I’ve had a ton of requests to share my favorite brands and closet staples over the years, and I’ve held off – primarily because I felt awkward preaching about the benefits of minimalism and then bombarding you with links to consume more things.
Additionally, it’s taken me a lifetime to sort out my personal style, identify the brands that work for my body, climate, and lifestyle, and what works for me may not work for you. My wardrobe primarily consists of light ripped denim coupled with breezy blouses which make zero sense for daily wear if you’re a corporate attorney living in New York (especially in winter).
Disclaimers aside, I’ve consistently had more requests for this post than any other – time to give the people what they want! I’ve linked many of my wardrobe staples here and also rounded up a list of the brands (all female-founded!) that I love to wear and support, below.
But First, Denim
I pretty much live in denim and am always on the hunt for the perfect pair. I have a few pairs of vintage Levis (the 517 style is my favorite fit) and also love high-waisted denim from Mother, RE/DONE, and THE GREAT. I personally love a light wash, high-waisted, well worn look, so I think all denim just gets better with age.
The all female-team behind DÔEN has perfectly nailed a 70’s nostalgic, feminine, effortless vibe, and I simply cannot get enough. I’ve been wearing this airy white blouse for years, and now I wear this one with vintage Levi’s and high top sneakers pretty much on repeat.
I’ve fully embraced my love of casual staples, and THE GREAT nails California Cool like no one else. My go-to stop for comfy sweatsuits, vintage-inspired denim, and cozy sweaters and pullovers. I also love that BFF founders Emily and Merritt are from Northern California
My friend Jessica introduced me to LA-based designer Rachel Pally, and I was instantly smitten with her mix and match separates and comfy jumpsuits. Bonus for her efforts to produce local ethically manufactured garments and inclusive sizing.
NYC-based brand Loeffler Randall has been one of my favorites for years. When I want to add a fun print or a bit of femininity to my wardrobe, I head straight to this shop. I love pairing a flirty blouse with a ripped jean and sandals or sneakers for a casual, but elevated look.
I stumbled across this dreamy hat shop on a trip to LA and it’s become my go-to for both chic, packable hats for travel and daily-wear classics. I own The Sherman in bleach straw and also love The Ross in packable wool. They offer complimentary virtual styling and fitting appointments so you can find your perfect hat size and style.
I met Michelle, the owner of Mille, in Ojai many years ago when our girls became vacation buddies. Since then I’ve been a big fan of her curated line, distinguished by puff sleeves, romantic ruffle details, and pretty prints from India. If you love a fun maxi-dress, this brand was made for you.
These small batch shoes made in family factories, are constructed using the best raw materials and built to last. They produce my favorite slippers of all time, as well the most stylish mules, boots, and heels with padded footbeds. I love their cool girl style and commitment to quality and ethical manufacturing practices. Currently the only fashion brand I partner with, you can use my code 15SHIRA for 15% off your first purchase at their online store.
Other Favorite Resources
P.S. I do my best to keep my capsule wardrobe faves updated in The Fewer Better Shop.
Photography Credit: Vivian Johnson