Eileen Fisher sandals | They have a coupon now for $25 off – also available other places
James Perse tomboy shirtdress | was on sale at Nordstrom this weekend for 20% off, wearing size 2
3.1 Phillip Lim large Ryder satchel (black) | small version at Azalea for 25% off with code GRECHEN25, quilted version at Nordstrom
I keep joking with people that now I’m officially old – I own a pair of Eileen Fisher shoes. It’s truly just a joke, because I honestly don’t associate Eileen Fisher with old anymore. Or maybe I do, it’s just that I am “old” now too – at least in terms of my simpler sartorial choices, and definitely compared to many of my fellow “fashion” bloggers…
Every spring I go on a search for a new pair of sandals. Ideally, I hope to find a pair that will look equally great with pants/jeans and short skirts/dresses, which is a challenge, to say the least. And I’m not convinced that these sandals look “great” with a knee-length dress, but I do love them. It’s a different look for me, to be sure, but one that I like; sort of grown-up, but not too, if you know what I mean. These are definitely “fancier” shoes than I normally wear, which is why I got them. I was thinking of getting a pair of Rachel Comey platform clogs/sandals for a while, but I wanted something that I’d actually be able to WEAR to walk around in, not just take pictures in.
The EF sandals look AMAZING with my jeans/harem pants/James Perse crepe surplus pants, so I know I’ll wear them into the fall as well. And you know what? Even though these aren’t THE MOST FLATTERING SHOES for my larger calves/ankles, it’s okay. I have thick, short legs. And unless I want to be teetering around on my super-high Sergio Rossi patent nude platforms all the time (they ARE super-flattering), which I don’t, then I will have to just buy/wear what I love and what I find comfortable. Done.
And the dress…I’ve been talking about this dress since I first saw it, but was going to wait until it went on sale to get it. And so thanks to a note from a reader who let me know that it was on sale at Nordstrom for a few days, I went to try it on. To be honest, at first, I didn’t exactly LOVE it, but I also HATE Nordstrom’s dressing rooms, so I walked around the mall for a while to think about it. In the end, I thought I had to at least bring it home and try it on with my own shoes, in front of my own mirror just to make sure. Now, I love it. The waist hits me a little lower than my natural waist, but other than that I think it’s pretty good. It’s SO EASY to throw on, and I really like how it’s sort of in between casual and just a little dressy…and it’s very different from anything else I own.
And now, I’m finished. Well, not exactly, I am still looking for a “nice” pair of flat black sandals, but then I’m done (oh…I did order one of the new silk tanks from Everlane today though. I have to try it..). I have officially created a wardrobe that I love. I know that everything I own works well together, and that I can throw pretty much anything on and it will look and FEEL good. I’ve also been thinking quite a lot as a result of Janice’s post recently on the idea of “loving one’s closet as much as one’s favorite store.” Interestingly, she uses an Eileen Fisher store as a visual representation of what she’d like her closet to look like (I concur, but would choose a James Perse store first!), but isn’t this a brilliant concept?
Unfortunately, our bedroom is dark and our closet is VERY small, so I can’t really curate a “boutique” atmosphere for my clothes, but I do something similar in my office, which has a lot of natural light, and is very open. I’m going to try it.
If you could make your closet/wardrobe look like your favorite boutique, which one would it be?