Sixteen years of Treehouse talk

Sixteen years of Treehouse talk

Clothes Plans: Let's Think Spring

One of my favourite Canadian-but-not-Group-of-Seven-or-Emily-Carr paintings is Approaching Spring, by Donald Mackay Houstoun. Here's a link, because I don't want to get in trouble by posting images that I shouldn't. This is the same picture that we saw, ages ago, at an antiques market, priced way too high for us. We haven't been there for awhile, so I don't know if it's even still there. But I still like the painting. And the title "Approaching Spring" seems appropriate right now.

When I started shopping my closet for spring, I came up with clothes in navy, off-white, grey, denim blue, pink, green. Plus a pair of old-faithful I-think-they're-khaki pants.

All fine, but a lot the same. Even this new-to-me pullover, nice as it is, seemed a bit dark.
Then something caught my eye on a blog post about "business casual" clothes, although I don't need business casual, just really casual.  First of all, a pink shirt...I had a blouse like that a couple of years ago, downsized it around the time we moved, but miss it now...okay, I could probably find another similar one. (Haven't found one yet, but I'm looking.) But the use of light yellow...I'm a chronic yellow-avoider, with traumatic memories of 1970's warm yellows and golds, but I liked the way that the yellow in these photos broke up the dark blues, greys, wines. It reminded me of the light colours in the foreground of Houstoun's painting. I decided that I could use a little yellow in my life, or at least in my closet.

So I went thrifting and found a pale-yellow cardigan, a yellow cotton t-shirt, and a scarf in spring shades that included a bit of yellow.
On the same trip, getting a little carried away with the Easter-egg theme, I bought a mauve print sleeveless top, a pansy-purple silk/nylon cardigan, a green sleeveless top, and a long sage-green cardigan.
Every time I try to photograph the green cardigan, it looks like it's made of print fabric, but it's actually the texture of the knit, so I'm including a close-up.
Oh, look at that: you can wear it upside-down.

So if I were grabbing a dozen things to put in a suitcase, or doing a Vivienne Files "Whatever's Clean 13," I would probably start with this list (you can see some of the clothes in the first photos above):

white short-sleeved t-shirt

blue and grey striped short-sleeved t-shirt

dark blue short-sleeved t-shirt

wine-brown short-sleeved top

dark purple-grey linen shirt, 3/4 length sleeves

white button-up shirt

jean-style shirt

navy pullover sweater

white cardigan

blue jeans

khaki pants

navy jersey pants

blue t-shirt dress

And then I'd add in my six new accents:

purple cardigan (it buttons, but it's a bit gappy)

yellow cotton button-up cardigan

sage-green long cardigan

mauve print sleeveless top

green sleeveless top

yellow t-shirt, 3/4 length sleeves (plus the scarf)

If we're counting clothes, that only comes to nineteen items, and I think there's room for a few more.

The scoop-neck pullover shown before

Navy zippered fleece blazer

Dark pink tank top so I can wear the purple cardigan as a top
Lightweight leggings

A long-sleeved grey top with spring graphics, that is just fun.

And a pair of black jeans, because this turned out to be too low on bottoms. I haven't included any skirts, but if I could find a print skirt with a bit of yellow in it, I'd add that. Or I could include another dress. That makes 25 (or 26) pieces of clothing, not counting outerwear (which, right now, includes snow boots).

All Together

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I haven't gone too heavily on accessories.

Some scarves:

The same shoes I've worn before, although if I could find some of those floral discount-store sneakers, I'd buy a pair (I wore out my last ones).

Some socks:
Some jewelery:

Wine tote bag
grey-blue purse

Happy Spring!

Last updated March 3, 2021.


christinethecurious said...

That yellow you found is perfect. Nothing 70's about it.

Mama Squirrel said...

Thanks, Christine!

The Vivenne Files said...

So beautiful! I love that purple cardigan...💜💜💜

Mama Squirrel said...

Thanks, Janice! It felt like a lucky find.

Elizabeth said...

I've always shied away from yellow but possibly a very very pale yellow or yellowy cream might do. I like the way you've put it with blue. Love your fuschia pink. Great accessories.

Mama Squirrel said...

Thanks, Elizabeth! I am liking light yellow more than I thought I would, so I think it was a good experiment.