Tiny wardrobe intentions are nice, but they involve real people, real bodies, real clothes...and real white t-shirts that get ruined in the wash (and that's not the first time). "Grey pants are so versatile," but when you try them with this sweater, they look too baggy; or that shirt, the waistband is wrong. It's also pretty hard to cut out this sweater, that shirt, or those pants, when that's what you have.
When it seems like you're making it too hard, you probably are. If you think there are too many rules, there probably are. Here's one of mine: I'm counting clothes, but not shoes or accessories.
Confession time: since we moved, I'm hanging my clothes in the biggest walk-in closet I've had in my life. Actually the only one I've had in my life, aside from a cavernous closet-of-mystery (briefly) when I was eight, and that doesn't really count (it did make a fun clubhouse). My clothes share the new closet with Mr. Fixit's, plus towels and some other stuff; but it's still huge. Does it give you the idea if I say it's big enough to have its own window? Yeah, that big. Well, I didn't build it.
So it may be out of embarrassment over this unlooked-for wallow in luxury that I'm aiming at keeping my clothes very disciplined over the coming months. And activity-realistic as well...my life right now is 90% casual. I'm still volunteering in the back room of the thrift store, and that means jeans. The biggest time commitment this fall will be working on my last online course, which could mean typing on the computer wearing pajamas; but I prefer pants and sweaters. I have one dressed-up weekend away on the calendar, around the time it gets seriously cold.
(Cold? Hot? September is unpredictable here: sometimes we get a serious heatwave mid-month. But by October it cools off, and we might see snow anytime in November.)
Part three: inspiration
Tom Thomson's The West Wind has the usual dark shades of water and hills, but it also includes bits of bright blue and dark red. To paraphrase this reviewer, there is nothing wussy about this tree: it's ready to take on the cold winds.
Inspiration #2 was this thrifted-but-still-with-its-price-tag floral scarf.
I like navy and grey, and the blue, pink, and raspberry flowers were a bonus. But the best part was the large amount of ivory! It's easy for me to land in too-dark territory, so this was the perfect way to brighten things up. (Colour names are often subjective: I found the original product description, and it says the scarf is Milkshake/Dusty Rose/Black. These photos also make it look more black. But I'm calling it dark navy.)
Part four: Eat dessert first (accessories)
I went through my scarves and picked out the most West Wind-ish ones.
Black heels for dressing up
(Sorry for the occasional wonky spacing here. I'm working on it.)
First is something different for me: a taupe-brown wool-blend cardigan.
OK, there's one outfit, good for weekend errands.
1. Taupe cardigan
2. Wine short-sleeved top
3. Navy cotton-blend pants
If I were Janice at The Vivienne Files, I'd then be looking for at least one other top in decent shape that works with the sweater and the pants, or with the pants alone. So let's do that.
4. T-shirt with stripes in different shades of blue
4b. Bright blue t-shirt
5. Blue and white striped button-up shirt
And these all work with blue jeans too.
6. Dark-wash jeans
I also have a navy zippered jacket that would go with all of the above.
7. Navy zippered jacket with quilting
And a pullover with 3/4 length sleeves, that could work over a shirt.
8. Navy marled pullover
Here's the grey-based group:
9. Grey plaid shirt
10. Dark grey denim skirt (will probably switch with a longer grey skirt when it gets cold)
11. Grey sweater with a bit of a cowlneck, short sleeves
12. Dark grey pull-on pants
13. Grey and navy striped lightweight pullover
14. Off-white long-sleeved t-shirt
I added a few basic things that stretch the outfits:
15. Plum slightly cropped pullover sweater
16. Jean-style shirt made of tencel fabric
17. Marine-navy long tank top
18. Off-white button-up shirt
19. White lacy knit short-sleeved pullover sweater (for heat waves--it's also long enough to wear over leggings); when it gets colder, swap with long grey cowlneck sweater
20. Grey-brown leggings
Two dresses that also work with leggings:
21. Berry-red long-sleeved mock-neck dress
22. Plum t-shirt dress
Things that go with the pink and berry shades of the scarf:
23. Berry-coloured textured cotton-knit pullover
24. Pink sweatshirt
25. Jean jacket (thrifted)
26. Berry-coloured lined coat (thrifted)
27. Sage-green jacket (thrifted/DIY) (swap with an old but warm snow jacket when needed)
28. Grey-blue cotton turtleneck pullover, because one of these weeks it really will get cold. This was a long dress that I shortened, but I'm cutting it down again to sweater length.
29. Dusty green corduroy shirt jacket
30. Purple wrap-style top, for poetical occasions
31. Grey blazer, on reserve in case I need to dress grown-up
32. Purple jersey dress, same.
33. Grey poncho, because I've forgiven its getting me into trouble at the Nashville airport
34-36. Later thrifted additions
Source for most of the clothes: Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Store
Occasional extra sources: consignment store, yard sales, Salvation Army Thrift
Very occasional extra sources: discount department store; Canadian indie sustainable clothing designers (but not this season)
Last updated September 10, 2019