You know, ever since I retired I’ve been looking for ways to make dressing easy. Not the actual getting dressed part, necessarily, but the choosing an outfit part.
I want a daily ‘run to the grocery store, or to the library, or to meet a friend for coffee at the last minute’ kind of uniform. In the summer it’s one or another of my favourite tees worn with a pair of jeans and my flat sandals. During spring and fall it’s a good coat, or a spring or fall blazer, thrown over the summer uniform, but with sneakers or loafers instead of sandals. In winter it’s a good coat over a turtleneck, or a sweater and scarf, jeans, and boots.
Sounds easy, eh? But all this easiness comes from planning. Knowing what I need, and then shopping for something that fits me, my wardrobe, and my lifestyle. Then when I buy something new, I have a try-on day. I pull all kinds of pieces out of my closet and try the new piece with different tops, boots or shoes, coats, and scarves until I have a couple of outfits that I love. And which I can now reach for without having to think and plan.
That’s what I did this week when I bought these black Liverpool jeans at Nordstrom. I haven’t owned black jeans in years. I have black, light-wool leggings, and black leather pants… but no jeans. And I have some winter tops and sweaters that look great with black but which I won’t wear with leggings, or with leather pants. Leggings need a longer tunic-length top, for me anyway. And I’m not going to run errands in my good leather pants.
I was looking for straight-leg jeans, and these are in fact labelled skinny, but they aren’t super skinny. They have a looser fit than my other skinny jeans. I have to say I love these jeans. They look and feel like regular jeans, but they’re not. They’re called “Glide” by Liverpool because they just pull on. I know! I love a pull- on pant.
Once I had my new jeans home, I had a try-on day. I tried them with my old, striped A.L.C. long-sleeve tee, my Uniqlo down vest, and my Paul Green burgundy loafers. I wore my vest all over the Balkans, but I’m not even close to being sick of it yet. The striped tee is black and white and looks great with black jeans.
I’ll wear the striped tee and vest with my Max Mara tweed coat. And my loafers. Or with my black Stuart Weitzman boots and my burgundy paisley/plaid scarf. That’s what I wore to fly down to my mum’s yesterday. I folded my coat into my tote bag at the airport, draped my scarf around my neck on the plane, and popped the coat back on when we landed in Fredericton.
This is another look that I know I’ll reach for when I’m headed out the door in a hurry. My black Liverpool jeans, a short-sleeve Vince tee, my pink hoodie from Uniqlo, Max Mara coat, and Stuart Weitzman black boots. I like this look because the hoodie toughens up the pink, rather lady-like, coat. I’m quite partial to a hoodie with a smart jacket or coat.
I hear combat boots are totally the thing this season. Ha. That works for me. My Stuart Weitzman boots are probably as close to combat boots as I’m ever likely to wear. Close enough for me to participate in the trend without shopping, anyway.
Because we have snow, and the temperatures have been well below freezing, I wrapped my burgundy paisley scarf around my neck before venturing outside. I love this old scarf, bought at Holt Renfrew many years ago. Paisley on one side and plaid on the other, it sure makes mixing prints easy. And easy is what I’m all about these days.
My new jeans will help to make everyday dressing easy this winter. They go with a ton of things in my closet, and I’ve chosen two outfits already that I can throw on and dash out the door. Easy dressing. No need to think up an outfit. And… these jeans are easy to simply pull on. So… easy to get dressed. Literally.
Shopping to fill a niche in my closet is something I do regularly. I always have a list. Whenever I’m out and about, I look for whatever is on the list, often wardrobe staples. New jeans. Black jeans. White tees, black tees, striped tees. Whatever. I know the Breton tee craze probably reached its zenith a few seasons ago, but I still think a striped tee is a wardrobe staple.
My A.L.C. tee shirt is beginning to look a bit tired. I’ve worn it a ton since I bought it back in 2015. So I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement. Here are four tees I’m considering. The Madison Labiche one on the left is my favourite. I like the Vince one and the one from Ann Taylor too. But I think when I get home I might order that Madewell rugby shirt on the right. I love the loose fit. And, with my jeans and boots, it would be an easy, super-casual, run to the library look.
You know, just because I want to make everyday dressing easy, doesn’t mean I plan to give up dreaming of outfits, planning new ways to wear what I own, or shopping for a special new piece. It just means I want a few outfits that are easy to haul out of the closet without thinking, throw them on, and feel good about what I’m wearing. For those days when I don’t want to think too much. But still want to be confident that I look good.
I’ll be at my Mum’s for the next week or so. We plan to do not much of anything while I’m here. Drink tea, eat, watch Escape to the Country on TV, and yak. An easy, snuggle down and put on the kettle kind of visit.
I’m all for energetic activities, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes you just want things to slow down and be easy.
Now it’s your turn, my friends. Do you have an everyday uniform? What is your idea of an easy, throw on, run around town look?
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