Hope news trousers | $99 at Steven Alan in olive, mine are size 40 – black at La Garconne
T by Alexander Wang long sleeve top
Inhabit NY cashmere sweater | very old, style is sold out
Dieppa Restrepo penny loafers | mine are suede, similar pair in honey at Totokaelo
Alexander Wang Rockie (gift from Azalea) | use code GRECHEN25 for 25% off your 1st order
So…I’m not doing the 10-2 challenge anymore. I learned what I needed to learn from it: that I can stick to a very edited wardrobe when I need to (for travel), but I also learned that I love my clothes – ALL of my clothes – too much to limit what I wear at home for too long. I do get frustrated that I have things in my closet that I love, but don’t get a chance to wear very often, and think that that means I should have less stuff. Which it probably does, but as long as I truly love each piece that I decide to add to my wardrobe (or keep in it), I should be able to “manage” my wardrobe more efficiently.
My biggest problem is that I buy multiples of things I do love, then end up with holes in my wardrobe anyway. The key to solving this, I think, is doing an inventory once a quarter, at least, and really thinking about what I’d like to add or what I need to replace in the coming months. Not just shopping willy-nilly like I do now. I also like the idea of planning my wardrobe for the week – making sure to add in things I haven’t worn in a while, or want to wear, but just never pull out because I forget that they’re there. Ugh. That makes me feel bad, that I have so much stuff that I don’t even remember what I DO have…
I’m sure we’ll continue that discussion later, and often, but for now, I’d like to talk about the Hope news trouser. The best pants EVER. And yes, I know I say that a lot. I have a lot of “best pants ever” in my closet, which isn’t a bad thing, I don’t think. But these trousers are incredibly flattering, just a little slouchy, and perfect for pulling off an irreverent menswear look! I’m wearing a size 40 because that’s what Steven Alan had in stock and on sale, and I do like the fit, but would probably be better suited with a size 38, just so they’re not quite as slouchy after wearing for a while. HIGHLY recommend these, and they do seem to go on sale frequently, either at Steven Alan (the olive are a very nice color, and $99 right now) or Totokaelo, so keep your eye out!!
And while at Steven Alan yesterday after getting my hair cut (!) I tried on the Le Garcon jeans by Frame Denim and am sure they’ll be my next denim purchase. They’re just a slightly slouchy boyfriend jean with not such wide legs, similar to the Rag & Bone dash jeans I have, but without the holes, and not quite so big on me! I tried on the size 29 which are my normal size, and I think that’s what I would get. Mostly to fit my legs, because there was some gap in the waist, but they would sit a little lower as they stretch anyway. So comfortable, and I loved the wash.