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.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
My Spring 2014 Lust List
Yeaaay! Spring finally happened on
Thursday, March 20 at 11:57 CDT.
I've been compiling the spring version
of my Seasonal Fashion Fixation List since
mid-February. It's magical how the official change of season
transforms it from just a sad little wish list to an actual to-do
list. The Quest is on. It's Go Time.
I keep the list in a permanent file
that I modify seasonally on Evernote. I'm a big Evernote fan. (Not a
commercial ... I really just like it.) It's a fancy (and free
version!) app that makes it easy to digitally keep and organize all the stuff one jots down
on scraps of paper and in notebooks or journals. Best of all, it
automatically synchronizes my laptop version with the mobile version
I carry around with me on my tablet, so it's great for keeping the
Seasonal Fashion Fixation List accessible. I get an especially big
kick out thestrikethroughfunction that lets me cross off found items once they're
actually in my clutches.
I know. I need to get a life.
Here's the SFFL, subtitled
keep some reminders that apply to every season
above the list proper.)
Every-Season Revealed Wisdom
"Love it or Leave it!"
"Try it on!"
"Move buttons, shorten sleeves
and adjust hems. Otherwise, if it's a big alteration job, leave it."
Keep 'till Memorized for Target Brands
know this? I didn't, and the info helps. If you don't shop Target,
then never mind.)
Xhileration: Junior ... very Junior
Mossimo: Red tag is for Juniors
Black is for Misses
Marona: sensible, basic Misses
season specific admonitions ...)
Don't panic or get too caught up too
early* and buy a bunch of stuff ... do what you can and really
shop your closet for silhouettes.
Do the purge and put away the winter
stuff! (Not done yet. 'Weather too iffy' is my current excuse.)
Minimal thinking; If you don't haz it,
cultivatez it. Simple outfits will take few but good accessories.
Neutrals on neutrals with cool
accessories look fresh. Tight tops are not good, and fit is key for
New this spring? Long silhouettes.
Consider muted pastels ... tertiary?
Consider darks tones. Black and white
feels really doable.
...and then categories of wished for stuff and a few rationalizations
for why I need the stuff )
...are the exception for early
shopping. Your size goes fast, so make up your mind on the basics.
Embrace the mid heel!
(Shoe Carnival has some decent heels
this year for around $40)
You also NEED a pair of simple,
plain leather, classic black pump!!!! Give the old ones a decent
burial, 'cause they've been good friends, but they're dead.
D' Orsay pump, mid heel ... with ankle straps?
(Think hard about these! Trendy, but so wonderful. )
Strappy white sandal?LI or LI!( means Love It or
Leave It) No nurse shoes.
If new ones try to seduce, hold out
for True Love.
Any clutches must fit the Kindle Fire!
Bright colored clutches? These can work ... kindle+wallet
+phone+mini-keys, and in the bigger bag with all other necessaries
for your long day trips.
(Just found this one ... It's cork! Much cuter and larger than it looks.
From Francesca's Collections.)
Good black clutches of
After review, you need:
Black and white striped tee ...
boat-neck, decent quality
Crop tops and silky camis to go under
... NO REALLY, GET SOME!!!! Try ON for length.
Black, white, gray or
colors Tissue Tees, Layering Tees ... crew, boat-neck ... light
weight, should skim not hug.
Art print tops ... these are really
appealing, especially structured shells. Be picky about print ... not
all "art" is created equal.
Shirts: You need some.
Longer fitted silky tunics ...
sleeveless, solid colors ... you could LIVE in these this summer with
the right cut pants.
Joe Fresh (at
JCP) has some pretty blouses, but they look huge! Try
on. These can look madame if you're not careful.
Another creamy white shirt for hot
weather ... light weight with sleeves? No pockets on boobs.
Don't buy a lot of jeans. Really,
you're in pretty good shape.
Find ankle length, good fitting black
twill-ish pants ... sleek ones, please. At least one pair.
And printed ankle pants ... you now
know how to easily slim them from the knee, so find some you like. Try on for waist
and fit before you buy ... then alter. Small pattern, please,
Skirts:Dig around, see what
you already have.
Midis ... pleated or circle much better
than gathered! Make some, if necessary. Drop the waist for tucking. Crop tops
will work with these if carefully fit.
Wear old sheaths with updated accessories.
Pink. I want a pale pink dress.
If you ever remember to do it, keep
looking for that perfect molded-cup minimizer bra that you can buy
without taking out a second mortgage. (This
is the unicorn of my list .. has been sitting here for at least 3
More Cabernet undies! $12.00 at
It is unlikely that I will buy all of
the things on this list. They are the ideas that interest me for this
spring. And it's high time to look ahead. The photo below is a
reminder to me that there is a point where it's time to stop farting
around with last season's closet orphans, send them on to a home
where they'll be loved and get on with the change. Spring is a mean
season that way.