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A Week of Outfits: Jenny Gordy

A Week of Outfits: Jenny Gordy

Jenny Gordy lives with her husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, where she designs knitting and sewing patterns for her company, Wiksten. She doesn’t buy many clothes for herself, but when she does, she wears the beloved pieces over and over. “My clothes all have holes,” she laughs. “I wore a J. Crew chambray shirt for years until it literally disintegrated; there was nothing to be done, I’m still sad about it.” Here, Jenny shares five outfits she wore in a week…

A Week of Outfits: Jenny Gordy

Jumpsuit: Nico Nico, similar. Slides: Charlotte Stone, similar. Clutch: Baggu. Silver ring: Another Feather.

“Did you ever read that thing about how Obama wore the same suits every day because he had too many other decisions to make? I like to have a few things that make me feel good and not think about it. I have about a week’s worth of outfits because that’s how often I do laundry. I wore this jumpsuit twice a week all winter and all spring, and I’ll wear it all fall. It’s like a baby onesie, it’s so comfortable. When I first wore it, my husband and I met up for dinner, and he was like WHAT IS HAPPENING. But after the shock wears off, he thinks stuff like that is cute. There’s just this initial, okay, I need to readjust what I know about clothing and what people wear and now I can see, oh it’s actually pretty cool!”

A Week of Outfits: Jenny Gordy

Cropped jacket: Neeru Kumar, similar. Shirt: Gap, similar. Jeans: vintage Wrangler, similar. Clogs: No. 6.

“I like getting high-waisted jeans slightly too big — almost like boyfriend jeans — since they’re more comfortable. This vintage pair is super soft, but it’s getting trashed. When I have time, I’ll put a patch underneath the knee and do Japanese sashiko stitching. Sashiko is so beautiful, it looks like decoration. I also cut the bottom of these jeans to make them the right length. It sounds crazy, but I have a list of measurements of my ideal jeans — the waist, the hip, the front and back rise, the inseam, the leg opening at the bottom, etc. I search for vintage jeans on Etsy, and if they have my measurements, I know I’ll like them. It takes the risk out of buying vintage jeans online.”

A Week of Outfits: Jenny Gordy

Pink shirt: Two Son. Pants: Jesse Kamm. Shoes: Converse. Earrings: Thomas Sires. Ring: Another Feather.

“This is the most colorful outfit in my entire wardrobe. Most of my clothes are blue, black and gray, but I feel comfortable mixing brighter colors if they’re close together on the color wheel, like pink and red. It’s funny, I was never that into pink, but my daughter Iris will only wear pink. At first, I wasn’t really on board, but eventually I came around, and now every time I see something pink, it makes me happy. This shirt makes me think of Iris.”

A Week of Outfits: Jenny Gordy

“I had big wardrobe shifts between New York City, Iowa and Portland. In New York, I had things like silk shirts in my wardrobe; then I moved to Iowa and never wore them again. It was more casual there. In Iowa, I also started working from home, so I wore stuff you wouldn’t leave the house in — T-shirts and, let’s face it, sweatpants. It was kind of depressing. When Iris started preschool, I had to get dressed in real clothes to leave the house, and it was the best thing that could have happened to me. When you don’t dress for the day, it kind of makes you not leave the house. Now in Portland, I get dressed, and at any time I can go get coffee with a friend or meet for dinner. It made me feel so much better about myself.”

A Week of Outfits: Jenny Gordy

Top: Steven Alan, similar. Jeans: Nico Nico, similar. Clog sandals: No. 6. Earrings: Seaworthy.

“I can’t buy anything full price; I wait forever for things to go on sale. I grew up in Kansas, and one of my dad’s favorite hobbies is getting nice clothing on super super sale. He’s so proud of himself, it’s weird and hilarious. But that stuck with me: you can have nice things and they don’t have to be crazy expensive. You have to not care if they’re from last season. You can also find quality stuff from cheaper brands on clearance, like Gap, if you know what to look for — 100% cotton, linen or wool are usually a safe bet.”

A Week of Outfits: Jenny Gordy

“I wear tiny earrings, except when I’m going out. Then I add larger jewelry to make it special. It’s hard to be that glamorous in Portland because of the RAIN. People who have lived here for a long time don’t even wear rain coats; you get so used to the drizzle. The bright side is that the rain means Portland has flowers and greenery year round. I’ve said that to Iris so many times, she now repeats it back to me when I’m complaining: ‘But, Mommy, it’s making the plants grow.’ ”

A Week of Outfits: Jenny Gordy

Dress: Ace & Jig. Jeans: Urban Outfitters. Shoes: Vans. Socks: Amelia’s Organic from Fred Meyer. Initial necklace: Odette. Earrings: Kathleen Whitaker.

“This print on this dress is everything to me. As a maker of handmade things, I gravitate toward handwoven textiles with special stitching. One of the Ace & Jig designers lives in Portland; I’ll run into her once in a while, and she’s just a really nice person. Being a designer myself, I like supporting independent designers — like Another Feather, No. 6 and Baggu. I realize it’s a luxury to be able to shop this way, but I try to. Funnily enough, these socks are from Fred Meyer, the best grocery store in Portland. Every time I go, I get a pair. They’re 100% cotton and really soft. The first time I found them, I was like, these are goooood.”

Thank you so much, Jenny!

P.S. Jenny’s beauty uniform, and more women’s weeks of outfits.

(Photos by Hannah Olavarria of The Weaver House.)

  1. S says...

    I can’t get over how naturally pretty she is!!

  2. Christie says...

    Love her style! Just tried to buy the red pants, but they are out of stock! Great reading about not only her style but motherhood as well.

  3. Rachael says...

    Real moms, sharing real living. Thank you!

  4. Sarah says...

    Jenny is forever my earring crush! I bought small gold staple studs after reading her beauty routine ages ago, and now I’m horribly tempted by everything on Thomas Sires’ site. (Also, she hasn’t aged one bit, holy moly!!)

  5. I love the bright red and pink combo and just bought a red pleated maxi skirt just so I could wear it with my blush pink blouse! My outfits are usually much more reserved in color, but I decided to take a leap and especially can’t wait to wear the it on Valentine’s Day!

  6. Julie says...

    I love these posts and while it would be nice to see some slightly more corporate wardrobes mixed in, these still give me inspiration for how I could mix up my own outfits a bit more. I’m currently in a style conundrum – I’m in my late 30s with a toddler whose left my body a little softer than before. I feel like there’s stuff I can’t wear anymore because it looks too young, but I don’t want to veer into super conservative clothing just because I’m a mom now. I’m slowly trying to finally figure out my style and enjoy seeing how these other women put together fun outfits that bring out their best selves.

  7. I really like all of these outfits but it does make me kind of sad that Jenny didn’t wear anything she made! Her Flickr account used to be so full of gorgeous clothes she’d sewn (timeless style – it all still looks great now). I know it’s really hard for designers to find time to make things for themselves – Jenny, I hope you’re testing your upcoming pattern on yourself! Really looking forward to seeing it. I wore a Wiksten Tova shirt to go out last weekend; that pattern is such a classic.

    • Hi Nina,
      Since Iris was born I’ve been focusing more on making children’s clothing and haven’t had as much time to make things for myself. I feel sad about that too! So I’ve started doing some women’s designs once again. I have a jacket pattern coming out in October, but I couldn’t show the jacket here because it hasn’t been released yet. I’m really excited about it and wear it a ton though! It has a similar feel but different design to the one pictured here. I also do have one dress I made from 4 or 5 years ago that I still wear a ton. I’ll be sad when it falls apart.

      So glad to hear you still love the Tova! Thanks!

    • I’m wearing a to a dress I sewed from a wiksten pattern right now too! I will love it forever. Jenny you are so beautiful!

    • Julie says...

      I thought the same! I follow Jenny on Instagram & when I saw the lead image I was hoping the jumpsuit she was wearing was a pattern I could buy…even though I have a degree in textiles & design & could probably make my own pattern, sometimes you just want someone else to do the hard work for you haha!

    • Jenny, that’s exciting! I’ve been planning to make a jacket – I’ll hold off choosing a pattern for now :-)

  8. Lily says...

    What a beautiful woman!

  9. Janelle says...

    Such cute outfits! I like her style, also i have been OBSESSED with that Neeru Kumar jacket and have been looking for a looklike ever since it sold out.

  10. what fun, easy and beautiful style! i completely relate to both her husband’s reaction and the pink thing…so funny. my husband actually gives me great and helpful feedback on new clothes but i always know when something “newfangled” is going to throw him…he’s only good up to a certain point, haha. and i never wore pink, or even thought to, but now seeing it through my daughter’s eyes it’s a whole new ballgame :)

  11. Jen says...

    I love this series and getting a peek into the personal styles of all the different women featured here (and I think there is a decent amount of variety). It’s a little insulting that so many people are saying that Jenny’s outfits are “crazy” and “out there.” She is literally wearing jeans and a t-shirt or top in most of these outfits (other than the jumpsuit). Many women featured are in their late 20s-early 30s which is a time period in which I think people often stop dressing solely to “look hot,” thus the embracing of more relaxed pant silhouettes or items that are more structural or interesting in terms of volume. I personally love that there are so many more options for jean-cut nowadays instead of just skinnies or bootcut. I don’t think there’s anything “crazy” about wide leg, flared, high-waisted, or boyfriend cuts. I dress like this all the time (in my early 30s; I wore overalls today) but also have more conservative clothes for the health care/hospital work environement. Re: conservative work clothes; I don’t think it’s rocket science. There are tons of great work-appropriate, conservative styles and images we are flooded with via Black House White Market, Ann Taylor/LOFT, J Crew (their work and classic items), Banana Republic, etc: tailored pants, skirts, button-down, cardigans, etc. I’m glad that we don’t just get more of the same here at Cup of Jo although, I agree, a mix of creatives and conservative professionals is a good idea. Furthermore, we’re inundated with images of women in skin-tight, classically feminine clothing in all aspects of the media. I think Jenny’s style is lovely, age-appropriate, and refreshing, and I personally dress in similar styles when I don’t need to be dressed professionally for grad school or work. I know a lot of women are saying they can’t relate to this style, but I don’t feel the same.

    • Maggie says...

      Girl, that’s fine but it’s the same look and style featured over and over and over. Personally, I think we are inundated with images of the bohemian that’s been boxed up and mass marketed. There are other small design houses that aren’t ace and jig or some boxy-Brooklyn based aesthetic. I wore my husbands overalls today too and I work professionally as an artist (late 30s) and while I’m happy the world of women has embraced diversity and options I am tired of the hipster thing being the only. Thing. Featured. Everywhere. There are lots of us and none fit into a mold. Feature this style once and move on.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for your feedback, and we will keep featuring different styles. we do strive to feature all kinds of diversity (age, ethnicity, budget, career, body shape, sexual orientation, location, etc.) and different styles (edgy, neutral, boho, minimal, sexy, conservative, feminine, larger retailers, different independent designers, etc.)

      if you look back through the weeks of outfits and beauty uniforms, i think you’ll find lots you like! :)
      https://cupofjo.com/category/style/fashion/week-of-outfits/
      https://cupofjo.com/tag/beauty-uniform/

      thank you so much xoxo

    • Ava says...

      Yes I totally agree. I think the range that the CoJ team put together is great. People say it’s all creatives and creative dressing, but the style featured in the last post in this series was elegant and monochromatic; the woman featured before that was a postdoctoral scientist. I also remember there being a social worker and a PhD student. I don’t think it’s all the same look or range of careers at all, but to be honest I also think it’s ok for this blog to have its own tastes and aesthetic.

    • Laura says...

      I think people keep asking for more formal/corporate examples because they feel bored with their clothing. Like, it’s easy to find nice professional clothing that makes you feel put together but wearing it day after day can get boring. My tip for the office would be (not that anyone’s asking, haha) COLOR – tailored clothing in bright colors. Of course I don’t know how strict some people’s dress codes are but if you can get away with it that’s my number one way to make my outfit feel interesting. If you end up accidentally putting on an outfit with all neutrals (which can look great, but feels blah, at least to me) I try to add some colored earrings or bright lipstick. Also scarves (which are great for dealing with A/C too, and make an outfit feel fancier). But to agree with Ava, “it’s ok for this blog to have its own tastes and aesthetic.” Of course Joanna is going to post an aesthetic that appeals to her. If it doesn’t appeal to her she isn’t going to want to post it. I’ve been reading long enough that I have a pretty good feel for her taste in fashion/interior design. It doesn’t always match my taste, but it’s her blog, and it’s always inspiring.

  12. I have an idea for you, Joanna. I know a lot of people want to translate these creative outfits into a more conservative environment. Maybe if you can’t find actual people to demonstrate that in real life, you could still show how an “out there” ensemble can provide inspiration with your own clothes. For example. I have a pink silk shirt and red slacks. Both are work appropriate and I could recreate her pink/red outfit with my own pieces. On a smaller scale, I could wear the pink shirt with a red cardigan or blazer. You could pull some products from your favorite store that take elements of her outfit and make them more attainable for the everyday corporate atmosphere. Maybe just taking the next step for your readers could help them translate these features (which I love) into their own environment. Just my $.02.

    • Maggie says...

      Genius. This is how a true editor thinks.

    • JAR says...

      i would definitely love a piece like this!

  13. I bet I know exactly which J.Crew chambray she wore to threads because I di did the exact same thing! It was the perfect wash, the perfect fit, and it became so. soft. It started literally tearing at the seams, and I was heartbroken. I did buy a replacement from Madewell that was very similar, but I still have the J.Crew one hanging in my closet because I couldn’t bear to throw it away. It’s now my “house shirt”. :)

    • Katie says...

      I have the same!!! It has a rip in the back and I keep thinking I need to put a patch on it or something. I got a replacement from j crew but it’s nowhere as soft.

    • I got the Madewell one too! Not as good though.

  14. Tiia says...

    Loved this! Still hoping for similar feature of Alice Gao (liked her beauty version) :)

  15. LT says...

    Cool style, but i’ve found most of these recent outfit posts to be a little too “out there” for me. I am in my mid-twenties and work in a corporate environment. Would love to see some posts for that age group and style!

    • Cassidy says...

      Same! Late 20’s and a boring old attorney. Would love to see fun weekday wardrobe that’s conservative enough for the corporate environment.

    • KayN says...

      chiming in as another attorney (early 30s), i agree too! this comment has been made before – that many of the (lovely) women featured are in creative professions, rather than conventional ones, and it would be wonderful to see women who manage to do something interesting with a corporate wardrobe!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good idea! we’ve featured a few scientists and lawyers but they were able to be more flexible in their work clothes. we’re going to brainstorming more corporate people this afternoon! thanks so much for the feedback, as always xo

    • NSU says...

      Joanna,
      I live in Carroll Gardens and work in finance and know many, many women who would have amazing style in a more conservative workplace. Some of whom are fans of this blog! Happy to connect you to them (I assume you can see my email address when I comment)

    • Early 30’s engineer here! I agree! While I have been a huge Jenny Gordy fan ever since her blogging days, and I tend to dress like this on the weekends, I still keep it pretty professional during the work week. It would be nice to see how you can incorporate the edgy/creative aspects of people like Jenny’s wardrobe and mix it in with something that would be work appropriate.

  16. Amanda says...

    LOVE HER STYLE. I was also trained by my father to buy sale only–but look for the good stuff! I have some pieces in my wardrobe that I saved for that are 8 years old and it feels special to save up to buy newer statement pieces. I share the same hair and skin tone as her, so this inspired me to try brighter lipsticks as well! Thanks!

  17. Really love this outfit post. While I understand the concern people have with expensive pieces (I totally used to be the same), I think it’s worth taking a look at our spending habits as well. I recently calculated everything I spent at J Crew alone in a 6 month period in 2015 and it totaled over $300. And half of it I don’t own anymore or want to replace or is falling apart! It definitely takes planning and budgeting, but I’ve found that I would rather spend more money on a really good piece that will last me years, rather than cheap clothes that fall apart quickly. I also love the show “What Not To Wear’s” bit about cost per wear. That it’s better cost to buy a $50 shirt you will wear all the time versus a $10 shirt that you will wear once then get rid of. I buy less things, but much better quality these days.

    I also really value supporting small and sustainable businesses. The documentary The True Cost really opened my eyes about the environmental and human costs of fast fashion. https://truecostmovie.com/

    • Ava says...

      Yes! Such a great point. Also these small brands and retailers often don’t have a huge profit margin so often when the items are discounted they struggle to make a profit at all. Also – I think that fast fashion brands have conditioned us to think that clothing should be cheap when in fact it’s an item that should be purchased for long term use and that involves growing/harvesting/weaving the fabric before the costs of sewing and selling it are even considered.

  18. Meghan says...

    Hi Jo and team,
    I wanted to comment that I appreciate the ways you work to include different careers, budgets, background and body types. I see the effort you are making. I’ve been a reader since before Toby (!) and I am impressed with the way the blog has evolved and changed. Like my mom say, “You can’t be all things for all people”, but you sure work hard to represent many of us! Thank you for retaining your unique voice while the blog has grown and shifted throughout the years. So many positive changes I’ve seen on here, keep up the good work! <3

    • KK says...

      Exactly!

  19. Liz says...

    While I love Jenny’s style and her approach towards clothing. I would love to see A Week of Outfits with a similar approach, but a smaller budget!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      for sure!! we have some more posts coming up soon. the tricky thing about prioritizing independent designers and ethnically made clothing is that those prices are typically (necessarily) higher, because those small brands aren’t cutting costs by paying their workers cut rates, using synthetic fabrics, making things in china, etc. that’s why jenny buys her pieces very slowly and carefully, and only when things are on sale. so it can be tough to feature a similar approach with lower price points (other than buying those things on sale). we will keep trying and looking for alternate solutions, though!

      nevertheless, some more budget pieces coming up! thank you again for your note xoxo

    • Maria says...

      I would like to add to this that I can’t really afford expensive clothes either, but I would rather see quality designs on the blog and then look for cheaper alternatives myself. Good quality design is so much more inspirational.

  20. Em says...

    She’s adorable! That last dress is killing me. Love a sneaker with a dress, and all those muted colors. :)

  21. Jessica says...

    Hello there! I enjoy this series and its beauty counterpart (I am now a devotee of many products featured!). That said, I would like to see more women that work in corporate environments where blazers and nylons are the norm. And like other readers commenting today, I would like to see a budget edition of this. But I would also like to see an executive version!

    • I second this!! I check this blog religiously everyday and as a twenty something who just started my first job post grad school this week I’d like to see a week of outfits from someone just starting out like me who works in an office environment and has a tight budget. My office is very business casual and I could use ideas of what to wear.

      Love this series!

    • Maria says...

      I would love this as well.

  22. Savannah says...

    I love her jumpsuit but I’m embarrassed to admit the thing I thought about all day is that she loves Fred Meyer! My husband works at FM and whenever we travel he makes me go to the local store so he can compare it! Instead of collecting tea spoons or postcards we collect Fred Meyers (none of which have as nice a produce section as store 655)! Fun fact: Fred Meyer was actually Fred Grubmeyer but he changed it to Fred G Meyer for marketing. It’s a weird thing but he’s my best friend and he likes it! Maybe I’ll get a jumpsuit for our next trip.

    • Jessica says...

      I LOVE Freddy’s too :)

  23. Ceridwen says...

    I look her outfits and her philosophy behind clothing…not buying too much and getting the most out of things you buy. I also cracked up out loud about the comment her husband made about her wearing a jumpsuit! Hilarious and I know so many guys who think the same thing. I’d love to wear a jumpsuit but can’t quite make that leap although she has nearly got me over the line!

  24. Meg says...

    I love this series! I would love to see a feature of someone with a more strict workplace dress code. I am a resident physician and have to dress pretty conservatively (closed toed shoes, at or below the knee dresses) Although I gravitate towards a more creative style, I’m always looking for new ideas of how to pull this off in a more restrained environment. Not to mention, every cute outfit seems to be ruined by a white coat :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great question!!! we will get to work on this!

    • SFord says...

      I agree. The role I work in has to be fairly corporate and smart. I’d like to see someone with these restrictions and how they make their outfits their own and show their personality.

    • Meg, that sounds like a challenge! I have to admit that it’s pretty easy to get dressed when you don’t have to go to a strict job in an office. I think I would be completely lost in that situation. My husband is a physician, and I definitely feel like I don’t fit in style-wise when we hang out with other doctors.

  25. Laura says...

    I love this! And feel as though we share a wardrobe- I love buying things on super super sale and everything is black, grey or navy ;) although, I have grown to allow myself to buy more expensive items if I really love them because, you know, cost per wear :P

  26. Renee says...

    Lovely post. She should do a post about her skin! She is beautiful with flawless skin

    • Melody says...

      She has! She did a beauty uniform :)

  27. I really love her outlook on clothes and style. I showed my husband the jumpsuit and now he definitely wouldn’t be too shocked if i ever jump on the bandwagon lol.

  28. Lynn says...

    Jenny is always so cute and I loved the WHAT IS HAPPENING cause that is EXACTLY what my husband would think! Also, it’s been fun to see how much her style has changed over the years.

  29. Jenn says...

    I love seeing Jenny on here! Her Wikstenmade patterns are the best and her customer service is excellent. I have made the tank for myself and three pairs of bloomers for my daughter. I can’t wait to make the harem pants for fall! Trust me, I am definitely a “beginner” lever seamstress. The patterns are very simple, clearly explained and beautifully photographed.

  30. Bec says...

    Lovely! The Wiksten Tank was one of the first Indie-sewing patterns I bought. I would have loved to have seen at least one of her handmade outfits… the Indie sewing scene is AMAZING right now!!

  31. Emma says...

    Oh my goodness! That is my husband too!

  32. Lisa says...

    True PNW gal when you love going to Fred Meyer (or Freddy’s as we locals call it!) <3

  33. Brooke says...

    Lovely post and I admire Jenny’s style! Can I just say I love that someone else appreciates wider leg pants! I’ve had enough skinny jeans/pants! And her keeping her ideal jeans measurements is brilliant!

  34. Claire says...

    Love the blue shoes, quilted jacket, and I can’ t get enough of high waisted, loose leg pants. Also I have been thinking about getting back into sewing so I may give a Wiksten pattern a try.

  35. Katharina says...

    Reading the comments I’m reminded of a project a German journalist did a few years ago: She wore the same dress (she had three identical dresses made) every day for a year. And she wrote about it.

    http://www.daskleineblaue.de/?page_id=5

    Unfortunately it is only in German but maybe some of the readers here do understand it.

    I like the idea of only wearing a few pieces all the time.

  36. Sarah says...

    I’d like to be friends with her!

  37. Melanie says...

    Love these outfits and her sense of style.

    Even with some of these items on sale, still way out of my budget. Could you do a very very budget friendly profile?

    Thanks!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, thank you so much, melanie! we have one coming up that i think you will like.

  38. Chelsey says...

    Loved this post!

    I also do the uniform thing and wear things until they fall apart. And I also just got my first jump suit this summer and it’s my EVERYTHING!!! It has the ease of a dress but the functionality of pants and I don’t have to put anything together. I’m obsessed with it.
    I’m on the hunt for more!

    I would love her beauty routine! Her skin is absolutely luscious!

    • Libby says...

      Damn! Ask and you shall receive on the beauty routine part! Curious of where you got your jumpsuit from… thanks!

    • Chelsey says...

      Thanks so much! I’ve been following you since Toby was a wee babe and I somehow miss d her beauty uniform!

      I have to say it’s my fave! I’ll read it again once my babes are in bed.

      I got my jumpsuit second hand, I looked and it doesn’t have a tag but https://smashtess.com
      Has an awesome one that my bestie just got and sonnet james has the prettiest floral one that’s currently on sale!

      xx

  39. i love the idea of just having 5 outfits and washing them every week… not enough brain power as a new mom!!

  40. Elena Olson says...

    Portlander born and raised, now living in Miami and I miss Fred Meyers! One -Stop -Shopping!!! 😊

  41. Gale says...

    I love this series but I work in the corporate headquarters of an insurance company in the Midwest. I could never get away with most of the edgy/boho-chic looks that many of your subjects in these posts wear. I’d love to see a post from some very stylish person in a non-coastal and more conservative setting.

    • amanda june says...

      ditto! honestly most of the weekly outfits (with a couple exceptions) seem pretty out there to me — not stuff i would see people wearing day to day, not things i’d want to wear day to day (even if i could afford it)

    • Ileana says...

      I feel the same way!

  42. Sarah says...

    Love the chambray shirt story! I do the same thing. I have a very similar philosophy when it comes to clothes. I have about 1-2 weeks of outfits that I love. I work freelance which helps, I can wear the same things over and over.

  43. Sonja says...

    More Jenny! And I am 100% positive I’m not alone in this reader request but: HOUSE TOUR, HOUSE TOUR, HOUSE TOUR!

    • KT says...

      Seconded.

    • Keri says...

      Thirded!

    • Elizabeth says...

      Yes!!

    • Lauren says...

      Please!

    • Lilly says...

      Thirded!

  44. I love Jenny’s outfits and her attitude to clothes. I also wear my favourite clothes to death, and only this week have had to relegate a once-navy linen shirt to decorating wear only. It’s a washed-out greyish non-colour and is going into holes. I wish I could come up with a way of predicting which clothes will become those firm favourites. Then I could buy duplicates and wouldn’t need anything else!

    • Emily says...

      right???!!! let me know if you figure it out.

  45. Julia says...

    I have long admired Jenny’s wardrobe approach, which is something she has written about before on her Instagram feed as well as her blog. I love the idea of buying a few good quality outfits rather than several cheaper pieces that are not made sustainably or ethically. It’s an approach that I too try to maintain. One of the personal struggles I have in maintaining this same approach, though, is when I am not feeling great about myself. I had a baby ten months ago, and one of the things that has really surprised me is not weight gain, it’s that I feel like my frame has changed. My torso is wider, my abdomen more rounded, my (nursing) boobs so much bigger. It’s a struggle to dress this body in my older clothes, and I have succumbed to insecurity-driven internet shopping, spending too much money on quality-but-impulse purchases.

    • Katherine says...

      That is a great description of some internet buying! It’s good quality so you feel you can justify it but does it really suit.

    • Sarah says...

      I totally get you on this. Insecirity driven online shopping! am still struggling to find clothes for my new body and the baby is two! And it’s not just a weight loss thing either, as you point out.

    • Kate says...

      I feel like this too, my old clothes don’t sit well. I’m still “skinny” but a thicker waist, a bit of a round belly, and bigger (lower) boobs.

      But I’m not sure what to buy, so it’s skinny jeans, and oversized tshirt a and chunky knits….everyday. So boring.

      What is my new style to fit the new, slightly softer, me?

      I love the look of the Kamm pants but feel like they would look terrible me, with a bit of a belly.

    • Katie says...

      I’m in this exact boat right now. I’m 6 months post partum and I’m back to my pre-baby weight, but I don’t feel that way. I’ve only just come to realize (and hearing it from you ladies as well) that I’m going to have to change my perception of what my body should look like based on its “newness.” Which for me means rethinking my style based on my new body type, but also my new lifestyle as a stay at home mom. Possibly a future COJ post?

    • Bianca says...

      Wow, I was scrolling through the comments when I read this reply and quickly perked up. This is also me right now! I’m 4 months post partum and it is a nightmare to shop for me right now. I have broken down in tears twice in changing rooms already. I start work in about a months’ time and this Friday I’m off to Zara (seeing it’s affordable where I am and trendy) to buy a whole new work wardrobe (as I was basically just living in 3 summer outfits) and I am DREADING it whereas I used to love shopping. I can’t seem to find my new size easily in Zara (L/XL/XXL ! from XS/S). I’m so stressed out that I actually talk about with my husband to calm my nerves, “Yes, I’m ready”, “Okay, I have a folder with saved items in my size if the live experience falls apart” etc. Aaggh!

      As for the jumpsuit, a few years ago I also thought, wait, what? Until I bought a dark grey pair (similar to the style posted here but with strap shoulders, also paired with a similar pair of shoes as Jenny’s but in black leather with a tan heel, it looked so good I went for cocktails in it!)

      P.S. Jenny is absolutely stunning, that face!

    • Ava says...

      Same here – a year on I’m still learning what suits my new shape after so many years dressing for my old one!

    • Abesha1 says...

      Same here…. weight is the same, general shape is the same, but after two babies, the body is just different, somehow. Sqishier, in a nice way, but different.

  46. Katy says...

    Kansas girl here – my dad is the same way!! When he needs a new pair of jeans or new shirts, he’ll find them on sale, buy two of everything, wear one out to threads, and then years later finally take the other out of the packaging!

  47. Lovely Jenny! Miss you in Brooklyn but love seeing your Portland style evolve!
    Xo, Sarkilahti

  48. Leah says...

    Many years ago I purchased the “Tova” dress and tunic pattern from Jenny. I have made a variation of that pattern for myself at least 20 times. It has a cult following, and for good reason-it’s easy to make and can be switched up in so many fun ways. Once I was introduced to who Jenny is (through the COJ beauty uniform!) I loved wearing her design even more. She’s such a sweet, gentle and talented soul!

  49. Sarah P. says...

    Love! Wiksten patterns are awesome! The baby and toddler harem pants are perfect and I plan on whipping up a few pairs for my kids this fall. Her style is inspirational!

  50. Joy says...

    she is so stunningly beautiful!

  51. Mallory says...

    Need a tutorial on how to make ones hair look amazing five days in a row.

  52. Lauren E. says...

    Seriously considering whittling down my wardrobe and getting rid of the things I’m “meh” about. Thank you for the inspiration!!

  53. chloe says...

    bombest style ever

  54. Keeping your ideal jean measurements on hand isn’t crazy, it’s brilliant! I feel like recently on another one of these someone else started a sentence with “it sounds crazy, but…” and I had the same reaction. Are we (women) just conditioned to downplay good ideas and call ourselves crazy? I’ll have to pay extra close attention now whenever I hear that phrase, as something brilliant could be following!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      you might be right, katie! going to look out for this too.

    • I’m gonna keep an eye out for this- and for similar wording that sort of downplays the idea (I feel like I preface things with “I know it’s silly, but…”)

    • Aya says...

      Agreed! I’m also trying to only apologize when appropriate (and say thank you more–I think this is something I read about on CoJ) and not preface period/body talk with any kind of apology or “gross” warning.

  55. Totally inspired by these outfits and her mantra of buying well, owning less, and wearing the heck out of clothing. As a Portland dweller myself (I think we even live in the same hood!), it’s inspiring to see these fun and colorful outfits. My wardrobe is mostly gray, blue, and black but I am hoping to change that. . . . like she said, it’s hard to be glamorous here because it rains SO SO MUCH. It’s so tempting to just wear jeans and a cozy hoodie most days. But next on my list: those amazing red pants. *heart eyes*

    • Laura C. says...

      My wardrobe is black /white /navy/grey. Plus, red is sort of forbidden in there, it’s a color that just does not fit me. You are brave trying with bright colours, Taylor! But your style is legit too!
      Jenny, you are stunning!

  56. Mara says...

    I’m sure this has been commented on to death, but Jenny and Alexis Bledel could be sisters! Uncanny!

    • Sarah says...

      I had this thought, too! I had to do a double take because I thought it was Alexis.

    • Sarah says...

      I’ve been reading Jenny’s blog for a long time, and I remember a post she did years ago where she listed some of the celebrities people tell her she looks like. It was crazy to me because I’ve never been told I look like anyone famous (haha) but she seems to get it all the time.

  57. J says...

    I love her style and beauty uniform, especially the shift dress over jeans with sneakers. Perfect combo of tomboy, girly, and comfortable. My husband and I are relocating to Portland in October, so I’m eating up any little insider info and reference I can get right now. Good timing, CoJ!

  58. Amanda says...

    “There’s just this initial, okay, I need to readjust what I know about clothing and what people wear and now I can see, oh it’s actually pretty cool!” hahaha. This is my husband, too.

    Whenever he gives me “the look” I just say, “You don’t really understand this yet do you?” and he’s like, “Just give me a minute.”

    Loved this one!

    • Shelby says...

      I’ve totally experienced the thing with men and jumpsuits. The first time I wore a jumpsuit my husband got uncomfortable because “his German friend’s ex-girlfriend always wore jumpsuits and she wasn’t nice”. Like, um..??
      His second comment: “How do you pee?”
      :)

    • Kat says...

      Once while getting ready I walked into the kitchen to grab a glass of water, and still had the heat glove on that I use with my hair wand. My husband looked and me and said:

      “…oh… you’re wearing… a glove…” clearly trying to process and make sense of it.

      I’m really not an adventurous dresser so it was so hilarious and sweet to me that he was ready to get on board with a single, black glove as my date night best!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg hahaha so sweet. i love it :)

    • Sarah says...

      I always test weird clothes out on my boyfriend because I know he’ll say the worst possible thing anyone could be thinking. Then I know how bad it can get and whether I want to take the risk. He’s actually told me before that something hurt his eyes. Sent it back.

  59. Islay says...

    Love love LOVE her style! I’ve followed Jenny’s Instagram for a while now and was so excited to see this! Beauty uniform please!!

  60. Em says...

    Love this series, but please please please, more plus size women! I have such a hard time finding new brands to try or style inspiration, and there are tons of fabulous, inspiring women it would be amazing to see you feature.

  61. Allison says...

    I love Jenny’s style! And her designs are great too. Her knitted hats are always the first ones I reach for in winter. And I just sewed a Wiksten tank, and now every time I do laundry it makes me excited because I get to wear my Wiksten tank again! (Seriously)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      her site makes me want to learn to sew! is it very hard to learn?

    • I have been sewing for a long time, but any time I make a tank, I start with the Wiksten tank pattern and modify as needed! It’s also a great starter pattern, Joanna!

    • Sasha says...

      Joanna, it’s not so hard. You just need to jump in and be patient with yourself. If you could find a beginner class to get you started that would be helpful.

    • Katie says...

      I learned on you tube! I started by making pillows which was a perfect way to learn the basic skills. You can do it!!!

    • Sarah says...

      I just started sewing about a year ago and I would call it life changing. I work full time and have 2 kids 3 and 5 so my sewing time is limited but there is nothing like wearing a handmade piece of clothing. It’s so nice to be completely in charge of your wardrobe! I only look at online stores for inspiration now. I can make what I want. It’s pretty thrilling.

    • Leah says...

      I’ll teach you how to sew, Joanna! xoxo

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yay, ok!!!! it’s a date.

  62. Quirky elegance in all of these outfits – just gorgeous. I love how Jenny wears the same outfits over and over again, I sometimes wonder if simplifying my wardrobe is the way to go – I think there’s too much choice and then nothing goes together!

  63. Kay says...

    She’s so beautiful!

  64. First off, my goodness, what fabulous skin she has!
    Love the idea about measuring clothes you already like to get a better understanding of the measurements you’re looking for. Simple, yet brilliant. I’m the same way about buying things on sale, though I bought a pair of full priced burgundy Addidas sneakers since I’ve worn the heck out of my grey ones.

  65. Kristin says...

    She has the most beautiful skin!

  66. This is such a genuine set of outfits. Normally when women wear these more unusual silhouettes, I just don’t believe them. They look so try-hard and fake. But Jenny looks very natural and in her element. Maybe it’s because she’s in the business of textiles? Anyway, I’m really impressed. Very cool, thanks for sharing. Gives me a lot of inspiration.

  67. Kelsey says...

    I would have loved to see some outfits featuring clothing items Jenny had made herself.

  68. Lovely roundup of outfits!

  69. A says...

    She seems so sweet and kooky and funny. Love the jumpsuit and her quirky thrifty style.

    (Does everyone on the Internet wear Ace & Jig though? Is it like a rule? Their clothes just look like quilts to me!)

    • Thanks! The Ace & Jig comment cracks me up. I guess that’s the very reason I like it– the fact that it looks like a quilt. Ha! Not for everyone. It’s definitely some sort of internet mom uniform, but I try not to let that ruin it for me because I genuinely like it. The fabric is soft, the cuts are comfortable, and the colors are pretty. It almost feels like wearing pj’s but more acceptable.

  70. Katherine says...

    Gosh, what a beautiful lady! I do wonder about wearing things until they fall apart. Am I the only one where they start to smell long before this? Do other people not sweat? I feel guilty about not wearing things until they are completely worn but then also that I shouldn’t inflict smells on other people…any tips appreciated for clothing preservation!

    • Lauren E. says...

      I am cracking up. Hi, nice to meet you. I stink, too.

    • Agnes says...

      I shower every day and use deodorant and don’t wear tops more than once without washing. None of my clothes smell, even the old ones. Seems to do the trick and I wear lots of vintage tops (smelling the armpits before buying, as the smell of sweat NEVERRR comes out!!) Hope that helps!

    • Steph says...

      1. Add Oxy clean when doing laundry! Also helps with funky smelling towels.
      2. Put a tub of dehumidifier crystals in your closet, most local hardware stores carry them, it really helps with the musty smells some closets are plagued with.

    • Sasha says...

      I shower a few times a week, wear deodorant, wear clothes until they are visibly dirty or smell, and my clothes don’t develop “stink”, but I know what you are talking about. My girls volley ball clothes, Lord have mercy. I notice that tech fiber clothes get it the worst, but regular tees etc. do as well, and the stink can invade other clothes that are stored nearby.
      Oxyclean…the dry powder, completely kills stink for us. I use homemade laundry soap, and just add a little Oxy to the load if need be. Also, make sure that there is plenty of air around your stored clothing. Hope this helps.

    • Julie says...

      If you aren’t into Oxyclean, and the clothing is sturdy enough, just a little splash of white vinegar in the fabric softener compartment gets smells out of ev.er.y.thing.

    • Katherine, you are not alone! I find that handwashing some of my more delicate clothing items (which are my items that tend to get smellier more quickly) in my bathroom sink does the trick and avoids some of the “wear and tear” of constant machine washing. I just put the tiniest amount of Dr. Bronner’s soap in my sink, fill it up with coolish water, and let my clothing item sit in there for 10-15 minutes. Then I rinse it out and leave it on the shower curtain rod to dry. This does the trick for me and really extends the life of my clothing (and takes care of the smell, too)! Hope this helps. XO

    • Sarah says...

      My secret to getting sweat odours out of clothes is a simple soak in hot water and with a generous splash of white vinegar. Leave overnight then warm machine wash and they’re fresh and ready to go. This works on even the smelliest of my husband’s gym shirts, I swear!

    • Sasha says...

      Also, drinking alcohol changes how you smell, and the smells you leave on clothes. I don’t drink, and I think I smell better for it.

    • Such a good question! I sweat a lot and don’t believe in anti-perspirant (deodorant is fine, but it doesn’t seem healthy to stop yourself sweating). I’ve found that for tops I wear a lot, regularly washing them at 60 Celcius (that’s a hot wash, but not a boil wash) keeps the smells from accumulating. You can only do that with 100% cotton (or hemp, linen) but that’s what I prefer for t-shirts anyway. Plus I only wear a top once before washing it (except around the house) – *especially* if it’s been worn in an even slightly stressful situation, because stressed sweat smells so much worse!! So I wash most things at 40C, but sort t-shirts and cotton blouses into a separate wash that goes on 60C. Not sure how the eco stats work out on that, hot washes vs clothes lasting (much) longer… But I wish I’d figured out my system sooner!

  71. K says...

    Just ordered those sneakers!

  72. Hannah says...

    Thank you, Jenny, for inspiring me to cut my perfectly good oversized boyfriends jeans so they fit properly!

  73. Oh man, I’ve been such a fan of Jenny’s for SO long! I love her work. Fun to see her here again.

  74. Jenny Forever! I love this series and Jenny is one of the sweetest people on the internet.

  75. jaclyn barr says...

    She picks out all the same silhouettes that I do. I like when people dress crazy in the same way I do. It makes me feel like we’re all on a team of geniuses.

  76. Sarah says...

    She is stunning! ALOL about her husband and her jumpsuit.

  77. MyHanh says...

    I love the idea of wearing the same pieces that you love all the time. Right now my summer uniform is vintage jorts, a black tank with a lacey bralette peaking out, sneakers, and two gold layers necklaces. This is inspiring another MariKondo cleansing! Thanks, Joanna!