A friend advanced this rather European philosophy to me back in college, and I’ve been a fond—if not constant—adherent to it ever since. Indulging too literally isn’t necessarily advisable (not to mention hygienic) but allowing yourself to simply rotate a number of pieces over the course of a few days can be such a welcome departure from constant rounds of morning wardrobe stress. Back when I worked in an office, there were more than a few weeks when I wore the same one or two pairs of jeans with maybe two different blazers, taking care every day simply to swap out different tops, of both the classic and statement-y variety. You’d be surprised how little it takes to look like you made an effort: throw a cardigan and a skirt into the mix and you’re positively aces. The Wear What You Wore Yesterday rule is excellent for travel, which is why it must be on my mind. I inevitably end up rotating the same five things the whole time I’m on a trip, and in fact if only I could figure out in advance what those five things were going to be, I’d really be in business. Here are my best guesses.
A classic-but-not-too-basic white shirt like this one from Otte. It’s silk and hangs beautifully, and is all you need to dress up a pair of jeans.
Jeans, because obviously. Right now I am deeply fixated on this moto pair from Rag & Bone; they’re the best moto jeans I’ve seen, and I’ve been looking.
A big roomy cardigan is always part of the mix; this one is very light, which is nice when you want a thin layer under a jacket, but I like them big and huggy too.
You can’t go wrong with a basic J. Crew schoolboy blazer, but it’s fun to play with shape and proportion sometimes, and this Helmut Lang shawl jacket is as elegant as a blazer, but infinitely more comfortable and packable.
Now you’ve got to throw in some color: I love any print that works in poppy orange as masterfully as this Madewell one does.
And I’m still feeling bright green big time.