While I’ve never been more content with my closet than the closet I have now, I do find the need to purge and add a couple of new pieces every once in a while to reflect my still evolving style and life. I’ve made some serious life changes this past year including moving to the west coast, dabbling in freelance work and starting a new job. Through all of these changes my closet has had to adapt and evolve which means even more purging and reassessing. One area that I’ve had to punch up are my classic business casual pieces and the first brand I thought of to help accomplish this is Brass Clothing.
Brass is one of the first brands I discovered when I decided to switch my shopping habits to a conscious thoughtful process. Now three years later I’m so excited to share a series that I’ve been working on with Brass which highlights their Closet Kit and Clean Out Bag program! So today in this post I want to share Brass Clothing’s Closet Kit & clean out bag program, a review of the first piece I decided to include in my closet kit & this piece styled in two ways. Lots to get through so grab your cozy beverage of choice and let’s dive in!
Closet Kit + Clean Out Bag
As I add new pieces to my closet I’m trying to be even better about eliminating things that don’t feel right for me or I never wear. Brass has taken the steps to help you clean out your closet & do something truly good with those unwanted pieces. When you purchase a Brass Closet Kit (three pieces of your choosing from the Foundations collection, receive $25 off of your kit with code CLOSETKIT25) you will also receive the Clean Out Bag! The Clean Out Bag is basically a giant shipping bag with a label already on it to send your unwanted pieces to a recycling facility to be reused! How wonderful is that?! We will never be able to complete stop the demand for new clothing but by recycling materials that already exist, we can save some of our valuable resources.
| Cost | $98
| Material | 100% polyster
| Care | Wash on gentle cycle in cold water, lay flat to dry
| Fit | Overall I found this top to be true to size. I’m wearing a size small and my measurements are: height 5’5”, weight 130lbs, chest 34C waist 27” hips 39.5”. The sleeve length came slgihtly past my wrist (which I prefer) and the shoulder seams fit right along the outside of my shoulder (as they should!). At first I was worried the v neck would be slightly too revealing but it lands in a perfectly appropriate and comfortable place. The length is just long enough to be properly tucked and the drape lands very nicely. At first I thought the crossover design may bulge awkwardly with my frame but overall A+! Brass does have a note on their site though that if you have a larger bust to potentially go up a size for more room.
| Comfort | I mentioned above how silk is not my favorite fabric (even though it’s gorgeous!). Especially in the winter months. I just find it very cold and sometimes constricting. However, this blouse does not feel restricting at all and I believe this is due to the crossover design. It has a good amount of room to flow while still being a fitted shirt.
| Thoughts | When I went back to a more formal job, I realized that the business pieces I had were not very comfortable. While I love silk, silk button ups are just not a comfortable piece for me. I always feel like it is constricting. I’m happy to say that I don’t get that feeling at all from this blouse and I believe it is due to its’ crossover design. I’ve had it for a couple weeks now and have already worn in a handful of times and it is definitely my boss business woman go-to shirt. So if you’re looking for a dressier shirt for work or play I would definitely recommend this blouse.
| Simple Silhouette | I normally wear more oversized pieces or at least pair something that is more oversized with a piece that is more form fitting. For this look I wanted to keep the silhouette super clean. I wanted to make sure the blouse was the main focal point for this look so pairing it with another piece by Brass, the ponte pant, was a no brainer.
| Refined Color Palette | The color palette of this look is so simple and delicate. The blouse has a beautiful iridescent shine to the material which makes the look more dynamic but still subtle. In general I was inspired to pair this blouse with loud or bold colors and instead prefer it next to my normal blacks and other neutrals. I also love the tie in of the pumps with the blouse. Having those cream pumps helps take this look from something I would have worn to an orchestra concert in high school (yep, I played the violin) to a date night cocktail ready ensemble!
| Accent Accessories | I did want to dress up the look even more so I added my gold hoops from maslow and patent bag. Since the overall look is so simple I felt that I could go a little bold with the accessories.
1 | crossover blouse | c/o brass clothing | size: small |ethically made in Hangzhou, China
2 | ponte pant | c/o brass clothing | size: small | ethically made in Hangzhou, China
3 | villa heels | loq | size 37 | ethically made in LA
4 | margot handbag | lykke wolf | ethically made in LA
| Dressing Down | This look is my dressed down version of this blouse. The overall texture and material inherently make this piece on the more sophisticated side, so to dial it down a bit I added my go-to cozy long sweater and chunky canvas sneakers.
| Textures | Textures are my favorite thing to play around with in fall and winter! This look was all about interjecting casual elements into it and the fuzzy cozy texture of the sweater definitely helps. I also love the texture my canvas sneakers have. They aren’t bright and shiny like a new pair of sneaks which also helps with the causal factor.
| Muted Color Palette | Once again I stuck to a very muted and simple color palette with this look. If I had a cream pair of denim I would have been very tempted to create a monochromatic look! However, I do love the contrast between my vintage black denim and the cream/irradecent pearl that is the crossover blouse. The vintage denim is just soft enough to help add to the casual aspect of the look but also still provides a nice contrast.
1 | crossover blouse | c/o brass clothing | size: small | ethically made in Hangzhou, China
2 | kent cardigan | madewell | size: small |old
3 | vintage jeans | c/o the oak closet | size: 8 | vintage
4 | canvas sneakers | zara | size: 7 | purchased secondhand
5 | handbag | portland flea & food | vintage | similar vintage option
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I’ll be sharing the second piece in my Brass closet kit!