What’s in My Wardrobe: A Complete Closet Inventory

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Over five years I’ve whittled my wardrobe in hopes of better equipping myself for everyday work and life’s adventures, feeling more comfortable with the size of my closet, and supporting ethical and sustainable brands that are doing good work around the world. This culminates into four closet goals:

  • get dressed as efficiently and effortlessly as possible
  • invest in quality and spend less energy and money on clothes
  • be mindful about purchases and patient for the right pieces
  • know who made my clothes and what my shopping supports

At over 100 items, this list is neither minimalist nor prescriptive. I have a sentimental streak and always save space for a few things I love immensely but wear rarely — a pair of vintage Brazilian leather boots from my mom, a t-shirt from tenth grade soccer camp, my wedding dress. I also love to thrift and shop secondhand clothes online.

You may notice many pieces are from a few designers — Everlane ($), Zady ($$), Cuyana ($$$). They’re among my favorite resources for responsibly-made pieces that I know fit, wash, and wear well.

  • Size and fit: I am 5’7.5″. 125 lbs. 32″ x 24″ x 32″. I usually wear a US 8 narrow (or the occasional roomy US 7.5) shoe. I live in loose tops and skinny jeans. Whenever I’m on the fence with a size, I go up for an easy, comfortable fit.
  • “Similar by” = A responsibly-made piece that’s no longer available. Similarly transparent, ethical, sustainable labels linked.
  • “Better by” = An old and/or thrifted fast-fashion piece. Visually similar brands with better ethical and environmental standards linked.

Tees and tanks

Everlane Cotton Vs white, black small Everlane
Everlane Cotton Tank + Slub Tank + Racerback Tank + Cotton Heather Tank white, black, black, grey small Everlane
Everlane Pima Stretch Long-Sleeve black small Everlane
Alternative Apparel Vintage Garment Dyed Crew T-Shirt green pigment small Alternative Apparel ℅
Alternative Apparel Donna Organic Pima Cotton Henley Shirt Dublin grey small Alternative Apparel ℅
Zady .02 T-Shirts
similar by Cuyana, Everlane, Everlane
white, navy
small Zady


Cuyana 3 Ply Silk Tee + raw silk tee cognac, cream small Cuyana, DIY
Elizabeth Suzann silk Harlow tank
similar Cuyana, Everlane
small ES sample sale
Elizabeth Suzann linen Petra Crop flax xs ES sample sale
Emerson Fry A-Line Mod Top
similar by Everlane, Everlane
black small Thredup
Everlane Silk Split-Neck Shirt black US 2 Everlane ℅
Elizabeth Suzann Long Sleeve Harper Tunics eggshell, black
OS Minus Elizabeth Suzann
Saint James Meridien Navy Breton Top
similar by Everlane
navy + white stripe FR32 eBay
Vintage + Cuyana Silk Tanks
similar Eileen Fisher, Everlane, Cuyana
2 cream, black, 2 grey small Thredup, thrifted
Sleeveless linen button down + tie crop top
similar Current Elliott, Everlane, Everlane
similar Elizabeth Suzann Maxine top
black, cream thrifted


Cuyana Baby Alpaca Oversized Turtleneck Sweater camel regular Cuyana
Cuyana Oversized Alpaca Sweater Tee beige regular Cuyana
Everlane Original Seed Stitch Raglan light grey small eBay
Everlane The Cashmere Crew black
small Everlane
Zady .06 Lightweight Alpaca Sweaters
similar by Cuyana
charcoal, heather grey small Zady ℅, Poshmark
Gap cotton open stitch sweater
better Everlane Chunky Knit Cotton Crew
cream thrifted

Button downs and flannels

Everlane Men’s Slim Fit Oxford white xs Everlane
Zady .05 The Boyfriend Button Up
similar by Everlane, Cuyana
blue small Zady
Tradlands The Arapahoe + The Bozeman Flannels
red, grey small Tradlands
Penfield Wayland Chambray and Buffalo Shirt
better by Filson, Tradlands
 blue + red US 4 Tradesy
Ralph Lauren button down fly-fishing shirt
better by Everlane
Vintage Cabela’s Chamois Saddle Blanket shirt
better by Johnson Woolen Mills
green-blue + umber my mom


AGOLDE Sophie High Rise Skinny Jeans “Offspring” white 27R Alternative Apparel ℅
Everlane The High-Rise Skinny Jean (Regular)  Stay black  27R  Everlane
Paige Skyline Skinny
Where I shop for Paige Denim:
Thrift at Tradesy, eBay, Poshmark, The Real Real.
New at Nordstrom, Amazon
“Grey” olive,
distressed light rinse
27R eBay
Paige Margot High-Waist Ankle “Tay” light rinse 27R eBay
Paige Hoxton Transcend High-Waist “Emiko” dark rinse 27R eBay
Paige Coated Denim Peg Skinny (similar) “Pandora” black 26R Tradesy


Elizabeth Suzann FW15 Clyde Wool Pant
similar Everlane GoWeave Track Pant
grey tailored
ES sample sale
Vintage linen pull on ankle pants
similar by Eileen Fisher (these run large)
oatmeal eBay


Patagonia Women’s Cotton Stand Up Short
old moon-pocket style; similar Elizabeth Suzann Clyde Work Short
or Patagonia Men’s Stand Up Short in 5″ and 7″ inseams
olive US 6 thrifted
ASOS leather shorts
better by Everlane
black US 4 ASOS
Vintage California Concepts high-waist cut-off denim shorts
similar by Current/Elliott, Mother; vintage cut-off denim on Etsy
light rinse thrifted

Dresses + Skirts

VETTA Wrap Top + 2 Piece Wrap Skort black xs top
s skort
Cuyana navy silk shirt dress navy small Tradesy
E. Fitzpatrick Japanese twill dress oatmeal xs ℅ E. Fitzpatrick
Stone Cold Fox Alabama Gown navy xs/s eBay
Vintage Gianni Versace linen shift dress
similar by Cuyana, Cuyana, Everlane
white thrifted
Vintage washed silk maxi wrap dress
similar by Cuyana, Cuyana, Everlane, Everlane, Everlane
black thrifted
Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti silk tank dress
similar by Cuyana, Everlane
coral thrifted
S Max Mara mesh-panel scuba cocktail dress
similar by Cuyana, Cuyana, Everlane, Everlane
black thrifted
Yumi Mazao wool pencil skirt
Max Mara quilted moto pencil skirt
similar by Cuyana, Everlane, The RealReal
grey, black thrifted
Adrianna Papell netted ball skirt
better by The Real Real
black thrifted
Marchesa FW14 silk bridal gown
similar at Nordstrom, Shopbop, The Real Real
white Tradesy

Coats and capes

Eileen Fisher Alpaca Kimono Coat
similar by Cuyana, Cuyana, Everlane, Everlane, Zady, The Real Real
grey small eBay
Zady .08 The Wool Coat
similar by Cuyana, Everlane
black xs The Real Real
Cuyana Classic Alpaca Cape black petite Poshmark
Islay Woolen Mill knitted serape in “Lagavulin” green Islay Woolen Mill
Vintage blue fox fur coat
Please don’t ever buy new fur – here’s why.
grey thrifted
Patagonia Down Sweater Vest black small Denali Outdoor


Filson Cover Cloth Mile Marker Trench and hood
also available on Amazon; similar by Everlane

otter green men’s xs Tradesy
Cuyana Cropped Trench
similar by Everlane
khaki xs Poshmark
Smythe Duchess Blazer
Also available at Nordstrom, The RealReal
navy tailored UK 10 eBay
Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket
similar by Everlane
grass green small REI
Raw silk belted robe
 black  none  DIY


 Sevilla Smith Sandy D’Orsay Ballet Flats  black pebbled leather EU 38  Etsy
 Sevilla Smith April D’Orsay Slingback (3cm heel)  powder soft grey EU 38  Etsy
Allbirds Women’s Wool Runners
 natural grey  US 8  Allbirds
Vintage Cole Haan penny loafers
better by Everlane, Allen Edmonds, The Real Real
walnut  thrifted

Heels and Sandals

Everlane The Bridge Sandal natural US 8 Everlane ℅
Ancient Greek Thais Slides
similar by Everlane
black US 8 Tradesy
Ancient Greek Sandals Niove Sandals natural US 7.5 eBay
Teva Universal Sandals
also at Nordstrom; similar Chaco Z1
black US 8 eBay
Dolce Vita Gwendolyn block heel sandals
better by Ancient Greek, Nisolo, Pedro Garcia, Loeffler Randall
white + tan US 8 Belk
Christian Louboutin Simple Napa Pumps
also at The RealReal
black FR 38 eBay
Christian Louboutin t-strap nude heels
similar at The RealReal
tan FR 38 Tradesy
Manolo Blahnik “Carolyne” Slingback Pumps
also at The RealReal
 tan neutral  US 8 / IT 38  The RealReal
Vintage Nine West pumps red my grandma

Boots and Booties

Hudson Horrigan Booties
note: these run 1 size small
tan suede
EU 39
US 9
Shopbop, Amazon
Frye Paige Riding Boots
also at Nordstrom
cognac brown US 8 Zappos
Alexander Wang Over-The-Knee Boots  black  US 8  The RealReal
Banana Republic riding boots
better by Jenni Kayne, Stuart Weitzman, Frye
 black thrifted
Vintage Nine West riding boots
better by Frye, Frye, Frye
 tan my mom
Hunter ‘Tour’ Packable Rain Boot
better by Aigle, Roma, LL Bean
 black thrifted

Outdoor, Swim, Athletics

Beyond Yoga Studio Bra + Take Me Higher Long Legging
also at Shopbop, Carbon 38
black steel small ℅ Beyond Yoga
Patagonia Barely Baggies Shorts  black med Backcountry
BAIIA St. Remy Reversible Bikini Top and Bottoms black/olive med top +
small bottoms
7 old yardwork + painting t-shirts camps, concerts

Lounge + Sleep

People Tree Loopback Sweatshirt + Shorts
similar by Everlane, Everlane, Everlane
navy + white stripe UK 8 People Tree
Reformation Linen Short + vintage tank + top
similar by Cuyana, Everlane
oatmeal small Reformation, thrifted
Zady .02 Live In Simplicity T-Shirt
oversized fit; similar by Cuyana, Everlane, Everlane
white xl Zady
Cuyana Pima Lounge shorts grey small Cuyana
Ebbets Field Flannel large loop crewnecks
oversized fit
grey, black med Wilson & Willy’s, eBay


Ibex “Balance” Light Bra + Bralette + Briefs black med Shoebuy, Moosejaw
Icebreaker Merino Wool “Siren” bras black, grey small Amazon
Sokoloff Bralettes + Panties black, tan small Sokoloff
Grana Italian Sensitive Briefs black small Grana
Wigwam Countryside + Cypress Socks charcoal, grey med Amazon
Cotton RAGG camp socks + soccer/ski socks grey, navy, cream J.Crew, high school
Merona low cut + foldover socks
better by Pact, Grana, Boody
 black, grey, cream Target

Updated December 2017.
Every few months I list a few items for sale in my Tradesy closet.