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a 10 piece eileen fisher capsule wardrobe

a 10 piece eileen fisher capsule wardrobe

There are always different capsule wardrobe challenges going around the internet. In recent memory, there were 30x30 (30 pieces for 30 days), then Project 333 (33 pieces for 3 months), then the Unfancy capsule (37 pieces for 3 months). Currently, 10x10 (10 items for 10 days) is popular. Since I wanted to introduce you all to how versatile, practical, and useful Eileen Fisher clothing is, I thought I’d take it a little further and see how many outfits I could get with only 10 pieces of clothing.

As when I have chosen my own capsules (to see all my capsule wardrobe blog posts, go here), I started with more and edited it down to 10 items. I made sure to have basic tops (white tee, striped tee, and dressy shell) and bottoms (dark wash jeans and black pants). I wanted to have a versatile dress and lots of top layers that would go with every foundational piece for lots of combinations.

10 piece eileen fisher capsule wardrobe

Here are the 10 Eileen Fisher pieces: Sleeveless Silk Long Shell, Dolman Sleeved Linen TunicLong Sleeve Jersey Top, Long Draped Open Cardigan, Fisher Project Wool Poncho Top, Fine Merino Birdseye Angle Front Jacket, Wool Blend Twill Graph Serape, Slim Ponte Pant, Washable Silk Dress, and Soft Stretch Skinny Jean

You may have noticed that the prices on these items are higher than some I might usually post. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, this is an amazing company. When you pay a higher price for an Eileen Fisher item, you're paying for the fact that these are classic pieces made with quality fabrics that won't be out of style in six months. You're paying for the fact that the items are made with textiles that are produced with less waste and fewer chemicals. You're paying for the fact that this company actually tracks the supply chain of what its products are made of to ensure that when they say it's organic cotton, it's actually organic cotton.  You're paying for the fact that this company is committed to human rights and not only monitors its factories for violations but is beginning to do cell phone surveys of workers to allow them a voice.

There are also many ways to get discounted Eileen Fisher pieces. I've found pieces on eBay, at consignment stores, Nordstrom Rack and on sale at the Eileen Fisher store. If you can shift your buying from 4 fast fashion pieces to 1 discounted ethically-made piece, you'll be doing good at the same time as you reduce your overwhelm from excess in your closet. 

But back to the outfits! All in all, I came up with 24, a good month's worth of looks for both casual and dressy work and play occasions. 

 

To see a 10 piece capsule in person and get tips on how to style Eileen Fisher pieces, come to our special event at the Plaza Frontenac Eileen Fisher store THIS Saturday, December 17th from noon-3pm. We’ll have light refreshments and lots of good people and clothes. See you there!

P.S. Just in case you were wondering, Eileen Fisher isn't paying me for this post or this event, I just really believe in the company. P.P.S. This post contains affiliate links. If you click on them, I get a few cents, but it costs you nothing. I'm raking it in - in four years of blogging, I've made a total of $246.36 - that's $5.13 per month!  ;) 

i'm not perfect

i'm not perfect

As if anyone was in doubt… So, right about the time I put up that last blog post (about, ahem, not buying if it’s not on your list), I started feeling bored with all my black. Maybe I jinxed myself, maybe I was bored, maybe I should have-I don’t know-taken a nap instead. But I found myself between appointments killing time by stopping by Avalon. I saw this cool vintage sweater, and although I did give quite a bit of thought to the purchase, it was NOT on my list. But I bought it, and it was secondhand, and it was $18, and I really like it. Everything else I'm wearing were super mindful, wear-all-the-time purchases. It's not the end of the world.

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In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the fact that there's no black in this outfit ;) 

(Sweater: vintage, tank: Eileen Fisher, jeans: Banana Republic, boots: Blondo)

P.S. This tank I'm wearing from Eileen Fisher gets worn about twice a week. Pricy, but so worth it. Check it out at the Plaza Frontenac Eileen Fisher store on December 17th from 12-3pm and get my take on how to style it. 

cool mornings, warm days

cool mornings, warm days

I’m so grateful that we’ve been spared much cold weather thus far this fall. The weather has been chilly in the mornings, but then warming up considerably throughout the day. Most days, I’ve only needed a sweater, not a coat, but it’s nice to have a few pieces that can do double duty.

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Dusters are everywhere this fall, but I’m on the shorter side (5’3”), so I wanted one that was still above the knee. This sweater is comfy and cozy for brisk mornings. I made it work appropriate for some client meetings by adding boots with a heel, a silk tunic, and some jewelry. I found this sweater secondhand at The Vault, but here is a similar quality version (in regular and plus sizes) and a lower-priced version (regular, plus).

mindful closet: minimalist personal stylist
mindful closet: st. louis personal stylist

I’m also wearing AG jeans (purchased on sale at Nordstrom Anniversary sale), Eileen Fisher tunic (purchased discounted at Nordstrom Rack and hemmed), Dolce Vita booties (similar) and an old Madewell necklace. 

What are your tips for chilly mornings and warm days?

(this post contains affiliate links. photos by celeste boyer.)

if eileen fisher had a cult, i'd join it

if eileen fisher had a cult, i'd join it

Early on in my styling business, I had a friend who has similar style to mine ask me what I thought about Eileen Fisher (the clothing, not the person). I replied, “I think I’ll be really excited to wear it when I’m older.” Statement retracted, buried in the dirt, gone.

photo: Marc Mahaney, via Inc.com

photo: Marc Mahaney, via Inc.com

A few weeks ago, I was in the middle of listening to Eileen Fisher on Dan Harris’s podcast, 10% Happier, and I literally had to stop what I was doing and sit down to write down my thoughts. I have always appreciated the simplicity of Eileen Fisher's clothes, but what I didn't realize was that she built her entire company around values I share. 

I’ve had too many jobs where employees weren’t treated well. Now, my parents were union organizers, so I know about extreme situations like not being paid or forced to work in dangerous conditions, and that's not what I'm referring to. I’m talking about expecting people to work at all hours, for low pay, with no regard for their physical or mental well-being. Not realizing that the people working for them are humans and need some type of support or encouragement or recognition in order to do their best work. 

Eileen Fisher has worked as hard to build a nurturing work environment as she has to design great clothes. She profit shares with her employees - if the company is profitable, so are they. She gives them each $1000 a year per employee for "wellness", and another $1000 a year for any other education they'd like to do for personal growth. She appears to really listen to input and ideas from staff who are interested to create new projects for the company. Mindfulness bells are rung at the beginning of every meeting. The Westchester Buddhist Center holds meditation meetings at the Eileen Fisher headquarters. 

When Dan asked her if she thinks it would be better for her bottom line if she didn’t do all these things to empower and fulfill her employees, she paused. While she was pausing, I was thinking “of course it would be better for her bottom line if she didn’t do those things!”. To my surprise, after the pause, she answered no. She said that she truly believes that if employees feel that what they’re doing is meaningful, they are more engaged and do a better job, which results in a better product. If customers know that the company is working on ways to improve the environmental impact of the supply line, they’re going to be more loyal, which results in more sales. She has literally created a tribe of people who have similar values. 

Then just as I’m thinking she’s some sort of saint, Dan asks for parenting advice. Fisher’s voice changes and she says that’s an area that she has regrets in. She says she was so busy building her business that she didn’t spend the time she should have with her two children when they were growing up. I love how she’s able to be honest about and aware of her failings. It makes me more resolved to stay unbusy, especially while my son is small.

Now add to all of that the fact that I truly love the clothes. They're not for everyone, but for my all-neutral, loose-fitting, drapy aesthetic, they're perfect. 

If Eileen Fisher had a cult, I would totally join it.

So here's the great part - the lovely women who run the Eileen Fisher store here at Plaza Frontenac found my website and got in touch because they thought we'd be a great fit. We're going to work together on an event on December 17th - more details to come, but mark your calendars!

heat advisory

heat advisory

We are in what is hopefully the last hot stretch of the summer. All I want to wear for work is this outfit which is breezy and cool. I'll admit, most of the time I wear it with more comfortable shoes, but for a recent mom's night out, I went fancy. ;) 

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I'm wearing an Eileen Fisher top, Madewell culottes (sold out but similar), Madewell sandals (sold out but similar), and old Forever 21 necklace (similar). Lots of Madewell these days. Keep your eye out for an event at the Plaza Frontenac store with yours truly and some extra discounts!

 

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