What’s in My Wardrobe: A Complete Closet Inventory

Here from the Tiny House Festival? Thanks for coming to my talk with Alternative Apparel! Here’s that guide to building a smaller wardrobe. 


Great trips start with good gear.

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

My 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.

Notes on favorite brands, size, fit

  • You may notice many pieces are from a few designers — Everlane, Cuyana, and Zady (sadly, now closed). They’re among my favorite resources for responsibly-made pieces that I know fit, wash, and wear well.
  • Size and fit: I am 5’8″ / 125 lbs / 32″ x 24″ x 32″. 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. In shoes I usually wear a US 8 narrow (or the occasional roomy US 7.5).
  • “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.
Everlane box cut tee olive surplus

Tees and tanks

Everlane Cotton Slub Tank, Racerback Tank, Cotton Heather Tanks, Oversized Pocket Tee, Pima Stretch Long-Sleeve  white, grey, olive, blacksmallEverlane ℅
Cuyana Classic Crewneck Tee, Slim Turtleneck Long Sleeve Teeheather greysmalleBay
Alternative Apparel Origin Cotton Modal T-Shirt, Vintage Garment Dyed Crew T-Shirts, Ideal Striped Eco-Jersey T-ShirtMuscle Cotton Modal T-Shirt, Chainstitch Tee, ‘Donna’ Organic Pima Henleywhite, green pigment, Riviera stripe, Dublin greysmallAlternative Apparel
Zady .02 T-Shirts
similar by Cuyana, Everlane, Alternative Apparel
white, navy
Vintage silk tank - similar made in USA silk tank by Cuyana


Cuyana Silk Teesblush, oxbloodsmallCuyana, eBay
Cuyana Silk Tankdove greysmallThredUp
Cuyana Turtleneck Long Sleeve TeeblackmediumeBay
Everlane Silk Split-Neck ShirtblackUS 2Everlane ℅
Elizabeth Suzann Silk Harlow tankblack
smallES sample sale
Elizabeth Suzann Linen Petra Cropflax
xsES sample sale
Elizabeth Suzann Long Sleeve Harper Tunicblack
OS minusES sample sale
Stone Cold Fox Tori Bodysuitsfan print, white2/MSoleil Blue, TheRealReal
Stone Cold Fox Van Blouseink dotO/SPoshmark
Emerson Fry A-Line Mod TopblacksmallThredup
Saint James Meridien Navy Breton Top
similar by Everlane
navy + white stripeFR32eBay
Vintage silk tanks and tee, sleeveless linen button down and crop, DIY raw silk tee
similar Everlane, Cuyana
cream, grey, navy, blackmany sizes!thrifted


Cuyana Baby Alpaca Oversized Turtleneck Sweatercamelregular (xs/s)Cuyana
Cuyana Oversized Alpaca Sweater Teebeigeregular (xs/s)eBay
Cuyana Wool Cashmere Slim Crewneck SweatercamelsmalleBay
Everlane The Cashmere Ballerina Raglanheather greysmallEverlane ℅
Everlane Original Seed Stitch Raglanlight grey, heather greysmalleBay
Everlane The Cotton Long-Sleeve CrewbonesmallEverlane ℅
Zady .06 Lightweight Alpaca Sweaters
similar by Everlane, Cuyana
charcoal, heather greysmallZady ℅, Poshmark
Gap cotton open stitch sweater
better Everlane Chunky Knit Cotton Crew
cream thrifted
Filson Mile Marker Trench Coat in Otter Olive Green - waxed cotton - with Tradlands Arapahoe Buttondown

Button downs and flannels

Cuyana Poplin Pleat-Back ShirtwhitesmalleBay
Everlane Women’s Tuxedo Shirtwhite0Everlane
Everlane Men’s Slim Fit OxfordwhitexsEverlane
Everlane The Clean Silk Relaxed Shirt pale yellow2Everlane ℅
Zady .05 The Boyfriend Button Up
similar by Everlane, Cuyana
Tradlands The Arapahoe FlannelredsmallTradlands
Tradlands The Bozeman Flannel
Penfield Wayland chambray and buffalo shirt
better by Tradlands
 blue + redUS 4Tradesy
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


Everlane Authentic Stretch Mid-Rise Skinny Ankle JeanDark blue wash27Everlane ℅
AGOLDE Sophie High Rise Skinny Jeans“Offspring” white27RAlternative Apparel ℅
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
Paige Margot High-Waist Ankle“Tay” light rinse and ‘Regal’ dark rinse27ReBay, Paige ℅
Paige Hoxton Transcend High-Waist“Black Shadow”27RPaige ℅
Paige Coated Denim Peg Skinny (similar)“Pandora” black26RTradesy
Elizabeth Suzann Petra crop top and vintage linen pull on pants


Stella McCartney Vivian Trousersnavy, black, greyIT36, tailored IT38, tailored IT40TheRealReal
Elizabeth Suzann Clyde Wool Pant
similar Everlane Italy GoWeave Easy Pant, TheRealReal wool joggers
ES sample sale
Vintage linen pull on ankle pants
similar TheRealReal linen pants
oatmeal eBay


Patagonia Women’s Cotton Stand Up Short
old moon-pocket style; similar Everlane Twill Short, Elizabeth Suzann Clyde Work Short or Patagonia Men’s Stand Up Short in 5″ and 7″ inseams
oliveUS 6thrifted
ASOS leather shorts + Lou & Grey suede track shorts
better by Everlane, Shopbop, TheRealReal
blackUS 4, US 2ASOS, Lou & Grey
Vintage high-waist cut-off denim shorts
similar by Everlane, TheRealReal, vintage cut-off denim on Etsy
light rinse thrifted

Dresses + Skirts

Cuyana navy silk shirt dressnavysmallTradesy
E. Fitzpatrick Japanese twill dressoatmealxsE. Fitzpatrick ℅
Stone Cold Fox Alabama Gownnavyxs/seBay
Elizabeth Suzann Georgia dress in raw silk
similar by Cuyana
blacksmallES sample sale
Vintage Gianni Versace linen shift dress
similar by Cuyana, Everlane
white thrifted
Vintage washed silk maxi wrap dress
similar by Cuyana, 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, 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, Tradesy, The Real Real
white Tradesy
Eileen Fisher Alpaca Wool Coat Moonlight - sold out but Cuyana has a similar coat!

Coats and capes

Eileen Fisher Alpaca Kimono Coat
similar by Cuyana, Everlane, Everlane, The Real Real
Zady .08 The Wool Coat
similar by Cuyana, Everlane
blackxsThe Real Real
Cuyana Classic Alpaca CapeblackpetitePoshmark
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 VestblacksmallDenali Outdoor


Filson Cover Cloth Mile Marker Trench and hood
similar by Everlane

otter greenmen’s xsTradesy
Cuyana Cropped Trench
similar by Everlane
Smythe Duchess Blazer
Also available at Nordstrom, The RealReal
navytailored UK 10eBay
A.L.C. Wool Blazerblacktailored xsTheRealReal
Everlane ReNew Lightweight Half-Zip PufferolivexsEverlane ℅
Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket
similar by Everlane
grass greensmallREI
Raw silk belted robe
 black none DIY
Everlane The Soft Cotton Wrap Cardiganheather greysmallEverlane ℅
Sevilla Smith April D'Orsay Ballet Flats and Sandy Slingback Flats


Everlane The Modern Loaferblack suedeUS 8.5 Everlane ℅
Everlane The Day Heelnatural suedeUS 8Everlane ℅
Everlane The Modern OxfordblushUS 8Everlane ℅
Sevilla Smith Sandy D’Orsay Ballet Flatsblack pebbled leatherEU 38Etsy
Sevilla Smith April D’Orsay Slingback (3cm heel) powder soft greyEU 38 Etsy
Allbirds Women’s Wool Runners natural greyUS 8 Allbirds
New Balance 420 Runnersgrey greenUS 8.5REI
Vintage Cole Haan penny loafers
better by Everlane, Allen Edmonds, The Real Real
walnut  thrifted

Heels and Sandals

Everlane The Bridge SandalnaturalUS 8Everlane ℅
Ancient Greek Thais Slides
similar by Everlane
blackUS 8Tradesy
Ancient Greek Niove SandalsnaturalUS 7.5eBay
Teva Universal Sandals
also at Nordstrom; similar Chaco Z1
blackUS 8eBay
Dolce Vita Gwendolyn block heel sandals
better by Ancient Greek, Nisolo, Pedro Garcia, Loeffler Randall
white + tanUS 8Belk
Christian Louboutin Simple Napa Pumps
also at The RealReal
blackFR 38eBay
Christian Louboutin t-strap nude heels
similar at The RealReal
tanFR 38Tradesy
Manolo Blahnik “Carolyne” Slingback Pumps
also at The RealReal
 tan neutral US 8 / IT 38 The RealReal
Vintage Nine West pumpsred, navy my grandma
Everlane Rain Boot in Surplus Olive Green

Boots and Booties

Everlane Boss BootiesblackUS 8Everlane ℅
Everlane Rain BootssurplusUS 8Everlane ℅
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 brownUS 8Zappos
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, LL Bean
 black thrifted

Outdoor, Swim, Athletics

Beyond Yoga Studio Bra + Take Me Higher Long Legging
also at Shopbop, Carbon 38
black steelsmall℅ Beyond Yoga
Patagonia Barely Baggies Shorts blackmedBackcountry
BAIIA St. Remy Reversible Bikini Top and Bottoms + old VS black bikini bottomblack/olivemed top +
small bottoms
12 old yard/housework t-shirts + 3 golf polos  camps, concerts, events, work
People Tree breton loopback sweatshirt - similar Everlane cotton long-sleeve box-cut tee in stripe

Lounge + Sleep

People Tree Loopback Sweatshirt + Shorts
similar by Everlane, Everlane, Everlane
navy + white stripeUK 8People Tree
Linen shorts + vintage linen tank + top
similar by Cuyana, Everlane
oatmealsmallReformation, thrifted
Zady .02 Live In Simplicity T-Shirt
similar by Cuyana, Alternative Apparel, Everlane
Cuyana Pima Lounge shortsgreysmallCuyana
Ebbets Field flannel large loop crewnecks
oversized fit
grey, navymedWilson & Willy’s, eBay

Socks + Underthings

Ibex “Balance” Light Bra + Bralette + Briefssimilar by EverlaneblackmedMoosejaw
Icebreaker Merino Wool “Siren” brasblack, greysmallAmazon
Sokoloff Bralettes + Pantiesblack, tansmallSokoloff
Grana Italian Sensitive Briefs
better by Pact, Everlane, Boody
Wigwam Countryside + Cypress Sockscharcoal, greymed
Cotton RAGG camp socks
+ old soccer and ski socks
grey, navy, creamJ.Crew, school, Sierra Trading Post
Merona low cut + foldover socks
better by Pact, Boody
black, grey, cream

Updated February 2019.
Every few months I list a few items for sale in my Tradesy closet.