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When in doubt, wear what you wore yesterday

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French fashion editors always wear what they wore yesterday. Photo via The Cut

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.

leng shawl

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.

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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.

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And I’m still feeling bright green big time.



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Posted on January 11th, 2013 6 Comments

6 Responses

  1. LIsa Wallace says:

    Travel Rule: Wear What You Wore Yesterday. I’m on it. Love the moto jeans… Thanks, Kim!

  2. Carla says:

    When I lived in China, my co-workers would often wear the same thing 3 or 4 days in a row, mking it hard to know what day it was.

  3. Cara says:

    … and a scarf.

  4. Donna says:

    I like this idea. And I love all of your “guesses”, especially the cardigan. I can feel the comfort of it already! And I sooo wish that I could fit in AND afford those moto jeans.

  5. Selina says:

    Wait…..are you telling me that Americans wear a different outfit every day?? *mind blown*

    Thats so stressful!

    Don’t tell me you wash clothes you’ve only worn once though….that would be mind-boggling to me!

  6. AmyM says:

    I’m generally not a “white shirt” kind of girl, but that pick could change my mind. And, as a ginger, I wholeheartedly support the bright green. Impeccable choices all around.