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 complement 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. My personal favorite is The Ada Brunswick, a military-influenced washed green in a super soft 100% cotton.
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. A solid chambray shirt becomes better with wear, softening at it's edges over time. #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 chore coat brings fall right into your wardrobe. The hard wearing Robyn chore coat is elegant, subtle and versatile, an effortless match for your other staple pieces. Made from 100% cotton, it’s made for a life well-lived and well-loved. It’s water resistant for the days you get caught in the fall rain, and is double stitched to keep the chills out. We've also added a noteworthy detail on the inside cuff of each jacket, a nod to the liberty patch and inspiring women who 'Wear It Well'.
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
This timeless shirt is 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 an uncompromising piece for every woman's closet.
"In my opinion, the white oxford button-up shirt is the most essential, classic, and timeless addition to any capsule wardrobe. 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."
Tradlands was created in 2012 with one simple mission: to create menswear-inspired shirts for women, with a relentless emphasis on fit, quality, and details.
Our founder, Sadie, let us in on how she ended up being obsessed with making the best button-up shirt 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.
Growing up on the east coast I was surrounded with great heritage brands, and a rich history of prep and nautical culture. My father had a closet full of plaids, ginghams, and striped shirts. My mother would wear my father’s shirts and sweaters, looking effortlessly cool, even if they were a bit oversized.”
This focus on classic, stylish quality led Tradlands to create The Perfect White Shirt, a button-up made from heavy cotton oxford coupled with Tradlands' signature relaxed feminine fit. Every woman can build a variety of functional yet stylish outfits around a classic white oxford shirt.
At Tradlands we also believe that less is more. Women deserve more than fast fashion and disposable products. We are making thoughtful, heirloom-quality shirts made to last.
Tradlands' core line focuses on the button-up shirt, an essential to any capsule wardrobe. With a distinctive fit and a cult following, each collection features seasonal favorites, new and fun prints, simple and refined neutrals, and a selection of staples carried year round. With something for every personality and a remarkable fit, it's not a surprise these shirts fly out the door.
"Women want practical yet fashionable pieces that feel comfortable while looking sharp. 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.”
We don’t want to brag… but judging from the rave reviews we get every week, these shirts have been a massive success.
There’s a huge community of women out there who want classic, quality shirts for their collections, and they’re not shy about telling you: