Well, well...now I'm FIFTY years old. I guess I shall have to update my profile write-up! There, done.
L and I went to our friend Greg's birthday party on Saturday night. I'm pretty sure women over 50 aren't "supposed to" wear this sort of outfit.Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Since I'm only 50, and not dead, I'm in!
- Leather shirt - Danier Leather, consignment; purchased here for $69.00 in Sidney
- Skirt - Danier Leather, thrifted in Powell River; last seen here in April with bad lavender booties
- Boots - Prepare Hi , Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) in a "Nightmare" look for the VFF Gala in February 2016
- Sleeveless coat (below) - Only, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) a few days ago over my Space Pants ensemble
Check out the awesome sleeves on this beautiful top! They have a slit, then a wavy "fin" that dangles off them. Perfect for dragging through your favourite dip.
The shirt is leather-finished on the inside and sueded on the outside, and is butter soft. It'll gradually shape to my body. I wore a black cami under it for smoothing and extra warmth. It's still lovely weather out for October, but quite crisp in the evenings.
|L is always dapper, in his purple jeans, purple Fluevogs and blue velvet jacket
Outerwear - just enough to keep me warm.
- Purse - Club Monaco, thrifted
- Earrings - vintage 80s, Joyce's
- Hematite ring - thrifted
- Death Star ring - Soul Flower
After a nice sleep-in on Sunday morning, I strolled to town for my weekly grocery shop, then started in on the big job of cleaning out my closet. I swap over my spring/summer wardrobe at the end of September (I was a little busy last weekend, you may recall, and chose to delay it a week), and again at the end of March (link to last spring's swap-out here). About 30% of my wardrobe is for wearing all year round and stays out, but the rest of it needs to be assessed (keep or not?) then packed away for the season.
Starting with a "before" shot:
I start with the lower rack on the left, which is my shirts and blouses, longer skirts and my trousers. I pull out everything that's not staying out (all pieces are done up (buttons, snaps, zips) and folded and set in piles), removing the empty hangers and dusting the rail.
Next is the long-hang rack, where I store my jumpsuit, dusters and dresses.
The shelf above the dresses didn't get cleaned out this time around - this is more costume-y dress-up pieces.
Next, working my way from left to right, the top shelf above my short skirts also didn't get cleaned out.
I had to thin out the skirts even further than this, due to lack of hangers once I'd unpacked all my fall/winter clothes.
My shoes are all removed from the closet and lined up down the hallway.
So many, they go around the corner.
Oh, there's more.
And here are the spring/summer shoes that I packed away.
Oh, and before you ask: 95. That's how many pairs of shoes I have in total, all seasons.
Here's the pile of the spring/summer clothes, ready for storage.
Before I unpacked all the fall/winter boots and shoes (and some clothes), this is how they looked when I pulled them out from the under-clothes storage sections in my closet.
I use one deep tub (forgot to take a picture of it), and these 3 shallow ones for storing the bulk of my clothes. I make sure to pack cashmere, wool and silk in the centre, with polyesters around them to protect them from moths.
|The top tub is already packed with spring/summer items; the bottom two contain fall/winter
The jumble of hangers after pulling out all the spring/summer things, the vacuum for giving the closet a good cleaning, and my white metal step-stool for reaching the high shelves.
In addition to the 4 tubs, this is what didn't fit.
Here are my double-wide shelves with all my shoes, ready for the party season. My shelves all go right up to the ceiling.
Party and special occasion shoes.
The next two rows - stuff I can reach, and therefore shoes I plan to wear.
Tall shoes and booties.
Did I say darker? I meant full of colour!
The bottom row are my menswear styles, and my "good" flats, like my kitten heels and my Star Wars shoes.
Across from them, under the blouses, skirts, pants and dresses are more boots.
And here we are, all my "new" fall/winter stuff is hung up, and sorted by colour.
|My closet art is a hand-painted poppy tile on a piece of orange wood.
I also swapped out my belts and obis for more seasonally-appropriate ones.
Here are my dresses (and one skirt with Vizzini-tempting fringe), ready for wearing.
My blouses, long skirts and trousers.
The top two shelves, way above the sweater shelves:
|That white string is a piece of cobweb - the shame!
And here are my sweaters, all nicely folded (doesn't last!). I have them in piles according to fluffiness, cardigans and patterns.
As I go through my closet, I look for the backwards hangers, following my Hanger Trick that I've been doing for a few years now.
The Hanger Trick: At the start of each season, I turn all the hangers "backwards" for all pants, blouses, dresses, skirts and jackets. As I wear each item and put it away, I put the hanger back the "right" way. Over the next 6 months (or however long you choose), it's easy to see what's not getting worn! It helps to weed out the items that you keep out of habit, or that you're just not feeling.
I've noticed that I'm mostly left with party clothes or items that are very event-specific - I wear 95% of my wardrobe to work or on weekends, which is a higher wearing percentage than most wardrobes, I've read. This past 6 months, I saw that same pattern, with a couple of exceptions.
A party dress:
A wonderful vintage silk and glass bead "wiggle dress".
I'm planning on wearing this gorgeous burnt orange dress this season.
I really wanted to wear this dress again, but I'm wondering if it's a "closet orphan". I tend to buy solid-coloured dresses or dresses with versatile patterns, where they allow for versatility with accessories.
This is a dress I've had for nearly 10 years. It's a bit tight on me, but I'm still resisting giving it up.
This was last year's Christmas party dress for my work.
|That white thing is my step-stool
My "50 pound" dress that I bought when I lost...50 pounds.
I have a few fun dresses, don't I?
I was shocked that I didn't wear my yeti jacket, but it was just too warm for spring/summer.
I had kept out both of my leather/faux leather full short skirts for spring/summer, but only the leather one got worn.
That's it for my closet! Now, on to the jewelry!
I have a huge costume jewelry collection, including vintage pieces from both of my grandmothers and my mom. I've found that doing a seasonal swap with my accessories helps keep me from wearing the same ol' stuff over and over.
This is my vintage jewelry box:
Sorting out what's going to be packed away, and what's staying out.
And here's all the spring/summer things packed away, and a bag full of stuff that I'm cool with letting go of.
The "after" of my vintage collection:
And here's the "after" of the whole area - I dusted all the surfaces too.
L watched football all day yesterday.
|"I am keeping the Man company."
He couldn't sit still once I was there.
|"The presence of the Woman means food!"
And today...I am FIFTY. L gave me a few presents (he paid for 2/3 of my couture dress) in the morning.
A very Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!