Thursday, October 31, 2013

Someone wanted to know specifically if a denim shirt and a grey sweatshirt would be terribly boring as a base for a group of tops...

denim shirt - Lucien Pellat Finet, print tee shirt - Uniqlo, grey hooded sweater - Uniqlo, red sweater - Uniqlo, floral tee shirt - Uniqlo

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

So the idea of carefully choosing a "cluster" of shirts and sweaters, to give yourself some layering options, also works well if you have to dress warmly but a bit nicely...

all clothes - L.L.Bean 

When you have to have a few options for holiday or party attire, this is also an approach to consider.

teal beaded cardigan - Eastex, black velvet jacket - Yohji Yamamoto, teal beaded sweater - Eastex, teal tee shirt - New Look,  black velvet top - Dorothy Perkins

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

 Here are a couple of examples of how my Triple Top Secret selection of tops can work for a really casual trip (or just a day to day wardrobe).  First, I started with a cool flowered shirt, got really gutsy and tossed in a striped tee shirt, and worked from there.  Yes, I would wear the stripes and the flowers together...

Red sweatshirt - Aerie,  navy sweater - Uniqlo, floral shirt - Uniqlo,  striped tee shirt - Alexander Wang, white henley tee - Uniqlo

 I realized after working with this idea for a while that there are, in fact, two "triples" inherent in this idea:

Yes, the button-front shirt is critical!  A shirt that can both be worn as a jacket or 2nd layer, but also layered under a sweater or sweatshirt, is key.

Here's an example of how this can work with some bright, warm colors, to get you through the icky weather ahead:

orange fleece - L.L.Bean, plaid shirt -Uniqlo, cream tee shirt - L.L.Bean, yellow sweater - Uniqlo, brown tee shirt - L.L.Bean

If you find that you've developed a passion for a printed or plaid shirt, this is a great way to make sure that you wear it frequently...

Monday, October 28, 2013

I found, after a few days of travelling, that the shirts and sweaters that I had packed gave me a lot more options than I had anticipated!  A reminder: these are what I had in my bag:

cardigan - Line, denim shirt - Dorothy Perkins, black tee shirt - Uniqlo, textured sweater - Wallis, black long-sleeved tee shirt - Uniqlo

Of course, I could wear any of these except the cardigan on their own.  But as the weather, and my location, shifted, I began to experiment with different ways to layer these 5 garments.  I discovered that, ultimately, I had a DOZEN options.  In the coldest weather, I was able to layer three tops together for maximum warmth, and thus the Triple Top Secret was born!

 But I quickly realized that, if I had chosen JUST a little bit more carefully, I could have had even more options!  Buttons on the cardigan would make a world of difference, and a sweater under which I could layer tee shirts would open up even more possibilities. Here's an example: These 5 garments, along with a pair of jeans and a pair of khaki or tan pants, would provide you dozens of choices to help you accommodate changing weather.

Cardigan - Novica, Denim shirt - Dorothy Perkins, cream tee shirt - L.L.Bean, teal sweater - Uniqlo, sage green long-sleeved tee shirt - L.L.Bean

Tomorrow, I'm going to look at a couple of very casual options in this vein...

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

My recent adventures took me from decidedly summery weather to something more in keeping with gloves and scarves.  As usual, I was limited to just a carry-on bag... But I was really delighted with what I took with me.

Nobody around you is going to be fooled into believing that you have a vast and limitless wardrobe at your disposal, and you're going to need to be able to do some laundry occasionally with this little ensemble. I found, however, that I was covered (or uncovered, as the case may be) for everything that I encountered.

AND!!!  I deciphered the reason that all of this worked so well, and next week I'm going to explain the secret, and show some other examples.

A grey tee shirt and black pants from Eddie Bauer, my old argyle cardigan, pearls, walking shoes, Tumi briefcase and carry-on.

I only packed two pair of shoes, and contrary to normal advice, I smashed them down flat and tucked them into the inner side pockets of my bag.  These Thierry Rabotin shoes are painfully expensive, but they can be resoled,so I keep them for years and years.  And they're soft enough that the horrid smashing doesn't hurt them.  Not shown here - pajamas, lingerie, and tights...

An old Eileen Fisher cardigan and sweater, denim shirt, a couple of black tee shirts,  beige and black scarf, Thierry Rabotin ballet flats and cross-strapped flats,  Eileen Fisher slouch pants, my old black Muji dress, a grey cashmere turtleneck from before the beginnings of recorded history,  black, grey, ruby scarf, skirted leggings

Friday, October 25, 2013

Or so I was told, by everybody I met in New England...

But they have VERY high standards!

Regular blog posting will resume tomorrow - I'm so happy to be home...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Monday, October 21, 2013

I fully intended to hold back this post until it was a bit closer to winter, and the winter holidays, but since all of these brooches are available right now, on ebay, I thought I'd go ahead and give you some eye candy...

While a brooch might not be considered a wardrobe essential, even the "non-brooch" people among us have to admit that these are pretty - especially when aggregated thematically...  And the vintage brooches are often beautiful quality for a modest price!


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Friday, October 18, 2013

Earrings are far from an essential part of any wardrobe, but I wear them every day; I find that I really hate the look of the holes in my ears without earrings.  But most of the time I prefer to wear only small stud earrings, or very modest hoops - I'm not terribly keen on large earrings on me...

These are the core of my day-to-day wardrobe:

Pearl studs, metal studs, a pair of dressy studs, an accent stud
 (well, okay, grey pearls), and a small pair of hoops

Pearls, or another lustrous stone in a neutral tone, are a good starter:

A metallic stud is always nice:

It's generally handy to have a somewhat dressy earring for those occasions:

And a small earring in an accent color is fun:

 If you're a hoop earring type of person, the options are many:

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