1 GOLDSIGN Virtual high-rise jeans | made in the US
2 EVERLANE chunky knit cardigan | men’s version
3 VINCE perforated sneakers | 20% off at azalea with code GRECHEN20
4 PROENZA SCHOULER PS1 Satchel | purchased with credits earned from Forzieri
5 EVERLANE loafers | gift from Everlane
6 KAREN KANE draped top | made in the US, gift from Karen Kane, newer version
7 ZARA cardigan | old
8 INHABIT cashmere turtleneck | very old
9 T BY ALEXANDER WANG long sleeve top
10 INHABIT wool cardigan | size large left at Shopbop on sale for $137
11 SPLENDID tee shirt | made in the US (link goes to scoop neck version)
12 FRAME Le Garcon jeans | made in the US
13 HELMUT LANG leggings | made in the US
14 AG Stevie Sateen jeans | made in the US
15 EVERLANE u-neck tee | made in the US
16 RAG & BONE Aston booties
Monday | AG Stevie Sateen jeans, Everlane u-neck tee, Everlane knit cardigan, PS1, vince sneakers
Tuesday | Frame Le garcon jeans, Karen Kane draped shirt, Zara cardigan, Everlane loafers, PS1
Wednesday | Helmut Lang leggings, T by Alexander Wang top, Inhabit wool cardigan, PS1, Vince Sneakers
Thursday | Goldsign jeans, Splendid tee, Inhabit cashmere turtleneck, Everlane knit cardigan, Rag & Bone boots, PS1
Friday | T by Alexander Wang top, leggings, Zara cardigan, Vince Sneakers, PS1
Reflections on this week’s wardrobe:
I think the AG jeans/pants will have to go. They’ve never been very comfortable, but I do very much like the way they LOOK on me. Overall, they’re a “meh,” which is decidedly NOT joy, so they are taking up space in my life for no good reason. My Helmut Lang leggings are similar enough to these, and infinitely more comfortable, that I think I can get by with them as a substitute. I do like the idea of having black jeans though, just not so dark as these. They’re several years old, and have served their purpose, so now I can release them happily.
My outfit Wednesday was my favorite this week, both for comfort and style; I spent the morning doing my Dr. rounds (physical, mammogram, pap smear…) so I was primarily concerned about being warm and comfortable in between all that prodding. But I was also just very happy with the overall look – very me. I definitely feel MOST comfortable/me in leggings/jeans with a long cardigan or jacket. Need to remember that…
I also wonder if it’s time for me to let go of the Inhabit cashmere turtleneck. I love it, when I wear it, but I don’t reach for it often enough. I don’t know….
Did you keep track of your outfits this week? What did you learn from them?
Regarding the AGs… What do you recommend for black pants these days?
A sleuth reader who has never commented but I do so enjoy you and your point of view. One question: if asked, how would you characterize or summarize how you personally dress….your signature look? I think you are very consistent and successful, too. And, I do think consistency is the key to looking put together as well as adhering to a minimalist strategy. I struggle with achieving a signature look partially because I appreciate everything from prep to boho to minimal. Getting sidetracked is very easy. Any advice?
Grechen Reiter says
ah. good question.
actually i LOVE the AGs for a nice, thicker, very slimming black pant – they just don’t seem to fit me very well. i do recommend them though.
otherwise, i guess it depends on the type of black pant you want. i prefer either “skinny” or slouchy, and love my Hope news trousers (or any hope pants) for slouchy, but still somewhat sophisticated. Also, love my harem pants, and then for completely casual, i have the james perse twill pants, which are more like sweatpants, with the banding at the hem.
there was some discussion on another post about loft pants, and trying to find “the perfect” black pants, but it doesn’t seem like it was resolved.
on a person without thick legs, and with not such a short inseam, the AGs would be a great pair of ankle length pants, i think. for me though, they are too long, and don’t fit right in the rise, so they’re not the best…
Grechen Reiter says
ah. another good question! i’ve often said i don’t really know how to define my style, so i tend to let others do it for me! it’s been referred to as androgynous many times, although i’m not sure it is. i think i want it to be minimal/clean or monochromatic (all black), but i never think i can pull it off. when the weather is warmer, i tend to lean towards boho, although that’s waning a bit the last couple of years…
generally, if i can nail down a look i feel MOST comfortable in, most like ‘me’ – it’s leggings/skinny jeans, t-shirt and a long cardigan with sneakers. done. i’m not sure what that is, minimal? i don’t know.
i say that though, and then i can think of lots of other outfits i love, like slouchy pants and a fitted top, jeans and a drapey t-shirt. fitted dresses. i guess the common theme is minimal – aesthetic-wise. simple, easy, one or two colors, maybe three, always some black in there.
lots of food for thought in your comment though – i look at my outfits this week, and i really don’t see consistency, i see bouncing around. and although i liked each outfit as i wore them, i wouldn’t consider any of them a “signature” look, besides wednesday’s outfit, which i didn’t get to photograph.
so. ultimately, and i might have talked about this before, I’ll try to find where, i don’t it’s as important to have a signature look, or at least be able to define it, as it is to be flexible, and not afraid to wear the same thing over and over again, or try something new if you want to. i experiment a lot, and have failed often enough to learn lessons from it. but if you never experiment at all, how will you ever know what your TRUE style is? and maybe it is all over the place. is that so bad?
generally, i find that my style changes seasonally too – like it’s easier to be boho or minimal when the weather is warm than if it’s cool.
Of course the black pant issue isn’t resolved, because there is no “perfect”, right? 🙂 I have boatloads of black pants in my closet because it is what I reach for 90% of the time (I can’t wear jeans or leggings to work. Well, maybe jeans if they’re dark wash, not skinny, and it’s a Friday without meetings…) So I have different profiles and weights of pants to wear throughout the year. Some I love (Eileen Fisher slim ponte) and some are just filling in between sizes…..
I too have been on the elusive black pant quest since 1979. I have had great luck with the OLD NAVY (eeew, I know) Pixie. Its a great slim fit ankle pant but has pockets and belt loops. Wash and dry, still black. It comes in regular, short and tall. I have big calves and they fit well.
The white is nice too, can’t see your undies.
Have a great weekend everyone.
E, don’t be embarrassed by any brand you purchase! This is a no-judgement zone. I’ve heard the Pixie is good!
Oh, how I can relate to this discussion of “perfect” black pants! When I see the French magazine editors wear them, with just-so casually 1/2 tucked tops, belts, and kitten heels, I succumb to peer pressure. (No. I have never been a French magazine editor, and I don’t know any of them, so they’re really not my peers…but still…)
So, I go on the quest for the right black jeans (NYDJ Alina’s for me) and dressier pants (they’re some version by Eileen Fisher), and I’ve already got J Crew leggings that I don’t often wear, so that’s success in my book. I think I should stop searching.
Back to the question (I get side-tracked easily): I sort of did keep track, although not digitally. One thing I discovered is that I feel much better about myself and how I look when I’m doing the “looser fit on top/closer on the bottom” look. I wore a pair of boyfriend jeans with a really relaxed sweater one day and felt like a real schlump. Also, making a bit of effort with 2nd day hair and a touch of makeup seems to elevate me to a human state. Not to mention, getting out of my pjs before I leave our bedroom helps my mood.
Hi- I’ve recently become infatuated with no. 6 clogs, and lusting after a pair of Old School Clogs on mid. They are from a few years ago and have had no luck tracking a pair down. I tried the sites you had listed (from 2012)- thanks for compiling it, do you have any suggestions? I emailed the company but haven’t heard back. Perhaps you know of another company with a similar style?
Grechen Reiter says
steven alan has a black pair – i got mine last january at the steven alan store here. Just FYI, i size up in no6, i usually wear a size 8 and take a 39 in no6
otherwise, they seem to have them every winter or so, they come and go…
Sven makes no6 (svensclogs.com) and sometimes they have a wedge, but i looked through and they don’t have one right now.
oh..i assumed you were talking about the wedge, but i’m not sure you are now! here are some alternatives to no6 for just clogs…