The Simplified Wardrobe of Jenny Morris

Posted by Jenny Morris, September 22, 2015

Jenny Morris, the Drake's most fabulous PR Intern, shares her experience building a "capsule wardrobe". With a life of jetting from work to events to cocktails with friends, Jenny uses her small and versatile wardrobe to hit any situation with style. After reading this, you might just be inclined to simplify your wardrobe!

While the life of a PR intern at the Drake Hotel is wildly different than that of an American president, Obama and I have some things in common: most notably, an appreciation for an extremely minimal wardrobe. The President told Vanity Fair, “You'll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I'm trying to pare down decisions. I don't want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” Then there was the impactful Harper’s Bazaar article I read over a year ago by Matilda Kahl, a creative art director in New York City who wears the same uniform to work every single day. She said, “The simple choice of wearing a work uniform has saved me countless wasted hours thinking, 'What the hell am I going to wear today?' And in fact, these black trousers and white blouses have become an important daily reminder that frankly, I'm in control.” This concept was just what I needed to transition from Humber student to PR pro.

Right before my internship started, I challenged myself to create a capsule wardrobe by paring my closet down to 37 items (including shoes). The idea is to go three months wearing the same stuff, and switch out pieces in the last two weeks to complement the season. But there was a challenge: PR interns at the Drake wear many different hats. Just last week, I needed simple, stylish outfits that could transition from day to night. On Wednesday, I worked in the office from 9-5 then jetted off to the Gary Baseman Exhibition Opening at Drake One Fifty. The party continued the next day where I worked the door for the big TIFF House Party at the Drake Hotel.


Photo Credit: Aleyah Soloman via FAJO Magazine

For the Gary Baseman opening party, I wore a black skirt from J Crew and a vintage lace crop top (with a black camisole underneath). The boots are from Steve Madden and are super comfortable so I have no trouble wearing them to the office during the day and staying on my feet at night.


For the TIFF House Party, I wore a simple vintage black dress and blazer from Zara with the same Steve Madden Boots. And the most important accessory when doing PR at the Drake? A swipe of bold red lipstick.

All in all, I’m totally hooked on the idea of a simplified wardrobe and plan to make a new capsule for fall. The simple change has helped me to avoid decision burnout, simplify my life and save money. The energy I’ve saved not fussing over my clothes each morning has gone back into my internship. If you’re interested in learning more about capsule wardrobes, I recommend listening to this interview with capsule wardrobe blogger Caroline Rector, on the uplifting podcast, The Lively Show.

What do you think? Would you try living with just 37 pieces for three months?

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