Given that I am (largely) avoiding buying any clothes in September, I have gone all in on organising and editing what I currently own. (This is prime cashmere-hunting season in my area thrifts, so I will make exceptions if need be, because CASHMERE.) On a whim, I bought one set of drawer organisers, since I’ve long suspected that they don’t really work effectively, but I was willing to invest five quid in finding out. I found out I was wrong; they do work, and they’re far sturdier and easier to use than I would’ve believed. I’m doing it UFYH-style, in short bursts, so I don’t get overwhelmed, and so far, it’s going well.
I love UFYH. My habitat is not in terrible shape, by any means, but I do find UFYH incredibly useful for cues, and encouragement in tackling the nasty jobs I put off. I gave FlyLady a go, a few years back, and while I truly admire what the FlyLady is doing there, and believe her system would work well, I am not a good personality fit for it. The more profane and easy-going style of UFYH is much more my speed. Plus, I get a vicarious thrill from seeing other people’s triumphs pop up on my Tumblr dashboard.
Anyway, onto the clothes. I think the shirt is a bit too long and possibly a bit too big for me to 100% love this ensemble, but that flaw only takes my love down to about 95% or so. I love the colours, and I love this silhouette; I feel as if it’s making a virtue of my rather rectangular shape. I look really tall and straight in this, and I feel good about it. I suppose you could argue that the shirttails are sort of creating a peplum effect, but that’s purely down to camera angle; in motion, this really doesn’t do a thing to conceal the narrowness of my hips. All curves are pretty much viewable only from the side.
I also have fallen hopelessly in love with very fitted below-the-knee pencil skirts. This one I’m wearing in the photo is stretchy ponte, so the lack of a side or back slit doesn’t really impede my stride to an annoying degree. Yes, I do take smaller steps in it, but I kind of liked that; it made me very present in my own body today, and in a positive way. I am also playing retail chicken at TK Maxx with a beautiful mid-calf Ralph Lauren stretch wool one in a lovely shade of brown that would fit very well into my neutrals wardrobe. However, I absolutely will not pay £70 for it, although it’s very well-made, and probably would make a pretty good so-called investment piece. They have 4 of them in my size (and no other, which is kind of the way of TK Maxx) and have for at least a week or two now, so I’m hopeful at least one of them will make it to the clearance rack in the end.
Pullover: Deane & White, remixed. (Pretty recently, too; this is a good weight for this time of year, and the 3/4 sleeves are excellent for that as well.)
Watch pendant: Urban Outfitters, remixed. I initially had a shorter complimentarily-coloured bead necklace on with this, but I thought it pushed into Frumpville, so I switched to the long pendant. Glad I did.
Skirt: Topshop. I expect you’ll see this frequently this winter.