6 Essential Pieces For A Curated Closet
Today, when less is better than more, it is fashionable and considerate to use what you need. The truth is we don't need a Kardashian-size closet to be happy. And maybe it makes life easier to have less to choose from. A limited wardrobe represents more time and energy for the things that really matter. It's part of a growing movement to simplify, appreciate, and focus.
A curated closet is an edited wardrobe of versatile, essential pieces that compliment each other. It simplifies getting dressed for every occasion and minimizes shopping for trendy and fast fashion items.
The start to your capsule is cleaning out your closet, deciding which items you love and which have to go. For new items it's best to create a color palette to work with. Include tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes. Use a rule of three for each category: one casual, one statement, and one in-between.
01. Tee Shirt
T-shirts today come in endless styles, fits, and fabrics. Choose tees that are softer, simple, and more saturated for longer-lasting color. Don't forget to throw in a graphic tee for good measure.
02. Chambray Button-up
You can count on a chambray shirt. It's the everyday essential, always there when you need it, and appropriate for every adventure. Today chambray is available in every color under the sun. #chambrayeverydamnday
03. Dark Jeans
A favorite for fashionistas and tomboys alike, a dark indigo denim jean weathers any season, any year, and any trend. Try variations of raw, unwashed, selvedge, unsanforized, slub, or nep. For heavy duty wear try long-lasting 21-ounce denim. When warmer weather arrives go for the lighter 10-ounce versions.
A quality American-made jacket can take you through 3 seasons of the year - and even cooler summer nights - when you need a solid layer that works with every item in your capsule closet. Try a goes-with-everything parka, a hard-wearing chore coat, or a classic jean jacket.
Well crafted leather boots are an investment piece. The best part? As with many quality items, they get better with time. With regular conditioning and care, boots will always be there when you need to fall back on the most reliable footwear in your capsule.
06. White Oxford Shirt
The white oxford is a timeless shirt as popular today as it has ever been. You can count on this season-spanning favorite no matter how you throw it on. That's what happens when you combine quality oxford cloth and an unbeatable fit. The white oxford shirt is an impeccable, sturdy, and uncompromising piece for every closet.
"Tradlands was started because I saw a problem in women’s shirting. I spent a lifetime wandering to the menswear section of my favorite stores and asking 'Hey, why don't they make this for me?'
“In my opinion, the white oxford button-up shirt is the most essential, classic, and timeless addition to any capsule wardrobe,” shares Sadie Roberts, founder of women’s shirting company Tradlands. “Every woman needs a great oxford shirt. Pair it with anything - because what doesn't go with a white oxford shirt? Call it your new uniform.”
Roberts’ own company, Tradlands, focuses on creating menswear-inspired shirts for women with a relentless emphasis on fit, quality, and details. Tired of searching for the kind of quality she only found in the menswear section, Roberts set out to create the best button-up shirts for women.
"Tradlands was started because I saw a problem in women’s shirting. I spent a lifetime wandering to the menswear section of my favorite stores and asking 'Hey, why don't they make this for me?' After surveying other women, I learned I wasn't the only one who noticed this dilemma."
This focus led her to create The Perfect White Shirt, a button-up made from high quality cotton oxford coupled with Tradlands' signature relaxed yet feminine fit. “Every woman can build a variety of functional yet stylish outfits around a classic white oxford shirt,” she added.
"I believe less is more. Women deserve more than fast fashion and disposable products. We are making thoughtful, heirloom-quality shirts made to last," notes Sadie. "Women want practical yet fashionable pieces that feel comfortable while looking sharp."
Drawing from her own experiences, Sadie thinks modern women are looking for something similar. “I want wardrobe staples I know I can count on time and time again. Quality pieces that withstand trends, are transitional season to season, and will hold up after many washes.”
Judging by reviews on her website, Roberts has gained a customer base who both love her products andbelieve in what a great button-up shirt can do for their closet.
A recent review from a customer reflects Sadie's own feelings about quality and thoughtful wardrobe staples: