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Seven Everyday Clothes I Swear By

Seven Everyday Clothes I Swear By

This year, I’ve found myself reaching for the same few things in my closet over and over. (Do you do the same?) Here are seven things I’ve been wearing on rotation, and I’d love to hear yours…

Sweater: This cashmere sweater is oversized and soooo comfy. You feel like you’re wearing a sweatshirt yet it’s work-appropriate. I wore it twice this week and loved every second.

Lipstick: I’ve liked bright red lipstick for years, but sometimes I want to feel polished without making a capital-S statement. Enter this plum color, which looks pretty and relaxed, brightens up your face and (mic drop) is only $6.

T-shirt: During my 39 years on earth, I’ve worn eight gazillion white T-shirts, and honestly they all seemed kind of the same. But these Mott & Bow tees are definitely next level. They’re crazy soft, almost silky feeling, with a perfect preshrunk fit. (If you’re between sizes, size up.)

Shirt: These silk shirts are what my ten-year-old self imagined that I’d wear as a grown-up. And lo and behold, here they are! They’re lovely for both work and dinner dates — elegant and timeless. (I like the burgundy color, too.)

Wallet: When you carry a black bag, and wear black sweaters, and pull on black boots, sometimes you crave a pop of color. I love this cheerful neon wallet, which makes me smile every day. Bonus: You never lose it at the bottom of your bag!

Jeans: After an epic pasta dinner or during that time of the month, my pants sometimes get a little snug and pinchy. But these jeans save the day every time. They feel like leggings and are magically flattering, no matter what. The fade, the back pockets, just the right amount of stretch — I’m thinking of investing in a second pair so I can wear them forever.

Sneakers: I spotted Veja sneakers around town for years and I finally tried out a pair. They’re eco-friendly and sustainably made, and I love the cool 70s vibe. (Runner up: Allbirds, which are made of merino wool and couldn’t be comfier. While visiting recently, my mom tried mine on, wore them her whole trip… and took them home with her!)

What about you? What pieces do you wear on rotation? What brands are you loving these days?

P.S. Things I’ve worn eight million times, and tiny gold earrings.

(Top photo by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Jennie says...

    The journalist turned marketing executive in me is coming out. I find the title of this post irksome, as not all the items listed are articles of clothing.

  2. Does anyone know what brand the jeans are in the cover photo? They are just what I’ve been looking for!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! i finally remembered — they’re rag & bone. thank you!

  3. I’m so in love with this pair of sneaks, it looks so retro! The viva I was just looking for! I can imagine myself wearing it daily!

  4. As a stylist I have worked with many women and most do tend to have those favorite 5-10 “go to” pieces. In reality most women are wearing 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. Creating a capsule wardrobe that works for your lifestyle is key. Also it’s so nice to take time to evaluate which pieces you gravitate towards and why. It says so much about your own personal style and who you are today.

  5. I had to dig around and come back to this post because I bought those JCrew jeans this past weekend. I have to drive 1.5 hours to a decent mall or JCrew, so it was an investment in both time and money. But once I put those on, I was sold. The fact that my teenage daughter raved was icing. These jeans are comfortable, stylish and high enough for a mom. Brilliant. Thanks for the tip. I love JCrew for the classics. As I work toward a simpler, more sustainable wardrobe, these are a solid foundation.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so glad, amy!!!

  6. I thrift most clothing but these things I have worn a million times:
    A small Muji mens crewneck sweatshirt
    Linen Muji top with 3\4 sleeves
    Uniqlo scoopneck Heat Tech shirt
    Uniqlo men’s wool sweater
    Calvin Klein high waist jeans
    Madewell slim boyfriend jeans
    Block Shop scarf
    Colorful Saucony jazz sneakers

  7. Heather D says...

    I have *finally* found a pair of jeans that suits (and dare I say flatters??) my plus size, 5’4″ self. I love them so much I bought four pair in two different lengths; for flats & boots.

    • Lucy G says...

      Well…what are the jeans?!

    • Caileigh says...

      Omg, I am the same height and body shape. Please share!!!!!!!!

    • Erica Milsom says...

      Yes! Please share.

  8. Heidi says...

    I just love these kind of posts.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so glad, thank you, heidi!

  9. Tiffany D Frias says...

    Question,
    I am looking at the Allbirds Tree runners as summer sneakers for dresses and shorts. Thoughts on whether or not these are good to wear without socks?

    • just went to the allbirds store in SF yesterday. they are designed to be worn without socks!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes, i ONLY wear them without socks. then you can toss them in the washing machine.

  10. Renee says...

    I live in jeans, and recently I thrifted a pair of Levi’s 501 (men’s). I’m wondering if I should shorten+taper them or just keep them as is and roll them up? They look kinda like what you’re wearing in the photo, Joanna, and I love your style! I’m really short though so worried will look stumpy :/

  11. Oh I’m obsessed with that button up. LOVE it. Just wish it was a bit more in my prince range…Have any less-expensive suggestions? Outside of the usual (Target/H&M/ASOS)? Though I wear those brands, none of their button ups crease well or wear comfortably in my experience.

    – Grace

    • Christina says...

      I don’t know if you’re into secondhand stuff, but Poshmark is great! Just searching “silk button down” brings up lots of options, and you may have to look around on there a bit to find sizes/colors/quality to your liking, but you can definitely find good deals on 100% silk and it’s more sustainable!

  12. I have a loose light white with black stripes top from H&M from 2014. It is perfect. I live in Phoenix, where it’s over 90 most months of the year. It still retains its shape, looks great casual or dressed up, and it’s care: wash and dry!

  13. Joanna says...

    I recently bought a tube of Lipstick Queen in Medieval and it is the perfect red lip tint that feels like a lip balm. It fades easily so I’ll go through the tube quickly but it makes my whole face brighter.

    And I also love my Veja sneakers. Mine are black with Velcro and the leather is great for lighter rainy days (which happen a lot in the PNW).

  14. CN says...

    Do you use a lip pencil with the lipstick? If so, which one?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i actually just wear the gloss — it’s very pigmented. hope that helps!

  15. Sharon says...

    Thank you to whoever suggested Kut from the Kloth jeans. I love them! Very comfortable they are while still being flattering. Perfect for women who have curves (specifically in the booty department). I would love to wear J Crew, Madewell, etc., but my rear end will not comply ;-)

    Thank you COJ reader/commenter!

  16. Michelle says...

    I wear some version of this once a week for work:
    1. Everlane cashmere crewneck sweaters (navy, black, dusty raspberry pink)
    2. Box-pleat skirts that were my mom’s in the 80’s (and made to look like they’re from the 60’s). They sit high-waisted on me and I wear them with one of the aforementioned sweaters half-tucked in and black Cole Haan boots that manage to be simultaneously slouchy and polished.
    3. Black tights, forever and always when it’s cold.
    4. Bandana-sized scarves, loosely rolled and tied around my neck.

    Love a work uniform! I have a few other combinations I bust out each week. Makes my 5:30am wake-up call a bit easier.

    • This is adorable. I love everything you just described!

  17. Megan says...

    For some reason the jeans link isn’t working form me. What brand and style are those? Thanks!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hi, Megan! They’re J.Crew’s Toothpick Jeans. xo

  18. Kristin says...

    I am in need of some advice…have you found a white tshirt that ISN’T see-through?? I have tried a handful and always end up giving up because you can usually see through it. I love the look of just a simple white tee, dark jeans and some statement earrings so I am on the hunt!!

    • Stasha says...

      Yes! The J.Crew artist tee is the perfect white tee. It’s structured and not see-through!

  19. stephanie key says...

    After becoming tired of having to wear sunscreen every day on my neck & chest to prevent that area from looking like aging leather against my white face I walked into my neighborhood Nordstrom and purchased some beautiful silk scarves to tie around my neck so I could simply cover up that area instead of wearing sunscreen constantly. I tied them in a single loop bow high up on my neck and then arranged them in such a way that spread out that single loop.
    Now I try to wear a different one each day which has given my almost all black wardrobe many different looks. Also, wearing a scarf adds instant elegance to my look without making me appear overdressed. It also looks fun and sporty. I get non-stop compliments from people wherever I go.
    I believe I have just restarted a fad. Now I’m heading to the thrift stores & eBay for more scarves–my favorite new/old accessory.

    • So classic! And a fun item to collect!

  20. Emilie says...

    Here’s my problem with wearing the same pieces in rotation – my style is very eclectic, full of patterns and bright colors! If I repeat all the time it’s more obvious than it is for people with a more classic aesthetic. And I wear mostly dresses so there’s not a lot of mixing and matching going on. Does anyone have a solution for this problem? I would love to ave a capsule wardrobe but it never seems to work with my style. That said, I do have signature accessories that I wear a lot. I inherited a pair of my mom’s sable-colored Frye boots from the 1980s and I’ve had them repaired countless times. I always feel cool in them, and close to my mom. I also bought a navy leather satchel-style purse in Italy that works in any professional situation. It’s my interview secret weapon.

    • Emilie, I wear a lot of bold prints and patters too and print mixing has become my go to. For example, https://www.instagram.com/p/BauMXBRgd60/?taken-by=thirdeyechic I’ve worn this top separately with pants, jeans etc many times but with a printed skirt, it’s a whole new look. It takes effort to mix and match but once one takes the time to do it (and take pictures for later reference), so many pieces in the closet can be used creatively. If you wear mostly printed dresses, you may try adding accessories like scarves, blazers etc to switch up the look. If you’d like to keep a capsule wardrobe, but don’t want to forgo your bright and bold aesthetic, you can also try keeping your basic pieces neutral and adding printed colorful accessories – printed scarves, bright jewelry, colorful shoes and so on. Your distressed Frye boots sound so fun!

  21. AC says...

    I’ve been trying to make the shift to more thoughtful buying and have focused more on brands that are ethical/sustainable/local. Better yet if they’re women owned!

    1. Jamie + the Jones raw silk tops. I have 3, and they are easy to handwash and dry quickly.
    2. Black Crane pants. I have two pairs of their black pants – one in a quilted cotton and one in a cotton-wool blend that is great for winter. The fit is baggy and comfy and with big pockets, they’re also utilitarian.
    3. Pat McGrath Labs Matte Trance lipstick. The formula is amazing and really lasts! Smooth and velvety. I recently wore Full Panic to my h.s. reunion and got a ton of compliments.
    4. Blundstone boots – essential for fall and winter. I grew up seeing my riding trainer wear these every day and finally got myself a pair 20 years later.
    5. Jamie + the Jones heavyweight T sweater in cream. It’s a thick cotton weave – super warm and basic but also stands out because of its structure.
    6. Clinique Quickliner pen for a quick cat eye.
    7. Fun socks from Stance and Bonne Maison! The perfect thing to brighten up your footwear.

    American Giant makes great white tshirts. Very thick and they are nice and long for tucking in.

  22. My Ace & Jig dresses. I only have two, but they’re staples. I can throw them on and be cool in the summer or pair them with leggings/jeans in the winter. Truly worth the money.

  23. Amy says...

    Hiya! SoCal girl here. When I moved up north, I found myself reaching for the same gray cable knit sweater, light-wash boot cut Levi’s and black Palladium sneakers. I’m a skirts and dresses girl usually, but something about Monterey, CA just screamed, “Hide in a giant sweater. Wear comfy sneakers. Be cozy.”

    Now that I am working on assignment in Sub-Saharan Africa, I miss my sweaters so much!

  24. Today I’m wearing one of my favorite winter outfits (spring now please). It’s what I think of as my “winter skirt outfit” and it’s so comfortable. I have this purple maxi skirt that is basically sweatpant material so it’s so comfy but hey it’s still a skirt so fancy enough for the office (I think you could dress it up for a meeting if you had to) then I layer it over this short sleeveless black knit dress that serves as an undershirt/slip and also leggings. The any top can be rotated. Another nice thing about the outfit is if it does happen to warm up I could lose layers and still look fine (the black dress really could be a dress on its own, especially over leggings). This outfit is one of the things that has helped me along this winter.

  25. Heather says...

    Seven things:
    1. My cashmere crew neck sweaters from Everlane. I have three – one in a large so it drapes a little, and two in medium that are more fitted. Wear them 3+ days a week.
    2. The knit elise dress from Elizabeth Suzann. I almost threw up spending so much money on a dress, but I wear it 2-3 times a week at work: with a button up cardigan, with that grey crewneck sweater on top, with a black blazer, with a long sleeve grey t-shirt underneath like a jumper… It’s price per wear at this point is probably $5.
    3. Uniqlo ultra light down jacket. I run to or home from work a few times a week, and this jacket has kept me warm running all winter long – even on those 10 degree days. It’s so light it adds no bulk at all when I run, and is easy to throw in the washing machine.
    4. Marie Veronique barrier restore serum. Has changed my face this winter. I will gush about this with the zeal of the converted.
    5. Eclipse hoop earrings from anthropologie.
    6. This wool/linen blend 50’s-style skirt from Not Perfect Linen. Elastic waist, pockets — so flattering! I love pairing it with a striped boatneck shirt or one of my more fitted everlane cashmere crews. https://www.etsy.com/listing/477095314/linen-wool-blend-skirt-with-deep-pockets?ref=shop_home_active_5
    7. Thursday Boot Company downtown bootie in black suede. These plus wofford tights were on my feet almost every day at work the last 5 months.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      love this list!

    • Robin says...

      Omg I love everything from that Etsy seller! Dresses and skirts with pockets! And so many lovely colours. Thank you for sharing!

  26. Nina says...

    That makes me laugh that your mom took your shoes. I do wear the same things but that’s because I moved – to Florida from Utah and my clothes weren’t suited and then the hurricane had us move to GA so almost everything I own is thrift store finds. I have about 5 work shirts and 3 pairs of pants and just change it up a bit with scarves. Makes doing laundry frequently necessary but also pretty fast. and not much deciding in the morning either. :)

  27. A girlfriend was over this week and peeked inside my closet. She asked how on earth I decide what to wear each day with all the options! I’m totally a creature of habit and tend to go through phases where I have several favorite, comfortable, well-fitting pieces that get rotated constantly for a month or so. It’s fun diving back into my closet and re-discovering a blouse or pair of work pants that feel new and I can style with different things.

    You have such a beautiful, classic aesthetic. I’m tempted to buy up every single piece!

  28. Carrie says...

    What are the jeans you’re wearing in the top photo? I love the fit and color!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you! they are by citizens of humanity. i think they’re the boyfriend cut: http://bit.ly/2IJ8Vl5

  29. Sarah says...

    I bought a black capped sleeve cotton knee-length maternity dress from GAP two years ago when I was just starting to show. It’s loose, but it doesn’t scream maternity, and I’ve worn it once-a-week for the past two years. It was on sale when I bought it, so it’s pretty much been my best purchase ever. In fact, I continue to wear almost every GAP maternity purchase I made except for my maternity jeans…

    Others on regular rotation right now: my Dearborn Denim straight leg jeans (a Chicago company making super-comfy Made in USA jeans for $70! WOOT!), grey Everlane waffle cashmere sweater, Nisolo Smoking Shoe, Pad & Quill Phone Case (a MN leather company; the case doubles as daily wallet since it keeps my ID, credit card, CTA pass, cash, phone) & Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in Rose.

    (I’m currently lusting after a Son de Flor Palisandra Shawl, which I’m pretty sure I’d never take off and will probably buy as a “congrats on your new job!” gift to myself.)

  30. Great classic pieces. Buying the tee’s now. They look amazing!

  31. Lisa says...

    I’m breastfeeding at the moment, so I’m limited to the bits of my wardrobe that allow me to get my boobs out easily (fun!). I’m of the two clothing layer school of breastfeeding (nursing cami and top) so I’m wearing a lot of nursing camis (of course) and the tops that make me feel nice, which is important when you’re on little sleep. One is a silk PJ top from the hm x kenzo collaboration (this one https://goo.gl/images/oqxV87 ). I would LOVE another PJ top, but they don’t seem to be a thing any more

  32. Helen says...

    I’m looking at the boyfriend sweater and the reviews all say it runs big. I’m usually a petite M–what size would you recommend for me? (Also, it’s on sale!) Thanks.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i wear my regular size, so i’d suggest going for a petite M. it’s supposed to be oversized and comfy, and that look is so cute! :)

  33. Ana says...

    My black wrap dress, my black chunky heel booties, my G-raw jeans, my mango chunky baby blue wool pull over, my satin blouses and finally my black tuxedo style jacket–> wear, wash, repeat with a fuschia or prune lip.
    I love the idea of having go-to’s, it makes life easier but I cannot wait to get my spring-summer basics back in rotation after such a looonnnnng winter.

  34. Jennifer says...

    I am an inspector, so I work on a different place every day which makes it very easy to just wear the same thing all the time! Right now my favourite is a black raw silk dress from Jamie and the Jones that my husband got me for Christmas. When I’m not working it’s always Everlane high waisted jeans, whatever band t-shirt is clean, and a button down shirt from Tradlands. Easy, cute, and durable. I need clothes my kids can’t ruin.

  35. Dear Jo, what a golden tip for the basic t-shirts. Have been on a quest for this since ages.

    May I ask which size you take with them, I can’t figure it out and as they’re shipping to Switzerland, I wont be able to exchange.

    Thank you!
    Quirine

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thanks, quirine! waving to switzerland! i actually sized up because i like a slightly looser fit for T-shirts. if you like a slim fitted look, go with your regular size; if you like a looser fit, size up. (i wear a medium in these tees.)

  36. It is so great when you find the ultimate white t-shirt! I am still on the look out for mine, but will be definitely checking this one out – thanks for the recommendation.

    Holly

    • THIS: the “Premium T” from American Giant. $36.50, plus if you sign up on their site you get 15% off your first order. They are the best. Seriously.
      https://www.american-giant.com

  37. Wendy says...

    Yay for Allbirds – go kiwi! I’m going to invest in a pair as winter approaches here in NZ to keep my tootsies warm. So many awesome colours to choose from.

  38. MJ says...

    I’v been in Old Navy jean shorts, Old Navy/Target t-shirt and Sperry flip flops. I have two monogrammed sweatshirts for chilly nights below 70. Yes, I live in Hawaii! :)

  39. Becs says...

    I, too, wear mostly neutrals and love a pop of color like your wallet. Your “bottom of the bag” observation is similar to my new hack: I bought myself a big everyday tote for Christmas but didn’t want the lack of interior pockets to force me to go digging every time I needed a pen or lipstick. So! I bought a bunch of cheap makeup bags (Target dollar aisle for the win!) in various colors. I keep pens in the burgundy bag, lotion/eye drops/lip balm in the mint color, gum/snacks in blue, etc. A quick glance directs me to exactly what I need! That is, when all the loose tissues and receipts aren’t burying them… ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      such a good tip, becs!

  40. Grana silk shirt in black or white, Uniqlo ballerina shirt or turtleneck, Grana stretch jeans, Argent blazer or Ted Baker wrap coat, penny loafers or smoking slippers, NARS Cruella lipstick.

    Birdies makes slippers that look like smoking slippers that I wear when I’m working from home!

    I try to copy Jamie Beck, the beautifully artistic photographer, which means a lot of monochrome dressing with bold lips. I also bust out a linen dress from Reformation for the farmer’s market every Saturday!

    • Heather says...

      I love everything about this!

    • ditto re loving everything about this!

  41. Kathleen says...

    PSA. I loved my Allbirds for the first few weeks of wear. I bought a pair after I saw them promo’d/sponsored on CoJ. Buuuuut I’m sad to say that I’m no longer a fan and sadly won’t be re-purchasing. They stretched out SOO quickly, and now crinkle and wrinkle when I lace them up and look pretty odd. Super bummed, but thought I’d share my experience because heck, they aren’t cheap.

    • Claire says...

      I bought Allbirds because I saw them here also and mine have held up perfectly. I took them to Portland in January and they kept my feet super warm. Besides being a little dirty, they look the same as when I first got them even though I walked miles in them. Maybe contact Allbirds to see if something is up with the pair you have?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, maybe so! i have worn mine for miles around multiple cities, and they still look like new (especially because you can wash them in a regular washing machine). i’m sure they’d love to hear from you.

  42. Erin says...

    This is sort of on topic: Any recs for a bra that makes your breasts look smaller, yet doesn’t reveal any nipple? I’ve always worn padded bras to present a smooth foundation, but I’ve gained some weight, which has shown up in my breasts. I’m now busty and the padded bras just seem to add bulk. I’m loving the thinner bras I see online, but they don’t appear to have any lining and I’m afraid of revealing too much in such a thin bra. Suggestions?

    • Courtney says...

      Hi! I would look into Berlei. It’s the brand Serena Williams wears! I actually bought what they consider a sports bra but I consider a normal bra as it has underwire. It’s like a harness!!!!! But comfortable. If Serena can wear these to play tennis, they work! They’re pricey though. But worth it.

    • Leah says...

      I have always loved Soma bras for larger busts. They have tons of styles, including minimizers that aren’t uncomfortable. I would go into the store (if it is near you) and request help.

    • Abigail says...

      Thirdlove!

    • Alice says...

      Chantelle.

    • Tamara says...

      I wear unlined lace bras nearly exlusively as I also hate the bulk of padding with a 34DD bra size. When I need more modesty, I use these Bezi Bra Discs (https://www.amazon.com/Bra-Discs-Nipple-Covers-4101/dp/B000H3XF3E). I have two pairs and wash with mild soap and warm water. No more bulky foam bras! They’re great!

    • Wacoal Ultimate Side Smoother bra…I LOVE IT! This is really one of the only bras that makes my breasts look like their natural shape. It’s very comfortable, and if you search around (the wacoal website, zappos.com, etc.) you can find them on sale. I’m a 36D with…um…prominent nipples, and this bra keeps things looking nice and smooth most of the time. :)

  43. d says...

    what do people do to prevent jeans from bagging in the knees? am i just buying the wrong brand? the wrong size? i look like a slob, even after a few hours of wear. do any of you wise ladies have advice…? =)

    • Lauren K says...

      Mine too! I’ve tried many brands (Paige, 7, citizens, JCrew, Joe’s) and they all seem to do it…. here I was thinking it was just me.

    • caitlin says...

      Not perfect, but Everlane’s jeans are pretty good on this front in my experience. I have the slim fit black jeans and they’ve held their shape very well!

    • Rae says...

      I had the same problem, but I’ve found that I can wear Lucky Brand skinny jeans like 5 times and they still don’t get baggy-saggy!

    • Lulu E says...

      Ditto!

    • rita says...

      Yes, me too!

    • Marina says...

      Me too! SOS please!

  44. Arielle says...

    My scrubs 3x a week! I worked hard to wear those nurse blues. Even if they get dirty from delivering babies! (Labor and delivery nurse here)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s awesome, arielle :)

    • Ashley says...

      I loved all my delivery nurses. You are truly amazing! Thanks for taking care of us in the scariest and most exciting times of our lives.

    • J says...

      Yes for scrubs! I wear scrubs 5 days a week and have for years. Finally at a hospital where we don’t have standardized colors

  45. Em says...

    Citizens of humanity rocket jeans and any loafers. I’m still loving big slouchy sweaters (I hope this L.A. “winter” never ends).

    • Em says...

      Also, if you want a cleaner version of that lipstick color, try Kosas lipstick in the color Royal. It’s a very creamy berry shade that looks just like that revlon one. Xoxo

    • Carly says...

      The Rocket jeans have been sitting on my Shopbop wishlist for months — might have to try them out now! Look like a great staple skinny jean.

  46. LAWRENCE DEVORE says...

    Oxford cloth shirt, blue, suit, Navy or charcoal, shoes, shell cordovan. Next day,
    Oxford cloth shirt, white. Rinse and repeat.

    • chris says...

      I would love to know what Oxford cloth shirts you love? I loved the Ralph Lauren ones I had as a teen and have never found the same thickness and heft that I loved in those.

  47. Cupi Love says...

    Quality fabric leggings, w/ long shits & sweaters, dresses with leggings underneath…b/w plaid long shirt w/slits on side…black lace up 4 in block heeled boots, thigh high suede boots (2 3/4 in, black & grey)…black wedge suede boots…

    • JD says...

      long what?

    • neh says...

      Hahahaha, JD!!

    • Heather says...

      This made me LOL

  48. Sara says...

    That shade from Revlon is my go-to! Best 6$ lipstick ever

  49. Danielle Alcock says...

    I just bought a pair of Gucci slide-on mules. At first I debated how much I would wear them, but I keep finding myself reaching for them every. Single. Day. They make every outfit – jeans/tshirts, pretty dresses – instantly look cool and preppy and chic.

  50. Mai says...

    Madewell denim (cali demi-boot cut is my fave), Gucci loafers, everlane $100 cashmere crew, Goyard St Louis Tote in Grey,

    Those jeans – what cut are they from Jcrew? Are they the highrise toothpick? Nordstrom labels them as just toothpick, but they look high rise….?

  51. Lindsay says...

    Such a fun post! I have a random question: I wear my fav shirts with jeans (often) but notice that I tend to get little holes in the shirts where the button/belt buckle is. Does anyone else have this issue? Do I just need to do a tuck in or a sloppy tuck? It makes me so sad when my favorites get holes :-(

    • Kelly says...

      Omg I get these all the time. What am I doing wrong?!?

    • Joan Olson says...

      My theory is that it’s from leading against a stone or quartz counter top. Since I have stopped leaning against the countertop, I have stopped getting those little holes.

    • Eishy says...

      Me too! Is it from the zipper

    • Angela says...

      Please someone help me understand this!!!!! Me too!

    • Cathy Hegarty says...

      Me too…..on anything cotton. Tucked in or not. Always is the same place.

    • Tracy says...

      I was told it’s from where the seat (lap) belt rubs on your shirt. I’m not sure if that’s true but I get holes there too. Drives me nuts.

    • Sue says...

      I have this problem also. I use iron on patches (on the inside) – they solve the problem fairly well … but I would like a solution to never have the problem in the first place.

    • Amy says...

      Same thing happens to me too. What are we doing wrong??

    • Carly says...

      Think it’s just from the fine weave of the fabric! Plus the combination of maybe leaning over surfaces + the tension of being tucked in and rubbing up against denim. Used to happen immediately to every Madewell tee I bought and finally just had to stop :( Hasn’t been a huge issue with the Everlane tanks I’ve bought recently.

    • Rebekah says...

      Me too!!!!!!

    • StefanieK says...

      This happens to ALL of my cotton t shirts. Not just jeans, but also chino shorts as well. I am a major counter leaner so maybe it is what one person commented here. Looks like I need to start standing on my own two legs! I told my husband that I wanted to invent some type of shirt protector tab that covers my pants, but didn’t think there was a market for it. Now I need to get started on a patent… and an invention to patent!

    • Ingrid says...

      Yes! I thought that was just me!

    • Jen says...

      Omg! Thought it was just me too! I always put it down to moths or getting my shirts caught in my pants zipper…. so weird.

    • Liz says...

      I actually don’t think quality tops over lesser quality tops make a difference to the tiny holes – they happen when you lean and shirts just can’t withstand the weight and friction, that’s what I found at least. Oh and you can’t help leaning into things! You need to protect your tops from your jeans button – http://www.holebuttoncover.com
      Also, the Mott and Bow tees are amazing! There’s another brand that I live called Monrow that make a great fitting tee!

    • Lindsay says...

      Thank you, all – I wish this didn’t happen to any of us but am glad to find out the answer to this mystery! I’m going to try these Holes (pricey! but maybe worth saving my shirts!). Love this CoJ community!

  52. irene says...

    i literally live in my jeans! i used to feel underdressed around my friends who always wore dresses and skirts but now i truly feel i do not have to apologize for being a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, go for it, irene! i love that effortless, classic look!

  53. Erin says...

    Is the white t-shirt see through? I always have so much trouble finding one that’s not transparent!

  54. Do you like J. Crew jeans more than Madwell? I love the sneaker options too!

    Lately I’ve been wearing my Adidas slip-on adilette slide day and night. And by lately I mean for the last 6 months. The cushioning is staaacked and I love the sporty look. If it’s a really good lazy day I’ll pair it with my Adidas sweatpants and my Adidas All-Blacks Rugby Team jersey. I know, I am fancy ?

  55. Old Navy Rockstar jeans in black and medium blue-both in size 6S. It’s nice to have jeans at the right length instead of bagging at the ankle. I reach for both of these all the time.

    Black patent leather loafers. They look great with jeans, skirts, dresses. I love them.

    Grey suede Adidas courtset sneakers. I’ve got my eye on some black and white leather ones, too.

    Sleeveless white button down. Easier layer under sweaters and cardigans

  56. Rachel says...

    My year-round SF Bay Area uniform: Uniqlo linen shirt (they’re back in stock!) over a Muji tank top with jeans. Footwear is seasonal: winter is Blundstone boots, spring and fall are Adidas Gazelles and summer is a pair of 10 year old Cydwoq flat sandals.

    • Courtney says...

      This sounds cool. Can you post a link to what shirt?

  57. Katherine says...

    I shop almost exclusively at thrift stores and I’d say 90% of what I own is secondhand. My go to shoes are Birkenstock sandals (just got a new pair today, not from the thrift store, but most of my other shoes are used), and I basically live in black leggings with oversized tunic tops or sweaters. I’m in Texas so now that it’s warmer I’ll swap out sweaters for sleeveless tops that are still long and flowy. I’m all torso, so I need tops that are long enough to cover my bum. I love high waisted jeans and leggings; I’m not interested in reverting back to low slung jeans with booty crack showing high school days. My favorite brands of leggings are Lululemon and Zella, for jeans I have one pair each of Current/Elliot, Mother, Paige, and CoH (all found at the thrift store!). For tops, I favor Athleta, JCrew, Loft, and Lululemon tanks. If I had to pick my most favorite brand, though, it’d be Vince; all the pieces I have by them I’ve found at the thrift store and they hold up and wear as if they are brand freaking new. I’m a teacher so no way could I ever afford their pieces retail, so I’m glad there are ladies out there who give away their expensive threads for people like me to find.

    • Katherine, what thrift stores do you shop at?

    • Courtney says...

      I’m in Texas too and wanting to know…

    • Katherine says...

      Hi ladies! I’m in Austin and I mostly shop at Goodwill and Savers. I realize I maybe should have also posted this disclaimer: I’ve been a thrift shopper since elementary school, because my mom was a serial thrifter. She made a rule for my sister and I that she would buy us anything we wanted from the thrift store, but if we wanted new, designer clothes from the mall, then we’d be footing the bill. So, I learned early on how to dig and search for those name brands I wanted and now I feel like I’m basically a professional thrifter (my friends and family even text me requests for me to find for them, and I’ve also been able to gift a trans friend of mine a whole new wardrobe of clothes on the cheap because I know her size and shape).

      I’ve gotten it down to a science of how to browse and can make it through an entire smaller sized store in about two hours (meaning women’s, men’s, books, housewares, Children’s, like all of it!). But I’m a life-long treasure hunter (if I could hunt for sea glass as a career, I’d be one happy lady) so I don’t mind the time and effort spent searching, even if I come out empty handed.

      Tip if you’re new to thrifting: have an idea of what you need before you go shopping, otherwise you will be overwhelmed.

      Also, all Goodwills have dressing rooms, but to save time I dress in layers so I can try stuff on in the aisles and save time with lines/clothing limits. Wear a tank under your shirts and strip down to that to try on tops; wear leggings so you can easily pull on skirts or jeans (so be sure your leggings aren’t too thick, but I promise if they’re thin you’ll know quickly whether those pants will fit or not).

  58. Kat says...

    Levis 505s or 501s. Cotton tee that can get dirty (usually one from the souvenir tee stash in my closet). This cold spring has made my pale gray cashmere zip hoodie the thing-by-my-bed so I can grab it fast. I have slept in it, gone out to dinner in it, fed chickens in it.
    On my feet, merino socks (smartwool) and cute suede pull on boots by Hotter.

  59. Nicole says...

    I JUST ordered Allbirds a few days ago and am eagerly awaiting their arrival. Knowing they have your stamp of approval just reinforced my decision to make the splurge!

    • Astrid says...

      I felt the same and splurged on a pair. I was disappointed, the tongue flap never stayed put and the shoes felt strange when I tightened the laces.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i hope you love them, nicole! and i’m so sorry you didn’t have the best experience, astrid. i find them to be like walking on pillows :)

  60. TJ says...

    For work, I always wear cropped trousers, probably a striped tee (because stripes are me jam), blazer or cashmere cardi, and Boden leopard print heels or Sam Endelman red flats.

    For weekends, I usually stick with all things Athleta (athleisure FTW!) because it enables me to feel like I am in PJs while at Target while still being stylish.

    Oh, and I always always carry my LV Neverfull. After years of handbag shopping and buying ‘almost right’ bags, I have carried this thing for more than 8 years and it’s the most durable and functional bag for me. And still looks great.

  61. Sarah says...

    I’ve “invested in” (aka spent a boatload of money on) three pairs of madewell jeans. I wear them endlessly. They make me feel instantly cute and cool.

    Bonus: jean shopping is now quick, painless, and one-stop shopping. Hallelujah.

  62. bwh says...

    Hi! Can we please retire “time of month”? There’s no shame in saying “period”! I recently read a study that listed many of the efforts women take to hide they’re on their periods…it was side. It’s time to normalize, people.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s a smart point, bwh. after reading some inspiring articles, i actually have been taking steps in my life to be open about my period — i simply walk with my tampon in my hand to the bathroom without hiding it (past male officemates, whoever is around, etc.); i talk openly with my kids about my period and tampons; etc. i hear you about this language, too!

    • Louisa says...

      Bravo!

    • Amanda Kathryn Cihlar says...

      wholeheartedly agree!

    • Em says...

      What about those of us who just don’t like the sound of the word “period”? Can we stop using it? I’d rather say the word “moist” than “period”. Though both are bad. Add to: gum, plethora, and moot. I swear I am an otherwise lovely person. ?

    • Bwh says...

      And by ‘side’ I meant ‘sad’. Glad so many are on board!

  63. shannon says...

    On impulse I bought two 100 percent wool button up cardigans at Uniqlo in December 2015, one camel color and one light gray. I wear them to death, have washed them both multiple times, and they still look brand new. They’re so comfy I literally put them on over my pjs and sleep in them if I’m chilly. Paid $10 for one and $20 for the other…best $30 of wardrobe money I’ve ever spent!

    • Love Uniqlo. I bought a merino wool cardigan last year, and I’ve worn it to death, and it still looks brand new. $15!

    • Lisa says...

      Their clothes are great! I’m currently wearing one of their dark grey merino wool cardigans. I can’t even remember how old it is

  64. Sasha says...

    It’s still mostly cold here so, overalls with a sweater under, black clogs or snow boots, dresses over leggings with a sweater over and tall boots, Lola comfy stretch jeans and, you guessed it, a sweater, or fleece zip up and black clogs. Warm wool socks, cute wool hat. Today it’s 39° and feeling a little spring like, so leggings, aqua dress and bright pink sweater over – spring colors if not spring clothes. I mostly wear the same silver necklace, nose stud, and tiny silver hoops or silver balls earrings. No makeup, but Burt’s bees peppermint lip balm is my bff.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that sounds so cute and cozy!

    • Vero says...

      I would love to see a week of your outfits! They sound right up my alley.

  65. Jaclyn says...

    I absolutely love the idea of silk shirts and want to purchase and wear one so badly, but every time I’ve tried one and then washed it, it comes out looking weird and it always ends up clinging to my body (stupid static!). I would LOVE to try one of the silk shirts you mention in this post but do you have any good tips on how to keep a silk shirt looking fabulous and not clingy after washing it?!

    • Sarah P says...

      Hand wash in cold water with a no-rinse detergent, and put it in your washer on spin cycle *only*! Silk also irons really well with a cool iron on the wrong side of the fabric.

      I should add that some silk is definitely dry-clean only. I have one from Everlane that is sort of a matte texture and it washes by hand just fine. But from experience, anything that has a shiny, satiny texture may not be the same after washing and you’re taking your chances.

  66. Daniela says...

    I wear scrubs and workout clothes practically all the time, but when I want to wear regular clothes I mainly reach for my Uniqlo dress with a built in bra. Easiest outfit ever! I haven’t been feeling Jeans lately, they just feel too constricting but when I do wear them I like them with one of my cashmere sweaters (Everlane, Uniqlo) or my Madewell sweatshirt. Always flats or Keds!

  67. Clogs! Or any type of of slip on shoes really. With socks or without socks, I just love being able to easily slip my shoes on and off.

    Also constantly reaching for slouchy sweaters and easy dresses!

  68. Mom of Boys says...

    Okay Jo, I’ve got a real TMI question for you about those silk shirts: How do you avoid arm pit sweat marks? I’ve given up on silk because the slights moisture shows right through and changes the fabric texture.

    • Daniela says...

      I’d love to know too. I sweat so easily and tend to avoid anything that might show stains!

    • DIANA says...

      ugh same, I just threw one out yesterday after basically one use.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good question! i often size up in silk shirts because a) i like an easy fit, and b) that way, if i sweat it doesn’t touch the shirt as much, since the shirt isn’t up against my armpit, if that makes sense. hope that helps!

    • Elise says...

      Try an undershirt. This blogger mentioned that she always wears very thin undershirts with her cashmere and silk and it keeps the sweaters fresher because the sweat seeps into the t-shirt not the sweater. :)

    • Kat says...

      Yesss!!! Pit wet Love the feel but can’t pull it off

    • Hannah Joy says...

      This was a HUGE issue for me, especially since I make my own deodorant which doesn’t stop the sweat. I looked at my male coworkers and realized they all wear thin white shirts underneath! I bought 3 organic cotton v-neck tees from H&M’s conscious collection that sit close on the body so as not to add bulk to my top layer. This saved several of my nicer work shirts.

    • Anna says...

      I have lots of silk shirts for work, and I always always wear a undershirt for this reason! Also after you wear them you can steam them a bit (I have a little handheld steamer at home) and it freshens it up a bit.

  69. Annie says...

    Black cashmere turtleneck-I’d wear it every day if my students didn’t notice.

    • Savannah says...

      Annie do it anyway! It sounds so chic and comfortable!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s such a cool teacher uniform, annie!

  70. Love this post, and I fully trust that commenters’ suggestions are fabulous also. That Mott & Bow shirt looks prefect – has anyone tried their jeans?

    • I tried a pair of their black skinny jeans a while ago (maybe 2 years ago?) and found that they ran really small. I ordered two sizes – my regular size, and a size up – and I couldn’t get them on. They were decent quality though, from what I could tell!

  71. Jenna says...

    I notice a lot of readers complaining about white tee’s. I have your solutions!!!
    https://www.xkarla.com/products/the-crew

    https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/women-u-crewneck-short-sleeve-t-shirt-406456.html?dwvar_406456_color=COL00&dwvar_406456_size=SMA002&cgid=women-t-shirts-and-tops#start=30&cgid=women-t-shirts-and-tops

    The xkarla runs a bit small but is thick and cut gorgeously

    The Uniqlo shirt is actually my favorite of the two and I own it in four colors at this point!

    • Lyna says...

      Thank you!

  72. Amanda says...

    While vacationing in Italy, I picked up a tube of Kiko’s mousse. It’s mattifying, provides coverage, and lasts all day. As far as clothes, I love Boden work clothes. Classy and chic, machine washable, and affordable. Some of the dresses give me a little va va voom . . . which is necessary when visiting my new crush before work. He works in my local coffee shop, and he’s awfully cute.

  73. Laura says...

    I’m all of a sudden curious how tall you are, Joanna. I’m 5’8″ and wondering if those jeans would be long enough for me.

  74. Ro says...

    Pretty much everything I own is from the thrift store, which is nice because I have lots of beautiful things but only paid a couple of bucks. (Bwahhahaha)

    On rotation I have a cashmere sweater, black high-waisted jeans, black Chelsea boots, a super soft leather Coach bag (which was $14!!), various other big comfy sweaters, and some silk blouses. That’s my uniform.

    I love that at any given time I’m usually wearing an outfit that cost me under $20, and yet it still looks great.

    • Ro, what thrift store do you shop at?? I must know

    • Sasha says...

      Same! It’s like treasure hunt and when you find something wonderful for $2 you feel so accomplished! Plus it’s good for the planet. And you can be a little brave and try something outside your comfort zone since it’s only a few dollars.

    • Ro says...

      Goodwill, usually! And Red White & Blue :)

  75. Claire says...

    High-waisted, wide-leg blue jeans, and a pair of vintage men’s chinos that I got in a thrift store- way too big but I had them taken in at the waist. Also a white or gray v neck t-shirt. A rose pink colored henley from Boden that is the best. I just got a new raincoat from Boden too, but now it’s stopped raining, darn the wardrobe luck. Denim skirt. Cowboy boots. Old tennis shoes. A black cardigan from Everlane. Red Camilla lip balm from Tatcha- it healed my chronic chapped lips!

  76. Ann-Marie says...

    Madewell and Levi’s 711s for jeans.
    Aritzia merino wool sweaters.
    J.Crew t-shirts (perfect fit long-sleeve ones in winter, and vintage short-sleeve scoop necks in the summer). I also love Everlane’s silk shirts for when I need to be a bit dressed up!
    On my feet I tend to fall back on my Nike Internationalist sneakers in black/gray/white. I want Veja’s next though, I like their sustainable practices.
    On my face: rms lip2cheek and champagne luminizer. :)

  77. mustard says...

    My winter wardrobe is a little more varied, because I like having fun with layers, but when it inevitably gets hot and gross this summer I will live in Muji shirtdreses. Last summer, they were on sale, I bought one, loved it so much that I went back the next day to buy another color. Then I bought a cotton one in the fall, and a week ago I picked up another cotton one on sale. They’re easy, comfortable, great in hot weather, work appropriate for my casual office, and I can always play a bit with different shoes and jewelry. I’m looking forward to not having to think at all about clothes this summer (I only go into the office 3-4 days a week, so I’m set.)

    That said, it’s not always the practical things that turn into workhorses for me. My single best clothing buy is probably a Rick Owens tunic I bought last year. I wear it weekly, it goes everywhere, and I always feel perfect in it. It’s not super weird for Rick, but still…

  78. Moo says...

    I love Madewell (jeans, sweaters, booties…really, all of it lol), but their track trousers are amazing for work AND off-work occasions. They have pockets and an elastic waist, plus a cropped hem. They are SO comfy and cute. AND they don’t need ironing. =)

  79. Maire says...

    After a long period of not wearing pants because of fit issues, I have discovered the Old Navy Rockstar jean, and my life has been changed. My general uniform is the jeans, booties, an oversized t-shirt and a flowy cardigan. Either that or tights, a dress, a cardigan, and cowboy boots. The key here is that my closet is majority cardigans because it is basically the lab coat of librarians everywhere. :) (Most of my favorite cardigans come from Target, but I have also gotten some great ones from Groupon Goods!)

  80. Corinne says...

    I used to hate the idea of wearing the same few things over and over again. Now I’ve reframed it as a smart “uniform” and “editing my closet” down to the pieces that bring me joy. They might sound like cliches, but it’s really worked for me. My everyday uniform now is a pair of jeans that makes me feel great with a nice tee, cardigan, and either dressed-up flats or smart sneakers. A scarf and bold earrings tie it together. As long as each piece is carefully chosen and special, it WORKS! and I can get on with the really important things I need to do.

    • Kate says...

      Love this!

  81. I don’t have a work uniform, per se, but do have work favorites that never let me down (talking to you cozy grey cashmere sweater). I use the Stylebook app to keep track of my closet and swear by it. It makes it easy to see the pieces I get the most use/value out of and reminds me to either wear something or send it packing. I do a lot of public speaking for work and don’t like to wear the same thing every time and Stylebook also helps with that. It’s also taught me that my favorite thing ever is a cardigan sweater.

  82. Jenny says...

    I reach for the same clothes again and again! Realizing this has made me much more conscious of what I purchase. I would rather have fewer items that I love than a closet full of unworn things that aren’t quite right. I try to identify my needs (a little black dress, a warm sweater, a basic tshirt, etc.) and then go on a mission to find that item while keeping in mind the reasons I reach for my tried and trues (comfort and versatility!). I recently discovered these tshirts, which I am very happy with. The sweater-like knit, elbow-length sleeves, and tulip hem makes them easy to dress up, while the loose fit and longer length makes them super comfy and legging-friendly. I can’t recommend them enough!

    http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?pcid=5058&vid=1&pid=231964002&searchText=soft+spun+shirt&autosuggest=true

  83. I love Plum Velour. I bought it because I think it was part of your mom’s beauty uniform piece? Am I a stalker? Anyway, it’s a great great cheap lipstick. I wear it all the time.

  84. A pair of Madewell’s perfect summer jeans in 100% cotton – highwaist, ankle length – and a UNIQLO tee by SPRZ with a Basquiat print. Oh, and for lipstick, Bare Minerals Gen Nude matte liquid lipstick. Such incredible texture and colors. Right now, with a pair of Aquatalia waterproof ankle boots, the only item in this list over $100.

    • Sarah says...

      I love love love those madewell perfect summer jeans! They are so comfortable.

  85. Ramona says...

    I once read a statistic…we wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. (pretty accurate for me, personally!)

  86. Heather says...

    Love that plaid jacket you’re holding up in the picture Joanna! One of my favourite go-to pieces is an oversized fleece-lined flannel that I picked up in the Seoul subway for $10 four years ago. To this day I think it’s the best $10 I’ve ever spent! It’s a great layering peice and very vestile, I love throwing it under a leather moto jacket or wearing it over a t-shirt for camping on chilly nights. The best part though is that it reminds me of my days teaching ESL in Korea. I love picking up clothing while traveling because whenever I wear these peices they spark a cool memory and just a hint of wanderlust. Now the elbows on my favourite flannel are beginning to fray, so I’m planning to find some cool felt or maybe faux-leather to create elbow patches. I’m not ready to let go of it or my memories from Seoul yet!

    Thanks for sharing all of your favourite peices and big hugs to the COJ team!

  87. Niki- Jay Bougaard says...

    I have that J Crew Sweater! It’s amazing! the sleeves are almost batwing for such a fun slouchy look. You put it on with skinny jeans and some boots or white sneakers and you feel insta-cool without trying at all! It’s like one of the best thins I’ve ever gotten from J crew. I’ve also worn mine twice in a week and no-one notices :)

    • Niki- Jay Bougaard says...

      PS: I’m a size 16 and very hippy and this is so wonderfully oversized so I never have to feel self-conscious; it’s perfect for any body type!

    • Dana says...

      Thank you so much for sharing your size! I love Joanna and all her readers but am a size 14 and busty and hippy. I’ll try this sweater! :)

  88. Ki says...

    I have the Jcrew toothpick jeans as well…don’t know what took me so long to try JCrew jeans! I love snagging them when they do their 40% sales–they fit like madewell, but at a much more friendly price point. They have become my go-to, nice, dark wash easy jeans for work. LOVE.

  89. Capa says...

    Ladies, any luck finding a boxy white T shirt that’s not see-through and lasts a while?

    I counted on Everlane but found theirs too thin, and mine piled within a couple of months :'(

    • Jenny says...

      YES! https://tradlands.com I had been looking forever as well and finally found it here!

    • o. says...

      I LOVE how JCrew’s Perfect Fit Tees wear – I don’t even need to iron them.
      They’re made of slightly thicker cotton than regular t-shits, but fit like a dream, don’t shrink in the dryer and the material hasn’t changed a bit even after a year. I love them so much, I bought 4 already and other 30 t-shirts I have are just lying around for the last 8 months or so.

    • Jen says...

      Try looking into Jungmaven. Their tee’s are made with hemp, they tell you the ounce of the shirt (10oz, 14oz, etc) and they are truly *thick* and heavyweight. I LOVE their stonewashed raglan sleeve tee’s in navy and white(cream-ish).

    • Kate says...

      I’m in Australia, but I’m assuming the fits would be the same. I get white (also Grey Marle) T-shirt’s from the men’s department in uniqlo. They are crew neck and boxy, and thick. Love them! I generally get a size small and it fits perfectly.

  90. Amber says...

    I love this!! I wear a soft, black long-sleeved t-shirt every day. I either wear it to work or it’s the first thing I change into after work. I’m wearing it right now!

  91. Courtney says...

    Hi Joanna! A bit off topic, but I am really hoping to see a post this week about this Saturday’s nationwide March For Our Lives. It’s such an important issue and I have appreciated other posts you have done that address such topics, albeit in a gentle way. (The first Women’s March, the ‘silent’ day you did in response to a recent shooting.) Your platform could raise so much awareness to get more people out marching for this crucial cause. Thank you for all you do–love your blog so much. xo

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      LOVE those, zoe!! thanks for the rec!

    • Karina says...

      LOVE! Do you think these are tts? I’m a 24/25…

  92. Celeste says...

    I reach for my Simply Vera by Vera Wang jeans. I have a purple pair that makes me smile at a fifth of the price of those toothpicks.

  93. Tania Barnes says...

    Those exact veja sneaks have been on my wishlist for oh….ever! One of these days, when I have two red cents to run together, I will treat myself :)

  94. Cynthia says...

    I rotate my clothes so I don’t wear the same thing twice in one week except for shoes. With all the cold and wet weather, I have been wearing my knee high riding boots almost non-stop!

  95. SJ says...

    Thank u for sharing! Have u by any chance tried the xkarla tees?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      no, now i’m curious!

  96. Sadie says...

    I have a uniform– I wear a Marks & Spencer black long-sleeved tee pretty much every day, with jeans and black plimsols (yes, I work from home). But it’s been cold recently, and I’ve been borrowing a thrifted black sweater of my husband’s that I really love. Just looked at the label and laughed. It’s Marks and Spencer.

    I honestly get nothing out of outfit planning, so a uniform works for me. When I worked in an office, I had exactly five work tops and three work bottoms, and I rotated through them. I used different colours because I was afraid to be noticed as someone who wears the same clothes all the time, but if I ever end up back in an office, I’m guessing I’ll bite the bullet and just buy five identical tops!

  97. Melanie says...

    I have a pair of pull on dressy black cigarette pants from Express that are amazing with a button up and heels, sweater and loafers or t shirt and tennies. They are forgiving and flattering and so comfy.
    I recently got another pair of black clogs that are surprisingly durable in this endless winter (MN here). Also when it’s not a sloppy mess out side a pair of gray flannel seavees from J.Crew that I love to wear with dressy slacks for some juxtaposition in the office.

    • hannah says...

      Would love to know the name of both the express pants and your new clogs as I currently need updates for both of those items!

  98. Lyna says...

    Perfect timing- I’ve been going out of my mind trying to find a white T-shirt that I can layer with blazers and cardigans at work. Everything I find has that one thing off about it that makes what should be an easy go-to item in my closet kind of a nusiance (worrying about if the shirt is too low cut, see through, fringed, bedazzled, etc…). Why is it so hard to find a comfortable white T-shirt that in theory should make dressing less stressful??

    Joanna- please tell me the Mott & Bow white shirt is not see-through. You’ll solve one of my daily work attire conundrums!

    • anders says...

      Nude cami’s underneath, but over your nude bra…

    • Claire says...

      Yes, I am so with you on this! When did it become the norm for tshirts to be made of thin, flimsy, sheer fabric? I want fabric with some heft and finesse, a tshirt that commits to hanging around for a while. Enough of these wimpy, flighty little things.

    • Everyday I wear an thin undershirt like a wifebeater :( or similar, a thin white tank might solve that problem even if it is see-through?

    • Lyna says...

      Oh, it’s nice that I’m not alone. I know a nude cami would work, but I’ve really been trying to find clothing that’s ‘not fussy’ as my sister has put it. You can just throw it on, feel comfortable, not need that one specific bra or undershirt, or something to make it work. Also, I personally feel confined when I have to wear multiple layers. I’d prefer to keep it easy.

  99. Megan says...

    I try to ask myself when shopping, “Can I wear it to work, to church, and out?” If so, it’s a keeper! I’m also a big believer in (cheap but good) tailoring. Once I’ve gotten something tailored I tend to wear it so much more because it just looks GOOD :)

  100. Liz says...

    It’s been almost two years since I stopped working in an office (to stay at home with my four- and one-year olds). My wardrobe went from business casual Ann Taylor, to…..WHAT HAPPENED TO ME? Luckily, spring is around the corner (I hope), and I stocked up on some sweet new floral blouses to brighten up the dull me. And speaking of dull, I recently came across “One Love Organics” and I tried their “Skin Savior” balm. My dull, dry face has literally transformed!!! Let’s hope these new clothes will too :-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thanks for the tip, liz! going to check out the balm!

    • Liz says...

      Yes! The company is from Georgia. I love finding organic skincare close to home!

    • aga says...

      My grey-white silk blouse from evelane has gotten yellowish stains that i can’t get out! I was hoping to get it out with baking soda and a gentle detergent for silk but looks like i’ll have to take it to the dry cleaners. The yellow faded in some parts but spread in others. Any ideas as to what could have caused it?

  101. SCV says...

    Do you have any tips on how to clean/ care for Silk blouses? I love them but dont like to launder. Do you handwash, take to cleaner, or any recs? I also hate ironing …

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i usually wear them 2-3 times (and eat very carefully, no spilling!:) and then take them to the dry cleaner. i’ve also sometimes used those dry-clean-at-home bags that you can put in the dryer, but they never really seem to clean the clothes well.

    • Hannah says...

      I put my silk shirts and dresses in a netted lingerie bag, wash on cold with a v small amount of delicates detergent. Just be sure there’s nothing with zips or clasps that can catch the silk. Works a treat for wool and cashmere too.

    • SLG says...

      I hand wash mine in the bathroom sink using Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo, and I’ve never had a problem. Dissolve a squiggle of shampoo in the water (you want it totally dissolved), gently swish the shirt until it’s all wet, let it sit for 5 minutes in the water while you do something else, then drain the sink, refill with fresh water, and dunk the shirt a few times. Then put it in your washer with JUST the spin cycle (no rinsing) to get extra water out. Hang or lay flat to dry and voila!

    • Isabella says...

      I just wash mine by hand in cold water with a wee bit of mild dish soap, and hang them to dry. Works a charm!

  102. Emily says...

    But is that white tee actually opaque? I’ve been on a quest for a solid white tee that doesn’t show your bra (or belly button!) and am coming up naught.

    • Anya says...

      agreed! i’m a larger chested woman and have the same issue – i usually end up wearing a camisole underneath, either nude or grey seems to work so you can’t see my bra (even a nude one) through a white tshirt.

    • Faith says...

      Great question! Following!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahahaha

    • Laura C. says...

      Ahaha ditto?

  103. Jordan says...

    Love the sneakers…..are they wide fit?! my feet are so wide and I am always struggling to find a shoe that properly fits.

    Also! I think it should be mic drop (not “mike drop”)

    XO

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, jordan! and i think they fit pretty widely — i have pretty wide feet. hope that helps!

  104. Karina says...

    Last year you recommended a Madewell flannel shirt that I was on the fence about and now I use it all the time! I was debating the Mott and Bow shirt, and you’ve pushed me over the edge! ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so glad!!!! i love that madewell flannel shirt :)

    • Rachel says...

      When I was very pregnant my sweet mom took me to madewell and bought me that shirt (to wear unbuttoned over tanks) and then post partum I wore it several times a week, and always felt good in it. And I still love it to this day, and it reminds me of when my girl was a little tiny babe.

    • Bethany says...

      I’ve bought a few pieces from Madewell over the years, and they always wind up being my most favorite items of clothing. I don’t know what it is about them!

  105. Annie says...

    Buy the back-up jeans now! I recently had a sound of music moment when my charming, playful, not-at-all-nope-never mischievous 4yo left a horn on our dining room chair and sitting down, I punctured a hole in the bum of my favorite jeans (which were themselves a back-up to my original pair). I can’t find them anymore and I am devastated to replace them and have to experience the dread of jeans shopping. You will not regret having more of what you love in your life, ever!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh no!!!!!

      PS “not-at-all-nope-never mischievous” = hahahaha

    • Anne says...

      Ebay!!! My favorite style of jeans was discontinued by Madewell a few years ago, but they still pop up on Ebay all the time. I’ve been able to buy a few replacement pairs for <$30 each.

    • Zoe says...

      Maybe you can get them repaired? Just saw this article on a sewing blog I read and was so shocked by the magic this girl (indigo proof) can work! You can’t see the repairs AT ALL! https://closetcasepatterns.com/master-denim-repair-jeans-restoration-indigo-proof/

      They also did a tutorial about how to DIY it and although you prob won’t be as good as a true master it could definitely work! https://closetcasepatterns.com/repairing-jeans-with-invisible-mending/

    • Kate says...

      Yes, also going to suggest eBay! I found my dream jeans at Anthropologie a few years ago but can’t really afford new ones, but have been able to snag a few new or gently used for super cheap. I also found a blouse that I passed up buying a few years ago and had since regretted!

    • Jill says...

      I use Poshmark to find pieces that are no longer in stores. I found my beloved 1969 Gap jeans and a JCrew blouse I once wore over and over and over.

  106. Lindsay says...

    Could you please tell me where you got the jeans you are wearing in the picture? I’ve been searching for some with that exact fit. Thanks!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, for sure! they are citizens of humanity. i think they’re the boyfriend cut? http://bit.ly/2IJ8Vl5

    • Isabella says...

      That’s too funny — I was scrolling down, wondering if you’d told anyone about your jeans in the photo yet, and thinking “They look like how I wish my Citizens of Humanity Emerson boyfriend jeans fit!” Go figure. Apparently I need your legs, not your jeans. :)

    • Tawny says...

      I have been scrolling for the answer too! Yes!!! Thank you!

  107. MK says...

    I am a BIG believer in wearing things a zillion times. I repeat outfits with abandon and have quality jeans that I rarely wash. During busy times especially, it ‘s a lifesaver to have a few go-to pieces and just wear them a ton.
    I’m in the midst of a pretty busy time at work, and I’ve been throwing on button up shirts from Ann Taylor. They are slim fit and don’t wrinkle easily, and they instantly make me feel professional and polished.
    I used to stress so hard about repeating outfits, and now I don’t care AT ALL.

    • Ndy says...

      I used to stress so hard about repeating clothes at work until a coworker asked me where I get my clothes because she said am so stylish. It was such best confidence booster. Now I don’t care. As long as I look neat.

    • anders says...

      I used to care too until I saw that the men in my office just wore the same suit day after day. It felt so unfair that on my tiny salary I somehow had the idea that I was supposed to have a different professional outfit every day. The stress that caused every day~ I decided to take a page from the guys (look)book and pare down to one or two suits with several tops. When they pay me more they’ll get more fashion. Til then, it’s basics for the win. Such a relief in the mornings!

  108. Veronica says...

    Love this post! I’ve been looking for a decent white T-shirt forever. One question, is it sheer? I love the feel of tissue weight but I hate when my bra and every bump show through. Thanks!

    • Giulia Doyle says...

      yes, all the t-shirts I try are too sheer. Banana Republic used to make a great thick cotton T-shirt and so did Joe Fresh, both have discontinued them and now make thinner ones that are too sheer.

    • UNIQLO has really nice non-sheer ribbed ones for a little 70s vibe.

  109. Emily says...

    Where is the plaid shirt you are holding in the top photo come from? It’s super cute!

    As for rotation, I definitely get in that habit and take it as a chance to get rid of things. Last October I started doing to hanger trick to see what wasn’t worn and anything I haven’t put on by September will be given away or turned into something else. I find it comforting to have a “uniform” of sorts, because it makes me feel like I’m recognizable as to my style and also it makes getting dressed easier to do in the morning.

  110. Lauren E. says...

    I started noticing my “favorite” wardrobe items are the ones I pack for ev-er-y trip, whether it’s a weekend to visit my parents or two weeks in Paris.

    1) crewneck gray sweatshirt (mine is from Forever 21! I’ve worn it no less than 1000 times)
    2) black Levi’s high waisted cropped jeans (they hold their shape like no other and as they fade they look even cooler)
    3) Clinique’s black honey almost lipstick (the most universally flattering shade – I bought it for myself, then my mom, then a friend bought it for me having no idea I already wear it)

    • Bobby says...

      One famous beauty editor (Maybe Anna Wintour or Cindy Lievie? said that if Black Honey was ever discontinued there would be rioting in the streets!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a beautiful color!