I've got three huge plastic bins full of clothes sitting in my closet. I wear them probably a handful to times each year, and while I'm tempted to toss them all, on those handful of occasions I need to pull out an Anthropologie skirt or J.Crew dress, I'm glad they're there.
Still, as I look at those bins and think of all the money I've wasted in ill-fitting clothes and styles that aren't quite right, I'm extremely cautious about buying anything new.
But.....my body has changed. I still have clothes I bought when we lived in CA, which was 10 years ago. Some of them are no longer my style; some of them don't fit. I've lost about 10 pounds in those 10 years, and that's just enough that my clothes are a little sloppy.
That said, I bought new clothes in NC about 5 years ago, and those clothes are too tight due to gaining weight.
Readers: I'd rather buy a few new items a year rather than obsess over 5-7 pounds, either way.
So, I'm looking for a few pieces that will look feminine, wash well and hold up through at least a few years, if not more. I want a simple, minimal wardrobe of classic clothes that fit me well and suit my style.
And to be honest, I'm kind of tired of the usual offerings. The handful of brands I like in the US just recycle the same style/pieces, and while that's fine sometimes, I'm looking for something new. Also, I'm not at all into the minimalist, boxy cuts that seemed to be in style in the past 5-10 years. I like feminine clothes that fit well. Period.
Okay, that's a lot of preface to the three brands that are currently on my radar:
What I love about this brand is the attention to detail and the simplicity, not an easy combination. I love the delicate ruffle on the top and the brocade detail on the shoes. And the dress looks comfortable without being dowdy.
I love Sézane's classic but feminine style. Again, those little details make all the difference, and I like that their clothes have those details without getting clownish. Some brand's pieces, with enormous ruffles and pirate-sleeved arms, take the femininity right out of it.
So, Daydress is new to me. I love a good shirt/day dress. I think they're easy to throw on and look pulled together, and they're also comfortable. I also feel like I've lived my whole life to dress like a 60-year-old Swedish banker and always (always) felt uncomfortable as a young woman because I gravitated toward more 'mature' styles. I'm 42 now, so perhaps I can just embrace a day-dress in a fabric that looks like it could also be a tablecloth pattern? I mean that in the best way - i.e. a tablecloth on a table in a garden in the south of France, lavender growing wild and a bunch of healthy, robust people discussing literature and art films while drinking good wine.
I do have some ideas.
I'd like to note I'd never wear tennis shoes with a dress. Ever. When people do that, much like when grown adults wear Saltwater sandals, I have to literally look away. If there was a pillow on hand, I'd bite it.
The only issues I have with any of these brands are as follows:
1. They're all from overseas, so I don't know how easy it would be to find the correct fit and to return/exchange items if necessary. Even doing that with Boden can be a hassle.
2. These clothing brands aren't cheap. The Daydress Isla dress, for example, works out to $299.75. That's not nothing. The Sézane Laurette Dress is $195. However, a similarly-styled dress at J.Crew (Point-Sur Faux Wrap) is $148.
In the end, I don't mind spending more on pieces that will last, fit well, hold their shape and are satisfy some need inside of me to wear clothing not every other middle-aged woman in America is wearing. I guess we all have our things.
Does anyone have a brand you love? Good quality...reasonable price....holds up and looks good and has touches of feminine flair?
In another year or two, I want those plastic bins gone and my closet to be a tight little curation of pretty pieces that fit well and are suited to my lifestyle.
I'm off to clean the house before the arrival of weekend guests. Maggie has a ballet performance that has been keeping us all up until far too late. Rehearsals end at 10:00 PM. Can you imagine? Every single evening I'm tempted to fire off a pointed email regarding respecting family time.
Every single evening.