Now that I've gotten that out of the way- This year I turned 30. It's something I am completely relishing. I'm a firm believer in age being a number and you are as old as you believe yourself to be. I spent the course of my twenties having baby after adorable baby, and while my diaper changing days haven't quite come to an end yet (my two youngest kids are still in diapers) I am looking at my 30's as "the decade of me." My free time is increasing slowly but surely with my youngest turning two this year and since I have no more babies happening in my future, I can start building the proper wardrobe that I've always wanted but couldn't do when my size was doing the yo-yo thing with all the pregnancies.
I love clothes, but I've never thought of myself as a clothes horse and I've never desired to be one. I'm all about the curated wardrobe, minimalist wardrobe, five-piece french wardrobe, whatever other name you want to call it. Looking around online, I've seen a LOT of lists that claim to be the essentials that every woman needs and I think a lot of it is a load of hooey. Women are diverse and unique beings with diverse lifestyles and personal preferences. What may be an essential to one woman's closet could be completely useless in the closet of another, even in very similar ladies.
Take my best friend, Kyndal and I. We are the same age, we're both married, and we're both stay at home mothers with young children. However, she lives in a city and is married to a doctor and therefore attends dinner parties and charity galas and needs to keep a cocktail dress or two in her closet. I am married to a staff sergeant in the army who is attached to a reserve unit (so no military balls) and live in a small town where there is nothing even remotely fancy, so a cocktail dress wouldn't be getting the proper amount of love it deserves. Alternately, I live in a northern town in the mountains where we can easily have 9 month long winters and the only part of an outfit that most people will see is your jacket and boots, so I live for outwear. Kyndal lives in a warmer climate, so having a vast array of boots, jackets, and coats isn't necessary for her.
For me, I like to have a uniform of sorts. Not that I'm wearing the exact same thing every day, it's more like a formula. It typically goes a little something like cardigan + t-shirt + jeans + flats. Sometimes I go for a blazer or jacket instead of a cardigan, or boots or sandals instead of flats as the season or weather allows. Sometimes it's a tank-top or blouse, sometimes it's fitted, sometimes it's flowy, sometimes I swap the jeans for a skirt, but the basic formula is how I like to build my outfits.
Today makes one month away from the first day of school for us, so fall is right around the corner and I'm looking for my handful of items to spruce up my wardrobe of basics. Here's my working list at this point:
|quilted puffer vest from J. Crew Factory|
|classic button-down shirt in plaid|
|a felted wool hat|
What about your wardrobe? Do you have a "uniform"? Are you already thinking ahead to cool temperatures? Anything you are wanting to add to your wardrobe for the fall or winter?