Clothing both delights me and frustrates me and that may be apparent by now in all my bloggy blatherings. I have spent considerable effort figuring out what I want to wear, what suits me and how to make the two somehow line up, what colours fabrics and styles I'm happiest in, sorted out the stuff I like the look of from what I am actually comfortable wearing, played around with dressing more formally or creatively than required, and generally tried to avoid the casual jeans and tee-shirt uniform that suits my lifestyle. I have had fun, learned a great deal and am still learning but I see some changes coming.
*While minimalism and capsule wardrobes are not quite right for me, I do crave simplicity. After having fun playing, I find I do not regularly wish to express my creativity in my clothing. I want to grab something easy, comfortable and flattering that suits my body, my life and my personality. I mostly wish to direct my creative energy to places other than my clothing.
*I know what I want but finding it is not easy and making it is not a likely option. For this reason I am increasingly interested in having fewer items but willing to spend more money on them than I may have in the past because it's worth it to get the right thing.
*Quality is rarely found in my local thrift shops and I would rather pay for quality, non-fast fashion clothing.
*On the other hand I am not yet prepared to spend $80 (or even $50) on a tee shirt.
*I am ready, emotionally, to live mostly in jeans, tee shirts, jersey tops, leggings and tunics.
*I want natural or naturally derived fibres and it is going to take awhile to build up a wardrobe that goes beyond cheap cotton. I will wear the jeans and tee shirts until I find the right skirt or dress of my dreams in wool jersey.
*There is my fantasy wardrobe and then there is reality-the reality of my lifestyle, my bank account and what is available to me.
*I need to invest in some light weight warmth layers for winter and it's time to allow myself to spend money on something that is not visible.
*It's okay to hold onto some of my less than ideal things as I wait to eventually replace them with something better, but I would rather live with fewer options than keep dressing myself in things that don't feel good or flatter me, which I am prone to doing. This is essentially a re-wording of my first point but it's been a hard one for me to really follow through on so it's worth saying twice.
Here are two outfits that are staying in my closet and one that isn't.
This dress could be better but it is the best I've got for now. There is something about the design of it that makes my shape look a bit odd, as though I am bending forward slightly and sticking my bum back. It's some sort of optical illusion created by the seaming at the mid-section which I think perhaps sits a bit too low on my torso. It's a lovely heavy weight jersey fabric and I love the denim blue colour so it stays for now.
I just can't get the lighting right in my photos lately and colours are not always accurate. In a previous post my purple dress looks black and in this outfit below the blue leggings also look black. The shoes look darker than they really are too, and are a red to match the dress but almost look brown in this picture.
This green dress has a flattering shape on me but the fabric is cheap and thin and I have to wear a slip or second skirt under it. It also instantly shows perspiration which is not so good for a pre-menopausal woman. After wearing this outfit several times I am not as happy with it as I was initially. It did teach me how to aim for a more body skimming shape though, and cost me about $8 so I think I've gotten my money's worth. I abandoned the necklace after taking this picture.
I will hypnotise you with my stare and my blinding watch face.
It ended up being too hot to keep the cardigan on -the cardigan which is also blue and not black as it almost looks here. It's kind of obvious which outfit I'm happiest in, isn't it?