first, my look back at march's wardrobe...let's see...it worked out just right. i don't think i wore the grey wool/cashmere cardigan, because it was just too warm and i could wear the marl cardigan instead. i let three pieces go and am not missing them (the third was this dress...i just didn't wear it).
here are april's pieces:
-black + white box top
-striped cropped tee
-black tee dress
total: 12 pieces
none of these pieces are new, but they were almost all transparently made (either by me or by others who were paid fairly) or thrifted. it has taken some time, but keeping my wardrobe small allows the change to take place slowly but surely. some of my favorite pieces here are from black crane, taylor stitch, everlane, eileen fisher (thrifted) and clarks uk. i've added some handmade touches to my madewell button up to deepen my connection with it and ensure it will remain in my closet. even if it wasn't transparently made, i want to honor the hands that made it by valuing it now that it is in my closet.
i know that cropped flares are a controversial style choice. :) last autumn i wanted to try them, so i took a pair of thrifted levis that i already owned and fist pinned them up to try to see how they would look on me. i decided to go for it and cut them. they only cost me $6 in the first place, so they were a much smaller investment than the trousers of my dreams. it's a good way to try a new style out without a big commitment. they made it through my trial month last month (my ankles were too cold for them earlier) and now i find myself reaching for them over and over.
i have to admit that i still look at that short list and wonder if it's enough...but it is always plenty. there are lots of layer-able pieces here and loads of combinations to try. i know this isn't for everyone, but i love dressing with less.