Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wardrobe Challenge Week! Here's the Wardrobe
I decided to go with some of my favourite colour combinations: brown, coral and turquoise with gold accents. There will be NO BLACK all week.
Clothing/shoes (10 items only):
1. Brown dress (unknown brand, consignment)
2. Brown plaid pants (Vero Moda)
3. Floral skirt (Mexx)
4. Turquoise turtleneck (Smart Set)
5. Coral sweater (Esprit)
6. Turquoise cardigan (I.N.C.)
7. Denim vest (Bisou Bisou, consignment)
8. Brown jacket (Kensie)
9. Gold shoes (Aerosoles)
10. Brown boots (Roberto Vianni)
Accessories (5 items only):
1. Brown belt
2. Gold hoop earrings
3. Wood/gold necklace
4. Turquoise/red/brown/gold necklace
5. Red bead bracelet
Coat (1 only):
Purple raincoat (London Fog)
Bag (1 only):
Leopard rocker chick bag (Betsyville, Betsy Johnson)
Underwear and hosiery do not count; neither do the clothes I wear to walk to and from work; neither does my knapsack that I use while walking; and neither do my scarf, gloves or hat that I may require during said walking.
All that stuff is essential and I'm not giving up a piece of clothing or a necklace so that I can stop my fingers from turning blue. It's only 3 degrees in the mornings (that's in the mid/high 30s for you Americans) - too cold! I will also be wearing scarf/gloves with my coat when I go out on Monday night, and on Friday (when I don't walk to work).
I am including an extra outfit to make this extra challenging: we're going out for dinner with my best friend and her man to a chi-chi restaurant on Monday night. However, I am NOT including the formal event we are attending on Friday night, as it calls for a long gown. No way could I work that!
Deep breath: here goes!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
That's my new skirt that I got last weekend. It's that nice faux suede; washable, light and comfortable. I used to have a long-ish skirt in this colour but gave it to Elaine...and wouldn't you know, she was wearing it today! With a purple patterned top! Too funny.
The scarf is one of my treasures. I liberated it from...my dad, back in about 1985-86. I used to wear it in my hair or tied at my neck (either draped or doubled around again so it made sort of a collar). Dad was in a dance band back in the 60s and they all wore matching outfits (hee), and this was part of his "uniform".
It's so soft and pretty. I love all the colours in it - it goes with anything. My dad died over 11 years ago, and I always feel close to him when I wear something of his. *smile*
Forgive the hair - I forgot my mousse today, ha!
Blazer (Jacob), cami (not visible, InWear), skirt (Marc D'Alcy), boots (Roberto Vianni), scarf (Dad's, vintage), big gold hoop earrings.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
- dress trimmed with daisies (c. 1972)
- halter top and matching shorts (c. 1976)
- belted blouse (c. 1982)
- polo shirt (c. 1984)
- cropped leg cotton overalls (c. 1984)
- pumps (c. 1985)
- oversized shaker knit sweater (c. 1985) - worn with the pumps and stirrup pants, ha!
- dropped waist t-shirt dress (c. 1985)
- swirl print yellow sheath dress (c. 2002)
- raincoat (c. 2006)
And now I own a yellow:
- cardigan (I actually have 2)
- satin blouse
- patent clutch
- patent strappy sandals
- silk skirt
This is the sweater - $16.99 plus an extra 30% off - score! This outfit also features Celia's skirt, my first time wearing black fishnets to the office (ooh), and my newish skinny belt.
I love wearing grey and yellow together because it gives me the opportunity to wear Grandma J's Anne Klein necklace.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Right. Enough of that. Found this top on the clearance rack at the Bay for $17.99 plus 40% off. The regular price was $99.00. Crazy!
I wore the velvet blazer done up all day, since the top is rather drapey without some waist definition. I'll probably do it with a belt at some point.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Casual Friday - Red Boots
I thought I'd go simple and classic with the pop of the red boots and the punch of the purple leather belt.
Since I walk 45 minutes each way to work Monday to Thursday, I don't wear most of my outerwear very often. This is my treasured red cashmere coat and my fuzzy hat. It was supposed to be really windy today.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
A Pop of Purple
I like it with the turtleneck. My legs are the Pop of Purple, of course - and stripey too!
A shot of the lovely neckline and the great bracelet:
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
All About the Colour
I also hadn't worn my new teal blue cami yet, and hey, didn't that look like a great colour combo? What bottom do they go with? Why, my go-to skirt, old Mrs. Tweedy. And let's throw in some red shoes (but a muted red, to go with the other muted, not-quite bright colours), and an orange necklace, shall we?
Could have been a dog's breakfast, but I lucked out. I was freezing all day, though. Must remember: long sleeves in Fall/Winter, Sheila!
The shoes are going to get replaced at some point. They are just a smidge too big and I tend to step out of them when I'm wearing them.
Heh, I was being circled by the sharks while doing my picture:
A shot of the accessories:
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The Boyfriend Cardigan's Back
I remember wearing it oh, so many ways:
- with one of my dad's white shirts, a slouchy full skirt, a big low belt (which I still have), and red pointy-toe flat lace-ups
- with a black high-waisted satin long skirt (slit really high in the back so you could walk!), Grandma J's copper jewelry, and black satin pumps
- with black stirrup pants (ouch!), an oversized floral shirt, ropes of fake pearls, and white kitten heels.
Hopefully I won't look back on this incarnation of it and cringe like I just did writing those descriptions!
I was pleased overall with this outfit - I was inspired by Angie's post on the boyfriend cardis on You Look Fab. Picked the cardi up at my favourite consignment shop for trade-in for some of my clothes on Sunday. It's a poly/wool/rayon blend - it was lovely and warm.
Cardigan (?, consignment), white ruffle-front top (Pink Martini, consignment), skirt (Nygard Collection, consignment), belt (Plum), hosiery (Hue), shoes (Nine West), triple hoop silver earrings, silver/white glass bead necklace.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Stripey Skirt and Burgundy
This is a new burgundy turtleneck (got it on my massive shop a few weeks ago) - it's kind of hard to see but it has nice cables down the front. I do like those little details. This is also a new belt (from my favourite consignment shop) - only $13 for leather Abercrombie & Fitch? Get outta town!
A close-up of the accessories:
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Casual Friday - Grey Labcoat
Eh, this is okay. I do love the skinnies, but they are so low-waisted and I can't be bothered to buy another pair. I just didn't want any plumber's butt going on, so I went with the long jacket. It's been so long since I just wore flats to work that I felt totally short all day!
I also forgot both my keycard and my wallet on Friday so I ended up having lunch at my desk (thank god for envelopes of porridge!).
You know, considering I had a pretty craptastic week, I managed to look okay nearly every day. This is why wardrobe planning rules! Every Sunday, I spend about 45 minutes choosing what I'm going to wear for the week (although Friday is a little hit and miss, since I don't usually bother planning my casual outfits. Then, each morning, I pick which outfit I feel like wearing. It's going to be mostly skirts this week.
Jacket (Ricki's), cashmere purple sleeveless top (Daniel Bishop, consignment), jeans (Jacob), fishnet kneehighs (ancient, no clue), grey snakeskin flats (Feet First), bead/charm bracelet (silent auction), filigree silver hoops.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I'm tired. I had a bad day. I'm going to go dye my hair.
Shrug (Debut), blouse (?, consignment), skirt (Kensie), boots (Breckelle's), belt (gift shop, Times Square, NYC), white stone/silver earrings.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Grey, Black and Turquoise
However, while I can do many of these things for brief intervals, the rest of my life calls to me. Ergo, I wear grey.
All the tones don't show up very well. These are multi-tonal grey plaid pants, and the grey of the camisole is a lovely gunmetal shade, not this pukey pinky-grey.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I am guilty of being one of those women who loves the look of fur - I don't own any real fur (aside from a very old wool coat of my mom's that has a fox fur collar), but I love the look of it, so I do it in faux fur. There is something about a jacket or cardigan with a fur collar that just screams "Buy me!" whenever I see one.
I got a lot of compliments on today's outfit, particularly the shoes.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Casual Friday - Green and Brown
And just look at that mop of hair.
Today's outfit feels like a flashback to the 70s a bit again. This is a new blouse (clearance rack at the Bay for $16.99) and jacket (I do love the velvet - this was on sale for $39.99).
I love the pattern of the blouse. There was the same blouse but in a mustard yellow and grey mix instead of the green and brown mix, but only a medium left - it was way too big.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Turquoise, Black and White
The turtleneck and jacket are both new items. I tend to buy one or two turtlenecks a season (a black, plus one other colour) since they are such great layering pieces. I scoured the mall to see which store had the cheapest ones, but the best quality cheapest - I got black and turquoise (it's technically teal, since it's more green than blue - yes, that's the difference, I know my colours) at $20 each. Not much point in putting out a big wad of cash on something you're going to wear to death and then replace in year.
I loved the tailoring on the jacket. Good length sleeves, great seaming around the waist, and love that slight peplum and pleats at the back:
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Working the autumnal palate here. I could hide in a pile of leaves!
The belt is also new - $9.99 at Aldo Accessories. It's a bit too big, so I need to get another hole punched in it so that it sits at my waist properly. I'm also considering trimming some of the end off so that it doesn't droop (I tucked it under the belt for the photo, but it dangled around all day). Not sure.
Sweater (Vero Moda), cami (InWear), skirt (Nine West), belt (Aldo), nude fishnet tights (Hue), shoes (Luichiny), hammered gold cuff and earrings.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Trendy Dress and Boots
A little on the short side for work, but I felt fine in it with tights on. Very comfy and the turtleneck kept me nice and warm all day. I do love the kimono style.
A close-up of the boots and the bangle.
Dress (Le Chateau), turtleneck (Smart Set), tights (Hue), boots (Bronx), faux snakeskin bangle, silver hoop earrings.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Monday Easy Outfit
As always, Mondays are difficult for me - even more so this week with Daylight Savings! Knowing this is half the battle. I liked what I wore shopping on the weekend, and since I had a coat over it all day, almost no one was able to see it, so I thought, why the heck not?
Oddly, all articles of clothing are from my favourite consignment shop. The top underneath is quite long, so it's securely tucked into the control top of my nylons. Why I love control top!
The bracelet is new - good ol' Le Chateau. I can always count on them to have cheap knock-offs. This was only $4.99.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
My Closet and an Overhaul
I pulled everything out, archived some of the things I don't use anymore, but that are too nice or sentimental to toss. Tucked the summer shoes underneath and in back, and hauled out the party shoes that had been languishing under the skirts. Ah, it felt good to see them again.
Just out of curiousity, I counted the shoes and boots...70 pairs, exactly. I have 70 pairs of shoes. That's just too many. I have to stop. In fact, I think I have finally got a full wardrobe again. Done.
Jane over at workthatwardrobe has inspired me: as of January 1st, I decided I'm going to stop. The "one in/one out" rule will be in place, and no new clothes: only used or consignment clothes and shoes (still on the "one in/one out" rule), and only socks, underwear and workout clothes are going to be new.
One year. Just to see if I can do it. Gift certificates will be spent on accessories or jewelry. Gifts to me (especially of Fluevogs) won't count, and of course, I can buy clothing for other people.
Some shots of my nice cleaned-out closet:
Skirts and jackets: