Summer, of course, is rushing forward—as we all know now that September is upon us. That doesn’t mean warm weather is disappearing. Absolutely not! So it’s important to keep cool minds about how to make that happen comfortably.
Someone dear mentioned in the comments that I never seem in a rut about my clothing. If only that were true. But the kind of rut I can easily fall into is a beloved one: Pleats + simple top (think tomboy or yoga) + ballerinas + a few easy but striking accessories. It’s become a uniform, and yet I don’t feel like it’s a confining one as I have other “uniforms” in the past, such as skinny jeans, which I enjoyed for a time, and yet they did constrain me so to a singular silhouette.
This version of the uniform was a life-saver on a scorcher of a day this past month. Indeed, the top was most of all. This crepe tank top is a pre-owned find. Made by Eileen Fisher, it is of the best quality, and though I found it on eBay, it might be the best-filling tank top I’ve ever owned. How fortunate. I love its quiet simplicity so much, I have to hand wash it mid-week so to keep wearing it before laundry day. It’s one of those “hero pieces” that don’t announce themselves as such until they appear in the wardrobe.
But it’s the recent addition of these gray Issey Miyake trousers that seem to have transformed my wardrobe. How did I ever live without them? A few weeks back, Issey Miyake had their (hopefully) yearly sample sale, and these are one of the sublime finds I left with. They are an unusual type of gray with taupe undertones, maybe even a touch of green. It makes them a match for just about everything, including browns. And look at the larger sewn pleats at the side. It’s this sort of detailing that makes Issey Miyake stand out as a designer. He’s able to take already pleated fabric and shape it architecturally or as if tailored through the cut of a seam, a left-unsewn edge, or the introduction of a strategic pleat. With the sewn pleat on both sides of these trousers, for instance, the wide leg pant takes a different tone than my other ones, and the “echo” of a tailored refined trouser is all it takes to elevate them beyond casualness.
Last, the fabulousness of the red floral lace midi-skirt by Cynthia Rowley led me quickly to adding both a white and a black version. Yes. All three.
If the past years of experimentation and alterations have taught me anything, it’s to latch onto the things that serve one well. After quickly falling for the skirt’s shape, comfort, and balance of femininity and casualness, I knew it would take great effort to find something similar in the future. It’s not often that I stumble upon a skirt that I can just throw on with almost anything yet feel lovely in all the same.
A sartorial aesthetic I’m increasingly taken with these days is the contrast between a conventionally feminine garment and a conventionally masculine one. A tomboy touch keeps a look streamlined no matter the frill or lace or flowers of the rest. Not that a completely, even over the top, feminine ensemble is discouraged—absolutely not. I have those as well. But … is there anything more fantastically feminine than tying a masculine-styled skirt at the waist à la Audrey Hepburn? Perhaps. But I can’t think of any of them at the moment. 🙂
How are you enjoying the final weeks of summer?