Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Curated Closet – Part 3 (Things I Like)

You would think listing all of the things you like would be an easy task, but it’s one I seriously struggled with. A lot of current fashion can be defined by its details and ornamentation (cold shoulder, ruffles, bows, cat motifs, etc…), and yet I find myself more drawn to items in which that ornamentation is notably absent. I admire the cut and flow of a piece more so than the minutiae. Minutiae irks me more than anything.

It may make my choices sartorially boring for most, but I need to be true to myself in this exercise. I am dressing for myself after all.


  • Streamlined
  • Understated
  • Feminine meets masculine, but not in an androgynous way.
  • Architectural


  • Trench coats
  • Pencil skirts
  • Button up shirts
  • Jeans (skinny, straight, bootcut, flared)
  • Cream/oatmeal knit sweaters
  • Heeled pumps
  • Ballet flats
  • Tote bags
  • Fedoras


  • Taupe
  • Cognac leather
  • White
  • Navy
  • Black
  • Red (in all shades – blush to oxblood)
  • Olive green


  • Nipped or cinched waists
  • Straight leg pants
  • Skinny pants with heels
  • Boatnecks
  • Wrapped blouses/dresses/skirts/coats
  • Princess seams


  • Denim in traditional washes (no acid wash here)
  • Structural/pleated ruffles
  • Leather
  • Textured fabrics
  • Cable knits
  • Geometric embroidery (Aztec/African/etc…)
  • Repeating symmetric patterns
  • Natural fibres


  • Rolled or pushed up sleeves
  • Tops half or fully tucked in
  • Long under short
  • Belts over tailored garments
  • 2-3 layers
  • “No makeup” makeup
  • Blown out hair or simple updo

What are you drawn towards in your clothing?

6 Responses to “Curated Closet – Part 3 (Things I Like)”

  1. Mica says:

    I think this is an interesting experiment to do! I’m definitely someone who likes to wear a lot of basic pieces, and have bright bags as my pop of colour. But I’m always drawn to colourful printed pieces when I shop, even if they won’t easily work in my wardrobe. It’s going to be interesting seeing what I buy when my 6 month no-shop is over.

    Hopefully you find this helps you buy pieces that you know will work in your wardrobe – it’s something I struggle with.

    • The Minuteglass says:

      I’m actually quite interested to see what you buy after your 6 month shopping ban is over as well! You have a lot of variety in your wardrobe, so even though you haven’t added anything new to it in a while it seems like you always have “new” items that you haven’t worn recently. I hope you do a recap on what you’ve learned through this process!

  2. yettie says:

    Love your list. Shopping is definitely easier when you recognize the difference between what you like and what you’ll wear.

    I think the one like that has stuck with me since I was a teenager is boots. Weird but even in ever tropical Nigeria, I spent most of my days in some kind of boots of the other.

    • The Minuteglass says:

      That’s interesting. You don’t find that your feet get hot in them? Is there a style of boots you gravitate towards?

  3. I need to do this for sure but I love your list!!

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I'm a petite hourglass, slow adopter, food geek, Engineer, wife and mom. Welcome to the little corner of the internet where I ramble on about random things. Mostly clothes.