(yesterday at ARO, where Leslie and Cathy convinced me I look good in hats…)
Rag & Bone/JEAN sleeveless turtleneck top
Everlane cashmere cardigan | purchased with credits from Everlane, medium
3×1 The Principle jeans
Kristen Elspeth necklace
Veja sustainable sneakers
Everlane Petra Tote
Janessa Leone Sylver Hat | handmade in the US, use code gc15 for 15% off
You know what time it is? Time for me to stop giving all the f****. I have wanted a hat for a very long time, but never found one I really loved AND thought I could wear. I finally convinced myself I loved the idea of a hat more than a hat, and sort of gave up. Although not really, because every time I see one, I want to try it on. Then I think I look like Pharrell. Not bad if you’re Pharrell, but not great if you’re me.
But I went yesterday to visit Grechen’s Closet partner ARO in her new space in Austin and did a little shopping (I trade advertising space for store credit with her). Leslie (owner of ARO) asked me if I wore hats, I told her I didn’t think I could, and, well, here you see the result. I tried on all the styles she has in the shop (I also really really liked the Janessa Leone Gabrielle hat) during which time she and my friend Cathy convinced me I look good in hats.
I will be honest: I’m not entirely sure I can pull off a hat. But then, the more I say that to myself, I’m like, what? what’s to pull off? it’s a hat. just WEAR the damn thing. If friend told me she didn’t think she could pull off a hat, that’s exactly what I’d tell her. So I’m going to be that friend to myself and I’m saying right now, who cares? It’s a hat. Stop thinking so much about it and just wear it.
(aside: I was wandering around the internet just now looking for hat etiquette and found this great article in the WSJ from earlier this year, and an apropos quote from Janessa Leone herself, and another from Marcus Wainright of Rag & Bone – whose hats I love, but don’t fit me – )
“You just have to go for it,” said Rag & Bone’s Mr. Wainwright. “Take no prisoners. If you own it, you look cool in it. You can look like you’re trying too hard quite quickly.”
Ms. Leone also stressed the need to make a commitment: “Don’t fidget with it or take it on and off. If you’re self-conscious, that’s the number one reason you won’t wear it well.”
There’s more to it than that, of course, and easier said than done, still, with me, but I’m slowly moving towards that place where I can just wear things without giving so much of a shit. I am so much happier when I just wear what I want, and what I feel comfortable in, without over analyzing the outfit to death. Honestly, it helps when I travel, because I have only a select few things to choose from, and I really can’t second guess very much, because the choice to wear something else just isn’t there.
I have learned that about myself recently; that I do better when I’m slightly restricted in some way – when I don’t have access to my ENTIRE wardrobe. Besides not adding any more clothing for a while, I’m going to experiment with some other ways to work that revelation into my daily life. Maybe capsules will come into play again…who knows…
OH, and speaking of (not) adding new clothes, I think I am going to try one of the sweaters from Everlane’s new capsule collection – probably this burgundy tunic. What do you guys think of the capsule collection? Will you try anything?
// I’m still working this out, but adding new pieces from partners doesn’t “count” as adding new clothes. I know that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I earn referral credits from Everlane from purchases you guys make, and I consider it part of my role here to use those credits to review items for you and give you my honest opinion of them. I can’t do that without adding new things here and there //
It’s our last day in Austin today, and honestly, I’m a little sad to leave. It’s been fun to visit here as a complete tourist this time, just wandering and enjoying the city. It’s so beautiful.