Jan 30, 2013
My blog was going through some growing pains. I appreciate the concerns, though they weren’t really necessary. No big deal you know. Left the default layout up while I stabilized my usual version with upgraded PHP. Thanks for the patience. I think I restored the database half a dozen times. Still need to re-tag posts, add smiles, etc.
I wrote this a few nights ago…
I’m not “stuck”, but I was thinking about all the times I have been; clothing-wise. I sometimes find it’s easier to focus on what I don’t think fits into my “style” compared to what I do. This is based on more than aesthetic. I take into consideration comfort and personal wearable track record.
I’ll find blouses and think “this is great, it’ll go easily with denim!”
But I rarely wear jeans… I have 1 pair of blue denim jeans! So why the heck am I looking at tops that go great with jeans!?
Old habits die hard. I used to wear jeans a lot. I just don’t feel myself in blue jeans most days. Neither a good nor a bad thing, just not for me right now.
Sometimes it’s easy for me to forget what I don’t wear. What items from my past (or even current) sit & sit; being passed over again and again rarely seeing the light of day. This drives me to shop smarter and with more intent.
Sure, sometimes something bought impulsively during a sale that has sat in my closet for months might suddenly become a workable loved item after a wardrobe refresh, but that doesn’t happen often enough to validate needless purchases in my closet.
Case in point: Zara Knit Top
I bought this knit top from Zara’s over a year ago. It was an impulse purchase because french naval stripes are my #1 favorite combination. I figured as a tunic and a warm knit it would go well with jeans… but every time I put the top on it felt too sloppy. Too tunic style. Plus the thick knit mixed with ¾ sleeves was rather hard to pair with DC weather. I was either too hot or too cold.
So I shrank it hoping a tighter fit would push me to wear it more. It did somewhat but then… the pockets. They were cute looking but not practical for someone who always tucked in shirts!
I think I wore this top maybe half a dozen times. I always put it away thinking it just needed the “right weather.” I considered selling it in my blog sale but convinced myself to wear it again. It looks flipping great when I wear it! I just don’t like wearing it because I want to tuck it into my skirts. Basically it just isn’t working for me and the only thing I like about it is the aesthetic.
So lesson learned? I bought it without much thought or deliberation. I didn’t visual just how it would fit into my current wardrobe.
Recently I spotted this in a few recent Madewell ads…
OMG salvation!? There’s no mention of this oxford yet so it’ll probably show up in a few months (late March maybe) for sale on the site. There’s a matching knit version for spring in their Lookbook but it has this lace panel in the front that I’m just not feeling. I want this elusive oxford version.
This shirt is on my Hunt List.
I just made that word up but it fits.
When it comes out I’m buying it if it meets my criteria of:
- long sleeved
- comfortable relaxed material
- basic striped design (no lace addons like that knit version.)
If they have a free shipping deal I’ll just order it online but I’ll try to catch it in stores if not.
- If it’s some weird ¾ length I’m not getting it.
- If the material is scratchy or too stiff I’ll pass it up too.
Honestly though it looks more like a relaxed chino material which I’d be into for spring/summer.
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