Lately, it seems like every decision I've been making comes down to one thing; will this make our lives easier? Whether I'm grocery shopping, clothes shopping, booking activities for the boys, making plans, etc., the older I get the more I realize that some things are just not worth the effort. Clearly, I'm not alone in this. There is an entire industry based on apps to make life easier, and listen, I am the first to sign up. Uber, Luxe, Apple pay, Amazon, these are things I heavily lean on and I can't even calculate how much time savings they bring to my daily life. Modern life is busy, we all get that.
More and more I find that when it comes to buying for my wardrobe I am just looking for something that is 1) easy to wear (as in it looks good, is not made of a high maintenance material, doesn't need to be ironed before every wear) and 2) pairs with almost everything to allow for more options (this is probably why the majority of my closet consists of the colors black, gray and ivory). These are not novel ideas, and are basically the thought process behind the capsule wardrobe, but I'm surprised by how much my purchasing habits have changed over the last few years. I used to look for items that I loved and fit, and that was the end of the story. Now, even if those two requirements are met, I still have to make sure it's easy to wear and something that I can can be worn multiple ways.
Okay, really it's not all that complicated. Take for example this skirt and turtleneck sweater. With both pieces I knew immediately that I would wear them each about a hundred times over the next few years, and both require minimal dry cleaning to look fresh and new each time around. The skirt can be dressed up or dressed down and really I can't even tell you how many times a week I throw on that turtleneck. Here, I pared them with my favorite pair of heels from a few years back (and the only pair I've ever worn long enough to break in, meaning they really are comfortable) and the oh so controversial socks + heels. I realize the socks + heels isn't everyone's bag, but I wanted to style this outfit this way to show that you really can take a relatively inexpensive outfit and make it look much more high fashion just by taking a few cues from the high-fashion sect. Throw in a clutch and a berry lip and you have an elegant look that doesn't cost a fortune and, more importantly, doesn't doesn't take up a lot of time.
All hail the easy pieces! xx