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, September 30, 2014
Not a Lust List and Some Bugs
I've been threatening to publish my
Fall 2014 Lust List, and I will, but I'm changing the name. I'm just
not feeling a lot of sartorial lust this fall. It isn't a lack of
beautiful pieces out there. And there are interesting new (or
new-to-me) ideas to play with and interpret. But I also want to get
better at doing what I began last year.
I'm just not done with last fall. Like
a lot of you, I'm drawn deeper back into the wilds of my existing
fall wardrobe this year. This time, it's about fine tuning how I
wear the pieces I have. This is a pretty cool, low stress place to
be, and I'm happy to have a good base to start out my season. Since
I cut my hair early this spring, everything I have looks different to
me, and I want to work with that, too.
I do, however, have a list of items to
acquire and put to work with last year's pieces. (Did you ever doubt
it? Of course not.) And here it is. We'll just call it this:
Fall-Winter 2014 Fine Tuning List
stuff wears out ...)
Spanx Power Panties,
"new and improved" version
You can stop snickering now. These
sleek, cuddly, light-weight little miracles are my winter panties
and they make me very happy.
And if you think you are too cool for
Spanx, I envy your perfect figure (some of you really have one, or a
very nearly perfect one because of youth, steely exercise and dietary
discipline, good genes, or that pact you signed with the devil.
Honey, have you seen our firstborn around lately?) And I send
you my admiration if you practice a saintly acceptance of your aging,
natural shape between waist and knee (really?) But for those of you
with truly elderly contours like mine who have never tried Spanx and
are only concerned about an imagined lack of comfort ... I weep for
More stock in-store for me.
pencil skirt replacement. ( Check! Done! )
My favorite and elderly Loft ponte
knit and faux leather skirt began to "slough" it's
leather-ish fabric finish in alarming ways. It developed big spots
that looked like a peeling sunburn. (I know. Ewww.) Beyond hope,
help, repair. I found a good replacement at Penny's.
Classic black pumps. A much needed
replacement for my best old ones that have died, a leftover item from
last year. I have my eye on a pair of shapely Bandolinos.
New, primarily black Breton striped
( Replacement as mine are trashed, and I've wanted to wear
one a couple of times already this fall.)
Classic LBD or deep-dark color
equivalent ... updated. ( My old favorite is getting shiny and
( There are always a
couple of items that I never find but are on my list every year
Finally...crisp white shirt that
fits shoulder and bust with curved shirt tail that can be
This is another item on my list from
years past. Never found one, but miracles do happen.
Good, light weight, white T-Shirt with
long sleeves for tom-boy looks with jeans... not too tight, not too
An item related to the crisp white
shirt that is equally difficult to find, and so remains on my list.
Yearning to Try Items
(These ideas have been
around for a while, but I'm suddenly interested in trying them.This sometime happens when
they appear here after being available elsewhere for a couple of
seasons. Or they're classic items that I'd like to try in new-to-me
Zipper or asymmetrical pencil skirt
I like how these look, but am in
relaxed mode, waiting for the right one to turn up. It could supply
a little badassery for existing pieces.
Plaid shirts or other button-down
shirts that can peek out under cropped sweaters. Low bulk, please.
The LIOLI rule(Love It Or Leave It)
applies here, especially. I'm set for few solid ones, but no plaid.
Some floral print shirts can be too matronly on me, so use
Additional note to self ... don't be
so quick to put away sleeveless summer tops with collars, 'cause
these can work really well this way!
Cropped sweaters with straight or
hi-low hems to wear over button-down shirts.
LIOLI again. And part of this is to
figure out how to shorten knit sweaters and alter some ones I have
but wish were much shorter!
Bright but tertiary-colored, very
structured and lady-like bag ...wait for True Love. To be worn with
Scarf, gloves to go with pretty
pink coat (squeeee!)
Does not mean pink overload,
necessarily. But it could.
Long gloves? (Take gray ones with
broken zip to the cobbler ...)
TJ Maxx always has great quality
leather gloves for almost nothing later in the season. Guilt free
treat that is right up my alley.
Thank You" Items
(The following are items
that I'm just remaining open to. Just considering. Leaving to fate
to throw in my path, and may or may not be purchases. I never
thought I'd love skinny jeans so much, though ... they used to be in
of a past list.)
Little flat-but-luxe or
athletic kicks or menswear style oxfords of some kind. Looks fun, but don't fall
for the really clunky, broguey, wingtippy ones. LIOLI.
Keds over Vans
Consider a pair of dark, dressy
athletically inspired pants, low bulk that can be altered for length.
Definitely LIOLI. This is a recent idea that I didn't like when
they were just glorified baggy gray sweats or track pants paired
with a sparkly top and stilettos, but I'm seeing a more refined
version out there that I like. Don't hold your breath waiting to
see me in these for OOTD, though ...
Shoes and Boots
I've been on the case for a
couple of months now because my size goes fast, and I'm happy to
report that I'm in pretty good shape right now with knee-high boots
from past years that I still adore, last year's booties and both new
and old wintry heels.
I only lack trying on a
pair of strappy mid-calf booties, but haven't seen any yet that
tempt. They may be problematic for my short legs, but nothing this
year says badass like these booties. They remind me vaguely of
Victorian high-button boots but with a mega-dose of attitude.
Will she or won't she?
Stay tuned to find out ...
WIW for a little shopping on Sunday.
A closeup of my amazing bug necklace! All kinds of bugs in silvertone and bronze with a few sparkles.