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!
After seeing this skirt from Talbots (which was so much like the skirt I already owned) I decided to build an outfit around the styling in their ad.
I love the look of the classic military shirt. The shirt I had included in my 30-30 (see it featured here) was worn in heavy rotation. I realized it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to invest in another version of the same shirt. While shopping with my mom at Chico’s I discovered this lovely classic, loose version in ivory. It has that timeless American look. The first runway picture from the Ruffian S/S 2011 show and the second and third pictures from classic American designer, Ralph Lauren’s S/S 2011.
Normally I don’t shop at Chico’s, but I think it’s also good practice to find things wherever they might be hiding. A good wardrobe does not have to all come from Gucci to be stylish, Anthropologie to be creative, or Good Will to be cheap. Do you ever find wonderful things in unexpected places? If so where?
Military Shirt: Chicos, ’11 See it here
(The drawing is more creamy than the actual shirt, the picture is more reflective of the true color.)
Pleated Denim Skirt: Zara in Greece, ’02
Belt: Express, ’10
Sandals: BCBG Generations via N Rack, ’10
I tried my hand at both adding color to this outfit and wearing the scarf around my neck. My sister got this from China for me and I love the graphic print and bright colors. However, wearing the smaller scarf still confounds me. All day I felt like a flight attendant. Maybe it was the skirt and the black/white color combination that made me feel waitressy. It might have worked better with jeans on the bottom – in fact now that I see my style inspiration they’re both wearing jeans.
See inspiration here and here
Wore this simple ensemble to church. Punched it up with the belt and kept warm with the scarf, which is large enough to double as a blanket in cold drafty air. It was rainy all day, which can mean frizzy poof-ball of curly hair, so twisted it up and back into the twists.
My sister is galavanting about China – see her adventures here – and since I mentioned her here, I thought I would share this picture she sent me. And not only is she classy – she’s also a physicist!
Running errands and hanging out with friends. One of my friends thought this looked very euro with the bright tights. I wanted to be comfortable in flats but not boring. You can see the tank top (which isn’t in my 30) but I was wearing it more as a foundation piece since I never took off my sweater.
Capturing the last rays of daylight I snuck into my friends back yard to take this picture. Now I’m struck by all the bright green. These shoes are crazy, multi leopard print. When I first saw them in the store I thought, “who would buy those?!” And then later in TJ Maxx I nabbed them and haven’t looked back since. So fun!
Shirt: N Rack, ’10
Sweater: Armani Exchange, ’09 (such a cozy sweater! Have almost worn it out, sadly.)
Skirt: Express, ’10
Tights: Express (They make the best mid price tights!)
Shoes: Nine West, via TJ Maxx, ’10
Necklace: Express, ’09 (Gift from my sister)