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How to Be One of Those ‘Put-Together’ People
06.12.17

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Like knowing what you want to do with your life and adulthood at large, appearing “put together” is, I think, one of those things where everyone assumes she’s the only one who doesn’t have it figured out. We all know that woman whose wallet matches her bag, neither of which are stuffed with wrappers or receipts, both of which she can always locate — along with her keys — all while taking a call and hailing a cab without sweating or dropping her phone.

I’m starting to believe that what perpetually put-together people have actually mastered is the art of faking it. (Ditto adulthood, ditto a life plan.)

There is nothing wrong with faking a sense of composure. I do it all the time. Pretending to be calm and orderly while panicking on the inside (about being late, about what your hair is doing, how you’ll possibly get all your work done) is what Mallard ducks have been doing for years: cruising around lakes without so much as a ripple while underneath, their feet pedal water like a bike up a massive hill. You’re far more likely to come out the other side unscathed if you fake chill than if you express your inner *insert jumble of numbers and letters produced by head smashed on keyboard.* Whether this may be classified as repression or denial or WHAT, I have found that the fastest way to trick yourself into feeling put-together starts with a clean shirt, brushed teeth and a set of matching, monogrammed accessories.

These ones are by The Daily Edited, an Australian brand we’ve partnered with for this very story (shout out in the comments if you’re from Australia and already know what’s up) that’s known for its wide array of classic, unfussy leather goods that appeal to a multitude of personal styles. I can just see my funkiest-shoe’d friend and my group’s “mom” both asking, “Where’s that pouch from?”

A matching set shows premeditated organization and tricks eyes into seeing you as inherently organized. It looks sharp, so you look sharp. It looks tidy, so you look tidy. It looks chic, so you look chic — all by transitive property. Meanwhile, monograms, already my favorite kind of “flair,” suggest you’re so put together that you took the time to take a wallet, a bag, a key chain somewhere to actually get monogrammed.

No matter if, in reality, you ordered the items pre-grammed. Also no matter if, in reality, you, like me, still have so much to do that “make to-do list” is still incomplete.

No one needs to know. Ducks don’t swim around quacking to the world about their rapidly spinning feet.

I just realized you don’t speak duck, so I promise you, here’s what they say:

“I AM A COOL, CALM, COLLECTED INDIVIDUAL. AND YES. I KNOW WHERE MY HOUSE KEYS ARE.*”

*So what if they’re missing at the bottom of the lake?

Photos by Edith Young. 

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  • Jennifer

    Geez, you’re so lucky Amelia- you got all that cool gear for freeee!

    • Amelia Diamond

      I am a very lucky human! I thank my stars every single day! this in particular was like christmas

  • Amanda

    We have the same initials, so if you could just go ahead and post these to me… ? <3

    • Amelia Diamond

      what’s your c for??

      • Amanda

        Catherine, which I love and I think Amanda Catherine gives off soap opera feels (my first name does come from a Dynasty character. Bless my mama. Interestingly enough, the first name of the actress is Catherine, but I digress.) . But the D is nowhere near as glamorous as Diamond.

        • Amelia Diamond

          I love catherine!

  • Quinn Halman

    Amelia, I’ve always wanted to know if you’d change your last name after marriage not for feminist or whatever reasons, but because you have so much ACD gear. Pls let me know.

    • Amelia Diamond

      I will not, because I have so much ACD gear. Plus Diamond is hard to top.

      • emily moran

        Feel this so hard. My initials are my nickname and my best leather goods are all stamped EM. Not changin’ that for nobody no-how. (Also my middle is M as well so I could be EMM too which is p sweet)

      • Meg S

        I used to work with someone whose initials are PMS. She didn’t change her name after getting divorced so she could keep it. It sounds like something I’d do.

  • gracesface

    will forever be jealous of the non-red-faced, cool, and fresh looking ladies of summer. what world are they living in!

    • Meg S

      My fair-skinned self stays out of the sun, uses a lot of sunscreen and green cream to counteract the natural red in my skin that no one is supposed to know about.

  • Morgan Sutherland

    Hello from the land down under! I can back you up – TDE are the best. Have had to stop myself monogramming everything I own…

  • Effie

    I’m from Australia and have SO much TDE stuff! I have lost count the amount of times people have stopped me and asked where my pouch/cardholder/more pouches/phone case is from… and then when you pass people who are also holding TDE they give you a knowing smile. LOVE IT ALL.

  • Amy L Campbell

    I know what’s up!

  • Babs

    worried that tote might permanently tilt you tho!

  • Meg S

    If I have a black wallet from one brand and a black bag from another, do they match? Do I care? Not really, but I kind of miss my coach poppy graffiti wristlet but it isn’t functional at all. Maybe I need to get everything monogrammed, but my initials are MMS so I’m not sure how I feel about that. Kind of need that TDE overnight bag. It might solve my weekend packing issues (which always center around a suitcase). I’m not sure I’ll really ever have it together.

    My achievement of the week is unintentionally matching my manicure to one of the stripes in the shirt I wore to work yesterday. Everyone commented on it. Does that count as having it together?

    • Amelia Molly Heath

      I had the wristlet (and I agree – NOT functional), wallet, and bag! Got rid of the bag because I couldn’t get the life!stains out, but I’m using the wallet again until my usual one dries up from an Incident On The River.

      • Meg S

        I hang onto the wristlet to throw in my bag when I just need to put a few things in it (cash, credit card, id, emergency lipstick). It’s pretty stain-free because it’s black. I don’t trust myself with that much white. I’ve gotten rid of pretty much all my wristlets for the functionality issue, and I haven’t bought a printed bag for years. I might be growing up.

  • kforkarli

    Hi from Australia! I love my pouch but also think the monogramming has reached its tipping point. Nice to see an Australian brand here though 🙂

  • xtine

    Holy cow, you can include emojis in your monogram?? I’m in love with this!

  • Brittany Spinelli

    Is it inappropriate to get everything monogrammed if your initials are BJS?