Happy weekend to you all. We’re home from our hiking trip. All unpacked and ready to resume normal life. Whatever that means these days.
Hubby is out planting tulip bulbs like the mad gardener he is. This morning he thought we didn’t have quite enough bulbs, so he headed over to Richie’s to top up the supply, got a little carried away, and came home with so many we aren’t sure where to put them. I was supposed to help with the strategic placing so as to balance out the beds. Ha. No balancing necessary, the flower beds are chock full of tulip bulbs. But won’t that be wonderful come spring? Seriously, I’ve never met anyone who is so unable to resist buying things to plant. Well, except for my mum. She was a bit of a mad gardener, too, in her day.
And me, well, I’m doing laundry, ruminating about old clothes, about “intentional dressing”, and chatting with you guys. So I guess things are back to normal, more or less.
A couple of weeks ago I made a plan to wear what I own. Especially those pieces which are a bit of a problem because, as much as I love them, I wasn’t wearing them enough. I called my plan intentional dressing and pledged to pick one piece I’m not wearing enough, style it with a few of my closet regulars, and wear it everywhere I go for a week. Which is a really good plan, in theory. Except when one gets home from hiking on Thursday and there are only two days left in the week.
Still, one must soldier on no matter the obstacles. This week’s intentional dressing piece is my old Vince coat sweater. I bought this at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale in 2015. And I raved about it so much at the time that my sister bought one too. I love the heathery charcoal colour, the shawl collar, and the leather trim. There are also two vertical leather-trimmed seams down the back which is a lovely detail. This darned sweater literally goes with everything. And as I mentioned in my fall closet edit video, I can’t think why I don’t wear it more.
So on Friday when I was off to the library, I pulled on my Vince sweater with my Citizens of Humanity Rocket skinny jeans, my blue box cut pocket tee from Everlane, my Stuart Weitzman loafers, and this old black leather messenger bag that I bought at Holt Renfrew in the nineties. This outfit is a typical “retired Sue” outfit, as opposed to what I’d normally wear when I was still “working Sue.”
My Citizens of Humanity Rocket jeans have been a staple in my closet for five years. And they are just now getting all soft and faded like old jeans should be. Ditto my Stuart Weitzman loafers (similar here), bought in 2014. Except they’re not faded. They still look like new, actually. I’m a big fan of Stuart Weitzman footwear. The brand is pricey, but really good quality, and always fits my long narrow foot. And these shoes have soft suede lining inside making them really comfortable with no socks.
When I came home from the library, I thought I’d style a back-up outfit. In case I needed to go somewhere in my Vince coat sweater, like to an emergency party or something, and didn’t want to take the time to plan an outfit. 🙂
So I tried my coat sweater with my white box cut pocket tee from Everlane, my old faux leather pants from Holt Renfrew, my new AllSaints bag. And these old Cole Haan Chelsea boots. I bought these boots back in 2012 when I was still working, and I was surprised to see that Cole Haan is still making an almost identical pair today.
Last month, when I was switching my summer shoes and sandals for my fall and winter shoes and boots, I ruminated over my old Chelsea boots. I’d left them packed away for the past couple of years because I wasn’t wearing them. But this year, in my quest to wear what I own, I decided to keep them out. So I polished them up, and they look pretty good with my leather pants. According to Emma Hill, Chelsea boots are a “must have” for fall and winter. Not that I usually follow the fashion dictates of other women. But I do find that I almost always agree with Emma’s outfit choices.
Now… just in case you thought I wore this outfit somewhere… I didn’t. From bedroom, to deck, to front lawn, back to bedroom. But while I was doing all this travelling (ha) I felt marvelous. And I heartily wished that I had somewhere else to go. But I didn’t. Sigh. So I took a few extra shots instead.
I think we all need to feel marvelous sometimes, don’t you? To look at ourselves in the mirror and say, “Yep, I’ve still got it. Or enough of it to still feel great.” Like our best selves. Sure we’re not twenty anymore. Thank god. Forty has come and gone. And fifty. Many of us don’t remember that landmark because we were too exhausted, what with work and family and menopause. Ha. And some of us won’t see sixty again, either. We have wrinkles, bulges where there weren’t bulges before, and a few rolling hills where there used to be flat plains. But that’s okay. We’re still beautiful, just in a different kind of way.
And some days it’s harder than others to remember that. Especially this year. So if I want to pull on my leather pants to prance around the house and feel marvelous, I will. If that’s what it takes.
You know, one day late last spring, my friend Liz and I were talking. She said I was lucky, privileged even, to have the blog as an excuse to dress up in normal clothes. To get out of my sweats, and wear an outfit I love, even if only for an hour or so. And she’s right.
So I thought I might extend that privilege to you.
I thought maybe I’d start a series, in which every so often I feature shots of you guys in whatever outfit is making you feel like yourself again. I used to take part in a monthly series called “How I Wore My” run by Adrienne Shubin and Jill Burgess on their blogs and it was fun.
My series would be for the readers of High Heels in the Wilderness. A kind of pictorial way for us to wave at each other. A static Zoom drinks party, in which it wouldn’t be only me in my skinny jeans and Chelsea boots waving my glass of wine. But you guys in whatever you’re wearing, holding up your glass or teacup, and smiling hello at the rest of us.
So how about it? Are you game?
Let me know in the comments if this idea appeals to you. Or just weigh in on whatever topic you choose. As usual, we’re listening.
And if you’re in the market for some classic Chelsea boots, I found a few that appealed to me. You can see them below. If you click on the little heart below the product you will be sent an e-mail when that item goes on sale. Which I thought was a cool option.
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