It will be 20 years this spring since I cut up that first t-shirt and hand stitched it back together. About this time in 2000, I would have just been getting ready to leave Venezuela and Nelly’s Kitchen and heading towards New York City to begin the adventure that has become Alabama Chanin. I’ve survived Swimming with Barracuda, The Moth (you can hear my story of coming home here), and raising two children). After 20 years of designing collections and running Alabama Chanin’s company divisions that have evolved, I’ve learned that I feel best when my clothes are like my second skin. I have developed a uniform-style wardrobe with hard-working pieces that function well together and play well with seasonal favorites that come and go and mix well with those forever friends. If you see me around town, I’m often in some combination of navy with a mix of individual pieces that work together like a puzzle.
I’ve written this before and it’s true: I live happily in a modest 1950s house that has the small original closets that have never been updated. I keep my wardrobe to one small bedroom closet that I keep very organized, plus a combination coat closet and long hall coat rack our family coats, jackets, bags, dog leashes and my beloved Cozy Waffle Wraps (that’s definitely NOT organized as I write this).
After 20 years of standing, cooking, gardening, raising kids and dogs, and swimming with barracuda, here’s what I’m loving (and wearing) right now:
Whether on a long-haul flight or running around town, this is one of my all-time, favorite, go-to pieces. The organic cotton jersey stretches with every move and boasts perfect side pockets for keys, glasses, and the random ephemera that I undoubtedly collect during the day. I also have the gilded Sapphire version for dress-up occasions.
This is that piece that I can sleep in or pair under The Trench for just about any occasion. I have multiple colors that get me through a busy week.
Every. Single. Day.
At a recent out-of-office meeting, I was hauling one bag with my life, computer, books, and who knows what else. Someone picked up the bag and mentioned how I must be ruining my back by always carrying such a heavy bag. Since I’d been having some back pain, it stopped me in my tracks. I now have a few bags and break up my contents by work life, family life, and, well, just life. The Heath Sews Large Reversible Tote in Slate is the perfect size for my work life and I’ve started using the smaller Reversible Tote in Indigo for my family life. Everything is ready to grab and go. I do try to Marie Kondo my bag daily (or at least very often).
I am in LOVE with the Nanette Skirt and recently told our team at The Factory that they are going to see me in this all the time. I have this in the Sapphire colorway and pair it with The Rib Turtleneck in Navy and Customized Low Tops in Sapphire. If you see me around town, know that I wear it every time it is clean.
I invariably get chapped lips in dry winter weather. This lip balm—new to my beauty routine—is the perfect weight with just the right amount of color and transparency. I have two—No. 8 and No. 10—one for home and one for my bag. No more winter lips.
A new favorite for yoga, around the house, on the factory floor, and downtown. Paired under The Slip Dress or with The Coverup and under The Trench, this is my go-to when I’m getting ready to dig into a long day.
Pairs perfectly with The Trench and my entire wardrobe. Light but warm, folds up into my bag, can also be used as a headscarf, pillow, or hand cozy. Our team is working on a limited amount of Wrap Scarves that will be shipping soon. Order yours here.