I’ve been thinking of the idea of “enough” lately. Mostly because in this recent post on It’s Not Sustainable Tiffanie Darke pondered the idea of “enoughness.” How I wish I had coined that term. “The Enoughness” is the title of former fashion editor Melanie Rickey’s podcast (and IG account) which you can find here.

In her post, Tiffanie talks about Melanie Rickey and Melanie’s idea of “enoughness,” that we should “disengage from overconsumption and find [our] just right.” And she also talks about Patrick Grant of The Great British Sewing Bee and Community Clothing who recently published a book called Less, about buying, having, and being happier with fewer, better things. But I’m not here to rehash Tiffanie’s ideas. You should read her post. In fact, subscribe to Tiffanie’s newsletter and read them all. I do. Her writing inspires me to keep going with the Rule of Five even when I falter or mess up my precious few purchases. As I have done twice this spring.

Anyway, as I said, after reading Tiffanie’s post I’ve been thinking about the idea of enough. And how much is enough? Specifically, how much is enough for me. This summer.

So, as I am wont to do, I resorted to numbers. I do love numbers. Which I know seems like an odd thing for an English teacher. I checked in my little book of lists, and counted up the pieces I’d recorded in my Spring-Summer Inventory. I added the pieces I have purchased this year, new, consigned, and thrifted. And my total number is sixty-six individual pieces. I didn’t include my work-out gear, or my camping/hiking/slouching around the house clothes in which I wouldn’t be caught dead in public.

Because it’s summer now, I subtracted the pieces that are strictly spring. Like my spring coats, heavier spring sweaters, and heavier jeans that I won’t wear again now until the fall. I also demoted three tank tops that are now only suitable for cycling, walking, or wearing on the rare occasions when I do something in the garden. I divided the rest into categories: tops (tee, tanks, sweaters, shirts) (21), bottoms (skirts and pants) (15), dresses (2 plus 1 iffy one), and toppers, what Stacey and Clinton always called “third pieces,” (jackets, blazers, and vests) 10. That brought my number down to forty-nine. I have forty-nine pieces in my closet that I hope to wear this summer.

Is forty-nine enough? How much is enough, anyway? That number is going to vary with our personality, our lifestyle, the number of different commitments we have in a week, and how much we worry about what we wear.

So, is forty-nine my summer “enoughness” number? With forty-nine pieces in my closet, will I be able to withstand the middle of summer wardrobe doldrums? A phenomenon that has driven me to make unwise purchases in the past. Mostly these purchases have been unwise because while the pieces I bought satiated my desire for something new, I found myself not liking them way sooner than normal. Like the next summer.

Yesterday in aid of getting ahead of the summer wardrobe doldrums, I set about trying to find a couple of new outfits for a couple of old pieces in my closet. I figure if I have a big enough “I like and will wear this outfit” photo bank, I’ll be able to weather the summer wardrobe doldrums. Pun intended. Ha.

I started by perusing my Pinterest boards and making some lists of ideas that I might try. Not all of them worked. Like the one below.

This six-year-old linen dress needs new ideas. But not this idea.

This old linen dress from Click By Cotton needs some new ideas. I normally wear it with my flat black sandals and my cream crochet sweater around my neck. But I wanted to try the idea of wearing a loose sweater or an oversized shirt over a long, full dress to make it look like a skirt. I specifically wanted to try my cropped, lilac Vince sweater which I love. It looked dreadful with the dress. I don’t have a photo of the result. The dress is not long enough, nor full enough to make this idea work. Plus these old burgundy Tory Burch ballet flats, which I also love, work well with the sweater colour-wise, but not with the dress. Oh sure, it all looks fine when I’m sitting down, with the sweater draped around my shoulders…. but don’t be fooled. This outfit was total ickk.

My next idea worked better. I paired the dress with the white, boxy blazer that I purchased in Fredericton last spring, and which now has all new buttons. I like this look. The chunky hoop earrings, the black cross-body bag, and the white sneakers all work, in my opinion. I like a chunky shoe with the jacket. The heavier shoe balances the weight of the jacket making the proportions work.

Next I tried the dress with the cropped, 3/4 sleeve tee shirt that came with my new blue skirt. I loved this outfit. Because the white top is so much more cropped than the lilac sweater it works as a topper for the dress. Looks a bit Regency-Jane-Austen-Lizzy Bennet in my opinion. Okay… Mrs. Bennet then, if you insist. Ha. I added cream Tory Burch hoops, cream sandals, a cream bracelet, and picked up my very old cream Michael Kors bag. I may even wear this to an anniversary party we’re attending next week. We’ll see.

The dress with the top that goes with my new blue skirt.

With two decent ideas for my old dress, I moved on to an old skirt. I bought this striped black and white silk skirt back in 2017. I don’t wear it enough. Each year I ponder if it should go, but then relent, and hang it back in the closet.

I tried it yesterday with my sneakers and a white, button-down shirt tied at the waist. I like this idea. I’ve shown this outfit on the blog before. But I’ve never worn it. I think it’s because the tied blouse will be fiddly, require too much fixing, pulling down over the waistband, whatever. I can’t stand fiddling with my clothes once I leave the house.

But I loved the skirt with my light-weight black Everlane sweater, black COS cross-body bag, and my black Birkenstock sandals. I prefer the black top and sandals with the striped skirt over the white. I think the look on the left is too pale and insipid. With my white hair I get lost in all the white. I will definitely reach for the outfit on the right. I may wear a black tank under the sweater in case I want to take the sweater off.

The last outfit I tried is kind of a combination of both of the above. White sneakers, black tank tucked in with a black belt, and my tailored black vest. This makes a great run-around doing errands followed by lunch on a patio kind of outfit. I also tried this with a white tank… meh… preferred the black. And a white short-sleeved tee. Also meh. Then I was done.

This looks good sitting down and standing up. Trust me.

There were more outfit ideas written in my notebook. But I was done. Totally done. I had had enough. I may not be able to say exactly how much is enough when it comes to my wardrobe. But I can always tell when I’ve had enough of outfit-tying-on. I’m cranky, I can’t muster a decent smile, nothing looks good, and my spare room looks as if a cyclone hit it. So I gave up. I plugged in the kettle, put my shorts and ratty tee shirt back on, and set about tidying up the mess. Then I poured my tea and retired to the deck with my book.

I may have been done like dinner yesterday, but I’m not yet done playing with my forty-nine pieces. My goal is to find more new ways to wear what I have so I can stay interested in what I own. To make those forty-nine pieces enough. And to beef up my outfit photo bank so I don’t have to think too hard about what to wear.

You know, the point of this post is not to seek outfit advice. After all, I’m going to wear what I want no matter what. I know there are lots of other ways to wear the striped skirt, and even the dress. I tried a few other ideas yesterday, hated them, and didn’t take photos. Some ideas I didn’t include because I’ve already worn them. Some outfit ideas require pieces I don’t own. And some of them are just not me.

No, the point of this post is just to continue the conversation about clothes. About what we like or don’t like. What we have, or wish we had. What we desire and know full well we don’t actually need. And how much is enough for us. How much stuff do we need? How do we learn to enjoy less when, as Tiffanie says, “having more is so much a part of our everyday lives?”

And speaking of needs versus desires, I’m hoping against hope that I don’t need to replace my flat black sandals before the summer is out. They are barely hanging in. And no wonder. I bought them the year I started the blog back in 2014. I wear them a ton. But I don’t want to have to use up my last new purchase replacing what is essentially a basic, a staple in my closet. I’d much rather spring for something fabulous. Sigh.

The shopping conundrum continues.

Now it’s your turn, my friends. Any thoughts on “enoughness?” How much is enough for you? Why not count what’s in your closet? Let us know what you find. Or not, your choice. In any case let us know what’s on your mind.

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52 thoughts on “How Much Is Enough?”

  1. In my closet I’ve had a post-it note for several years that says “what do I need for the life I lead?” and this has stood me well when I found myself wanting to shop.

  2. Golly
    My summer wardrobe, in fact my whole wardrobe is minimal.
    As we live on the coast and I’m always either at the beach, or walking the dog or gardening – for summer its shorts, which are generally cut-offs of varying lengths (so recycled jeans) and for colour, I have a collection of Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger poloshirts, with scarves for belts. A number of navy blue longsleeve tops for when the sun sets.
    A pair of white jeans and white trousers for dressing up with shirts/tops that are up to 10 years old.
    Swimwear? I have 7 one-piece suits I adore and I wear old Target linen shirts over the top as sun-protection.
    In winter, one pair of camel jeans, one pair of eggplant, one black. And various cashmere sweaters and cardis (all from past times) with a big collection of silk and wool scarves that ring the changes. Some beautiful belts – all old and loved.
    Shoes – shoes that are all flat and of elegant cut so therefore timeless. Two pairs of flat, dog-walking boots that are sheepskin lined.
    Five leather handbags.
    A number of quilted day jackets, one quilted vest. One vintage black leather jacket, one vintage styled faux leather jacket in softest banana.
    And one pair of black trews for the theatre along with a LBD. Evening clutches to up the ante. All boringly timeless.
    I’m 72, I don’t do lunches and coffees and we now live quiet lives so I don’t need any more than that.
    But I love watching how the online fashionistas style – it inspires and fascinates me.

  3. Numbers can bamboozle. And I don’t think it is to do with quality over quantity either, perhaps (and I struggle for words here) it should be cohesion over quantity. Told you I was struggling. I think one of the reasons people have and keep a lot of clothes is because they are looking for just the right combination that says: there! That’s me! Certainly, when I was younger, I was always flipping through rails in search of The Thing That Would Work, all to little avail. And I know you don’t sew (no reason why you should) but for me, that was the turning point; once I had found the patterns, I was able to make precisely what I wanted. Patterns give you a world of choice, outside of fashion’s dictates. That and Insta boards to finally track it down and hone it. Perhaps that is why you play with what you already have and that seems a perfectly reasonable thing to do, given that you have enough to make lots of combinations. Resisting societal urges to have more, get more, keep more can be tricky but I think it is worth pursuing. And learning to let go of what we no longer need/use. I am about to do that this weekend, not to make room for more, but just to clear my sightlines. Literally and metaphorically.

    1. I agree about cohesion, Annie. Although sometimes I’ve had too much cohesion in my wardrobe when everything went with everything else and I felt like a good shake-up was needed. Maybe that’s where I am now. I’d like to make my last purchase something really special. A great sweater for fall. Or a new blazer. Although… it’s not as if I need anything. I do have to do a small purge of a few things that I stashed away during my last edit. If something still fits I have a hard time getting rid of it. I keep thinking how much wear I’ve had out of my old nineties suits and blazers.

  4. Sue I found white tops were no longer that fab when my hair silvered. I could always wear optic white with ease, not so with silver hair. I look washed out and look better in black or saturated colour. My sweet spot is 50 for Summer, 50 for Winter (including multiple jackets of various weights), and 50 for Spring/Autumn combined, so 150 in total.

  5. Even though I have a lot of clothes, I am very regimented in what I wear. Mainly because of the climate where I live (Florida) and my figure flaws. I have wide hips for my body height, and skinnier legs so skirts make me look wider and pants are difficult to fit. I mainly wear nice shorts and tops in our long summer here which runs from May through November. And I exclusively wear white shorts with a dark top, usually navy and black, and sometimes lighter blue and pink. I said I was regimented! I have a lot of tops, some of which don’t look “good” on me since I gained weight. I don’t think I will ever have “enough”. I’m always looking for that new top that will make me look “beautiful” or thinner!!!

    1. I wear shorts around home in the summer, mostly cutoff leggings, with loose tees. But I have not found a pair of “good” shorts I like for years. It’s good that you’ve found styles that work for you. Maybe stash the tops that don’t make you feel good away for now?

  6. I haven’t gone so far as to catalog my summer wardrobe, but like you, I am trying to mix things up and not wear the same combos, with varying degrees of success. Tried something last night that worked in my head but not in reality, so there was a bit of a scramble to change into the tried and true before we headed out. I’ll try another combo tonight, but allow a little more time! But I’ve identified *why* it didn’t work last night, which should make tonight’s dressing a little easier.

    It’s probably time to do a closet purge, or at least an inventory. There’s plenty I haven’t worn in a while, and it’s not doing me any good just taking up space.

    1. I can identify with an outfit that works in my head but not in reality. I am struggling to find looks that I’m happy with for occasions… like my niece’s wedding. All my occasion wear, and that was not much, has been long gone for years. I remember always having a little something something to wear to a Christmas party etc etc. Not any more.

  7. Sue thank for the blogger/substacker recommendations. I have two main reasons I over consume. I buy for the life I think I live rather than the one I do. Secondly, I can’t seem to find replacements for the clothes I have that are wearing out. I think I’ve found something, but they’re just not right, and then I keep it to make do. This summer’s items were linen pants and t shirts. The ones I have aren’t looking so good-even for home wear. Unfortunately, the ones I’ve purchased aren’t hitting the mark either. So frustrating.

    1. My issues exactly! My closet thinks I go out to dinner and the theater a lot, which is maybe why I can’t find anything to wear in the garden. Have been looking for replacements for my long sleeve t shirts for years now.

      1. Hi Lisa,
        I live in the Vancouver area and have been buying my long sleeved and 3/4 sleeved t-shirts from Northern Reflections for years now. The quality of the cotton is very good and each season they bring in a variety of colours. I don’t know where you live but you might want to look them up and have a boo…great sales too!
        Regards, Marjorie

      2. I have that exact problem. Plus in my head I live only in cold and damper climates (than Colorado). In case you didn’t realize, Colorado is one of the most casual places you can find in the US. We love it here for the climate, but that casualness just doesn’t seem to feel right to me. I’m a tweed and plaid (more menswear plaid than tartan, though I love some classic tartans) person, and a horse person who no longer has horses.
        Can I suggest for garden wear, that you buy UPF protection long sleeve shirts? I have all my riding gear ones, that are now converted to outdoor wear, like walking, gardening, and taking to Florida when I have to visit family (sometimes the humidity there can work against them). I have quite a selection as they come in lovely colors and prints, and can be polo 1/4 zips or just pullovers. Golf and swimwear designers offer them too.
        I have been buying merino wool for travel and then saving it for travel, rather than wearing it at home, and have converted to some linen for summer at home, though linen is less adaptable. Almost all my purchases this year (especially wool items) are from online consignment/resale companies like ThredUp and Poshmark, and I sell things through ThredUp as well. At least my consumption has slightly less ecological impact than before. Finding my “enough” is difficult.

      3. This made me smile…my wardrobe thinks the same! I live in the countryside in the UK. The only occasions for ‘dressing up’ have usually been weddings and funerals. There are far too many of the latter these days, as I’m now 74. (I have a large extended family). I have to be content with art/craft/book clubs for which I’m so happy to be part of. However the ingrained ambition to look smartly turned out is still with me.🙂

    2. It’s really hard to find good pieces to replace ones that no longer fit, or are worn out. We simply do not have the bricks and mortar stores here in Ottawa that we used to have. I miss the days of the high end department stores!

  8. I copied your line and showed my husband, That is exactly how my spare room looks like after 20 minutes of try on’s. LOL

    I can’t muster a decent smile, nothing looks good, and my spare room looks as if a cyclone hit it.

    I like to blame my craziness from working in the fashion business in my younger years.

  9. I’m not sure I can pull my thoughts together coherently this morning, but I’ve been thinking about this issue for a number of years. When I was young, I didn’t have much money but loved clothes, so I bought little but bought incredibly carefully. I went through a mid-life bulge in buying when I could afford more, and then I started gradually tapering down to where I am now, which is a place I’m more comfortable with, and involves working within that happier place of enoughness (with occasional impulsive moments I invariably regret).

    I was reading an article about decor this week that grabbed me and that I think is related. What the article hit on is how much shaping our look (or decor) can be related to discomfort with who one is or was and how one fits into one’s context, which seems obvious, but that perhaps we miss. The reason for this can be different for each person. Sometimes it’s about early-in-life poverty and embarrassment and wanting to avoid the latter in adulthood. Sometimes it’s about how we feel about our looks, etc. Humans are complex and have varied experiences. But this idea of “less” and “enough” is not a new one, and each person who has a tendency to overbuy for his or her needs eventually works out why they’ve lived in a scarcity mentality and whether they want to do anything about it.

    Love the looks with the black dress and the white jacket or cropped top. The proportions definitely work!

  10. I think that how much is enough depends on one’s lifestyle. These days I am mostly at home in shorts and a t shirt. When I go out I have a few pants, mostly cropped for summer, and “nicer” t shirts or tops/blouses. I think I might like more summer dresses or skirts, but I don’t really wear the ones I have. They don’t seem to fit with my activities: volunteering, meals out, appointments. While I do try to wear things that I haven’t worn in a while, a try-on session isn’t something I have the patience to do. I do get ideas from you and others, some in “real” life. I may try a new combination when I go out and sometimes try to plan in advance. If it doesn’t work, I won’t wear that combo again. That said, it is a treat to get something new and especially at this age and if finances allow, I don’t want to deny myself, though I don’t find it difficult to keep non-necessary purchases at a minimum. Of course, “necessary” can be subjective…

  11. I have enough really . Enough for my lifestyle . My life is quieter these days , we are happy at home a lot of the time & if I love something I’m happy to wear it often . I’ve gradually pared down my wardrobe over the last few years but I expect there’s more to go . The latest batch were very good quality items which just looked wrong & I wouldn’t buy them today . Fashion & cut changes even with classic items , plus I have lost enough weight to alter the way clothes hang on my body . So off to the charity shop with them . When they tell me how much my cast offs have raised it feels worthwhile & it’s nice to think they are wanted by someone else . I still enjoy looking round my favourite shops occasionally & if I find something special that fits in my life I buy it . I like to keep an eye on current trends & just one item can add new direction to my wardrobe. I don’t often find special items though . My latest buy is a v necked pinafore dress in good quality dark denim which hangs quite straight & reaches mid calf . It seems to go with lots of my blouses & long sleeved T shirts so I’m hoping to get plenty of use out of it . I don’t seem to enjoy the ‘try on ‘ sessions like I used to do , especially this denim pinafore dress – I was worn out afterwards .

    1. That’s a good measure of whether to get rid of something or not, Wendy. If you’d not buy it again today maybe it needs to go. I love that the people at your charity shop can tell you that your pieces sold. That’s great. Sometimes if I donate my things, I worry that they sit in a mountain of bags for weeks before being unpacked. And so many people leave the most dreadful stuff at donation centres.

  12. My understanding is when you limit yourself to five items this does not include replacement items. It’s not about suffering but to help you!!

    1. I’m thinking that if I’m not just blindly getting rid of stuff to be able to buy more, the occasional replacement item should not count against me. 🙂

  13. My two cents – If you need new black sandals, buy them.(Do it!). Sounds like they’re a closet staple for you that will get a lot of wear. They’re a replacement, not an addition, so they shouldn’t figure in to the number of new things you’ve limited yourself to.
    Enjoy your blog immensely. Thank you for sharing with us.

  14. You piqued my interest so I had to count.
    4 capris/cropped pants
    6 jeans – 2 light wash, 2 dark wash, 2 black
    2 sundresses (I’m not counting the dressier ones because I only wear those on special occasions or when on a cruise)
    36 tops, including short sleeve, long sleeve, both casual and a bit dressier.
    I’ve decided 36 is too many. So, I’ve turned my top hangars backwards so I can see what I’m wearing. If I wear a top and am not satisfied with it, I will wash it and then donate. I will continue to pull from the unworn until all are turned right way around and all that are not favourites are donated. I’m on a mission!

    1. I donated several tops last year that I simply was not wearing. For example… two white tees in a style I didn’t really like…when I already owned a white tee I liked. Where was the sense in hanging onto them?

  15. Your blog today really strikes a cord. There is so much unnecessary consumption and it has a consequence beyond filling up our closets and garages. This little planet of our is fast becoming a garbage dump and it does not look good for future generations. I have come to the realization that if I never purchased another item of clothing for as long as I live (I’m 74), I would be OK. I would be happy to sacrifice fashion for the planet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as fashion obsessed as most, but I don’t like the writing on the wall.

  16. Gosh there is a lot to think about in this week’s blog and replies. I know I have more than enough clothes, shoes, bags etc but mainly because I am not harsh on clothing and it lasts for years. Also, I’m not at all good at throwing things out although getting better at donating to charity shops.
    Like Lisa, my wardrobe thinks I live a much more exciting life than I actually do. These days it is jeans and jumpers in winter and shorts and tees in summer. A pair of dressier black pants and a couple of nicer blouses or tops seem to cover any smarter events I might go to.
    Think it is time to reduce my wardrobe to enoughness for the life I lead.

    1. Me too, Kenzie. I know I have enough bags, in particular. But it’s so hard to get rid of purses, totes etc. I guess that’s why I hardly ever shop for bags. I look at something I love and realize I have something else I love at home. So as Long as I have enough storage space I’m hanging onto them all. 🙂 You must be well into sweater season now. Sigh.

  17. Reading your post today, I couldn’t help but remember George Carlin. He did a hilarious stand up on “stuff”.
    We all have our special stuff and when we travel we take a smaller version of our stuff with us. It’s our identity.
    I loved your style choices today. You always manage to create an approachable style that still keeps you as the focus.
    I try to be more disciplined in my purchases but at the same time not beating myself up if I buy a mistake. I should have been a whole lot smarter by now. Ha!
    We didn’t reach this certain age without a lot of trial and error.
    Keep up the great, inspirational posts Sue!

    1. Funny, isn’t it, that when we were younger we thought that people our age had it all figured out. I’m laughing at what my fifteen-year-old self would have said if I could tell her that at sixty-eight I’m still looking for the perfect jeans. Ha.

  18. By chance I just put in order my closet. There is too much clothing hanging on the cupboards but not in them because they are full. Today I had the strength to give away 2 items dear to me. One is the top I wore at our daughter‘s wedding. It’s much too big because I have lost 15 kilos in the last years. And that’s the next problem. I have clothing in 3 sizes because I fear to put on weight again. Should I go too a psychologist? Or invite Mary Kondo? There is a Swedish book called „Lagom“ which means the right amount. I often think of that. What’s enough, why do I collect clothing, books etc. Is it my problem or is it a problem of our western consumer society???

    1. Eva, why not pack away the best, most loved pieces in totes, so they are out of your closet but not gone. That way only the clothes that fit you well are at hand.

    2. I agree with Joanna, Eva. Pack away a selection of the bigger sizes, or other pieces which you’re just not feeling the love for anymore. Then you don’t have to look at them everyday, and you can see what you will wear more easily. Haul them out next year and make a decision then. I have a diminishing horde of stuff I can’t bear to let go. Every once in a while I try it all on and if I know I’ll never wear it again off it goes. But it’s hard to get rid of good quality pieces. Especially now since it’s so hard to replace them with equally good quality.

  19. Husband and I were having this conversation while returning from the East Coast cottage. Why do we bring so much stuff? The seasons aren’t reliable. You wore the same thing most of the time ( not exactly true…) we both decided that for our return journey in August which will stretch into the East Coast fall ( early October) we will try to pair down to what we will wear NOT bring what we think we might need. Consider more layering, not as many shoes (me) most of which weren’t worn.
    Do you need four pairs of PJ’s? We have a washer and dryer…so we will each bring a lighter pair and a warmer pair. We do entertain on a small scale or go out for dinner but it’s all very casual and nobody cares if you wear the same outfit twice though that can be zhuzhed up with a different scarf or top. The rest of the time is spent working on the property or roaming the beach. I’m looking at my MVP’s now and wondering if they’ll make the next trip.
    So that’s our goal. My hubby travelled a lot for work so is an expert in the ‘travel capsule’ wardrobe….I bring the whole closet with me…but I see that has to stop.
    Due to knee surgery the wardrobe has skewed to very loose bottoms or leggings to accommodate a brace ( and I picked up some extra ‘fluff’ during the long recuperation and lack of exercise ) so I have to consider that…
    Sue stick with those black tops with the silk skirt…going into fall, would a lighter black cashmere sweater and black suede boots work or just look to heavy?

    1. Every time I packed something smarter to wear out to dinner when we were in P.E.I. I didn’t wear it. Somehow it just looked too Upper Canadian when I put it on down there. But, wow it was always tempting to buy a new sweater on the island. There were always so many lovely chunky knit ones in the stores and craft shops.
      P.S. I hear you about the Maritime fall. When we were going to the island regularly, we always travelled in August to be able to be in New Brunswick for my Mum’s birthday in late August. And we always used to say that after Old Home week it was as if someone had throw a switch. Summer was over.

  20. Unfortunately, I have past my “five” for this year. I did try to slow down my buying. I do have “enough” but I bought something “new” as in “new category” to my closet.
    I watched a young British woman, Emma Hill, on YouTube rave about the game-changing “tops with bras” at Uniqlo. I bought two…white and black. They are regular length tank tops, not cropped, very comfortable, and are of the AIRism category.
    This might sound naive but they are a wonderful addition to my closet. I love them under a white linen blouse and a black lace top I have. I have a favorite linen maxi dress a little too tight across the chest but one of these tanks underneath allows me to leave a few buttons undone. I like the look. And, because the bra is built in, I’m not stifling under double layers. Plus, the AIRism construction allows for moisture-wicking.
    I’m probably behind the times but I’m thankful that these two items “revived” some older items in my closet.

    1. I like Emma Hill’s recommendations as well. Although I wish some of the brands she likes were more easily available over here. I’d love to try Me+Em, but they are pricey and I have no idea how they would fit on me. Perhaps I need to make a field trip to London? Ha.
      I also like Uniqlo’s tee shirts and a lot of their basics. Despite the fact that they are considered fast fashion, the products last, and seem well made.

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