I went through this phase after undergrad where my style was very girly–lots of dresses and skirts and tights and curls. And headbands. It was something between Summer Finn and Blair Waldorf. Zooey Deschanel was just starting to become a HUGE DEAL and I even cut my bangs the same month I saw 500 Days of Summer (the chestnut brown hair dye didn’t come for another nine months or so). But I don’t think I was alone in any of this, at least not at that time.
Now that grad school’s over and I’ve been out in the world for almost three years, I’m discovering that my emerging style is probably more me than ever. Not that my previous styles weren’t reflective of me–they were, but of me at given points in time. As I find myself leaning more and more toward minimalist looks, I realize that Minimalism is and always has been my middle name.
I dream of having a closet filled with nothing but silk button-downs and over-sized cashmere sweaters, in whites and blacks and navies and grays, with some reds and a little mint for good measure. There are teeny tiny pieces of my assimilation to LA–the growing collection of snarky muscle tanks–but my minimalist dream lives on.
The thing about minimalism is that it doesn’t exactly come at a minimal price. What you lack in ornateness you have to make up for in quality and attention to detail, which can be difficult to find at Forever 21. If I had my way–and if I worked in an office that required a more professional wardrobe–I’d probably be stocking up on wool Theory dresses and silk Vince tees.
When I found Everlane‘s website about a year ago, their homepage said something like, “Have you ever paid $200 for a silk shirt? Yeah, so have we.”
Needless to say, my interest was piqued.
They offer a limited amount of things, but the the things they do offer are perfect and well-priced. Quality silk button-ups in a variety of muted colors and a choice of two collars (the rounded collar is a small touch that adds a world of difference), in durable brushed silk. And they’re 80 bucks.
I’m also on a mission to make silk shirts casual instead of keeping them in my closet, only to be brought out on special occasions (LA, man…they love their casual). And when you realize how effortlessly sexy a silk button-up is, there’s no reason this can’t happen.
It’s like Ana Kras says in the site’s video–”Anything can be enough of an occasion to feel good.”
All photos by Everlane.