If you’re anything like me, you have those moments where you look at your closet in despair and cry, internally or out loud to anyone who will listen, “I have nothing to wear!”
I find this is even more true now that I am trying to curate a capsule wardrobe. I’m not quite there yet, but I have significantly pared down my closet in the past several months.
When I get into a creative rut like this, I often borrow clothes from my very cool roommates. This gives me the small thrill of wearing new (to me) clothes while keeping true to my goals and not buying too many new clothes.
I hit one of these ruts last week, and instead of giving in and buying something new, I decided to take a page out of Rebecca Jacob’s book and layer one of my favorite warm weather shirts over a turtleneck. I loved the pop of color and spring feel, with the warmth of several layers. I think this outfit would’ve been a bit more successful if the sleeves of the blue top were flowy, but I like how it looked with my jacket on, and it was such a breath of fresh air to wear something different!
Top: H&M (last season, similar here) // Boots: Old Navy // Earrings: Bing Bang NYC
As you know if you’ve been keeping up with my blog/Instagram, I’m working on paring down my wardrobe and only wearing things I really like and feel comfortable in. One piece of advice I keep reading on capsule wardrobe blogs is that you should only wear clothes that make you feel good and flatter your body. If you look in your closet and think “well I can wear this dress when I don’t feel so bloated,” then it should go.
However, I have a little bit of a problem with that. I think how you feel about your body starts in your head, not with your clothes. I have clothes that I love that maybe aren’t the most flattering thing I could wear. I wore this outfit on Monday and I loved it. The top is actually a bodysuit with snaps at the bottom like a baby onesie, and it was my mom’s when she was my age. I paired it with black jeans and it was very simple, but it felt like me. I felt good in it because it really aligned with the style I want to convey. But it wasn’t the most flattering thing I’ve ever worn. Black is slimming, yes, but the jeans are too long and kept bunching up near my knees. And high-waisted pants always seem to create a little bit of a tummy pouch even if you don’t have one.
My point in addressing all these flaws is that it’s fine. It’s totally fine to have a little bit of pudge, and to not be perfectly flat, and to gain weight or lose weight or for your body to change. Your body doesn’t have to be perfect for it to be a good body that serves you well, and you certainly don’t have to wear what clothes magazines or the media tell you “flatter your body shape.” Love your body and wear what you want.
Happy October! Everyone bust out your pumpkin spice lattes, Anne of Green Gables quotes, and red lipstick!
Really though, October is a great month, and I’m enjoying the cool, crisp weather (and I’m enjoying saying the word “crisp” to describe everything) and dressing in so many snuggly layers. I like to dress in all black so when I go home to visit my family everyone is tricked into thinking I lost weight in Paris and I’m now très chic, when really I’ve been eating an entire bag of caramel apple lollipops for breakfast every morning this month.
Shirt: UNIQLO // Pants: Gap // Cape: Forever 21 // Shoes: Forever 21 // Lipstick: Nars
Today was my last class of my last spring semester and it feels so bittersweet. I’m so excited to be moving on to new adventures, but New York has really become home to me and I’ll be sad to leave in two weeks!
But I am so thrilled about this warm weather, and I made a vow sometime in January when I was up to my knees in snow not to complain about summer no matter how hot it gets. So even though I was a little too toasty in this outfit (I changed into jean shorts and sandals as soon as I got home from school) I’m just so glad it’s the season for t-shirts and floral print!
I’m also excited because I got my tote bag from Brooklyn Industries in the mail yesterday! Ever since I found out I was going to Paris I’ve been on the hunt for a quality tote bag that wasn’t too expensive. I like carrying little cross-body bags, so I just wanted a tote to travel and then use as a school bag for my final semester. I was stuck between totes from Fossil and Madewell when I stumbled across this vegan leather bag and fell in love. Great quality, cool brand, and about one third of what I was planning on spending. It’s soft but sturdy, and coral on the inside. Oh also on the inside there’s a whole extra bag. Yeah. It comes with a cross-body bag with a removable strap.
If you’ve done a lot of traveling, leave me a comment and let me know some advice you wish someone would’ve told you that makes traveling a lot easier, whether it’s a tip, something I need to pack, or a place I should visit!
Shirt: Joe Fresh // Jeans: Levi // Shoes: Gap // Tote: Brooklyn Industries
My best friends will tell you that while I love fashion, my first love is food. So needless to say, food festivals like Smorgasburg are my absolute favorite place to be on a Sunday morning. Smorgasburg is a place that I recommend to both fellow New Yorkers and tourists, because it has something for everyone to enjoy: great food, a fun Brooklyn vibe, and a beautiful view of the lower Manhattan skyline. There are dozens of vendors every weekend, so there’s also something for every taste, whether you’re paleo, vegan, or on an all-carb diet.
Flowy, loose layers are great for spring, but mostly great for hiding the pudge you get after eating a ramen burger, spicy tuna poke, and a thai tea fudgesicle. If you’ve been to Smorgasburg, let me know what food is your favorite!
Top: American Eagle // Coat: Vintage // Shoes: Gap // Bag: Fossil // Necklace: Speakable // Sunglasses: Cole Haan