I had a depressing wardrobe clear-out the other day. I can’t bear wardrobe clear-outs. I can’t bear to witness the extent of my wrong-headed and stupid impulse purchases, to witness my profligacy and dim-witted splurging of money on shitty clothes I don’t need or wear.
It’s awful also how much I love wardrobe clear-outs – the scrabbling towards that blissful idea of opening my cupboard and only ever seeing the clothes I actually wear (jeans, merino wool sweaters) rather than all those things I feel like I should be wearing but don’t. Or things that fitted me two years ago after an illness left me a size 8 but now ride up over my middle. Ugh. BE GONE. I hate also the knowledge that charity shops probably don’t want my clothes, that giving them away is not helpful in any regard. That they will probably – oh my god – end up in landfill and I will go to eco hell.
I was about 5% gratified to see that the things I was getting rid of were clothes that I have had for many years, many were pre-children – or knitwear that is now irreparably damaged by snagging on things or by moths. Only a few things were plain old bad purchases.
The things I am buying this Autumn are modest and few. Two fresh merino wool sweaters from Uniqlo – one in black and one in navy in a size L. I always size up my crewnecks for drapeyness and comfort. They have just restocked. These are wonderfully bland, all-purpose sweaters and as I have said a billion times – there is nowhere you can’t go in a good pair of jeans, clean white trainers, a navy sweater and gold hoops. Still. And I started saying that about five years ago.
The other two things are
1 this dress from See by Chloe
I only have two long, printed dresses – one was a hand me down and the other one I got on sale and its doesn’t really suit me. But I have never bought another, despite it being some kind of uniform these days, because I have stubbornly thought “No, I’ve got two long printed dresses, I don’t need one more.” And then I caved when I saw this one because it is really, really, really nice; it is vaguely empire line, which either suits you or it doesn’t – it suits me and makes me feel thin and you know how powerful that feeling is. It was also very expensive, which I hope means that it was not made by (or possibly from) small children
I am also very into minidresses with long sleeves and a high neck that I can wear in winter in the evening with opaque tights and black boots. This might be your absolute worst possible aesthetic that will make you look like a bowling ball and for that I apologise – I am no stylist, I can only tell you what I’m doing. So I bought…
2 this one from Sezane and I know it’s not made from small children because Sezane is very hot on provenance transparency.
If you, too, like the high neck/long sleeve minidress idea and like to make a case for how much hotter H&M are on their ethics since the factory collapse PR disaster, H&M are simply bursting at the seams with very good examples of this.
This “embroidered dress”
or this “wide dress”
or this “scallop-trimmed dress”
Just generally I am still cleaving to a 70s aesthetic this year so flares and clogs and huge cardigans and pimp sunglasses, raglan tops, the aforementioned long floral dresses and a-line minidresses with high necks and long sleeves. I am also still devoted to Hummel hi-tops. I am considering a pair in white leather to see me through the winter as my canvas ones suffered a bit. But in the end I predict I will feel too guilty.