I won't even try to kid you - I've been under a lot of stress recently, and there's no apparent reason for it. I have one of the easiest lives that any human being could want, but I still have been feeling pressured, inadequate, hurried to get things done, and as if much of what I do has been "weighed in the balance and found wanting."
So as the weather finally warms up, my goal is to simplify, and to try to give myself more time to accomplish things that will give me a sense of gratification and competence. Thus, I'm stripping this summer's wardrobe back to the absolute basics - a uniform of sorts.
The late Olivia Goldsmith co-authored the above, very insightful, book (available here, finally at a reasonable price!). It's all about finding a uniform and sticking with it. That's sort of what I'm going to do this summer... starting with four black dresses:
And then adding in two black tee shirts, two black tank tops, two black skirts, and two pair of black pants:
Although I know for a fact that I can go a very long time wearing black, and nobody will notice, I am going to include a number of tee shirts -as much to give myself some laundry "wiggle room" as anything else!
And four really cool sweaters - mostly to layer over things, as they are all rather sheer. They bring a lot of texture and interest to my outfits, while still being easy to pull on and run, and easy to peel off if the weather requires.
So my days would unwind something like this: Start with a solid column with a skirt or pants, pull a sweater over it to finish things off.
Another option is to grab a dress, and put a jacket or cardigan on, for warmth and "completeness."
Or slip into some variation of a black suit - either a cardigan or jacket, with either a skirt or pants. Toss in a tee shirt, maybe a scarf, and move on the more interesting things.
I know that my tolerance for wearing a lot of black is very high, and that I have the accessories to keep this from looking too sober. I wonder how it will play out in practice...