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Slow Fashion October Week 2: What’s in your closet?

Hey there! It’s now November but our slow wardrobes aren’t made in a month so I’m back with a recap of the week two prompts from Slow Fashion October. I’m still exploring the #slowfashionoctober IG feed and links as well. There’s just so much to see and read and I don’t want to miss a thing! I’ve already discovered (and binge read) a few new to me blogs. So many creative individuals out there making amazing things.

Week 2 is was all about cleaning out our closets and considering what’s in there. Since October finally starts to feel more like fall where I live, I was already in the midst of transitioning my closet so this prompt was timely. I’ve been testing out seasonal capsules for about a year now, so heading back into fall this time around has been the easiest transition to date. After tracking my wears last year and clearing out what didn’t serve me at the end of the season, I was excited to pull out a box full of favorites that I was anxious to wear, and the handful of items I couldn’t let go of were easier to part with after some time had passed. Here’s a snapshot of my closet today. I’m also participating in my first 10×10 challenge, so those pieces (along with my Mary Poppins costume) are hung on the right side at the moment, but this is my whole wardrobe, minus the very summery items I packed away until next year.

10-28-18 Fall 2018 Closet

What is the oldest or most treasured thing in your closet? I feel like I’ve finally edited my closet to a place where I treasure many things, but I’m really in love with these pieces. They’ve all been found in thrift shops for cheap and appear (from the looks of the tags inside) to have lived in some woman’s closet for quite some time before making their way there.

10-28-18 treasured pieces

What is the item you wear the most? Why? A pair of medium wash Lucky Brand jeans and a white v-neck tee shirt because they give all my statement pieces a foundation and are comfortable for my daily life.

Are there any “investment pieces?” How did they work out? Not really. Maybe the Frye boots I bought 8 years ago that have only gotten better with age.

Does anything still have the tags on it? Why? Nope.

How much is handmade, hand-me-down or has some other personal meaning? I have four handmade pieces in my current closet and a handful of summer tanks packed away for next year. About 90% is from thrift stores and about 1/3 of those are special pieces in that they’re old, unique, good quality and feel like me. I still have second hand fast fashion that I hope to replace with handmade or higher quality vintage as they wear out, but considering I was starting from scratch 4 years ago after leaving work and becoming a mom, I’m happy with the state of things.

How does what’s in your closet align with the mood board you made about how you would actually like to dress? In what ways are they the same/different? Better than ever before! I’ve been thoughtful about my wardrobe for a while now and I’m finally experiencing the fruits of my labor. There are pieces missing, but I have some sewing patterns and fabrics already lined up that will fill gaps and create more versatility with what I already have and love.

How do the colors align with the color palette  you made? Pretty well, I think, and it’s a great feeling because this didn’t used to be the case at all. I’m getting better at creating realistic mood boards and editing my purchases and it’s all coming together.

For reference, here’s a side by side of my week 1 mood board and current closet.

10-28-18 mood board and closet

How do your clothes align with your lifestyle and climate? For the most part, really well. I live in a mild climate in southern California where a lot of my clothing can be worn for Fall, Winter and Spring and that’s the portion of my wardrobe represented by my mood board and in my closet right now. Where I need some work is my summer wardrobe because it gets pretty hot and we spend lots of time at the beach. I’m already brainstorming what types of garments I can create that will be functional but still feel like me. This past summer I just grabbed a couple tee shirts and a pair of denim cut offs from the thrift and wore them on repeat. It worked, but when the first leaf fell they were boxed up because I was so over it!

What percentage of your closet feel like YOU? Considering what I just said about my summer wardrobe, if I divide by 4 seasons, I guess 75%. I’m pretty happy with that because I’ve got 9 months to prepare for next summer…

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Slow Fashion October Week 1: What’s Your Look?

Slow Fashion October just wrapped up (as I finally get around to posting this) and in addition to creating a space to discover inspiring new makers and slow style bloggers to connect with, the weekly prompts got everyone to consider their style and slow wardrobes and discuss their thoughts and process…my jam!

Week 1 posed the question What’s Your Look? and begins with a mood board. Don’t have to ask me twice! Sometimes I feel like I spend more time making mood boards than actually sewing, but each one is edited a little closer to perfection than the last, more and more images are carrying over from one to the next, and my thrift store, pattern and fabric purchases are resulting in a lot less fails so it’s feeling like a productive exercise.

SFO2018-mood-board

What’s the difference between what you admire and what actually feels like “YOU”?As a lover of the art of fashion, I admire so many things I’d never have a reason or desire to wear in real life. I recently split my Pinterest boards up into ‘Fashion‘ and ‘Curated Closet‘ with categories for seasons, accessories and hairstyles and it’s been a real game changer. I’m getting better about using my Curated Closet boards to gather inspiration that combines a statement piece I could actually see myself making with neutral cotton basics I already own that suit my day to day life. Then my fashion board can be a total free for all for any beautiful thing I may want to reference again at some point.

How has your style evolved? In high school (mid 90’s) I went through look after look, with total dedication. Like all trendy, hippie, grunge, goth, punk, vintage, preppy…and basically hit the thrift stores to stock my wardrobe each time I wanted to try a new style. Eventually I’d amassed an enormous amount of clothing and began juxtaposing different looks to make it my own. As the years went on, I continued experimenting and buying lots of clothing but I found my groove with just putting together things I liked in a way that could no longer be defined by one style category. In my late 20’s, there was a period of time I felt like I lost my style identity working in a corporate office, but after 4 years home with my son I’m coming back to my naturally eclectic way of dressing. In fact, a lot of current closet favorites are perfected grown up versions of looks I tried in high school!

Do you have a color palette? Yes and no. White, cream, mustard, sage/olive/army green, shades of indigo and gray dominate but I love color, so with some exceptions, I won’t rule colors out completely. My wardrobe definitely doesn’t fit into a pretty collage where everything matches everything else, but it’s improving in time and there’s a lot of opportunity to create unexpected color combinations which is something I really enjoy.

Whose style inspires you? Do you you have a muse or icon? I have many! I don’t aim to emulate them, I’m just inspired by women with their own distinct looks to always stay true to mine. Chloe Sevigny coming on the scene in the 90’s was a real defining moment for me. Suddenly, it was not only OK that my clothing all came from thrift stores and I didn’t dress like anyone else at school, it might actually be considered stylish!

Is there a brand you’re always drawn to, for their clothes and/or how they put them together? Why? Right now, Gucci. In this article about Alessandro Michele, his first collection was described as “eclectic and vibrant pieces jumbled together in a colorful melange of vintage and new.” That’s always been my goal for my own wardrobe, albeit in a much subtler (and less expensive) way. It reminds me of how a dear friend in fashion school used to call my style vintage thrift store revival. There’s a wealth of color combinations, layering, styling and embellishment ideas I can translate to my own clothes and sewing projects in ways that fit into my world.

What shapes and styles of garments work best for you, your life and your body? Casual but well tailored pants with a mid-high rise, softly structured blouses and sweaters, comfy cotton basics and shoes that can be worn anywhere. My life is very casual, but I love getting dressed, so I like to balance a more dressed up statement piece with basics to keep my look put together without being too “done.”

What are your clothing pet peeves? I’m not sure if it’s age or motherhood since these things happened simultaneously, but I no longer have tolerance for anything fussy. If it slides up or down, squeezes too tight, requires adjusting in order to sit down or when standing back up, anything off the shoulder. I used to live in shelf bra cami’s under everything and low rise pants and can’t stand the thought of those items anymore!

What is your favorite garment or outfit (now or always) and why? I’ve always had a thing for granny blouses, and now I love to update my thrift scores with buttons of my choice to make them perfect for me. A loosely tailored granny blouse with a comfy bralette underneath, perfectly fitted cone denim skinny jeans and moccasins is my current go to look that feels just right every time.

What is the image you would like to project with your clothing? I read somewhere that you can’t tell if a french woman is a mother unless she’s holding a baby and that really spoke to me. Where I live, a “momiform” of leggings and athleisure is totally acceptable but just doesn’t feel like me. Reading that somehow gave me permission to dress myself how I wanted even if my day will be spent at the playground surrounded by Lululemon! I aim to be organized, creative and pulled together every day and that’s how my clothes make me feel.

Can you describe your style in five adjectives? Creative, Natural, Classic, Eclectic, Feminine

What showed up in your mood board that surprised you? The pink suit! I worked in a corporate office for 13 years, eventually learning to dress the part, and when I left to be a stay at home mom I couldn’t clear those clothes out of my closet fast enough. After 4 years, I’m finding myself attracted to more polished clothing again, but with a creative twist of course. I have a pattern that includes pants and a jacket that I’m considering sewing in a fun color to create the option of wearing them together or separately with other things I own and I’m pretty excited about it.

What’s an example of something you own and love (had to have!) but never wear, and why not? There is one item in my closet right now. I bought it from a thrift store for $1 a few years ago and just haven’t been able to part with it even though it gets no love. It’s a cropped crochet tank that I strictly placed in the summer category and never found the right layering piece for. Coincidentally, just a couple week ago, an image popped up in my Pinterest feed layering a beaded piece of the same color and shape over a tailored suit jacket and I ran straight to my closet and tried on my crochet version over a long sleeve button down blouse…LOVE! Thankfully I wasn’t too quick to discard it just because it didn’t get wear because I knew I truly loved it and trusted it would eventually work somehow.

Did you participate in Slow Fashion October? It’s my favorite event of the year! I’ll be back with weeks 2-4 and simultaneously I tried out my first 10×10 challenge this month so I’ll have more on that as well. I’m loving the chance to sit in a quiet house with a hot cup of coffee to write here more often now that kiddo’s in preschool.