It's easy to see why these "classics" show up again + again in capsule or minimalist wardrobes. They are versatile pieces that stand the test of time. And while I love these simple choices...sometimes one wants to have a bit more personalized style.
I've spent quite some time (years) looking for just the right fair cardigan in the right shape + material + price...to add to my simple wardrobe. Lately I've returned over + over to a slightly different option than I had in mind...Black Crane's Square Shirt. I love Black Crane for their unique architectural shapes...reminiscent (in my mind) of 80s Issey Miyake. I love their commitment to American manufacturing + natural fabrics.
And...I love that they have developed some of their own signature shapes to return to collection after collection. This speaks to a sort of minimalist sensibility...a resiliency of style...and a versatility of design. It takes a stand against the frenetic churning out of design after design in the attempt to hit upon a few that sell. It tells the customer that a piece bought three years ago is still relevant + valuable.
I love the idea of embracing a few personal classics. There are some indisputable classics...like those listed above. But what if each of us were to choose a few of our own personal classics that we embrace year after year? Think Bill Cunningham's personal classic blue jacket or Chanel's signature suit. This embrace of a single versatile style encourages us to happily wear our clothing over + over...to keep them in use + out of the landfill...to search for enduring, versatile shapes...and helps us develop personal style! :) I think the square shirt shown above (in different seasons' lengths, fabrics + hem variations...styled by different stockists) could be just such a personal classic for me.
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