I love to talk about fashion. But I guess you knew that already. I also like to listen, or read, what others say about fashion. I love a good book on vintage fashion. Or a fashion-related memoir… like Linda Grant’s The Thoughtful Dresser. Grant’s book is hands-down one of my favourite books ever. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I started writing this blog. I remember thinking that if Linda Grant, a well-respected, award-winning writer of literary fiction loved clothes and loved to talk about clothes, had even written a book about clothes, then who was I to feel ashamed that I have such a shallow passion? Linda Grant gave me the courage to come clean. I love clothes, and I love to talk about clothes.
I also love to learn about style. I love to read or listen to what other bloggers, vloggers, stylists, or designers have to say about their own personal style. I’m interested in learning about their theories of personal style, and how we can develop or define our own personal style. Like the “Three Word Method” that I had such fun with last year.
And, you know, one of the things I’ve been noticing lately is that many fashion experts have moved away from some of the trends or buzz words that were so popular these last few years. Like fashion “hauls.” In this new era of sustainable fashion and conscious consumerism, hauls are in poor taste. And take the idea of a capsule wardrobe. Not long ago you could find a plethora of current articles and videos available on how to choose ten or fifteen pieces to build the perfect capsule wardrobe.
I’ve never been a big fan of fashion hauls. Or even of capsule wardrobes… except when I’m planning what to pack for a trip. I was, however, inspired by the idea of a curated closet when I first heard the term. You know, the idea of our closet consisting of curated, carefully chosen pieces that work together to create a cohesive wardrobe. But that’s probably because I’d finally found a word that described what I’d been doing all along.
For the past year or so, I’ve noticed that many of my favourite fashion philosophers are talking more about wearing what we own, of making the most of the closet we have rather than advising what we should acquire. And that’s music to my ears. Amy Smilovic’s new slogan is “wear your clothes, the ones you have.” I love that. I need to remember that one.
Because even though I have a smallish wardrobe, there are still pieces hanging in my closet that I look at every day and rarely reach for. So that’s what I’m doing on my January vlog, my friends. I’m having a winter wardrobe shuffle. Partly to keep me interested in my closet. And partly to make sure I take certain pieces that I love and rarely wear out for the occasional spin.
By the way this is the new sweater I bought when I was in Fredericton in December. It’s kind of a throw-back to the style of sweaters I wore years ago, slimmer in fit, and shorter than I’ve been wearing lately. But I love it. The gathered shoulders, the puffy sleeves. It’s from a Canadian brand called Hatley. You can find my sweater here.
But, I digress. Let’s get on with the winter wardrobe shuffle, shall we? Pour yourself a fresh cup of tea or coffee and let’s talk about clothes. The ones we have.
So, I hope you enjoyed that. I love to have a closet shuffle every so often. It keeps me interested in what I own. And makes me excited to get dressed again. Many of the outfits I tried for this video never made it to camera. Trial and error is the name of the game. And in this case… there were lots of errors. And the outfits I did end up photographing were not earth-shaking, not necessarily cutting edge, just something a bit different from what I’ve been wearing.
By the way… that Max Mara jacket bought in 2000 was not the oldest piece I tried. The earrings I’m wearing with the jacket were bought at a small independent shop in Ottawa back in the late eighties. We should always hang onto our earrings, people. Because even if they don’t come back into style until years and years later… they always fit.
So. What’s up with you this snowy, or rainy month, my friends? Are you suffering from wardrobe doldrums? Any pieces you’ve had for ages that you might haul out and take for a spin?
P.S. Here are some links to pieces I’m wearing in the video: Blue Hatley sweater. Everlane black cardigan. Similar striped shirt from Nordstrom. Navy COS turtleneck. Black Vince turtleneck. Theory cream turtleneck, nicer than mine. Similar faux-leather pleated skirt. Purple sweatshirt, faux-leather pants, black cargo pants, all from Aritzia.
P.P.S. The book link and all clothing links, except for the Aritzia links, are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking an affiliate link, I will earn a commission which helps to pay for the blog. The Aritzia links are not affiliate links because Aritzia does not reward bloggers for recommendations. These links are included as a courtesy to my readers.