On the heels of another closet sale and massive wardrobe purge, I'm looking at my closet with a set of fresh eyes and a renewed perspective on the things that line my wardrobe rails for the long haul versus the pieces that come and go. While I get a kick out of my fast fashion impulse buys as much as anyone else, it's impossible not to notice the amount of wear and longevity I get out of those classic pieces that stand the test of time. I can easily look at a pair of quirky designer platform heels and yell "investment!" but the pieces that are actually worth investing in tend to take a different tone: one that is contemporary but not trendy, classic but not boring, and made with actual quality fibers. So, as I've done a major "out with the old," I'm thinking long and hard before anything new comes through my doors.
As I mentioned last week, one of my favorite things about working in the fashion industry is getting to meet new designers and hearing the story behind emerging brands. I was recently introduced to cushie b, a line of modern classics that focuses on luxurious knitwear. Knowing that the designer, Val Thompson, is herself a full figured woman (much like Elann Zelie of Zelie for She) is enormously important to me; there's a sincerity in the approach to design and execution when it comes to silhouette and materials.
I paired my cushie b. knits with another classic investment piece, a Lafayette148 New York leather pencil skirt that has been in my wardrobe for a few years now - perfect for my days where I need to err on the side of professional and a little more buttoned-up, all while being incredibly comfortable. While I've owned some great luxury sweaters in my lifetime, the touch-and-feel of this knit is a whole new experience; it is easy and relaxed while still looking and feeling tailored, and I know it's not the kind of material to stretch and lose its shape - something that will help keep it in my personal rotation for years to come!
Of course, there are still a few quintessential foundation pieces missing from my wardrobe. Somehow, I still haven't found the perfect pair of blue jeans that can go from day to night, or a fabulous white button down, nor a classic trench... The hunt is on. I guess this is growing up?