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Saying Goodbye

Or: My Gusty Combination of Brown and Black

Sometimes you have an item of clothing that you love but finally come to the realization that it’s time to get rid of it.  Over the weekend I wore a few of the things I was having a hard time deciding whether to get rid of.  Problem solved.

This blush pink shirt is one of those items.  I loved its classic World War II look, the button sleeves, the pin-tucks around the waist.  Sadly, it’s ripped under the arm and has atrocious armpit stains.  I read somewhere that aluminum deodorant can “burn” fabric and cause permanent damage.  I can’t seem to find anything to back this up, but I will say that since switching to natural deodorants a few years ago, none of my clothes have had armpit stains again.

I have managed to wear this shirt a few times by covering with a cardigan but that seems really tacky.  Time to bid this shirt adieu.

The skirt is another story, it’s been in my closet for a few seasons – a lovely cast off from my sister.  Every time I wear it I realize that it fits very strangely around the hips (see picture) and butt and is probably the reason I wear it so infrequently.  At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how cute something is on a hanger, if it doesn’t fit correctly it’s wasting space!  I find wearing an item all day is the best way to decide how I feel in it and make a decision about whether I want to keep something.

Silk Shirt: Casual Corner ’02??

Cardigan: Banana Republic, ’08

Skirt: Cast off from sister, Limited? ’03?

Brown Suede Shoes: TJ Maxx, ’04

Purse: Small Shop in Conque, France ’10 – the guy was making everything right there!

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Elbow Patches on the East Coast

Though I don’t live on the East Coast, or consider my style very preppy, or happen to be wearing this as I tramp down an autumn leaf strewn country lane, this look really hits all those notes.

I decided to bust out this blazer one last time before I packed it away for the summer.  Unlike the flat drawing, it is a purpley burgundy (like the photo) corduroy.  This fabric is interesting because it almost seems to shimmer as you move because the under color is lighter orangey burgundy (like the drawing).  And it has elbow patches!  Elbow patches!  How very professorish of me!

I wore it with the teal sweater and not finding any necklace that really worked I decided on this scarf, which happened to have almost the same color teal in it.  I am secretly happy when something matches so well.

This outfit is a completely new combination of pieces and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  Isn’t it funny how you can have pieces in your closet for year and never think about wearing them together?

Shirt/Light Sweater: Martin & Osa, ’09

Blazer: Express, ’05

Jeans: Guess by Marciano, ’10

Boots: Gifted, ’07

Scarf: Gifted, H&M, ’09

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