Seventeen years of Treehouse talk

Seventeen years of Treehouse talk

Project 333, Fall/Winter 2017: Days Given to Us

Last updated December 17, 2017

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"Perfection is highly overrated and you are working with pieces you love, so it will be hard to pick the wrong items." ~~ Courtney Carver
Who's counting?
I've gone back and forth on the question of whether to set a number limit on clothes. Thoughtful people have pointed out that it's more important to have a wardrobe that meets your needs, makes your life easier, than it is to obsess over arbitrary limits. On the other hand, setting a number creates a measurable goal, and keeps the clothes from outrunning the closet.
Still, the questions keep coming. How do some people manage even less than 33 items, jewelry and sunglasses included? Is resistance to fewer clothes a fear of being stripped down of my protective layers, in the same way that I want to turn the radio on when the room is too quiet?  Or is it just that I can't decide on pink over green? 

I'm still working on those. 
What I have now may not look "minimalist," but at least it is "intentional." 

Life as it is

For this fall, I've chosen 36 items (was 34, but I've added on), counting all clothes, coats, and shoes, but not purses, scarves, or other accessories. This allows enough room for lightweight September t-shirts and cotton pants, and warm sweaters and cords for probable November snow. "NEW" beside an item means that I don't think I've used it on a wardrobe page before.

I try to stay honest about my typical day and week, and say no to clothes from some other life (one in which I'm taller, younger, and dress up for work). I admire Downton-Abbey-style vintage hats, but they would be a bit odd to wear around the apartment. I also don't have any real use for a new travel satchel, although I enjoy thinking that I'd like to pack clothes and go somewhere more often. I'll probably be away overnight just once during the fall, for a weekend retreat on Lake Erie.

These are my other planned activities: 

Volunteering twice a week at the thrift store

Study nights and meetings
Walking to the library or to do some shopping
Computer work (and housework)
Hanging out with my husband
Church on Sundays (not formal, but I like to wear something other than jeans)

November Update: I Kon-mari my closet

Inspiration this fall:

“Is there not glory enough in living the days given to us? You should know there is adventure in simply being among those we love and the things we love, and beauty, too.” 


Scarves: these are the ones I'll be wearing the most over the fall.
Four belts, all thrifted. The black macrame and chain-of-hearts belts are recent finds. I also added a fifth, a narrow black and silver one (it was a dollar at the thrift store), and I think I've already worn that one more than the others.
Jewelry: mostly earrings and necklaces. 

The three scarf rings near the bottom of the photo were bought in the 1980's, when big bows were The Thing. I use them now mostly to fasten shawls or cardigans. Sometimes I clip them onto a chain, for an instant necklace.
Thrifted necklace that reminded me of Scattered Showers

Purses: same as previous seasons.


Tops and sweaters (11)

Long tank top, deep pink. 

Charcoal-grey t-shirt
Cooler weather swap: a long-sleeved grey t-shirt

Off-white t-shirt

Long navy t-shirt (thrifted)

Grey-patterned loose-fitting top (NEW, thrifted)

Pink rib-knit long-sleeved t-shirt (NEW, thrifted)
Swapped this out for a plum-coloured top I already had. The pink was pretty, but the sleeves were so loose that they got in the way.

Windowpane-check fleece pullover top (thrifted, added later)

Grey/raspberry (or is it magenta?) cotton knit shirt (thrifted, added later). It can also be worn open as a jacket.

Stretchy charcoal-grey shirt (thrifted, added later)

Denim shirt (thrifted)

Lightweight dark green pullover sweater (thrifted) I could have cut this one out after finding a sweater dress in a similar colour, but it's staying on the list for now.

Raspberry pullover sweater (consignment store)

Dresses (4)
Grey sheath dress (thrifted, added later)

Slate-blue sweater dress (NEW, thrifted)

Another sweater dress, in a more fitted style (NEW, thrifted).

Layers and Cardigans (5)

Knit vest, mixed colours (NEW, thrifted)

Dark grey blazer (NEW, thrifted)

Purple fleece cardigan (NEW, thrifted)

I am on the fence about this one. The sleeves are a bit tight, so it doesn't layer that well; but it's fine with a t-shirt.

Teal green jean jacket 

Navy convertible wrap sweater (NEW, thrifted)
This is the kind of cardigan that can be wrapped, tied, bangled, and looped.
I liked the idea of the long sweater, but I feel swamped in that amount of fabric. I recently found a shorter version in a similar colour, so I'm going to swap that in for this season.

Skirts and Pants (8)

Dark grey midi skirt (NEW, thrifted)
I liked this skirt a lot, but it was too big in the waist, and the alteration wasn't something I could do well myself. I paid to have it taken in, so that's my motivation to wear it a lot this fall!

Wine-coloured rayon maxi skirt (thrifted, added later)

Grey corduroy skirt (thrifted, added later)

Dark grey cords (NEW, thrifted)

Navy cotton ankle pants (NEW, thrifted) (for warm weather)

Blue jeans (thrifted)

Navy sweatpants (NEW, thrifted)...mostly just for wearing around the apartment

Charcoal jeggings 

Dark grey pants in a dressier fabric (thrifted)

Outdoor wear (4)

Grey openwork poncho and matching circle scarf (NEW, consignment store).
This is one of my favourite clothing finds. The poncho can be worn straight-on, sideways, or belted as a top. The scarf will add a bit of warmth when the weather gets colder.

Green outdoor jacket (thrifted/DIY)
Purple coat (thrifted)
Cold-weather jacket

Shoes (4)

Flat shoes (added later)
Grey and white sneakers

Grey wedge heels (thrifted)

Lace-up black boots (NEW), and a pair of boots from last year as backup (especially if it rains). I have not worn these as much as I hoped to, because they're a pain to put on: you have to unzip the back and also loosen the laces to get them on (memories of figure skating!). 

Strap shoes, medium heels (thrifted, added later)

How I'm Wearing Them
Most of these outfit photos don't have shoes. That is not because I don't wear shoes; it was just easier to lay them out that way.

Warm weather, very casual

Jeans, off-white t-shirt (shown with backpack)
Navy sweatpants or navy ankle pants, navy t-shirt

Warm weather, medium-dressy to dressed-up

Charcoal jeggings, grey top, grey scarf, chain belt
Dark grey midi skirt, grey top, lilac scarf, chain belt
Dark grey midi skirt, pink tank top, silver belt

Cooler weather casual
Charcoal jeggings, teal/black sweater dress (styled as tunic)
Teal/black sweater dress, denim shirt
Grey cords, Revolve dress as top, knitted vest

Cooler weather, medium-dressy to dressed-up
Dark grey corduroy pants, green pullover, dark grey blazer. This also works with the grey skirt.
Charcoal jeggings or grey cords, poncho, chain belt (there should be a top or camisole in there too)
 Navy maxi skirt (pulled up to shorter length), raspberry pullover, tights/boots or wedge shoes
Dark grey midi skirt, Revolve dress as top, necklace, boots or wedge shoes
Grey blazer, grey-blue sweater dress, necklace, wedge shoes

What I Added

Dark grey corduroy skirt (thrifted). This has turned out to be really useful.

Stretchy charcoal shirt, and a sort-of-retro belt (both thrifted)
Flat shoes, to replace the summer ones. 
Grey "suiting"-fabric dress (thrifted)
Multi-coloured scarf (thrifted)
Grey/raspberry (or is it magenta?) cotton knit shirt (thrifted). It can also be worn open as a jacket. 
Small purse with a shoulder strap (thrifted)
Grey-blue cardigan (thrifted), that can be worn wrapped or open. This is a replacement for my other navy cardigan that always feels a bit droopy.
Teal green jean jacket (thrifted)
Fleece pullover (thrifted)
Acrylic zigzag scarf (thrifted)
Wine-coloured rayon maxi skirt (thrifted, last-chance deal). I replaced the elastic in the waist, but it's in good shape otherwise.
Strap shoes, medium heels (thrifted)
Nov. 24: Jeans, pink tank top, stretchy shirt
Nov. 25: Jeggings, grey/white tunic top, Twilight Twirl striped scarf, (warm jacket, boots)
Nov. 26: Church: Wine maxi skirt, raspberry pullover, print scarf, belt, tights, strap shoes
Nov. 27: Jeans, t-shirt, green jean jacket
Nov. 28: Grey cords, navy pullover
Nov. 29: Jeggings, long navy t-shirt, long navy cardigan, blue necklace, (purple coat)
Nov. 30: Jeans and t-shirt

Moving on to winter at this page.

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