Many of you have been asking me for a wardrobe starting point. A mom-uniform capsule collection, a small set of items that can get us through most of our days. I wanted to source a set of items that were current, easy, yet with timeless appeal.
So I'm thrilled to announce that I partnered up with a dear friend (and amazing artist), Jess, to pull together a starting point for anyone wanting to build up a wardrobe that plays as hard as we do. I researched (no really I did!!) and agonized and added back in and crossed out….and in the end, I came up with eighteen key pieces. (I really wanted it to be fifteen pieces, but Ok.) I described each item in vague, general terms, "sunglasses, but not a boring pair of sunglasses, something glamorous. A perfectly drapey tee that you never want to take off….", and Jess listened and went away and drew. And when she was done….I was kinda blown away by the results.
The most important point here are the pieces, not the style. If your look is more boho, swap out the chic trench for a seriously cool army parka. Preppy? Instead of a vintage-inspired blouse, a gingham-check button-down might be just the thing. The key is finding pieces you love, pieces that make your heart beat fast.
When pulling together your perfect wardrobe, start small and BE PICKY.
Why these specific pieces? I wanted this capsule collection to not only be practical, but flexible. So one can find something cute to wear during a messy art project at home, throw on something else for a run to the store, and then, when it's time to dress up, tweak a few go-to outfits into something a little sexier.
This is just a starting point. In the summer, you might want to swap the "comfortable flats" for a cute pair of sandals, the "day dress" for a breezy maxi. The "collared shirt" might become a pretty tank (I'm obsessed with this one), and a "large bag" might be straw or canvas.
But you know what Jess really nailed? The concept of interesting pieces. Since every. single. one. of these pieces came from Jess' boundless imagination, they have a freshness that's so often missing in wardrobe collections.
Even if your style is decidely more minimalist [raises hand], even if you find yourself in a particular color rut [raises hand again]….you can still look for interesting pieces. If white, button-down shirts are totally your thing, awesome. Just find one with perfect fit, perfect drape – find one that makes your heart beat fast. I mean you could grab yet another boring cardigan at Old Navy….or just wait and buy something like this. If you are going to start over, start building up a collection of play-hard pieces, why not find ones that are also fabulous? It makes getting dressed so much easier.
START SMALL, BE PICKY.
Since Jess's collection is so crazy-fabulous (I dream about that orange/pink drapey sweater), I did my best to re-create with shoppable pieces, just for fun.
Want to see more of Jess's amazing work? She has an Etsy store with all kinds of gorgeousness. My favorites are her bird paintings – seriously stunning. Or you can visit her blog, Sunlight Is Their Fashion. (And if you are in the Chicago area, Jess is in the process of pulling together amazing art classes for kids! Stay tuned….)
Happy Mother's Day, Mamas!