A pair of skinny jeans in black or navy has been a wardrobe basic for me as far back as I can remember. It began with a high-rise pair of black Jordaches from my mother’s 1980s wardrobe. A mid-rise navy pair from the French jeans company Cimarron followed.
Once those two pairs somehow disappeared from my closet, I’ve been on a perpetual hunt to track down that pair of perfect pants, and I can safely say that I’ve cycled through a considerable number of contenders. For a while I dragged the low-rise trend from the early 2000s with me, until I re-discovered my preference for high-rise in perfect sync with the general trend of embracing this silhouette circa 2010.
I can’t quite remember the first time I came across BUILDING BLOCK, but the brand immediately caught my eye. I recall reading an interview about the collaborative process of the Wu sisters, their design philosophy, and how the bags would soon be available for purchase. Their chic styling, in addition to the visual and intellectual appeal of a no-frills minimalist bag, made their designs irresistibly appealing.
For the longest time I imagined myself owning just the black Business bag. Described by the brand as “the modern briefcase bag,” its sleek form accented with the minimal brass hardware and padded shoulder-strap with ornamental tassels exuded both an air of functionality and elegance.
I have been trying to streamline my wardrobe for the past one and a half years.
It all started with the fact that I was getting ready to leave the U.S. to embark on fieldwork in East Asia. After moving out of my apartment of two years and sorting through items to take with me or leave behind, I was overwhelmed by the volume of clothing I had.
Thankfully the expert advice of experienced bloggers on creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe has helped me, but it’s still very much a work in progress.
Recently I noticed two main problems with what I’ve been doing, and identified the pitfalls of planning.