shirt: Madewell // jeans: old Gap Factory // shoes: c/o francesca’s // necklace: c/o francesca’s
photos by Chelsea Laine Francis
I’d be lying if I said I could stick to a single aesthetic for the rest of my life. However, I do spend the most of my time yearning to be a Madewell girl — you know the one. Effortlessly wavy hair, just slightly boxy basics, beautifully-fit denim, interesting gold jewelry, and cool shoes. She shows up to gallery openings with a fresh face and striped sack dress, and is still the best dressed in the room.
Madwell girls are the ultimate minimalists, dropping dollars on just a handful of high-quality items to wear again and again. Truly classic and timeless. I like having a closet filled with a range of styles to mix and match with, so as much as I fantasize about being a Madewell girl, I’ve chosen to not spend a lot of money trying to get there.
All of my Madewell pieces have been thrifted, until now. When I saw this poppy red, button back, perfectly boxy Madewell Industry Top hanging on the rack at Nordstrom as I was passing through on the way to my car, I had to stop and try it on. And then drop $80 on the friggin shirt of my dreams. Power color? Check. Unbelievably flatting fit? Double check. Already wearing it at least once a week since bringing it home? Check-checkity-check.
I mentioned in my March budget post that I was considering picking up this shirt in another color, and I still haven’t decided. I figure I’ll probably end up at the mall at some point this month, and if I do, I’ll definitely be trying this on in black and in white to see which I like better. $80 seems like a lot for one shirt, but I’m feeling especially confident about the cost-per-wear ratio!
Do you shop at Madewell often? Or is there another brand you find yourself fantasizing about when you look into your closet?