March 26th, 2020
On My Mind

Shopping My Closet

There are some super closet clean-out tutorials in the blogosphere right now.  My approach is to edit when I pull out the next season’s clothes. Swimsuits that have lost a bit of their stretch, too short shorts, yellowed T-shirts, etc. get the heave-ho.

Instead of a closet overhaul, I have challenged myself to wear items that only see the light of day once in a blue moon.  And by doing so, I’ve fallen in love, again, with things that I already own. I’m looking pretty sharp on the Whole Foods runs…

I never saw my mother in yoga pants outside of an exercise class, and she always wore lipstick, even in a Nor’easter.  I’m taking a page out of her book, helps keep my spirits up.


what's new


Cage-effect leather sandals


Pop Flora printed swimsuit


High-rise buckled cotton-blend shorts


Tournament canvas trainers


Printed satin midi dress


Sporty Hiking leather ankle boots


Ribbed knit cashmere silk top


Crinkled mid-rise silk midi skirt


Mika ribbed cotton top


Grosgrain-trimmed bow-embellished silk swimsuit


Bebe ribbed cotton top


Manon Wedge

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  • Love it all. You even pulled out the Hermès Collier de Chiens.

    TracyMarch 26th, 2020  4:02 PM

  • Love this. My grandmother never left the house without a heel. 1-2 in heel. Always had style…. great idea.

    JeanneMarch 26th, 2020  5:50 PM

  • Navy blue and beige–I love it.

    TropicalistMarch 26th, 2020  6:06 PM

  • I especially love shopping my closet when I have lost a few pounds and the clothes that were too snug now fit perfectly…

    RebeccaMarch 26th, 2020  7:04 PM

  • Love all those elegant items…and that beautiful floor! Being home days on end has made my list of interior updates grow exponentially.

    ErinMarch 26th, 2020  8:04 PM

  • Love everything about this post!

    Cleaning, purging and playing dress up with fashion, jewellery & lipstick ~dreaming of summer outings that we will never take for granted again.


    SusanMarch 26th, 2020  9:38 PM

  • A great idea since we seem to be on a shopping pause in the current climate! I imagine you discovered all sorts of buried treasure packing for a move! My closet cleanse has even revealed some super comfy clothes like old Donna Karan cashmere leggings and sweatpants that I’d forgotten about which are perfect for NOW paired with my socks and Birkenstock’s. Your finds are perfect, Preston and I’ve no doubt you are the chicest shopper at Whole Foods!

    Paula BMarch 27th, 2020  5:32 AM

  • Ditto here. I have been pulling looks off of Instagram and recreating with what I have in my closet. Maybe I will start posting…nothing else going on…
    Thank you for continuing to inspire during a Pandemic…❤️

    Amy Thorne RichardsonMarch 27th, 2020  6:50 AM

  • Thank you for recommending the closet clean-out series on The Flair Index last week, it’s wonderful.

    NinaMarch 27th, 2020  7:29 AM

  • Honestly, it feels great to discover classics in the back of the closet. I’m supporting our local shops in any way possible. While I love fashion, right now it seems more important than ever to give these small businesses a hand. I’m getting dressed daily for my Zoom calls and the occasional grocery run.I’m reworking my wardrobe and really discovering where the gaps are and will fill in when this is over. Stay in and be well everyone!

    CherylMarch 27th, 2020  8:15 AM

  • I’d like to shop your closet too, Preston! Love all the items shown.

    AprilMarch 27th, 2020  9:12 AM

  • My 17 year old daughter breezed out the door this morning on her daily drive-thru approved coffee run in a striped turtleneck, black shorts, hair pulled back in a low ponytail with navy velvet bow. I couldn’t be more proud!

    SarahMarch 27th, 2020  9:57 AM

  • Here in London, I am going through wearing a different pair of jeans and sweaters everyday (and then repeat) to ‘check’ if there are any items that I don’t end up wearing. It’s a good way to go through my end winter/early spring wardrobe and donate or sell unworn items once we are out of lockdown. I haven’t managed to wear any nice accessories on our weekly run to the supermarket though!

    MMSMarch 27th, 2020  11:20 AM

  • Likewise, I never saw your mother in yoga or without lipstick! She is/was always a lady of class. She is missed!!

    Caryl DearingMarch 28th, 2020  9:07 AM


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