Shopping sales as an aspiring minimalist is tricky business. My style strategy for avoiding missteps: I only buy something if it sparks that "I can't wait to wear it right away" sense of joy; it complements my casual denim- and neutrals-heavy wardrobe; and it might let a worn-out staple retire. In anticipation of the major Nordstrom anniversary sale starting in just a few days, I couldn't resist peeking at the Nordstrom women's summer sale where I found plenty of pieces that ticked all the boxes. These wear-all-the-time staples will take you through summer into fall and beyond.
Tees, tanks, tops & stripes
It must be the Lazy Girl in me, but these days I live in soft tees and tanks—no ironing or drycleaning required, and perfect for layering under jackets or cardigans year-round. I tend to favour anything with a good stripe, a high enough neckline to be worn for work, or a loose, roomy cut through the waist and hips.
Dresses are ideal for those sweltering days when it's too hot to even think about putting together proper outfits. The fit-and-flare Eliza J and the lacy Adrianna Papell remind me of the wear-all-the-time little white dresses in my own closet. The loose blue jersey frock looks like the perfect throw-on-and-go outfit for weekends. For something office-appropriate, I like the look of the Equipment blue ikat silk shirtdress and the fluid ease of the DKNY grey dress.
Rounding out the summer wardrobe
The perfect bag, shoes, scarf, or watch
Slip-on, menswear-inspired shoes and cognac-coloured flat leather sandals will go with everything, as will a crossbody saddle bag or a carryall leather tote or a minimalist watch. And finally, a light scarf for those unexpectedly chilly evenings on the beach or at the park.
Easy like Sunday mornings
The weather in Vancouver has been more June-uary than proper summer sunshine, so I've been spending many a weekend afternoon curled up indoors. All that Netflix-and-couch time has made me appreciate cozy and cute loungewear.