Summer is here, folks. Not officially. But now that the long Victoria Day weekend has passed, and my birthday has come and gone… no more almost sixty-two… it feels like summer to me. Time to sum up spring. Wardrobe wise.
This time of year, I like to assess how my new purchases fared, whether the new pieces fit in with the not-so-new, and what’s working for me versus what’s just hanging around in my closet.
I’m happy with my spring purchases. I bought a Montcler spring coat, two tee shirts (a white, short-sleeved Eileen Fisher one, and a Zara message tee), a pair of AG jeans, a Vince sweater, my red Earth brand loafers, a red cross-body bag, and three scarves.
I’ve worn my Montcler anorak a lot. Once with my Veronica Beard suit. But mostly with jeans, with my pink Vince sweater, my yellow Brooks Brothers v-neck sweater, and numerous times with my white Eileen Fisher tee. I wore it with sneakers and loafers, and with a couple of different scarves, especially my new navy, red, and white Burberry scarf
. That scarf is definitely a “forever piece,” as they say.
My Veronica Beard suit is once again a work horse in my wardrobe. I’ve worn it mostly with my red Earth brand loafers. With the attached hoodie and a red cami, with my Zara message tee, sans the hoodie, and with my Eileen Fisher white tee and a Vince Camuto coral and tan scarf. I’ve swapped out the matching pants for jeans numerous times. Funnily enough, this spring I’ve been wearing almost constantly a pair of tiny, red stud earrings I’ve had since high school. A couple of times I tried bigger earrings, but the small ones seemed, well, exactly what I wanted… just a tiny pop of red.
I’ve tried hard not to ignore the older pieces in my closet. I wore my black Stuart Weitzman loafers and a white Lafayette shirt with my pink sweater and tweed coat for shopping and lunch earlier in the spring. And my much loved Twiggy khaki suede moto jacket, with a cream and mod-flowered Equipment blouse, jeans, and sneakers for a coffee date one day and errand running on another. But my truly vintage Max Mara suit with the wide-legged pants, well, I tried. But the pants are definitely too tight around the waist. Uncomfortably tight. That middle age middle has expanded since 2002. Ha. So, I’m taking them off to the seamstress this week to see if she can let them out a bit. Inspired by this post on Alyson Walsh’s blog, I’m dying to wear that suit with sneakers.
|I’ve been singing this song all spring.
So my spring fashion choices have been pretty much variations on one theme. Navy with whatever. This outfit of VB navy jacket, AG Farrah jeans, loafers, and Burberry scarf has been out so often, it became almost a uniform. With a long-sleeved striped tee, or a short-sleeved white tee, and even with an old red Gap tee, it’s the scarf that finishes the look, that ties it together, no pun intended. But frankly I’m getting a bit tired of my uniform, and am happy that it will now be too warm most days for this outfit.
Yesterday when I went shopping for my pre-birthday treat, planning to spend the gift certificate I won at a fashion show a few weeks ago, I decided to change up the colour palette. To no colour. I hauled out my old favs, Rag and Bone black silk tank and Helmut Lang jacket, and wore them with my DIY cropped white jeans, and Paul Green flats. Not a new look for me by any means; this shot is from last June. But I do love black and crisp white together. It must be summer if I’m wearing white jeans.
|In black and white this time last year.
So you could say that my spring has summed up quite well, wardrobe wise. I’m pretty satisfied with my spring shopping choices. I didn’t break the bank on spending. Okay, the Montcler anorak and Burberry scarf were pricey, but they are investment pieces. It’s been years since I bought a new spring coat, so I didn’t upset the budget too much. The tees and jeans are so basic to my wardrobe that I know I’ll wear them a lot, have worn them a lot already. And the red loafers (and bag) … well… they have certainly perked up my accessory choices. It’s been white sneakers, black loafers, black flats, and black sandals for too long. I’m still struggling with how to style my vanilla Vince sweater
. That purchase may yet turn out to have been a mistake. We’ll see.
One of my goals for the next while is to figure out a way to wear that sweater. I also want to put a couple of older blouses back into the early summer rotation; my red loafers have given me some good ideas of what I might do with them. And skirts. I need to wear my skirts. I don’t have many, but they don’t get out nearly enough.
Sigh. This time of year always makes me think of how much I love assessing and evaluating and then making a plan to go forward. I used to love doing that when I was teaching. Looking back over the year to see what activities had worked and what didn’t, then planning for next year.
But between now and the time for final assessing and planning, teachers still have to get through June. And that is no picnic, let me tell you. Especially if the weather is hot. How well I remember the squirming in seats, the yearning to be outside, the longing to be anywhere but in the classroom.
And that’s just the teachers. Imagine how the kids feel. Ha. I feel your pain, my friends. I do.
Now, I really have to finish this post and go rescue that bottle of Pinot Noir that’s chilling in the fridge. The wine expert said no more than fifteen minutes. Meanwhile, Hubby is labouring on my birthday supper. Filet mignon with a red wine, wild morel, portobello, and chanterelle mushroom sauce. Baked potatoes and fresh wild asparagus, handpicked by himself. Then I do think it’s chocolate something for dessert. I don’t know what. It’s a surprise apparently. Yum, with a feast like this who wants to go out, eh?
So, how about you, my lovely bloggy friends? How has your spring summed up? How did you fare with your spring shopping acquisitions? Everything work out according to plan? Going forward, do you have any goals for making your wardrobe work better?