Seasons Greetings from The Closet365 Project!
(Outfit and additional pictures behind the cut)
Hi Hi! How is everyone doing today?
Well, I’ve had a rather traumatic day. It was my day off and I spent a good part of my morning prepping all of my clothing for distribution to parts unknown. It was a massive sorting. Solid-looking jackets to Gryffindor, flouncy skirts to Hufflepuff, cardigans to Ravenclaw. Stained and torn items to Slytherin… Okay, I know that was a bad joke. Sorry. Actually my sorting was nothing like Harry Potter” and more like “Sophie’s Choice.” Aside from the items I’m debating ditching, here are many items I know I want to part with, but I had a hard time deciding what trajectory I’d like them to follow from here on out. This is serious business, okay?
Additionally, it was kind of emotional going through a year’s worth of clothing items. So many of these items come with memories interwoven into them. The good the bad and the ugly. I’m not sure if I’m talking about the clothes or the sentiments attached. But either way, it was like watching a year of my life flash before me. Ironing out the wrinkles. Sticking it in a box and then hauling it all over town for dissection at the local resale shops. Not to worry though! The majority of my goodies were rejected for consignment and thus, my memories now sit in the trunk of my car in the cold. I know there’s a metaphor in her somewhere. I’m just now sure what it is…
(Awkard transition goes here…)
You know it’s cold, when you cease to care about an abundance of layers making you look fat. In fact, I think I am trying going for the ten-pounds-heavier approach at this point, because I need all the extra padding I can get, to protect me from the blistering cold. This dress is a beloved favorite of mine for its cute print and shape. However, it contains some funky boning in the bodice (say that ten times fast!) which makes it sit oddly and look unflattering at times. No matter today though! I filled it all out with my mad layering skills. Long sleeve on top. Tights. Scarf. And then cinch it all in with one big ole belt. Phew. Are we all the way dressed yet? I think so. But I’m not sure. Maybe I should just throw a some snow pants under this sucker and then hobble around bowl-legged like the abominable snow man.
Remember those fleece-lined leggings I mentioned yesterday? Well, I kept my promise. These are them and I am pretty sure they are my new favorite thing in all of life. I know right? They totally just look like boring black tights. Um…EXACTLY. To the untrained eye, they may look just like run of the mill hosiery. I myself wasn’t thrilled about purchasing something that looks exactly like ten other things I have. BUT, I sprung for them and I could not be happier. These are the warmest, most comortable tights I have ever worn. They are genius.
The bad news is that I got these at my store, so they probably aren’t readily available to some of you. However, I can tell you that they are not a store brand. The package says “Leg Expressions” and it looks as though you can find lots of them on eBay at reasonable prices. I cannot recommend them enough for anyone living in cold climate. I may have to snag another pair or two, because confession: I am even wearing these babies to bed. I am going to need additional pairs for working, sleeping, running, water polo, a pair to wear over the other pairs…and well…you get the picture.
Dress – Kohl’s (Candie’s)
Black Long Sleeve – Work
Belt – 5.7.9
Shoes – Thrifted
Scarf – Wal-Mart
Title courtesy of Fiona Apple – “Not About Love”
Hello. Well it’s Wednesday, friends. This means two things:
a) It’s your last day to enter my giveaway and
b) It’s day four of THEME WEEK
For our October theme, I am getting costumed up. Only, instead of doing over the top getups for the sake of costuming, I am using the week to pay a more subtle tribute. Using only my own wardrobe and some of my favorite muses, I bring you Icon Week, in order to channel that inspiration into every day outfits. Today’s challenge:
Frida Kahlo isn’t really a fashion icon. But that’s not really what this week is about anyway. Influence takes many forms, and this is someone who encompasses inspiration to me. Frida led a complicated and painful life. She was not conventionally lovely. Yet she surrounded herself always with color and lived a life of true conviction. She channeled her challenges and transformed them into something extraordinarily beautiful. Isn’t that what we all strive for on some level?
Additionally, Frida Kahlo was forever taker and maker of self portraits. Which is something I know a little bit about.
So there are obvious dissimilarities between my icon and myself. I am kind of a white girl living in suburban Colorado. I haven’t painted anything since circa 2002. My outfit lacks some of the extravagance of Frida’s looks. I mean, I didn’t even have the cojones to pencil in my own unibrow, as some do when they pay proper tribute to Frida. But what Icon Week is really about, to me, is playing off the original and making it my own. Something wearable, under my own circumstances, utilizing only what I have in my own wardrobe.
Far removed from Ms. Kahlo’s native Mexico City, it was another cold cold and windy day where I live. The kind of day that makes me want to stay in bed and not get dressed at all. Further, I was nervous about this outfit, as is it pretty off the mark from my usual look. Still, there are elements to Frida’s aesthetic that really appeal to me. Her use of color and bold accessories. There is always cohesiveness amidst her chaos. A sort of method to the madness.
For my own version I pared it down to a few colors. I used layering not just to stay warm but to tie the elements together. I chose only one bold accessory rather than overwhelming the outfit and then I let it all stand alone. Is it perfect? Probably not. But I like it.
Dress – Thrifted
Black Long Sleeve Tee – Work
Earrings – Work
Shawl – Atlantic City street vendor
Shoes – Thrifted
Title courtesy of Jewel – “Painters”
Hello ladies and gents! Are you having a great weekend? I guess I am all things considered. Just working and being busy. That’s all the news that’s fit to print.
But hey, thanks to all of you who have entered the giveaway so far by filling out my feedback survey! I am finding all of your insight truly valuable. If you haven’t done so, check it out! You have until Wednesday and the selection will be random. So you have nothing to lose.
And a confession: guys I am totally underprepared for theme week starting tomorrow. As in I don’t even have a theme chosen, let alone outfits planned. I have two ideas. So that’s good. But have yet to solidify the plan. So that’s bad. Yeah. Tune in tomorrow to see what I end up doing. I’m in as much suspense as you guys, so that should be interesting.
I am quite fond of our outfit du jour. The pieces are entirely thrifted from the other day and I just happen to think they make a nice combo. I love the vintage feel of all three pieces and think they work well to create one classic look.
How do we feel about red and brown together? It’s not the norm I know, but I’ve always kind of liked it. Once upon a time at another store where I worked, the merchandising directives called for an entire red and brown wall. It seemed so odd and clashy, but from then it grew on me. I have loved it ever since. And anyway I think something splashy was needed to break up the all-brown simplicity going on up top. I’d go so far as to say these shoes have panache. Or maybe I just like to say “panache.”
Dress – Thrifted
Belt – Thrifted
Shoes – Thrifted
Title courtesy of Ice Cube – “Bop Gun”