  3. Classic style on CBK. I could use a back up very long open cardigan and some loose blouses for going into the summer.


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