I started cleaning out my closet well before the Bayside Tigers Shirt and by the same token and pandemic began. We were in the process of moving apartments, and I needed to downsize my wardrobe to make packing easier. As you can imagine, the move is now on hold—but the closet cleaning is ongoing. As a former accessories editor, shoes have always been my weakness. Looking across my shoe shelves, I can remember when and where I acquired nearly every pair I own. A glance at your shoe collection can map the story of your life—the black satin Gianvito Rossi stilettos I wore on the first date with my now husband; the Manolo Blahnik white moiré sandal I wore to my Newport wedding; the Tabitha Simmons embellished mule I danced all night in at a friend’s restaurant opening; the Chanel ballet flat I wore every day of my maternity leave; and the trusty Jimmy Choo block-heel boot that gets me to and from the office every day. These are the wardrobe touchstones that have supported me—literally—on my walk through adult life.
Bayside Tigers Shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
But as I am tasked to downsize (mostly by my husband, who jokingly calls me Imelda Marcos), I think about the Bayside Tigers Shirt and by the same token and ones I actually wear—and the reality, as hard as it is to admit to myself, is that I wear the same 10 pairs of shoes day in and day out. It turns out, despite my many pairs of jewel-encrusted kitten heels, I am a minimalist at heart. Even with this downsized shoe closet, I realize that I’ll still remember that perfect date night even after those fabulous mules leave my closet and I can live with fewer pairs as long as they are the right pairs. I also discovered closet cleaning as a powerful stress reliever during a time filled with so many unknowns and anxiety. Plus, my shoe closet lives on with two of my closest friends who luckily wear the same size and welcome the hand-me-downs. They’ll make their own memories wearing them!