wednesday :: embroidered button-down + fair leggings + fair trainers
friday :: transparently made sweatshirt + fair tank + thrifted pants + fair trainers
sunday :: fair sweatshirt + fair tank + handmade pants + thrifted boots
tuesday :: transparently made sweatshirt + fair tank + handmade pants + thrifted boots
thursday :: made in usa tee + made in usa tee + handmade pants + made in usa clogs
saturday :: handmade top + fair leggings + made in the usa socks
monday :: transparently made top + cardigan + thrifted pants + usa clogs
I've been documenting my daily outfits here this month in the hopes that it will inspire a bit of mindful gratitude for what I have. I honestly could not be more surprised at how wonderfully well this has worked! So well...that I'd encourage anyone to try it. Focusing on what is good is a recipe for contentedness in whatever sphere it is practiced.
I've been working toward a smaller wardrobe this autumn, so I haven't bought clothes for myself, though I did sew a planned pair of pants this month. The 29 pieces of clothing that I have in my closet right now have served me very well. I haven't even worn all the combinations that are available to me.
This week's appreciation highlight :: Hmmm. It could be just about anything, because this exercise really has helped me to appreciate what I have. That's not to say that the pieces I have are especially special...but I guess they kind of are special in that they are comfortable + versatile + made/grown with hands that I value + honor with each wear. They keep me warm or cool + make me feel just a little bit more like me. I have what I need. I have enough.
I'm going to give the prize to that indigo, cotton, long-sleeved tee, because it is just one of my very favorite things to wear. It is soft + the most beautiful color. It is boxy in the body + more fitted in the sleeves. The length is perfectly cropped in a way that can be worn with high-waisted pants or over a jumpsuit. I used it all summer long as the layer I'd throw into my bag for chilly situations. I wear it for chilly yoga sessions. It layers under a cardigan when it's cold. I've had it for a few years, + it was well made in San Francisco by Taylor Stitch.
Dressing with less, learned :: Solid colored (as opposed to printed) pieces are much more versatile for me. I can mix most of my pieces together easily. Solids also have a lot of staying power, in that I don't get tired of them. Wearing the same pieces over + over is less noticeable, both by me + others. I like prints too, but just a few. I try to choose prints with a limited number of colors. That way they feel a little less chaotic to me.
Thank you for indulging me in this gratitude practice...and thank you Slow Fashion October for inspiring it. Enough is such a good feeling. I hope it belongs to you as well!