Archive for August 2013
I'm feeling pretty dissatisfied with my wardrobe right now. This summer I've gotten rid of many more clothes than usual in a season, through a combination of consignment, donations and throwing away things that were just worn out. I think all this culling is both cause and effect for my dissatisfaction; I don't want to wear the things I got rid of, but having fewer items to choose from is also a problem.
Thrifting hasn't helped me much in this regard, partly because I haven't come across anything good and partly because I haven't figured out what sort of pieces I need to make my existing clothes more fun to wear. So this month I came away with only a pair of eminently versatile flats.
|Gray flats, Liz Claiborne, Goodwill Augusta, $5|
I think I've concealed it pretty well so far on this blog, but it's time to come clean about something: I have chronic bitch face, also known as bitchy resting face. I've trained myself to keep the corners of my mouth turned up at all times just to look neutral. But it didn't work so well today. I swear I was trying to smile when taking photos, and I thought I was smiling pretty big, but the above photo is the cheeriest I came up with.
School started yesterday, and today was cool and damp. Yes, summer is ending, and blazer season is coming on. I nearly wore my burgundy pencil skirt today but decided to hold off in order to cling to bright colors a bit longer.
J and I had a long, nerdy day yesterday. A friend of ours just finished his dissertation and decided to celebrate earning his doctorate by inviting over a bunch of people to play Advanced Civilization, a board game that involves building civilizations from the stone age to the iron age in the region circling the Mediterranean. It was an especially appropriate game for the group we had, which consisted mostly of academics in history, anthropology, etc.
We started at 9 a.m. with breakfast and learning the rules and wrapped up at 11 p.m. Excluding rules time and breaks, we probably played for 11 hours, and we still had hours to go when we called it a night. We took pictures of the state of the board and all our cards so we can pick it up again in a couple of weeks.
This top has been my lesson against buying thrifted items that aren't quite right. I love the neckline, the colors and the stripes, so it shouldn't have taken me 18 months to wear this top in 10 blogged outfits. But when I bought it, the top had old, warped elastic around the neckline. I wore it that way several times, then ripped out the elastic and thought I'd fixed it with some iron-on hem tape. But the hem tape quickly came apart, so I had to find another solution. And without the elastic, the neckline is much wider, so then I had to add some bra strap holders to keep from having to adjust things all day. I think this might finally be suitable to wear.
I plan to wear it a lot more, too. Navy, white and stripes will go with anything in my wardrobe. The thick knit allows me to wear the top layered over button-front shirts, more like a sweater. The only outfit here I don't like is the first one, because the proportions are all out of whack. This top is short, so it works much better with a skirt (or with a longer shirt layered underneath). I think it's kind of funny how similar the last two pictures are.
I purchased this Talbots top at the Goodwill in Falmouth in January 2012, for $5.
I didn't wash this top after the last time I washed it, and when I pulled it out of the closet this morning it had a few oil spots on it. A little Dawn, a rinse and 10 minutes in the dryer fixed that right up. Then I got melted butter on myself while eating my bagel in the car. I was glad I'd already taken pictures, and now it's back to the Dawn.
On my trips to northern California I've been amazed at how everything seems to grow there, and last week was no exception. There were avocados and artichokes and berries and figs. Now, we can't grow all of that here, but I returned to Maine to our high season, produce-wise. Last week was the first for my favorite part of the farmers market, the cherry tomato bar, and we've been loading up on peaches, melons and wild blueberries because there's so little local fruit available most of the year.
I've worn these pants with two other pink tops, both of them in much milder hues than this bright pink sweater. Once I had the pants and sweater on today, I decided to embrace the watermelon color scheme with black (like seeds!) accessories.
The color scheme of this skirt makes it difficult to wear with anything but neutrals, so I'm slowly working my way through all my tops that will work. I'm surprised it took me so long to get around to this one, which is one of my favorites.
I try to keep track of how many times I've worn something so that I know when I get to 10, but sometimes I lose track. This is one of those times; when I started putting this post together, I realized there was an extra outfit. I hope you don't mind looking at 11 pictures instead of 10.
I love houndstooth, but it can be a little overwhelming over large swaths and too memorable in black and white. The lesser contrast in this black and gray makes it more subtle and easier to wear more often without people noticing.
There are some issues with the shape of this dress. The waist is too high, and the length, sleevelessness and neckline combine to make it a bit revealing for work. I ignored that a couple of times and wore the dress pretty much as-is, but for the most part I've dealt with those problems by layering, both under and over the dress. I think the black and gray work best mixed with neutrals, or with colors that are nearly neutrals, like light blue.
This is a Target dress, purchased at the Goodwill near the Maine Mall for $5 last March.
I was at work almost 12 hours today, finishing up that big project. Well, it's not finished. Now I need to get feedback from my bosses and work some more on it in the next week. But I don't have to worry about that until Tuesday afternoon, because I'm off all day tomorrow and then Tuesday morning. OK, time to sleep.
So, J and I are kind of sad. It's been a week since my brother came to retrieve Bucky, because now he and my parents are living in an apartment nearby where cats are allowed. I stopped by their place on Tuesday, but I didn't see Bucky. And then yesterday, I found one of the paper balls that were his favorite toys. Never mind the toys we bought him; he loved to fetch those crumpled up pieces of paper, and we sent most of them with him to his new home. J was so sad when he saw the ball that he tossed it into the recycling straightaway.
I'm working all weekend, with a huge project to finish up by Monday. So today I did not feel like putting in the effort to get dressed, and I went super-casual instead. Do the pop-of-color flats count as interesting?
Today I wore two cool fabrics from very hot places: South Asia and the American South. I recently realized that I need more brightly colored tops in my wardrobe, so today it was nice to pull out this teal with the pink and orange, plus I got a little pattern mix with the seersucker pants.
- Thrift Finds for August
- Teal and Yellow
- Advanced Civ
- 10 Ways to Wear a Striped Boatneck Top
- Silky Blue and Teal Denim
- August Bounty
- Pleats and Prints
- 11 Ways to Wear a Houndstooth Dress
- Deadline Met
- Missing You
- Pop of Pink
- A Slight Mismatch
- Napa Wedding
- 10 Ways to Wear a Sleeveless Surplice Top
- Denim on Thursday
- Not at the Movies
- Feline Accessory
- Horizontal and Vertical
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