A few weeks ago I bought a new dresser. Now, this may seem fairly commonplace, even mundane, but in truth, this new dresser with its sleek, clean lines made me feel the need to be more selective about the clothing pieces I own. I started to feel like a museum curator every time I went shopping.

With fashion on my mind, I was delighted when Banana Republic reached out expressing an interest in a collaboration. They asked if I would take a look into their new line, choose a few pieces I loved, and then share how I would incorporate them into the wardrobe I already had.

The Perfect Layer | Heather Day

In terms of style, I lean toward minimalism, preferring quality to quantity—a side effect of an artist’s perspective and my busy schedule. In a day I could need an outfit for drawing at a coffee shop (or three,) a meeting with a gallery,  attending an art show opening and then of course, working in the studio. Therefore, I choose pieces with fabrics that are inherently simple, but aesthetically pleasing. Muted colors with interesting textures that can be easily paired with anything in my wardrobe characterize my style.

The Perfect Layer | Heather Day

Banana Republic’s line gives me a polished look while letting me keep the simplicity I love. My absolute favorite piece from the collection is the Metallic Pullover Sweater. Its simple, classic shape and subtle color were perfect to pair with many of my favorite outfits, seamlessly fitting into my minimalist style.

I believe strongly in well-made clothes that inspire a positive body image and reflect the needs of day-to-day life. Companies like Banana Republic allow me to select quality clothing that’s simple, beautiful, and versatile—all the requirements to be invited into the new dresser—and trust in their durability and comfort. Clothing shouldn’t be restricting, physically or figuratively. We should dress in what we enjoy wearing and for what makes sense in our lives. Not only is that functional and practical, it’s also liberating.

Thank you Banana Republic for such a fun collaboration. Scroll down to take a peek at a few other personal favs from the spring line

The Perfect Layer | Heather Day
The Perfect Layer | Heather Day
The Perfect Layer | Heather Day
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The Perfect Layer | Heather Day
The Perfect Layer | Heather Day
The Perfect Layer | Heather Day
The Perfect Layer | Heather Day

A word on partnerships: With the objective of remaining true to my art and lifestyle, I only agree to partnerships with companies I respect. Therefore, I’m thankful for companies like Banana Republic, who are involved in bettering communities, and support my practice as an artist. I want to be as transparent as possible of respect for my readers and in accordance with the FTC law of 2013. All content and opinions are my own. For more information on my views please read my open letter regarding partnerships. #itsbanana

Aside from the first and last photo in this entry, Jen Kay took all of the additional photos for myself and Banana Republic. Writing edited by Katherine Holthouser.

The Perfect Layer | Heather Day