Like Cinnamon, I’m going off topic today and talking about clothes, so if that doesn’t interest you, feel free to wander off and I’ll see you next time.
I’m pretty sure I wrote on here that when I moved away from D.C. to the super-casual Southwest, I stamped my dainty foot and declared, “I’ll never dress like a grown-up again!” I now live in a place where (with a few job-related exceptions) you can pull on jeans or sweatpants for most things if you want to, or rock a more eclectic look. I did some collecting and repairing of old blouses and floor-length skirts for my version of Edwardian dress; otherwise I was probably in jeans (winter) or a cotton kurta (summer).
But to my great surprise, I started missing the kind of work clothes I put on for literal decades. I love clothes, and all the accessories, and I kept some of my nicest, dressiest items like blazers and skirts, etc. In the meantime, one branch of fashion has been the “quiet luxury” look, aka dressing like a grown-up, and I’ve always been allergic to flashy logos. So I’ve been enjoying trying to create my version of that vibe, including its stylish cousin, the high-low look – e.g., jeans with a really nice blazer. It’s a balance of pulled together but not too much, and I have the pieces in my wardrobe already.
Where I go frequently and hilariously wrong is: those clothes were a work uniform for so long that before you know it, I’ve gone full Brooks Brothers corporate, which is not the goal! But like many things, it takes practice, and I’m getting better at it. It’s also a great time of year for this experiment, I’ve always loved winter outfits more, with their cosy cashmere and wool and leather boots. We’ll see what happens when it gets hot out.
Also I realized that other than things like undergarments, I haven’t bought a brand new piece of clothing in quite some time. There are lots of thrift/consignment shops here at various price points, and (unsurprisingly) the dressy blazers and skirts and pants don’t fly off the racks, so I’ve gotten some gorgeous things in the past few months, including a vintage black cashmere coat in perfect condition (no moth holes!) for a song. I acknowledge the advantage I have of 1) being a smaller person who 2) actually enjoys digging through racks of dross, panning for gold, so I know this doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s been nice knowing I’m not contributing to the massive fabric landfill problem. I’m also guessing anyone reading this isn’t stocking up on hauls from Shein, although I could be wrong.
What’s going on in your wardrobe right now? Any style changes or refreshes? Any goals for clothing, hair, makeup in 2024?