I wouldn't label myself as a 'minimalist,' but I can't deny that I tend to be somewhat minimal in terms of personal style. Don't get me wrong, there is certainly a special place in my heart and wardrobe for exuberant, unique styles. When it comes to day to day dressing, though, I find myself reaching for black jeans, a white t-shirt and simple flats like any good minimalist would. I suppose it comes more from a place of practicality than from a sense of minimalist style; after all, I did live in the ever temperate city of San Francisco. When every day of the year is a consistent 65 degrees Fahrenheit with both fog and sunshine on the daily schedule, you learn to wear what works. Not to mention the fact that in the 6 months that I have lived outside of San Francisco, I have been living out of a suitcase. So really, I'm a pragmatist, not a minimalist.
Which is exactly why accessories are so important in my current wardrobe. When you have a limited amount of space, something small that can instantly add interest to a number of outfits is valuable. I’ll admit, I was also really excited just to add something new to my suitcase-wardrobe! For someone who shops as rarely as possible (read: I blog for a living and refuse to purchase cheap, fast fashion clothing), new items are always exciting and fun to play with.
I received this scarf from Indigo Handloom as a thank you for writing about their business in my 'Good Fashion' series. The Faded Denim scarf is a great addition to any wardrobe - minimalistically inclined or no. The color is soft and easy to pair with neutrals or bright colors, and the airy cotton makes this a great year-round accessory. In New York, with hot days and cold subways, I like to carry a cotton scarf around with me at all times. This one has certainly come in handy when working at overly air conditioned cafes and then racing home in a sudden rainstorm. Thank you, Indigo Handloom, for the perfect everyday scarf!
You can purchase the Faded Denim scarf in navy here. If blue isn't your thing, this guy also comes in a great faded red. I highly suggest checking out all of the awesome colors and patterns available on the Indigo Handloom website for yourself! If you, like me, are on a budget, consider backing Indigo Handloom on Kickstarter in the next 19 days - a donation of $45, $69, or $79 will get you a beautiful scarf at a bit of a discount. If you donate more, you can receive some of their new clothing as well!
What I'm wearing:
- Jeans - Levis (many years old)
- White T-shirt - California Cloth Foundry
- Tank - Everlane (color no longer available)
- Skirt - Reformation
- Flats - Fortress of Inca
- Necklace - Be Good (only available in-store)
- Quartz Bracelet - a gift from my mother!
- Sunglasses - um, I was forced to buy these in Vietnam after I lost my own in the ocean. Pretty sure they are knock off Ray Bans!
All images by Stephanie Ang.