October wear count – style bee

I dare say it’s time to take a look at my #StyleBeeWearCount from the month of October! The temperatures were up and down a lot last month ranging from sunny t-shirt weather to torrential downpours to frost covered leaves. I also found myself happily prioritizing comfort, practicality and coziness over sartorial merit and I’m totally ok with that. In fact, I’m sharing one of my favourite hiking outfits in this round-up too! If I had to sum the month up into a few wardrobe terms those would be denim, sweaters, boots and layers galore!

If you’re new and wondering what this ‘wear count’ thing is, it’s essentially exactly what it sounds like. I have simply been counting how many times I wear an item each month and the exercise has been a great way to get some real data on my closet performance.

I started keeping track during my time in Vancouver this spring and you can get caught up with my West Coast Wear Count Part 1 and Part 2 as well as my July, August and September posts if you’re interested. They all include lots of outfits and some thoughts on how the exercise is going.

THE NUMBERS OVERALL – Quite similar to last month, almost half the items I wore throughout October were only worn once. This could be to do with the weather fluctuating a lot and to do with the fact that I was out and about more since I repeat items more frequently when I’m just working at home. Now, I’m not sure what all this data means yet but hopefully when a do a final review for the year I can begin to make sense of it.

I’ve been feeling really relaxed and calm about my closet this season and I really think this wear count has a lot to do with it. I was chatting about this with my friend Elim Chu, who’s also been counting her wears (check out Elim’s live google doc) and she said she’d been feeling the same. We’ve both been generally less inclined to impulse shop, give into temptation and overall more at ease about personal style and the options available. These were all very welcome feelings during what was otherwise a very busy and stressful month. Stay tuned for a great discussion about this with Elim coming soon!

STUTTERHEIM MOSEBACK RAINCOAT I wear an XS | MICRO RIB LONG SLEEVE I wear a Small | SQUARE CARDIGAN I wear a Small | CHEEKY JEANS IN BONE DENIM I wear a 26 ($50 USD for today only!) | BOSS BOOT gifted and TTS | BAG Sold Out | SOLITAIRE STUDS gifted ( Save 10% with STYLEBEE10 until Nov. 12)

During the 10×10 I received lots of questions about these jeans and since Everlane is offering their entire denim collection for just $50 USD a pair today, I thought this was a great time to share my thoughts. I’ve had the opportunity to try out a few denim styles from Everlane (some gifted and some bought by me) and these definitely take the cake for me. This review isn’t sponsored or in partnership with Everlane but they did gift me this pair of jeans earlier in the season to test out and share any feedback. Since they’ll be flying off the shelves today I’ll cut right to the review!

This style is the ideal straight cut that’s fitted through the butt, hips and thigh and just ever-so-slightly relaxed through the calf. They have a glorious 11″ high-rise that hits at the natural waist for a very flattering, leg lengthening effect (in my opinion at least). These are the fit and silhouette I had hoped to achieve by tailoring the original boyfriend denim I bought. I’m still keeping those for a more vintage fit option.

SIZE: I got these in a size 27. I am usually between a 26 and 27 in denim depending on the fit and brand and I’m happy with that size in these. I could have maybe squished myself into the 26 but they would have been very tight. I like that these are fitted but not painted on. I also appreciate that the waist is sized such that I won’t need it tailored! For reference I am 5’7 and about 125 lbs (Waist 26 inches/Hip 37 inches).

The denim is a very similar thickness/weight as the Boyfriend Denim from the initial launch but the fibre blend makes it feel a bit thinner and softer. They are not nearly the thick as the Agolde Riley Crop which is another favourite of mine and is made from a heavy weight denim.

Always the most asked question when it comes to jeans. The answer is yes, a little bit but not like the boyfriend or cheeky straight fit (which are 98% cotton). I’ve only washed these once so far but they came up great. They stayed a rich black and any stretching that had happened in the first 13 wears returned to the original fit, if not a touch more snug (which is because I put them in the dryer on low). These photos were taken after they’d been washed.