Shopping 101

As a culture, we’ve been sold the idea that shopping is fun. We see glossy advertisements featuring a beautiful, tall, engaging group of friends having so much fun as they hit the shops.

While I can see how being with friends in the mall could hold the potential for a good time, putting together a wardrobe isn’t a recipe for hilarity. It’s more like learning to play pinochle with my grandma as a child. Fun was tearing around in a pack of cousins catching fireflies. Holding an enormous mess of cards in my little hands and trying to remember all the rules wasn’t fun; it was a satisfying intellectual and emotional challenge.

 

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Duran Duran at the PBR music festival with Julie was hilarious fun.* Finding the right long-sleeve layering t-shirt was not.

There is an adrenaline rush that goes with making a purchase. We all know people who get addicted to this rush and become compulsive shoppers. That, again, is not fun. It’s sad. As a community, the Mud and Grace women tend to have enough going on that we don’t need shopping to keep us entertained. Quite the opposite, we need to make time in our lives to buy what we need.

As you are piecing together the puzzle of your wardrobe, approach it as such. Take the time, focus and mental space to do your best work in creating an easy wardrobe. These tips will help get you started.

Save more than you need, spend less than you have

When you are serious about creating a flexible, effortless wardrobe, start saving money. You know your economic situation, and where you are likely to shop. Save accordingly. To save more than you need if you are heading to Goodwill, save a couple of hundred dollars. If you are heading to Bridgeport Village, save a lot more. I keep my shopping money in a separate account and fund it with freelance writing projects. I like to have money in the bank beyond what is needed to cover my wardrobe basics. That way if I see something that I really want that would fill a space in my wardrobe, I can buy it without a second thought.

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This was not on sale.

On the other hand, don’t plan on spending everything. The problem with setting a budget is that people often spend everything they have given themselves permission to spend, whether or not they find the right pieces. “Do I need these pants? Not really, but I still have $80 left…”

Attempt (and I know this is hard) to take money out of the equation when shopping. Instead of thinking about how much something costs, or what a good deal it is, or whether or not you deserve it, think about where it fits in your wardrobe. Ultimately, you will begin to buy what you need, and leave behind what you don’t. The money you will save in not buying useless items will more than make up for the money you spend buying a full price pair of wool socks you wear for years.

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Not the time to be fussing about small change. Buy it because it works, not because it is cheap.

Obviously, you should never spend money you don’t have. Credit card debt wipes out any peace of mind an effortless wardrobe might give you.

Set aside time in multiples

If you have some major wardrobe goals, you won’t achieve them all while dropping by the mall one afternoon between work and picking up your kids. Look at your calendar and find at least three separate times when you can go out, on your own, and find the items you need for your effortless wardrobe.

I prefer to shop alone when I have specific needs. I enjoy hanging out with friends pretty much anywhere, and that can include shopping. But if I want to spend 20 minutes in the dressing room trying on 15 different plaid shirts, I don’t want to feel like I’m keeping anyone waiting. If you are shopping with others, make sure they are either incredibly patient, or that you don’t have any major goals you need to achieve.

Take your style notebook

Don’t have one yet? Read more here The one must-have item for creating a wardrobe you love

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Even better if your daughter drew hearts on the cover.

Create a comprehensive list

In that style notebook you should have a list of needs and wants before you go. If you don’t even know what you need or want, do a little research before you go on a major shopping trip.

As you are compiling your list, think about the following questions:

What do you reach for?

When standing at your closet in the morning, what do you wish would appear before you? Are you staring at your stiff button downs, wishing a floaty blouse would materialize? Are you rummaging through a drawer of 5K run t-shirts looking for a simple black layering T? Put these pieces on your list.

What do you wear all the time?

Do you have a favorite outfit? What are the elements that make it so easy and fun for you? Look at the proportions, colors and fabrics, then search for clothes that can replicate the feel of this great ensemble.

Who do you want to be?

Often we go shopping with an image in our head of what we “should” wear, rather than what we want to wear. We think about what makes us look slim, what is “sensible.” We shy away from stylish things, not wanting to appear too flashy. Is that what we want?

Think long and hard about who you want to be in this world. Then go get clothes that are worthy of that woman.

Do you need shoes with that?

Every time you try on anything, mentally run through your wardrobe and make sure you have something to go with it. Orphan clothing items produce frustration and guilt. If you are going out on a limb and trying something new, make sure you either have the supporting garments to wear it, or plan to round out the ensemble in the immediate future.

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This vest doesn’t have many friends in my closet. Yet.

Experiment wisely

Pushing yourself to try new things is great, and necessary. But don’t expect to go from a wardrobe full of yoga pants to a sequined mini skirt and go-go boots in one afternoon.

When trying a new style try to find it in a color and fabric that make you comfortable. Similarly, if experimenting with color, stick with a style you know.

Recently my neighbor texted me a picture of a woman wearing a salmon-colored leather bomber jacket. Wow! She looked amazing. But salmon colored, leather, and bomber jacket are all things I’d need to wrap my head around. By finding a denim bomber jacket, I don’t feel at all conspicuous when I wear it, but am still able to stretch my boundaries.

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Just enough of a challenge for now.

What you don’t buy is just as important as what you do buy

Think of your wardrobe like a packing list for a backpacking trip. You don’t want any extra weight. At any given time your closet and drawers should only hold clothing that you would be excited to wear today. Not buying an item that isn’t great is as much of a score as buying something wonderful.

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We’re smiling because our packs are so light. Also, we’re really in love.

You are going to make mistakes

When piecing together a jigsaw puzzle, you don’t automatically reach for the perfect piece every time (unless you are my mother.) You are going to bring home some items of clothing that don’t work in the long term. It’s OK, now you know. Make note of the things that don’t work in your style notebook and move on.

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Honestly, I haven’t left the house in this yet. I like the idea of it, I just don’t actually put it on and wear it.

It’s not a race

Creating the perfect wardrobe takes time. It’s like gardening, a slow, rewarding process of cultivation. If you don’t find the perfect jeans this afternoon, there will be other opportunities. In allowing yourself the time and space to put together a great wardrobe, you are affirming your own self worth.

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I am so absurdly proud of this ribbon.

In the end, our shopping experiences should be far from the gregarious, adrenaline-and-espresso-fueled mall parties of the media. In future posts we will look more in depth at other types of shopping: on line, second hand, eco, dealing with sizing, and fun house mirrors in dressing rooms. But for now, take this synopsis with you on a quiet afternoon of finding a few pieces to for your perfect wardrobe.

Save more than you need

Spend less than you have

Buy what you need, leave what you don’t

Take your time.

*PS Am I seriously wearing pearls while drinking PBR on the dirt with a few thousand of the most tattooed Americans ever gathered in one place? I need to start working on appropriate accessories…

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The white pants you see center are Simon LeBon’s legs. John Taylor is on the far left.

Basics for a fun and functional wardrobe

We walk dogs. We work. We run kids to various places. We show up late to book club. We attend important meetings. We attend unimportant meetings. We zip outside to grab herbs from the garden for the meal we’re making. We need wardrobe basics that work for this, real life.

I have read every fashion guru’s ‘must have’ list and they always include items that would never, ever work for my daily life. Animal print pumps? Black wool pants? A suit?! All these lists and lists of wardrobe essentials won’t do anyone any good at all if you can’t wear half the pieces listed.

I don’t know what dress code limitations you have on your particular beautiful life, but I do know that there are certain pieces that work well for most women’s waking hours. Here are the Mud and Grace recommendations:

An easy dress

On the first day of school, my friend Ann and I showed up to greet our students in nearly identical dresses. Mine was a little more casual, and I wore it with boots and tights. Ann looked classier, in a more structured version of the dress and walkable heels. But the sentiment was the same, we both wanted to look professional, be comfortable, and get through the blast of energy that is the first day of school.

An easy dress can be dressed up or down and layers well. I’ll wear mine to work, church, the grocery store, out to dinner, and anywhere else life takes me.

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So. Easy. Velvet Heart, new.

Plaid flannel or substantial stripes

Both are cozy and comfortable to wear around the home, and neat enough to wear out. Flannel is having a moment, so seize the chance to get something you really like. Nicely weighted striped tops can always be found at classic retailers. Like a denim jacket, plaid and stripes are not going out of style. Always appropriate for running down to deal with an escaped goat, comfy plaids and stripes also look good enough to pop into town, or up to the neighbor’s.

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Cloth and Stone, new one year ago

This flannel has plaid and stripes, making it the world’s best shirt.

Fun tops

For fancier days, or days you just feel a little fancy, a soft, floating top in an easy-to-wash fabric can dress up your jeans or a skirt. Buy a couple that are really pretty, and you’ll wear them to work, to dinner, to the school fiesta, anywhere. Just make sure you love the pattern and are prepared to wear them over and over. If you enjoy caring for silk, by all means, choose silk. This is one area where I really appreciate the ease of a human-made fabric.

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Lucky Brand, new.
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Brand unknown, this was a hand-me-down from Ann. So technically that makes it an Ann-me-down.

Layering t-shirts

These days, t-shirt shopping has become akin to jeans shopping in the frustration it produces. Sheer, sloppy, too tight, too long… all for something that’s supposed to be simple and comfortable? Keep shopping. Find the t-shirt that works for you. Talbots makes a nice ribbed t-shirt that is fitted without being too tight. I like LL Bean’s classic waffle Henley.

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Waffle henleys are really hard to photograph, but man are they classic.

Stepped up t-shirts

These fun pieces look elegant, but can also come off as casual. If you’re unsure about the dress code in a particular situation, they can be a life saver. Plus they’re comfy and great looking.

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Calvin Klein, 2nd hand

Fryes or other mid-height, flat boots

Wear them everywhere, with everything. Kick-start your wardrobe with one investment piece

Anywhere, any time
Anywhere, any time

Driving shoes

A nice alternative to flats, these classic kicks can take you most places. More elegant than your Fryes, but still comfortable enough to get on with your life.

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Ralph Lauren, new one year ago

Clean, good quality tennis shoes

Vans and Converse have nice options. Josef Seibel makes lovely leather sneakers, but any simple pair will do. Keep them clean, wear with anything.

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My Vans, with odd mushroom growing on the deck outside my bedroom. Is that a bad thing?

Utility boots

If you live in a rainy climate, get mud boots. If you live in a cold climate, get snow boots.

Mud boots are essential for kid’s outdoor sporting contests, mucking around in the garden and letting the chickens out. Hunter boots really are comfortable and hold up well. I often find last year’s colors and styles at a local resale shop. My chickens are fine with last year’s boots.

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True, these boots have seen better days. But I can guarantee you they’re going to see worse days than this. 2nd hand, 3 or 4 years ago.

Nice snow boots can be a cozy, stylish addition to your wardrobe. Enormous yeti-like boots are (thankfully) passé. Try a sleek pair with just a hint of shearling or knit. Northface makes some elegant, functional boots.

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My snow boots are in even worse shape than my mud boots, thus I found us a lovely internet picture.

Your denim Jacket or a cargo jacket

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Read more here: Friends for Life; You and Your Denim Jacket

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Fine knit wool or cashmere sweaters

Sweaters should be soft, and made of 100% natural fiber. They must be pill-free and in good shape. Nothing says frumpy like a sweater gone bad. Lighter gauge sweaters work well for fall and spring, and can be layered with long-sleeved silk underwear for more warmth in the winter.

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This Talbot’s cashmere sweater can layer or stand on it’s own. New, one year ago.

A chunky fisherman’s sweater

Just google image search Marilyn Monroe, or Grace Kelly fisherman’s sweater. Enough said.

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Aran Sweater, 2nd hand. What a find!

Perfectly fitted, fine wale corduroy or a soft cotton/ stretch pants.

Corduroy or cotton/stretch pants take the place of wool (too much lint and dog hair) and chinos (too many wrinkles) for situations where pants are acceptable, but jeans are not. Or for days you’re just tired of your jeans. Both have an old school, collegiate feel that works perfectly with sweaters and/or a denim jacket. A good pair can last for years, and the more broken in and fitted to your body, the better.

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Old Navy, new
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Ann Taylor Loft, 2nd Hand

Casual, fluid leg pants

These are a stylish alternative to jeans for weekends, road trips, or watching a cross-country meet. A wide leg or fitted ankle are both nice. My tall neighbor looks elegant in wide-leg versions. At 5’6” I find a fitted ankle contains the look. Just be careful to buy pants in a fabric that won’t wrinkle, and whatever you do, don’t size up. You want to look free and breezy, not like you’re channeling MC Hammer. (Unless you want to, I’m not judging.)

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Athleta, 2nd hand

Your jeans

We are living in a marvelous age for jeans, as there is no reigning shape or wash we need to stuff ourselves into. Skinny, slouchy, boot cut, it’s your call. Inexpensive, used Levis are getting as much play time on fashion blogs as uber-expensive designer jeans.

Skinny jeans work best on my frame. You might rock a pair of slouchies. Take your time and find the right jeans for you, then wear them with confidence. If they look good, the price, style and design truly don’t matter. Need a place to start? It’s hard to beat well-fitting dark wash jeans for versatility and flattery.

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Some days I wear AG, some days I wear Levis. Both of these were bought new several years ago.

The right undergarments

No one wants to spend money and time finding good foundation pieces, but honey, if you want dressing to be effortless and fun, you need to start here. It’s the foundation, like Mesopotamia; brutal, but we’d be nowhere without them.

Go get the well fitting bras and unders you know you need, and no, that’s not gonna be cheap.

I love silk camisoles, rather than the stretchy, fitted ones. I have one from Lands End that I got nearly 10 years ago and I still wear. On cold days, I slip on silk undershirt on for luxurious warmth.

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Tiny picture of Land’s End silk undershirt.

Mud and Grace does not go in for shapewear on a daily basis. I’m not into stuffing myself into sausage casing. According to Hollywood costumer Alison Freer, it doesn’t make anyone look thinner, and I have to agree. You are still you, and it’s better to get comfortable with that fact, rather than uncomfortable in spandex. Love and Appreciate Your Body In fact, seeing the outline of someone’s spanx under a dress can really kill a look. Shapewear is good for reducing lumpage in a body conscious dress, but other than that purpose, I’m not a fan.

Family fan wear

An area of special consideration: If you have athletes in your family, read on. If you have artists, skip to the next section.

Buy a well-made, stylish top showing enthusiasm for the team you are expected to support. How many times a week do you wear clothing supporting your child’s school, soccer club, the local football team, your own co-ed softball team? I spend a good portion of my waking hours watching my children’s teams and my husband’s high school runners. This is my social life.

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Old. Hand-me-up

My son got this sweatshirt at the end of his first season playing football. He wore it nearly everyday for the next year. He’s too big for it now, but it still fits me. (And it doesn’t smell) I look supportive, I’m really comfortable, and I remember how little he used to be.

You can buy from the fan shop or school front office, but if you don’t find something that makes you feel fabulous, be open to other ideas. A few years ago, tired of looking frumpy in stiff, blocky t-shirts at cross country meets, I had a sweatshirt made for myself in the team’s color and used their logo. It cost me $50. I wore it to tatters. My friend Ann has a vintage U of O Ducks jacket that looks awesome. My friend Lynette wore a simple purple puffer jacket to support the high school soccer team. Whatever you choose it doesn’t, and really shouldn’t be fancy, it just needs to give a nod of support to the athletes.

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Lululemon, new

I wear red and black to my daughter’s climbing competitions. For some reason there are a ton of fancy moms at climbing comps. It’s counterintuitive. Still, they stress me out. I always wear a sweatshirt.

Artists in the family?

Roped into volunteering behind the scenes at your children’s plays? Buy a good set of blacks. Do not go rummaging in your closet at the last minute and come out with faded black jeans and your husband’s old Access Fund t-shirt turned inside out. (Not that I ever wore that behind the scenes at the Wildish Theater…) Find yourself constantly attending recitals? A couple comfy, knit dresses can look elegant as you sit through 16 other children’s piano pieces while you wait for your child to play. Supporting the artists in your life is a place where your fun tops can hook up with your corduroy pants or jeans for an easy, artsy look.

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I have a dress very similar to this Banana Republic piece. Add a nice necklace and you’re fancy. Put a puffer vest over it and you’re casual.

Just last night I had to run from a cross-country picnic to a gallery opening where a student had several pieces on display. I wore the floaty peach top, jeans and ankle boots while running from the north to south sides of town to make it all happen. I felt great.

Questions to consider when choosing these pieces:

Is it perfect?

The trick with essentials is that they have to be perfect. Far more energy should go into finding the right layering t-shirt than into finding a dress to wear to the high school Hall of Fame dinner. You will need to wear “almost right” pieces until you find perfect pieces because you cannot go out without pants on. Take your time with these. When they are right, you’ll know.

What can roll over from summer?

Check your summer wardrobe to see if any of the pieces from summer can layer with your cooler weather wardrobe. (Mud and Grace Summer Essentials) Are there tank tops that can slip under a plaid shirt? The chambray top you wore on cooler evenings can certainly find a spot in your winter wardrobe. In general, it’s best to get anything you won’t wear out of the way, so the process of getting dressed is simplified. But if you have clothes that can work year round, keep them within easy reach.

2nd Hand: American Eagle
2nd Hand: American Eagle

How much is enough?

Ideally, you should have two weeks of outfits, with mixing and matching. I like to wear neutral pieces once a week, and standout pieces every two weeks. I may have more sweaters than are strictly necessary.

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Are two baskets of sweaters too many, or just enough?

These 16 pieces can be the foundation of your wardrobe, with you adding in fun extras and trendy pieces to suit your style. As mentioned in the last post, a wardrobe functions like a car, all pieces need to work together. Most fashion writing centers on women whose wardrobes are more akin to a sleek BMW in which no one ever snacks in the back seat. My wardrobe is more like a Volkswagen Westphalia, fun, versatile, and largely second hand.

Use these pieces to tune up your closet where it needs help, then enjoy the cozy, busy days ahead without a second thought about what to wear.

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My gargoyle isn’t speaking to me.

 

The one must-have item for creating a wardrobe you love

There is one item you absolutely must invest in if you want effortless style.

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A notebook.

Not terribly glamorous, I know. But don’t underestimate the power of this tool in transforming the tangle of fabric currently stuffed in your dresser into a high functioning, effortless wardrobe.

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I would be lost without this. Or naked. Probably both.

You can’t possibly keep your current inventory of clothes and all your wants and needs in your head at one time. Nor do you set aside 30 minutes a day for meditation on your wardrobe. But rather, like every other aspect of our lives,  thoughts of clothing flit in and out as the day rolls by, inspiration hits, on-line sales pop up, needs materialize.

While buying a notebook is not as exciting as say, a Sherpa jacket, you will ultimately make better choices about what to purchase and what to get rid of with information at your fingertips.

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Did you really mean to say notebook? Not Sherpa jacket?

Here are a few things you’ll want to keep in your notebook:

Ensembles that work

Feel great today? Write down exactly what you are wearing, shoes and underwear included. Use this for future analysis of the type of clothing you might want to add to your arsenal.

Ensembles that fail

Does this scenario sound familiar? You wear an ensemble that doesn’t work, and you feel awkward all day. You get rid of the offending pieces, then find yourself buying and wearing almost the exact same thing a few months later? It’s like my early 20s dating history, only in pullovers.

A list of things that don’t work can help you avoid making the same mistakes over and over (Dropped waist dress) no matter how many other women you see rock the same style.

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             Not on me, not ever again.

Your measurements

It’s nice to know what they are, and have them handy.

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The measurements of some of your favorite pieces of clothing

When on-line shopping, you can find the measurements of the actual garments. Rather than going with the company’s sizing charts, checking the garment measurements can help you find something that fits the way your favorite pieces fit. This is particularly helpful in judging the length of a top, or the rise of a pair of pants.

What you need

So that when you go shopping, you actually buy what you need

 

What you want

So you can remember to save money for it

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A vintage Kelly Bag? It could happen…

In addition to these basic lists, you should jot down all clothing related information: packing lists for trips, a reminder to take something to the dry cleaner, you can keep your receipts stuffed in here, pictures torn out of catalogs, anything. The point is to have everything in one place, your inspiration, your failures, your hopes and dreams of easy mornings and effortless ensembles.

A stylish woman understands her wardrobe is like a car. It has any number of distinct and inter-functioning parts; wheels, doors, trunk, axle, headlights, tail lights, and um… engine stuff. A car manufacturer would never, ever make a car with 6 or 7 trunks and only 1 wheel. A stylish woman would never buy 9 pairs of nearly identical pants and not have any shoes to wear with them. Like a car, your wardrobe works together as a whole. No one builds a car without a plan. You shouldn’t expect to be able to build your wardrobe without one either.

Henry Ford, legendary businessman and car manufacturer always carried around what he called “jot books.” They are full of notes, sketches, even grocery lists. Any pertinent thought that passed through his head, he wrote down. With scribbled bits of inspiration and information, he transformed business manufacturing. Imagine what a jot book can do for you if all you want is to get dressed in the morning?

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OK, so I might have more than one notebook. I’m a little obsessed.

Keep your style notebook tucked into your backpack or bag. Make a habit of pulling it out to make notes on what you and others are wearing. Over time the power of information will pull ahead over the emotional process of shopping and getting dressed. Then, if you are so inclined, you can save for that Sherpa jacket.

 

Friends for Life – You and Your Denim Jacket

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My buddy, the denim jacket.

I saw the most gorgeous woman rocking a vintage denim jacket. She was in her 80s, had wavy, white hair and was enjoying lunch and a glass of wine at an outdoor cafe, alone.

Please God, let that be me someday.

And while she has 40 years of wisdom on me, there was one thing we shared that I can build on. A great denim jacket.

This piece knows no age boundaries. A toddler is adorable in one, a preteen is cool, a middle schooler looks positively maverick, a high schooler or college student can go vintage cool, and the rest of us can find that great denim jacket and wear it up to the last day of our lives.

And while there are times the denim jacket is hot, it never truly goes cold. It’s either in style, or really in style.

Your perfect denim jacket has the following elements:

Classic styling

Levis and Lee made the old school classics, and they are still cool. A vintage denim jacket from the 70s will fit cleanly to the waist, where there will be adjustable tabs on either side. Metal buttons, slender fitting sleeves, slash pockets and large breast pockets complete the original.

If this traditional look doesn’t work for you, don’t despair. (Not that you were on the verge of despair. This is just clothes…) So long as you keep it simple, any modern take will work. My mom had a dark green corduroy piece with jean jacket styling that she wore until it was literally in tatters. My friend Ann has an ultra-dark wash jacket with a few posh details that add a seriousness to the look that’s completely work appropriate. I’ve seen women in denim jackets tailored to flare at the waist, and jackets that hang from the shoulder, rather than being fitted. The trick is to keep the hardware solid metal, keep the stitching precise and simple, and avoid too many bells and whistles (and zippers.)

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This Burberry jacket is still classic, with a few modern updates. *

It fits you

A denim jacket should be roomy enough that you can wear a light sweater under it, but not so big that you can’t layer another jacket over it. It should button up easily and not pull anywhere. The classic denim jacket comes just to your waist.

A tailor can be a big help here. I took my favorite jacket in for a little 21st century streamlining (the arms where too roomy with a touch of bat wing leaking out to the sides) 24 hours and $20 later my jacket was ready to hop back in the mix.

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The shearling lining in my husband’s denim jacket ups the cowboy cool. But please don’t tell him that…

A Story

I bought this jacket in Rome for 10 Euro from a street vendor during an unseasonably cold spring in the late 1990s. I wore it all over the Eternal City with a pair of bright red pants and black turtle neck. I wore it on my first day of teaching at South Eugene High School. I wore it in the chilly weeks after my daughter was born to take walks around the block. I wore it the night Sara and I showed up woefully under dressed at the Junior League Ball (what were we thinking?) The ball was ultimately crashed by a group of men from the Mounted Posse convention one ballroom over and Sara and I suddenly had more dance partners than we knew what to do with. Over the years I have bought trendier denim jackets, but always pushed them aside for this old friend.

How to wear it

Just as there is no age on this piece, there are no restrictions on how it can be worn. Here are a few fun ideas –

Buttoned up, with a pencil skirt

Buttoned up and belted, with blazer layered over the top

Over a white t-shirt, with turquoise jewelry

Over a white cotton oxford, with pearls

Buttoned up, with a pleated midi-skirt

Over a tailored sheath dress

Over any dress

Buttoned up, with a brightly colored puffer vest over the top

Recently I was browsing through shops in downtown Portland, wearing my old Italian jean jacket, wondering exactly how hip it was possible for the people around me to get. Seriously, the men’s facial hair alone in that city accounts for about 18% of total world hipness at any given moment. “Cool jacket!” I heard a young woman say to her friend. I turned around and the girls were looking at me and my old denim friend. “We really love your jacket,” the girl said earnestly. I smiled, realizing that to her, I was like the beautiful 80-year-old I’d seen in the cafe.

P.S. Do you have a favorite denim jacket? Email me a picture for the Inspiration page.

*But of course I never wear this jacket because every time I put it on I take it back off and put on my old jacket. I should probably follow my own advice and give it to someone who would actually wear it. Lessons From a Chronic Closet Cleaner

OK, fine. Who wants this for their denim jacket? The first subscriber to email me and mudandgrace@gmail.com gets the Burberry jacket.

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A gorgeous new home for jacket! This is Tatyana, rocking the Burberry. Enjoy!