But as I am tasked to downsize (mostly by my husband, who jokingly calls me Imelda Marcos), I think about the Toilet Paper 2020 April Birthday Quarantine 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!
Toilet Paper 2020 April Birthday Quarantine shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
It’s not the Toilet Paper 2020 April Birthday Quarantine shirt and by the same token and ease and the freedom, living without a care while basking in the warmth of the sun, that make this Zoë Ghertner image of Natalia Vodianova from the July 2018 issue of Vogue so uplifting to me. (Though who isn’t yearning for a bit of that right now? Craning to look at the sky out of your window, pushing yourself as far as you dare onto the fire escape, doesn’t really count.) Instead, it’s what Vodianova’s wearing—or more accurately, who designed it, which would be Marine Serre—that brings a little bit of sunshine into the yawning grayness of life today.