The impatient part is because I am me, the give me patience and give it to me now woman. There’s really no rush to modify my style. No contracts with Anthropologie or Calvin Klein. So I am trying to take a more contemplative road. Then again, it is just clothing, not the Mars landing. : >
The spark for change came in conversation with my friend Ally, about choosing non-traditional pieces. That phrase resonated with me: I am not very attracted to mainstream blouses, skirts and shoes.
I have no judgement about traditional clothing for others: tailored suits and simple knits and silk scarves and pearl studs are timeless. They are not so much “me” as they once were, at least in this phase of my style. At 85, I may be back in Brooks Brothers suits and loving it. The freedom of getting old!
My new style key words include: natural fabrics, semi-fitted, Japanese minimalism, a quirky line/accent, mostly neutrals but not color-averse, slightly mannish – especially jackets and shoes – and nothing I would wear to my old corporate office!
Here’s an example from our stay in NYC, dressed for a casual day of thrifting and coffee shops. The jacket is old, thrifted and by Tahari (sim), a traditional brand. But I added my cat-gem brooch (sim) from Bella’s Etsy shop to give it more sparkle. The skirt is one of my new favorites, a thrifted Comptoir des Cotonniers (sim) that’s a little short for me without tights. The sneakers (sim) are also thrifted in Greenwich Village, and the sunglasses (sim) are my absolute favorite thrift find, pink and oversized. Lipstick, custom made for me at Bite Lip Lab.
As part of my research I have gone crazy for Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garconnes (Rei Kawakubo), Rick Owens, and A.P.C., all of which require thousands of $$$ to get started. Mainstream brand Eileen Fisher has some asymmetrical pieces that, while still pricey, are not in the realm of mortgage payments.
Or these slouchy wrap-front trousers:
So I am having a great time, window shopping, online browsing, and scribbling in my notebook. As for buying, it’s thrifting and consignment and eBay. Do you shift your style from time to time? Fast and furious or slowly?
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