It’s been a little over a month now since I went back to work full time, and to say it’s been a challenge to find my groove is an understatement. Even though we have a lot of help, I still find myself feeling like I haven’t done everything I want to in a day. I constantly wonder how my parent’s generation made it look so easy: my mom worked a full time job, travelled for work, and still managed to get a fresh meal on the table for us every single night. I’m definitely having to learn to manage my expectations and also be a little more gentle with myself and what I can get done!
It may seem trivial, but having a good foundational wardrobe has proven to be one small way to make mornings a little more effortless and to be able to get out the door quickly. Feeling good about what I’m wearing is important to me, and knowing that I have go-to pieces that can be styled with so much of my closest makes it all the more manageable. Here are five things that I’ve been building many of my outfits around over the last couple of months. As a bonus, they also happen look good together!
1) Everlane Teddy Liner | This jacket feels like a chicer version of a fleece, and I’m here for it (is that what the kids say these days?). On a casual day I’ll pair it with AGOLDE jeans, an Everlane hoodie, and Veja sneakers, but it’s equally at home with a dressier outfit like this one. It’s also perfect for layering: I like throwing it on under a wool coat for extra warmth and visual interest. PS. I unabashedly copied the website model’s outfit for this liner to a T; I love it!
2) Everlane Glove Boot ReKnit | Without an ounce of exaggeration, I can confidently say that these boots are my favourite thing in my entire wardrobe right now. I was actually a little on the fence about them initially because they’re not great for the rain and kind of look like socks at first glance, but they’ve proven to be a very worthwhile investment. The more fitted silhouette means they look amazing with cropped, wider legged pants, and I’ve been choosing them basically everyday as long as it’s not pouring rain. They’re also super comfortable, and happen to instantly make me feel cooler.
3) Mejuri Editor Hoops | After a stint with bold, statement jewelry in my late teens/early twenties, I’ve preferred to be more pared back with accessorizing. I bought a pair of pearl earrings on a trip to India a decade ago, and since then they’ve basically been the only earrings I’ve worn. These Mejuri Editor Hoops have officially changed my mind. I like that they’re tapered, which to me makes them more subtle and refined. I’ve been tying my hair back for work a lot (translation: I’m too lazy to style it), and these add just the right amount of sparkle without going overboard.
4) Everlane Mock Neck Cashmere sweater | Even though I like the look and coziness of large, chunky sweaters, warm yet thin cashmere staples work way better for layering. Everlane makes some great cashmere sweaters and this one is no exception: I like that the mock neck is a little different and feels elegant. It’s also a little more fitted so it pairs well with essentially everything! PS. Until 11/5 at 3pm EST, Everlane is offering a select number of cashmere sweaters at the incredible price of $100 USD ($123 CAD), and this one is included!
5) Aritzia cropped trousers | These trousers are a few years old now (I last featured them here almost two years ago) but they’re still going strong: in fact, I think I wear them more now than I did when they were new! I love denim but they just can’t beat a flowy, elastic waist pair of trousers for comfort. These ones in particular are easy to style because they hit just above the ankle bone and have some breathing room but aren’t too wide-legged. Unfortunately I don’t think these are available anymore, but I’ve linked a similar pair.
Thanks so much for reading! I love sharing outfits that hopefully give you some inspiration to love your own closet, but am finding it increasingly harder to do because Miles is super active these days and isn’t the biggest fan of waiting while we shoot outside. I’m thinking about solutions but am considering setting up a little photo area at home. That way I can document more of my day-to-day outfits. Let me know your thoughts!