If yesterday’s outfit was an example of the importance of waiting and not settling, today’s outfit is quite the opposite; it’s all about settling and opportunism, and how that can pay off, as well.
I have been looking for a slash neck black wool or cashmere jumper for a very long time now, and have yet to find it. I’ve got a slash neck black tee, which can sometimes play the role I see for the much-wanted black wool jumper, but not always, and certainly not when I want warmth. The jumper I am wearing in this photo is one I found while on the still-unsuccessful search. I came upon it while on one of my endless thrifting trawls, and initially thought I’d struck gold, until closer examination showed the neck was more of a short, wide funnel with saddle shoulders. Nonetheless, I liked it, and a semi-slouchy black wool sweater in very good condition turning up on a thrift store rack seemed like the kind of thing I shouldn’t pass up, especially since, A.) it’s made by Dolce & Gabbana, and B.) It only cost £1. I’m going to go ahead and call this probably my biggest thrift score ever, at least in terms of value for money. It’s definitely going to work as both a stopgap and a useful addition to my wardrobe on its own merits.
I’m definitely getting there, on my good basics list, and the process is making it much easier for me to understand which things in my present wardrobe really work for me, and which are going to languish unworn, because even though I like them, I suppose they don’t really feel as if they fit into my evolving style. Some of the things I know I need in order to get my phone-it-in-and-still-feel-fantastic capsule wardrobes that still remain to be sourced, and are currently always in my mind when I’m out shopping, are as follows:
Black wool or cashmere slash neck jumper. (I’d like one in white, as well, but consider that less of a priority.)
Winter white crepe wool pants that actually work with my figure, instead of making me want to swear off pants forever. I will be pretty flexible on the actual shade of off-white; ideally, we’re talking something close to a creamy ivory, but I’m OK with cooler tones as well. I’m getting much better with the whole pants thing, but still, nothing will make me feel dowdier than a pair of unflattering or matronly-looking trousers. I have white denim and white cotton pants I’m happy with, although my boot cut jeans are just too big, and need to be altered or replaced, but again, that’s a low priority, because white boot cuts and our wet and slushy winters are a bad mix.
As mentioned yesterday, I’d like some better-fitting skinny jeans, but I’m OK with the ones I have for quite a while.
A not-too-sweet lace or lace-embellished silk blouse. White, ivory, or blush would be fine. I am also making friends with button-up shirts, at long last! Absolutely no seed pearls, rhinestones, or other twee blingy trim, thank you. Those are made for a person who is not me.
A couple of neutral wool or cashmere pullovers. I’m flexible about collars, as long as they aren’t prow-of-a-great-sailing-vessel tight crew necks, but I’m being very picky about hem length.
A black leather tote bag, and oh my gosh, I am being SO picky on this one. No garish logos, no excessive hardware. Roomy, fairly lightweight, with a shoulder strap, and it has to have the kind of closure I can get into and out of without hassle. I have learned the bitter, hard way that no matter how much I like way the bag looks, if it’s got a fiddly closure, I am not going to use that bag, because I will hate it, and hate myself for buying yet another gorgeous bag I won’t use because of the hateful closure. I also much prefer unstructured, or lightly structured bags, but I’m slightly more flexible on this. This I will pay (by my standards) fairly big money for, because I want the sort of quality construction and materials that can stand up to the kind of abuse I routinely give my workhorse tote bags.
There are other things, but these are the ones I’m really watching like a hawk for at the moment. I am always keen on good wool skirts (I’d like some longer pencil skirts, for example) and good sheath dresses. I have a thing for coats and jackets, and have seriously pruned down my cardigan collection. I’m probably going to severely prune my accessories as well, and my shoes. I’m about to do the seasonal changeover in my wardrobe, and stuff I didn’t wear this summer, and can’t realistically imagine myself wearing again will be going, as will stuff I wasn’t sure of when I packed away my winter clothes. When I retrieve stuff from their Rubbermaid holding pens, I tend to get instant clarity on whether or not they should stay or go, and that’s always a relief. Sending the wardrobe orphans out for adoption into loving homes is always a big relief, when I just suck it up and do it, and I’m looking forward to that.
Anyway, that’s kind of where I am on the style journey. Thanks for reading and commenting, when you’re so moved, and now, onto the details:
Jumper: Dolce and Gabbana, thrifted. £1, y’all. So many reasons to thrift, but I think that’s gotta be one of the most compelling.
Necklace: H&M, remixed. I will never stop loving this necklace. Definitely one of my signature pieces, but really, it’s just SO useful.
Skirt: River Island. Pink and black again! I really cannot resist it, but I’m starting to think what I find so irresistible is almost any high-contrast colour pairing with black.
Fishnet hose: Uh, I have no idea. They were wodged up in my tights chest (oh god, the shame, I have an entire chest full of tights) and led directly to me actually tidying up and organizing my tights, because seriously, I had wodged-up fishnets and didn’t know it?
Heeled loafers: Sofft, remixed, via Gracey. Hello, indispensable new shoes!