Friday, May 18, 2018

Closet Chronicles: 10 Items to Invest in This Summer

Clockwise from top left: Bec & Bridge dress worn on our honeymoon in the D.R. // Saylor minidress for my bachelorette // Haute Hippie tux sheath and Loeffler Randall wristlet at a NYFW opening party // Alexis lace dress worn to my rehearsal dinner, pictured with our fab wedding party // Raga off-shoulder top worn to get our marriage license and to explore Santo Domingo on our honeymoon. All through Rent the Runway

As you guys know, I've been a Rent the Runway unlimited subscriber for almost the past year. It came in really clutch for the holidays, fashion week, and all of my wedding events. But now that all of the craziness is over, it just felt like too much of an indulgence (on top of moving expenses and new things for the apartment), so I recently cancelled my subscription. Then, I did a giant closet clean...For someone in a tiny New York apartment who hasn't bought really any clothes in the past eight months, I had a ton of stuff. I sold a few bags of clothes and shoes at Buffalo Exchange and donated another few at my favorite thrift shop on the Upper West Side.

There were some hard partings—like my "Carrie Bradshaw skirt," which I love but never wear because it's just so much, and my sparkly Shellys mules, which are a compliment factory but absolutely wrecked my feet during fashion week. But there were also some great discoveries, like the lace skirt set I forgot about hidden in the back of my closet and my favorite jumper from last summer. Yes, I loved RTR for its convenience, but it was also a solution to the fact that I couldn't see anything I owned in my closet since it was crammed with fast-fashion pieces I was over two seasons ago.

Post closet cleanse, I've been thinking about the next step. I toyed around with the idea of a capsule wardrobe (for those interested, Girl & Closet has amazing tips), but I don't think I'm quite ready to commit to 37 pieces or limit my color palette. Instead, I want to be more mindful about my purchases and stop buying cheap, fast-fashion pieces. (Because no one is indeed, forever 21.) I'd rather source good brands secondhand and invest in some good basics, which can last for years. That said, below are ten pieces I'm hoping to stock up on this summer to outfit my new walk-in (happy dance!) closet:

1. Trench Coat

A spring trench is a forever staple, but you guys, this is already hard. I immediately set my heart on this gingham coat, on sale for only $40. Yet, gingham is trendy now and will feel old hat in a few seasons. This French Connection jacket is still affordable at $100, is a better-quality name, and has a lot more staying power. Can I meet in the middle and go for the blush instead of the plain beige color?

2. Shirt Dress

A linen shirtdress is always classic and so versatile. I could see pairing this with jeans or leggings into the fall, wearing it open as a coverup at the beach, or tossing on a jean jacket for the office. 

3. Statement Jumpsuit

I live for jumpsuits. They are super comfortable, flattering, and so dang easy. Plus, you don't have to shave your legs so there's that. 

4. Non-Distressed Jeans 

I do own a decent amount of denim. The problem is, they are all either trendy kick-flare styles or vintage pieces that I've cut the bottoms off of. A nice, straight pair of jeans without rips or embellishments is a must for my big-girl closet. I can wear them to work and slide into heels if I ever need to be presentable for a last-minute meeting. 

5. Cropped Blouse 

The aforementioned high-waist jeans are just begging for a pretty cropped blouse. I can see this layered over a collared shirt for work or with a flirty skirt for a night out.

6. Striped Trousers

I love a pair of comfy trousers, which can dress up a plain T-shirt and sneakers or look super professional with a blouse and mules. If you're petite like me, cropped styles are a must since I'll step all over anything boot-legged. Bonus: these have an elastic "jogger" waistband.

7. Tan Wedges

I'm super excited to be in my girlfriend's wedding this August, and the bridesmaids will be wearing tan wedges. Since I've had my sights on a pair, I've noticed some really fab looks on Instagram rocking this classic style. Jess at The Darling Detail raves about these—comfy and adorable!

8. Minidress 

It just wouldn't be summer without showing a little leg, amiright? This Topshop style just feels like a vacation, but I could see it layered over a T-shirt or under a denim jacket for casual weekends or Friday at the office.

9. White Blouse

A classic white button-down is a forever staple. I love the subtle piping detail on this one and it's loungewear feel. It can dress up leather leggings, match with jeans, and layer over or under pretty much anything.

10. Denim Overalls

Overalls can be hard to pull off, but the right fit can be super flattering. I love the wide straps on this one that allows them to be worn without anything underneath. They get a new life in the fall layered over a striped turtleneck and paired with booties. Now that's an investment piece!

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Photo: Decoaddict

So, just for fun, I added up the total cost of those items if I were to order them all (which, I won't, since I'll start with my credit at Buffalo Exchange and then hit up TJ Maxx, Marshalls, etc.). It racked up to $772. Say that was for my wardrobe from June through August, it would be $257 per month. Rent the Runway unlimited is $179 a month, and I'd get a lot more than 10 pieces. (Even if I subtract the cost of the shoes, which aren't available on RTR, it's still $230 a month.) Granted, I don't get to keep them, so you always have to have the subscription. Long blog post short, I think the idea is that, moving forward, I want to be mindful about what I buy and keep track of how much I spend. But I'm definitely not ruling out RTR in the future...How do you budget your clothing expenses? Leave your tips in the comments below!


  1. So many great pieces!!! I love that linen shirt dress, so pretty!

  2. Great fashion tips.
    Love your picks.
    Nice pics too.


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  4. So many great choices! Love the trench and overalls, too cute!

    Anika |

  5. You picked amazing items. xoxo Cris

  6. Great picks! I am always an advocate of having a good quality trench coat for all seasons!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  7. Świetny post <3 bardzo mi się podoba :* oraz super blog :) obserwuję i zostaję tu na dłużej :D zapraszam

  8. Adding things to the closet - so easy! Taking things out - so hard! It's crazy how deeply we feel like we have to confront our ideals and our lifestyle when we attempt to clean out our closets. It's always a process, but a good one!


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