Have you ever kept a food diary — where you have to log everything you eat for a certain period of time — and had that realization, like, “oh, I eat that much chocolate?!” That’s how I felt going through the photos for my week of outfits — oh, I wear that much black?! It should make sense, because if you were going to create a word cloud for my life, the phrase “does it come in black?” would probably be biggest after “I need a man like Jon Snow” and “I’ll have the rosé.”
Name: Kelly Etz
Title: Editorial Assistant
So, welcome to my #basic wardrobe. My main closet considerations? “Can I sit in front of a computer for eight hours wearing this?” And (since I have a resting body temperature of about 40 degrees) “will I freeze my ass off in this?”
I’d like to take a moment here to say I in no way consider myself a fashion plate. Just a normal gal trying to make it work, who really only wants to wear leggings and slippers.
I’m a major fan of tucking things in — the front tuck literally so easy. It’s all my Madewell dreams come true.
The only thing more comfortable than leggings-as-pants is this breezy dress. Like wearing a socially acceptable nightgown. Add a bun, and it’s the perfect amount of dressy and casual. It’s also black (are you surprised), which means it’s ultra flattering and almost spill-proof.
I love that throwing on a heel instantly upgrades your outfit to fancy. Paired with high-waisted jeans and a cropped sweater, it’s about as “trendy” as I get.
If I had to wear one outfit for the rest of my life, it’d be this. Black turtleneck, high waisted jeans, flats, ponytail. The perfect combination that looks chic and stylish while still being all the comfortable. For summer, I’d swap the turtleneck for a black and white striped tee and add some sandals with a little heel. Bing, bang, boom, done.
The end of the week means ripped up jeans, #feminist tee, and loose, easy hair.
Whew that is A LOT of neutral right there. But I say, wear what makes you feel good. Too often, I’ve bought something that seemed right for the situation — whether it’s a party, an interview, a work function — and not right for me, which just makes you feel completely out of sync. If you’re always reaching for black, that’s not a bad thing, it just means you know what you like.