We’re officially in that transition period of chilly mornings, and afternoons warming up. The sun is still shining, but it could rain at any moment. I’m doing my best to soak up these final days of summer – it’s truly the season when I feel most alive, and most like myself, and I always miss it when it leaves. I’m a big baby about the cold weather (to me: anything under 70 qualifies as cold) so it’s time to start mixing up my summer capsule wardrobe to transition into fall.
A few weeks ago I discovered a rip in yet another pair of black skinny jeans, leaving me without my go-to closet staple. Although I’ll be replacing them as soon as I can (fall and winter without black skinnies? Not gonna happen.) it has forced me to be a little more creative with my summer capsule when I’m getting dressed. Recently, Bryce wrapped up his final day at his second job, and it was certainly worth a small celebration. Having nothing to eat or drink in the house, we walked over to our local McMenamin’s to grab a pint and a bite. Not wanting to wear my office clothes to a pub, I dug through my closet in search of something to wear.
You may have noticed I have a proclivity toward denim tops (jackets, vests, shirts of all sleeve lengths) which is why my black skinnies are so essential. Occasionally I’ll reach for denim-on-denim, but not this time. So, I reached for this green midi skirt, not worn nearly enough, paired it with my favorite comfy t-shirt and a denim jacket. To keep the casual vibe going, sneakers were an obvious choice. It turned out to be the perfect outfit for that transition into fall: not totally covered up, but still warm enough for chilly evenings.
There’s a few reasons this skirt doesn’t get worn often enough. First, it’s silk which makes it feel rather precious. I can’t wear it around the dog or cat worried their nails will catch and shred it. Silk also soaks up grease stains like no one’s business, and being too lazy to take it to a dry cleaner, there’s a few faded marks from a dropped sandwich that I can’t seem to get out. It also wrinkles super easily, which you can see pretty clearly in these photos.
But, I bought it and need to get wear out of it. It’s a great piece and fits right in with my vibe. Though, I’m wondering if it has a long-term place in my closet. I only bought it this spring, but being as high-maintenance as it is, I just don’t wear it as often. The same can be said for a few of my other silk pieces as well like my Everlane sleeveless and square silk shirts (one with sweat stains :,( and the other with a pen mark that won’t budge). I really thought I could make them work, but now I’m not so sure.
Do you struggle with trying to make beautiful yet high-maintenance pieces work? How are you working with your summer wardrobe to transition into fall?