Dope Stuff: Brass Clothing

I think I’ve hinted at this in previous posts, but I feel like my personal style has really evolved over the past couple of years. I used to shop almost exclusively at J. Crew, and if I had to choose one word to describe my clothes it would have been “ruffly.” It wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but by the time I was in my late 20s, I started to feel like my clothes made me look even younger than I already looked. I began to really dislike busy clothing and layering, and I wanted a sleek, streamlined, and modern wardrobe.

At the same time I began trying to adopt a more minimal lifestyle. I am not a minimalist, and I never will be, but I really appreciate the concept and am trying to embrace it in most aspects of my life. Regarding clothing, I decided a couple of years ago that I’d rather have a couple of well made staples that I really love instead of a bunch of not-so-well-made things I only sort of like. I think of the clothing I buy now as an investment, and I make sure that the styles I choose are basic (in a good way!), so I’ll be able to wear them for years to come.

I came across Brass Clothing when I was looking for ethically sourced clothing. To my surprise and delight, the company is local to Boston and was co-founded by two badass women. Shopping at Brass makes both my heart and closet very happy, and it’s been the perfect way to rebuild my wardrobe.

I had already amassed a pretty nice little collection of dresses from Brass before they announced the Brass Edit a couple of months ago. This six month subscription program allows you to pay ahead to choose one item per month from a curated collection. I am not sure if registration is still open for the Edit, but it’s worth looking into. Most Edit items are available to purchase separately, so you’re really not missing out on much if registration is closed.

I asked my husband for the Edit for Christmas, and I was able to pick my first piece earlier this month. I chose the Ponte pant, because a legging style pant that is work appropriate is pretty much my dream. I live right outside Boston, so the shipping is always lightening fast, which is definitely a plus. The pants are a nice, thick material with a comfortable, high waist. I really, really like them, and it was nice to try something from Brass that wasn’t a dress, though I have a feeling I’ll be picking dresses for the next five months. I’ll be sure to share my picks in the future.

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(Brass Ponte pant, image from brassclothing.com)

I’m a huge Brass fangirl, and if you’re in the market for some modern and minimal casual or workwear that is designed to last, look no further than this awesome, local (to me!) business.

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