Style-wonkette notes about fashion and personal style from Fort Smith, Arkansas, deep in rural America. For mature women, beldames, women of a certain age, matriarchs and fully grown-up females. Age is not nearly as important as your eye for style.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Zalina and the Modified Liebster, and Weeding the Wardrobe
First, it is my pleasure to refer you
to the home of the lovely and amazingly talented Zalina at My Peace of Jewelry
and include my thanks to her for
playing the Modified Liebster game. She is one gorgeous creature and
makes some extremely beautiful and interesting jewelry. Thank you
Zalina, and I appreciate your patience and your really interesting
answers! Pop over through the link above as well as her VM Link and see what she has to say!
Weeding the Wardrobe
Finally ... our two weeks of spring
seem to have arrived. I think I missed the first week of it
somehow, 'cause it's jumped from 50 degrees to 80-ish, and summer is
hot on the heels of spring's pink patent leather pumps. And instead
of working on this blog post this morning, I found myself pulling
things out of the closet, either to store or begin to wear now
that it's warmer. I've been performing major wardrobe weeding. I have piles and piles of clothes on our bed. (I can't be bullied or even shamed into anything so punishing as real gardening with the pollen counts as high as they are!)
Beyond moving the seasonal stuff to and fro for best accessibility, I'm going to be ruthless this year
about pruning that third category of clothes: things that I should be
wearing but won't because they just don't inspire. Or flatter, or
fit well and were never loved. Time to send them to consignment and
out into the world where I hope they find true love in someone else's
closet. No more guilt-tripping myself into
keeping one more mistake.
And I'm noting that there are some
distinct categories into which my wardrobe rejects fall.
Universally flattering, or so I'm
told. I just don't wear them. And I have some pretty ones, in
varying lengths. But not for long. It's a proportion thing that
I've never figured out for my shape.
White sleeveless tops
I have obsessed over these for several
years now. I've always liked Carolina Herrera's classic look, and
white tops with long sleeves seem to work much better for me. I have
half a dozen pretty white tops without sleeves, in various shapes,
all of which that look like poo on me. It's not upper-arm shame.
It's all that white across my chest without long white sleeves for
balance. And there's no wearing them with jackets to cut the vast expanse of white across my chest down to size. It's way too hot for jackets, so out they
go. This year, I vow to not even try to wear them any more. I feel
better already, just by giving up and letting go!
Bat-wing / poncho- cut chiffon blouses
And these seemed like such a
good idea. However, I cannot ignore the fact that, when wearing one, I look like I
should be revving up for a rousing night of bingo or an early bedtime
after Lawrence Welk re-runs. These similar styles were everywhere
last year, and didn't work well for a lot of us, it seems.
Additionally, if they are everywhere here where I live, that
can be a wildly waving red flag.
These will work well for consignment
because there are women who look good in them, but I am not one. I
had fun with these in the 70's and 80's ... but my body was cut
differently. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
My Current Crop of Fat Clothes
Most of us have a range of sizes we hang on to for security. I'm giving up my fat jeans. ( Pity
I can't send my fat genes with them.) Accompanying them will be the
too-big dresses I saved just because I loved them, and I might gain
10 pounds and have a semi-formal event to attend that requires a
several-years-out-of-date cocktail dress. Not happening if I can
help it. In fact, there are several departing items that I purchased during
that period after weight loss when you really don't believe you're
smaller in girth as well. They will go to taller women, I hope.
The following might well be a
Preview of Coming Attractions in more ways than one. I loved my
first pair of printed jeans so much (you saw them HERE), I had to
have another pair.
Sorry about repeating the coral heels ... I'll wear them out this summer!
What is cool about these is that they
are reversible. I would NOT lie to you. They're from Target, and
this is what the other side looks like.
They are an absolute
two-fer. I'm not nuts about the reverse side print, but it could
come in handy on one of those days when ya' just have to wear
something different. The vertical-ish pattern is not a bad thing.
And because I liked these so much I
bought two additional pair of printed jeans (single-sided, sadly) you
will be seeing fairly soon.
This brings up a final category of my
personal fashion-fail. The ever-classic What Was I Thinking?!
group of cast-offs. I hope my printed jean obsession won't fall into
this company. My guess is that this little style
won't last long, so I'm inclined to wear it with grown-up and modest
tops and shoes for as long as it's still fun.
And, for now, it's still lots of fun!
Speaking of fun, I'm linking to the
very fun Visible Monday and always adorable hostess, Patti. Join us to show off and out, just a