Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Clothing Diary Week 2

Week #2 is an ongoing effort to dress when the weather is brutally cold. I find that I'm liking wearing dresses more and more, for the speed and the uncomplicated sleekness they bring.

Someone asked me about tights... Tights should be as easy and as comfortable as leggings or yoga pants. (Yoga pants especially are considered the most comfortable garments ever made!) Keep trying different brands and sizes of tights until you find some that don't dig into any part of your body, but rather hug you warmly and softly. You will then be able to pop on a dress in a heart-beat and be read to roll!

Some of you were interested in where my goodies were purchased, so I'm including a caption that shows brands. I will include a link ONLY if the item is still available...

Dress - COS, necklace - Silpada, earrings - Majorica, ballet flats - Thierry Rabotin, square scarf - Hermes,
rectangle scarf - Nordstrom, boots - Clarks

Cashmere sweatshirt - ASAP, star earrings - Rika, star brooch - Tiffany, jeans - Eileen Fisher, boots - Munro,
cotton turtlenecks - Uniqlo, cashmere v-neck - Everlane

cashmere v-neck - Everlane, print blouse - Lands End, black skirt - Eileen Fisher, pearl
bracelet - Majorica, earrings - Majorica, boots - 
Munro, striped turtleneck - Lands' End, white
shirt - Lands' End, black cardigan - Uniqlo

red sweater - L.L.Bean, earrings - Majorica, white shirt - Lands' End, scarf - Gucci, boots -
Munro, skirted leggings - Eileen Fisher, white turtleneck - Uniqlo, red cardigan - Lands' End,
black trousers - Eileen Fisher

My pink crystal earrings are shown on the Boticca website as clip-ons, but if you contact the designer, she will happily make up the earrings with posts instead. Most of the designers on Boticca are VERY open to collaboration in order to make sure you get exactly what you want.

dress - COS, earrings - YooLa, scarf - Etro, pumps - Thierry Rabotin, black shirt - J.Jill, black
slouch pants - Eileen Fisher, boots - Munro, pearl earrings - Majorica, brooch - vintage

I'm really happy with my wardrobe... some of these things (like my pumps, and my Etro scarf) are over 10 years old, but I don't enjoy wearing them any less after all this time. Knowing that I have a well thought out wardrobe to turn to when I'm getting dressed makes every day a little bit easier, and a bit more filled with beauty and delight.
love,
Janice
Farfetch

19 comments:

  1. Can you give a mini-review on your Everlane cashmere v-neck? I'm intrigued by that company and wonder if the marketing -- designer quality at lower prices is true.

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    1. Designer quality would be pushing the envelope, but the sweater was a good value for the price. They aren't cut as large as the ads would lead you to believe, though! I'm still on the fence about the company overall - I'll let you know if and when I get more pieces.

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    2. Thanks, Janice -- that's exactly the type of response I was looking for. Their prices are at the higher end of what I try to pay -- well, not their tees, but their other things. My level is Talbots/LL Bean/Lands' End/Boden, but at some of these companies I see the quality going down, so I'm on the lookout for some good alternatives.

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    3. I still think the best cashmere for the money is L.L.Bean. Yes, I KNOW they're frumpy (man, do I get tired of apologizing for that), but I see them as timeless, classic styles that you can still wear 10 years from now. Or keep your eyes peeled on sites like the outnet, or yoox, for deeply discounted major designers.

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    4. L.L. Bean can be a bit frumpy, but much of their selection matches my real life. I don't want to have to be fussing with my everyday clothing. Their Signature merino sweaters are machine-washable, for example, and I have been enjoying a couple of those. The quality of their items remains good, I think. My only quibble with them, and I imagine they are doing it fight their frumpy reputation, is that suddenly most of their skirts/dresses are well above the knee, and I just won't wear things at that length.

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    5. I love it when you show us what you're wearring!

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  2. I just started shopping at the various resale sites: Twice, Thredup, and Tradesy. Twice has a Landsend black cashmere sweater in size M for a mere 22.00. Worth trying?? https://www.liketwice.com/lands-end-black-cashmere-long-sleeve-sweater-9712978780/

    BTW, I love that you belong to a sewing group even though you don't sew! I don't either but I love to talk to serious sewers--an amazing group.

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    1. Yep, I'd try it. Check their return policy, in case they were lax in checking for holes or other issues, but if you can get one of the older, excellent quality Lands' End sweaters for that price, it would be a steal!
      let us know what happens!
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. I have sold some mid-range items to Twice (three separate lots). They seem to be a reliable, well-run outfit. They found a few stains that I was not aware of and channeled the damaged items directly to charity organizations.

      Christine

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  3. Oh, to have that Gucci scarf! Lovely, lovely, lovely...

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  4. Me too. I love that you belong to a sewing group. Mine is the best group and we now say that we are beyond sewing and are each others' therapy.

    Deb from Vancouver

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  5. I love that Gucci scarf.....then I saw the price! I don't love it quite THAT much :-)

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  6. Please keep this series coming! It is so much fun to see what you wear each day--and helpful to those of us with similar wardrobes.

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  7. Just a note about Everlane's cashmere sweaters since someone asked. I have two of them---two V necks (one black, one a dark red) that Janice has pictured. I'm a size 12-14 and the Evelane size Large fits me just fine. I is not loose and not fitted. I think the quality is quite a bit above that of Talbot's quality I can't speak to Land's End as I have not purchased anything from them lately.

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  8. I love how you did this Janice...it is really helpful! I think I will begin to think of the constraints when planning my day. Great work.

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  9. Thanks for the info about your pink earrings, they are really lovely!

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  10. A lovely post. Dresses are so comfortable to wear. Love the options you include. Thank you.

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  11. Another who is happy you're connected to the local sewers/sewists. From what I see in the blogosphere, the quality of the Chicago group's work is simply stunning!

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