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Closet Care – Cashmere

I’ve written a few times before about my love of cashmere – each season, I can’t resist adding at least a few new items to my closet. Over time, I’ve learned quite a bit through trial and error about selecting the best pieces, and taking care of them. I thought I’d share them with you, as part of my Closet Care series.

Shawls

Some favorite cashmere shawls

Purchasing: I generally recommend that one buy the best quality of cashmere that one can afford. There’s seriously nothing like a high quality, thick ply, super soft cashmere sweater. In my experience, ones manufactured in the UK/Scotland are the best.

That being said, some cashmere prices can be seriously scary, and there’s also the supreme rage that may overcome you when your brand new filmy Cucinelli ends up serving as a delicious snack for an enterprising band of moths. And, expensive doesn’t always equal better (though the best items do usually end up pricier). Make sure to feel each piece that you consider buying – does it feel thick? Is it already pilling? Some luxury brands aren’t known for their knits and I have found myself less than impressed with some quite expensive brands. I wouldn’t necessarily buy cashmere from say, Cavalli. Continue Reading

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The Sentimental Items

In my prior post about saying goodbye to some bags from my closet, I mentioned that I was currently Birkin-less (yes, in my world that’s an official state). Anyway, that meant that a bag associated with one of my favorite vacation memories – an Etoupe Birkin with gold hardware that my husband surprised me with in Paris on our first trip to France together – was now gone. Afterwards, I received a few questions from readers about how I felt getting rid of a present from my spouse. That got me thinking about sentimental items…and whether I’ve kept most of mine, or not.

After some thought, I have to share that generally I’m not particularly sentimental about many things. My desire not to have unnecessary clutter usually outweighs whatever nice feeling I have associated with physical items. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up also was really helpful for me in that regard, in providing the encouragement to declutter, and move on.

My favorite Smythson paper

That being said, of course I cherish pieces associated with those I love…especially from my husband, and my family. There are also certain items I purchased myself to celebrate an occasion, that I have kept for sentimental reasons. They include:

1. My engagement ring. I’m cheating a bit with this one, because of course I wear it everyday and it’s obviously sentimental. But I so love mine and can say with full confidence that I will never, ever “upgrade” it…though I’m 100% supportive for anybody who does want to upgrade theirs (and I’m available to go shopping for it, too!). I’m always thrilled whenever I look at it. Continue Reading

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Favorite Super Basics

Today I thought I’d share some of my favorites of what I call my “super basics” – aka, the really casual items in my wardrobe, that I get incredible “cost per wear’ out of it – as in, pennies, because I wear them every day. The simple items that are the backbone of our closets, and may actually be what we wear the most part of our day – aka while we’re sleeping, lounging, or under our clothing – but which may get neglected in favor of more glamorous items. Here are some of mine, and I’d love to hear yours!

Ralph Lauren sleepshirt: I own quite a few iterations of these, but my absolute favorite version is the jersey, 3/4 sleeve configuration, which is perfect. The sleeves aren’t too long, the material is really soft and comfortable, and still quite flattering for sleepwear, in my opinion. I live in loungewear at home and this is what I’m wearing most mornings as I have my tea (while juggling baby!). The button up front is great for nursing mamas too, by the way. Continue Reading

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Cost Per Wear Review: Dress Edition

Continuing on my cost per wear series, I thought I’d write about one of the types of clothing which I particularly utilize a lot of during the summer months – dresses. I love dresses and will totally take a dress over a top + skirt any day. I just think they’re so much easier…pop it on and you have your whole outfit! Plus I don’t think anything can beat a trapeze dress for comfort.

So, I took a look at my wardrobe and pulled out some of my most – and least worn pieces. Here we go!

Dresses 1

Lowest (best) cost per wear: Equipment, Gap, Zara dresses. I wear these types of simple shift and shirt dresses in cotton and silk several times a week at least, especially in spring/summer and early fall (the perks of living in the California!).  Because of this, dresses have to be machine washable (for my Equipment silk ones, I just wash on delicate cycle and then air dry), and comfortable to wear all day with no confining zippers, etc.

Simple, machine washable dresses in easy fabrics means that I usually end up going with less expensive brands without a lot of adornments and fancy fabrics – but of course I wear them the most! My cost per wear on some of my Gap dresses are well under $1 by now. Continue Reading