Let’s say that I have been neglecting actually dressing up in nice clothing at my place of employment for over a year (a., I’m a peon and they don’t treat anyone well and (b., everyone smokes, so I want to save my good clothes for better occasions…
Well, since I have been searching like crazy for a new job, I wanted to break my caveman habit and have started dressing much nicer and I feel better. I could probably use a haircut, but money is tight and I will just have to spend extra time styling it for the next few weeks.
As for my clothing style, I think I feel most comfortable in an eccentric/laid back look (wow, that says a lot… lol) Not boho, or trendy but travely, a tad feminine, but not overly so. I need to learn to layer better. Basically I like dressing up, but I don’t want to look stuffy and older than I am, and I don’t want to look like I’m in a trendy high school either (which is quite simple for me to do, since I am 5’1 with a face of a 12 year old…) So, I have been obsessed with a couple fashion magazines I brought from Japan and I have had great success (looks and comments, too!!) pulling my good clothes out of the back of my closet (I forgot the love affair I had with my heels – it’s like Christmas again, but for free!!!) and mixing and matching. Also, I have brought back makeup on my eyes, making them a tad more dramatic from the boring browns I have been using just to get by.
I still need a little work, since developing one’s style should be an ongoing thing anyway (after all, who wants to stay the same forever?) but I still need to push myself in the right direction. I need to make my closet work for me and it is… umm, 65% there. I don’t want to buy a million clothes, I just have to weed some things out, buy a few basics, and make whatever else I may want that I can’t afford. (But I have at lest 5 more pounds to lose before I will buy fitted pants!)
A list of things to do or acquire (either by sewing or buying)
1. Weed out closet some more (summer clothes especially) and list good enough items on ebay
2. Tan (or burgundy) suede knee-high boots with a small scrunch at the ankle; medium heel – not clunky or stiletto
3. 2 crisp white button-up blouses with a larger collar (but not too 70’s) that I can never find ANYWHERE, and if I do, it’s in a magazine and, like $400, so I am probably going to sew these.
4. Blue button-up blouse that is not boring in shape
5. A pleated skirt, perhaps with a graphic lightweight flowy fabric, but French style (not too early 80s), with little pleats all the way down that hits just below the knee. (I may have to make this one)
6. Fix my red heels (they were stained, so I bleached the stain out and now I have to have them re-dyed)
7. Perhaps a balloon skirt, but we are getting trendy here…
8. Summer dress from green 1950’s fabric (will get to sew this eventually)
9. Dark Grey and black pairs of fitted dress pants. (when I lose a tad of weight)
10. Pencil skirt (perhaps 2 – 1 black and one a darker gray)
11. Chunky slightly over-sized cardigan with belt (Grey, burgundy or perhaps even white)
12. Deep V-neck sweater (Blue, Black or Red?)
13. Cowboy boots… kinda always wanted a pair, since I live where people always wear these. We’ll see –
14. Tan suit – nothing too fancy, just a simple tan classic suit. (But, will I even need this when I move West?)
15. One more pair of heels that will go with an extremely dark navy skirt-suit that can somewhat survive the rain (my only other pair has leather soles, meaning a no-no when it rains, which is, like, all the time here during this season.
16. Sailor pants (I can sew these) with big buttons.
17. Stripped nautical shirt/blouse (no, I won’t wear it with the sailor pants, but I am tempted….)
I’ve been bad recently, because I bought a blue pair of heels (a STEAL for $20!!) that are the “cage” like style at a discount place and they pretty much have the same effect as a pair of colorful wedges I own, but a little more French ladylike, which I wanted to assimilate (only a tad) into my wardrobe… they were irresistable – the picture does not do them justice. I was about to put them back on a shelf when two women (at different times as I was on my path back) told me how amazing they were… so, there you have it. Now I HAVE to make that pleated skirt… (these shoes will go with anything from jeans to white fitted pants, to lady-like skirts… ::sigh::
Wow, that seems like a lot, but it shouldn’t be too bad, since I can probably sew most of those (‘cept the shoes)... and I still have a gift card left over from my graduation to Express, so they have really good pants!