September 11, 2020
The Documents MUST Be Signed in Person…
Oh RATS. It’s only a couple of hours to drive to their offices, but she’s NOT going to make the trip there and back in 1 day!
So she makes her plan – she’ll go for a couple of days, and take care of a few other small shopping errands that have been delayed for the last six months!
She finds a LOVELY hotel room, at a screaming discount. The night before her meeting, she drives down…
A quiet dinner near the hotel, unpacking, and reading for a bit fills her evening…
With all of the disruption to her life right now, having a travel capsule wardrobe that’s so harmonious gives her a little bit of comfort:
She’s on the fence about wearing pants or a skirt to the office tomorrow – she might wear her skirt for dinner tomorrow night! If she’s going to make this trip, she’s going to ENJOY it…
If she had to admit it, she’s sort of thrilled to be able to get dressed up – it’s been a LONG six months…
But we will all get back to dressing up, and all other things that make up our “normal” lives. Patience with ourselves, and kindness to others, and we will get there…
p.s. Seven years ago, I went to an auction with a friend, and it got me thinking…
Linda P says
oh yes! nobody ever mentions socks in style blogs, and they are SO important!
I’d love this if it wouldn’t totally wash me out. BTW, I did finally receive my JCrew Cashmere Sweater, and someone asked me to review it. It’s incredibly soft, and the color is awesome (dark purple). That being said, it’s not as “heavy” as the one other cashmere sweater I own – but that one was bought over 20 years ago….I did also buy the PJ Studio Tree of Life scarf in purple to go with it (and other things) and it’s equally awesome, and they included their “Museum Scarf Collection 2020” catalog with pictures of the art that inspired the designs…. sigh… That was a good day. Thanks Janice for introducing me to new and wonderful things! (My husband, not so appreciative!)
This wardrobe is so nice and relaxing that I think I’d try to be friends with the lady wearing it.
About the look back: who the heck came up with the thought that over-the-knee boots with an open toe would be a good idea?
Sally in St Paul says
When my gold hair turns silver-white, I will be all over this color palette!
That blue/pink scarf is perfection in this wardrobe…but if I owned that gorgeous pink/burgundy floral scarf, I also would throw it into the mix. I’m guessing that her closet contains at least a French 5 in burgundy for the fall.
I do have to say that I cannot imagine who would wear those bizarrely cut high-waisted mom jeans, though. They look unbelievably unflattering and uncomfortable (I would not want to drive in them). I remember this basic silhouette from the 1980s; even when I was a skinny 14 year old 5′ 6″ size 1 circa 1987 (!!! would this be a negative size today?), this was NOT a winner of a look. I like to be confronted with a controversial, “risky” option from time to time, but hard pass here! I would be switching those nightmare jeans out for a more traditional grey jean or a knit pant pronto! ;)
I agree with you on those mom jeans. I’d substitute a pair of skinny jeans or a nice Ponte legging to wear with ankle boots in the fall and knee high boots in the winter.
I adore this colour and was lucky enough to get caught up in Covid lockdown in New Zealand and to find both a rain jacket and down jacket (both necessary purchases) in this divine colour. Happy purchases.
Love how the burgundy scarf with touches of pink shifts the entire mood of an outfit from soft and subdued to strong and traditional. I would definitely want to include a French five in pink and another in burgundy with this wardrobe. I’d consider investment pieces like a tote bag and some type of footware in burgundy that work well with the scarf. Sigh. I haven’t missed shopping until this post.
Beth T says
This wardrobe is for me, even the Mom jeans which work on pear-shaped people who need high waists to cover their rear and generosity of movement through the thigh. My legs were never made for skinny jeans. Straight are OK but boyfriend or Mom style jeans are best.
The colours are sublime, especially the charcoal grey which makes the blue and pink stand out. I wear these colours when I need to feel relaxed and comfortable. It’s the next best thing to tonal dressing as grey/white hair looks lovely with these colours.
Although I would wear grey shoes and boots with this rather than black. I do have a pair of pink lace-ups that I haven’t worn this year.
I love the scarves and I would extend this with burgundy/wine colours, off-white and silver. A soft dark blue (not navy) would look good too.
Sally in St Paul says
Beth T, interesting point about mom jeans and body shape. I actually agree that a variant of the 1980s mom jean can work pretty well on some people. (My pear shape rocked tapered leg jeans back in the day, haha). But these look kind of clownishly balloon-like in silhouette, but that may be less extreme in reality…or worn on a body that isn’t a skinny fashion model.
If anyone is brave enough to give these jeans a try, I would love to hear about them!
I love Mom jeans. I look amazingly good in them. Don’t ask me how this happens, but I’m THRILLED that they’re back. I so wish that the world would entertain a range of silhouettes and body types…
Sally in St Paul says
Fascinating! I am glad to hear that this type of jean has its enthusiasts!
I also like mom jeans for the same reason! Wide legs are often suggested for pear-shaped bodies, but I never liked how they look on me. A narrow waist + actual room for my rear and thighs = happy jeans-wearing me. I still find it hard to find a happy medium (sometimes the waist-to-thigh ration isn’t just right), but at least I have a fighting chance!
Beth T says
I keep forgetting that last winter my wardrobe evolved with these colours and burgundy. I even found burgundy trousers and ankle boots.
Beth T says
I agree with you Sally and Janice. I wish that different styles of jeans and trousers were modelled by the women who suit them best. A skinny model wearing Mom jeans looks saggy and baggy as she can’t fill them.
I wear wide leg trousers a lot of the time because they drape from the hip rather than the knee and cover up a multitude of imperfections.
Sara K says
No matter what fashion says, my jeans will be in straight leg territory. It’s annoying that when something is “in” in womens’ fashion, it is difficult to find anything else, while at mens’ department several fit choices and a large size range are standard. Not to mention that quality of mens’ clothing tends to be better. This is why I love stores like L.L. Bean that offer the unapologetically basic clothes from season to season. But then, I am a person who loves the Common Wardrobe concept and owns way too many scarves for her own good…
The jeans that look best on me are a straight leg, mid-rise type. About 15 years ago there was a jeans cut that was perfect; luckily I still have several favorite pairs of jeans – denim blue, black microfiber, corduroys – from back then (Calvin Klein, Gap, H&M, Athleta), and always feel like a million bucks when I wear them. It’s a big incentive to keep my weight stable, lol! The black ones are perfect for travel. They got so worn that I had them re-hemmed 1/8 inch shorter to hide the beginnings of fray! For some reason the current jeans I can find just don’t fit the same even though they have the same rise and straight leg. I’ve actually found some pairs of my favorite Athleta corduroys on eBay. Because I am short waisted, high rise jeans don’t fit. I try to wear petite sizes for the rise, but I have long legs, so only cropped lengths work that way. I do love skinny jeans, especially with boots, but tend to wear them with longer tops. Anyway, this is why I have a closet full of jeans! – nancyo
Beth T says
I remember as a teenager in the 1970’s that trousers were arranged in some shops by the width of the flare then by waist size. For those of us who can remember, how wide were your flares? I think mine were 24-26 inches which ensured that I had thigh room as well.
On my body, mid rise pants leave a big strip of fat overhang that high rise pants cover. I do agree that these jeans look baggy above the very tapered ankle. However, the only way to know how any jeans fit is to try them on. That can be an onerous task, but necessary and best done when you can take a girl friend with you to send out for more sizes and to keep you laughing, not crying!
I have ordered the Land’s End masks and am going to supplement them with another filter layer. I really appreciate your going to the effort to show coordinating masks.
Just a small piece of feedback: I always like to go back and see past posts on the “revisits” that you do, and you have always provided links to those posts. Looks like maybe you didn’t on this one, and I miss it. I can (and will) do a search if you’ve decided not to provide those links in the future.
This is such a pretty little wardrobe!
It could just be covid-brain… I have moments when I can’t remember much of anything…
Or fibro-brain. That’s usually my problem. <3
Great cheese – I’ve got both the pandemic shutdown brand AND fibro… No wonder I make so little sense some days!