You might be wondering why I am already making changes to the substantial shopping list, since I compiled it just last week. With the arrival of cold temperatures in Michigan recently, I was confronted with the fact that I have donated most (or a good 85%) of my winter clothes in June. As I stood there, looking at the remaining shirts in my closet (most of which I don’t necessarily like), I realized that buying anything short sleeve or no sleeve at this point is probably not a great move on my part. To that end, I’ve decided to buy several white 3/4 shirts this month, to make sure I was ready for any cold days ahead.
Durability & Pima Cotton:
I wanted to find shirts that were made of Pima cotton since I’ve been loving the feel and wear of my Cuyana 100% Pima cotton white t-shirt. During June I had bought two $50 t-shirts from Splendid that were made of 50% supima cotton and 50% micro modal, and they have not held up at all. They’re already showing lots of pilling, which is what drove me to look into the fabrics I was purchasing. It is so annoying to have my shirts or sweaters pill, because it increases the turnover of shirts in my closet and essentially makes me buy staple items more frequently. My goal is to reduce the amount of disposable clothing I buy so I am determined to find fabrics that won’t pill and are made to last. You can read a little bit about assessing the quality of fabrics in this article from Into Mind.
Cuyana didn’t have any available in 3/4 or long sleeve t-shirts available at all, so I went on Googling and found that Talbots has quite a few shirts made out of 100% Pima cotton. I decided to purchase the following from Talbots (who is, incidentally, having a 25% off sale at the moment).
I must admit, a part of the reason I decided to go with Talbots is that I’ve never shopped there before, but have read some favorable reviews about their clothes in some fashion blogs. Their shirts were quite cheap, especially with the added 25% off, compared to $40 for each short sleeve shirt sold by Cuyana, so that doesn’t inspire as much confidence. However, this seems like a great opportunity to see how their shirts compare to more expensive options.
Quick update: I received my Talbot order, tried the shirts on, and then immediately returned the shirts. The felt much thinner, and were less soft and pleasant than my Cuyana Pima t-shirt, and my goal is only to keep items I truly love. The white shirts were also quite see-through, and when I tried it on with a white camisole underneath there was a weird gap between the camisole and the shirt, which I can’t stand. Overall, I would not recommend these shirts if you are looking for a softer and more substantial shirt.
I’d also like to see how the shirts from Cuyana and Talbots hold up compared to 100% cotton shirts made by Everlane.
I’ve only recently discovered Everlane, which is a company that seems to be really interested in ethically sourcing their production and fabrics, while being very open about their supply chain and costs. I find this concept intriguing, and I intend to make a few purchases from them in the future.
Scarves & Uniform Plans:
Another little detraction from my original list is my growing love for my Hermés scarf. I recently noticed that wearing my scarf seems to elevate the simplest of outfits, which I love, and I’ve begun to wonder if I can create a work “uniform” that would look similar to these: Silk scarf, white t-shirt, black pants, merino/cashmere cardigan, heels OR Jacket, white t-shirt, black pants, flats.
These outfits will likely be quite boring without accessories, but will help me spend less time on figuring out what to wear. I’ll have a separate post showing this “uniform” idea in action. In the meantime, check out MaiTai’s Picture Book blog to see lots of scarf + outfit inspiration.
Goodbye Tieks, Hello…Other Flats:
I’ve spent about a year wearing nothing but Tieks flats, standing in them for hours at a time as I taught. I say this, because recently I’ve realized that they put just too much pressure at the back on my heels, especially during my daily commute. I also love refreshing my shoe collection at the beginning of the school year, since I tend to wear my flats so heavily. Aesthetic Alteration is a blog I absolutely love, so I was happy to read a recent post about her ballerina flats. After thinking about it for some time, I decided to sell my pink Tieks and black Tieks on Ebay and try either Freeds of London ($116 with shipping) or Porselli ($216 with shipping) ballerina flats. Both are handmade, like my Tieks, and use leather that seems like it would mould to my feet.
How do you elevate your simple outfits? Which accessory is your favorite? Which flats are your favorite?