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A Wardrobe for the Life I Really Live

November 20, 2023

One of the hardest learned style lessons for me has been to build a wardrobe for the life I really live rather than the lifestyle I envision for myself. Can you relate? I think one of the obstacles to me embracing this concept has been that the clothes for office and cocktail parties are so much more appealing than the ones for casual days at home. But that’s where Frank & Eileen steps in. At Frank & Eileen I’ve found fashions that feel comfortable and casual enough for a day at home, but also have the elevated vibe I so desire.

Frank & Eileen Fashions
Eileen flannel shirt // East Galway denim jeans

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Frank & Eileen is a certified woman-owned, woman-led business born in 2009 when former engineer Audrey McLoghlin sought to reinvent the button-up for women —a category previously focused solely on men. From day one, Frank & Eileen has partnered exclusively with ethical and sustainable manufacturers to craft pieces using the finest raw materials found in nature.

Frank & Eileen Fashions
Joedy button-up shirt // Belfast triple-fleece English peacoat // East Galway denim jeans

So yes, I pay a little more for Frank & Eileen garments because they are indeed responsibly sourced and made in factories where employees are treated like family and earn a livable wage. For instance, they built a life-size, two-story, fully-stocked dollhouse in their headquarters for new mothers to breastfeed, pump, or simply spend time with their babies, preventing work and life from being at odds with one another.

Frank & Eileen Fashions
Monterey cotton rollneck sweater // Wicklow Italian chinos

I’ve been saying for several years that I want to invest more in slow fashion and build a wardrobe that endures rather than one that’s disposable. At some point I have to put my money where my mouth is. And the truth is that sustainability, ethics and quality cost a little more. But with every order I’ve placed with Frank & Eileen, I’ve also discovered that I am getting what I’m paying for: high quality, enduring classics and unparalleled customer service.

Monterey rollneck sweater
Monterey cotton rollneck sweater

Frank & Eileen are passionate about helping women build wardrobes that endure. That’s why they craft their pieces using the finest raw materials found in nature. Sure enough, when I put on this incredibly luxurious cotton sweater, yarn-dyed in Italy and knitted by artisans in sunny California, I knew it would be in my closet for years to come. the Monterey cotton rollneck sweater also comes in a rich camel and a classic navy. It runs true to the Frank & Eileen size charts; I’m wearing a large.

Monterey cotton rollneck sweater
Monterey cotton rollneck sweater // Wicklow Italian chinos

I’m wearing the Monterey cotton rollneck sweater with the merlot Wicklow Italian chinos for an easy, everyday look. These super soft Italian performance twill chinos are 97% cotton and 3% elastane for a gentle stretch. They have a 9″ rise and a 25.5″ inseam, and I’m wearing a TTS 10. They come in so many great colors for year round enjoyment. For a longer inseam check out the Blackrock utility pant. Those are on my radar.

East Galway jeans
Eileen flannel shirt // East Galway denim jeans

For a slightly more elevated look, but one that still fits my casual lifestyle, I paired the Eileen flannel shirt with the black East Galway denim jeans. The flannel shirt is the softest, most comfortable button-up shirt I’ve ever put on my body. Truly, I can live in this thing! I’m wearing a size medium.

flannel shirt
Eileen flannel shirt // East Galway denim jeans

And the East Galway full length gaucho jeans are an equally comfortable and classy match for that flannel shirt. Frank & Eileen’s Italian dream denim consists of 81% Cotton, 11% Lyocell, 6% EME and 2% Elastane for an amazing softness and stretch. These jeans have a front rise of 10.5″ and an inseam of 32″, so they work nicely on my 5’8″ frame with a 2″ heel boot.

East Galway full length gaucho jeans

Finally, for a slightly dressier look that works for my casual outings, I wore the full length gaucho jeans with my Joedy superfine white button-up shirt and the black Belfast triple-fleece English peacoat.

Belfast triple-fleece English peacoat
Joedy button-up shirt // Belfast triple-fleece English peacoat (wearing size medium)

Isn’t this black English peacoat darling? It comes in several other great colors including a cranberry that I’m really crushing on. This jacket is so versatile. It satisfies that craving I have for a classic completer piece, but with soft, 100% cotton triple fleece fabric I can really live in and a relaxed style that truly works for my life.

Belfast triple-fleece English peacoat
Joedy button-up shirt // Belfast triple-fleece English peacoat

I can easily wear this Belfast triple-fleece English peacoat with more casual jeans, joggers and chinos. It doesn’t so much dress an outfit up as it does pull it together and add a little polish. That’s just the kind of completer pieces I need to be investing in during this stage of life.

Belfast triple-fleece English peacoat
Joedy button-up shirt // Belfast triple-fleece English peacoat // East Galway denim jeans

Thanks so much for joining me here today. I encourage you to check out more of Frank & Eileen’s offerings at their website. But I’ve gathered some of my favorites in the shopping widget below. You can click through those to shop them or to check out other things at Frank & Eileen. They have so many great casual clothes that are perfect for celebrating the holidays at home.

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How can we be women who give thanks regardless of the circumstances? We’ll become more grateful and thanksgivings will flow from our lips when we learn better to appropriate the grace of God. The more grace we have been extended, the more grateful we are. 

But sometimes we lose sight of how much amazing grace we have been given. As we begin this Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., let’s focus on the greatest blessing we have…our salvation. If you have been saved by grace through the blood of Christ, you have received more than you can even imagine. And daily we are shown glimpses of that grace as God forgives our sins and keeps us in right relationship with Himself…all through the intercession of Christ our Lord.

For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:15-18

xoxo, Kay
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11 thoughts on “A Wardrobe for the Life I Really Live

  1. You talked about grace here. God is centering in on this, what He is showing me these days. Love the song This is Amazing Grace, Phil Wickham. Can see on YouTube. Have you sung this in your church? I am singing this often at home. God suddenly gets me going with it-especially when I am in the shower. I can sing it over and over so easily. And my experiencing God at that time is so wonderful. Then I am raising my hands so fully, with my whole being.

  2. Over 200 dollars for a button down and over 300 for jeans? I love that you feature brands at all price points…I am here to learn. But I did laugh out loud at this brand!

    1. I agree! In this week of giving thanks, let’s give to others. Spend $100 on jeans and you have $200 left to give to food pantries, feeding children, or helping refugees in a war zone.

  3. In deleting all the “unwanted” mail I receive daily, I must have deleted your Sunday post yesterday. Now I am unable to send my memory verse, so I wanted to let you know that I wasn’t quitting the group, just missing this once. I’ll try to remember to send 2 verses for the 1st of December. Thanks, Linda

  4. I really appreciate this post. I am learning about the horrific underpaid/slavery involved in making many of the brands we use. I love that it is owned by women and they care about their employees. I also want to buy quality and have a wardrobe that reflects my lifestyle and is timeless.

    While this brand is expensive, it goes on sale often. There are cheaper brands that are fairtrade, but this brand does have good quality. It is fun to have a couple of high quality items in our wardrobe. People can still get ideas to duplicate the outfits if it is outside of their budget. Kay has a large following with people that have a large range of budgets. I appreciate that she talks about brands in all ranges of price.

    I am very thankful for our country and pray that God’s kingdom will come on earth as it is in Heaven soon:)

    1. 👍🏻♥️ You are right some people work in appalling conditions mostly just for ‘throwaway fashion’. It’s so nice to hear of Brands who care . I love that Kay structures her posts for all of our budgets .

  5. I’ve been following you for over a year now. I remember you saying more than once to buy clothes for your actual lifestyle. I am still learning the hard way on that but I’m getting better. 🤪I love Frank & Eileen and have never been disappointed in a purchase. I can dress casual but still feel elevated because the quality is so good. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. That beautiful Peacoat would be worth saving up for , exactly what I have been looking for and would last me for years…..A Good Classic👌♥️. Thank you Kay for prompting us to remember to dress for the lifestyle we have , I’m trying to but it’s hard . Loving those casual looks . Happy Thanksgiving

  7. I loved this post! I hadn’t really heard much about this brand, but now that I see your photos, I’m planning a trip to Nordstrom this week to try some on. I’d love to see a YouTube video showing these items.