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Summer 2013 update

So, I’ve been absent from my blog (and most of the blogosphere) for about 6 months now. And I’ll be honest: I’m probably going to be absent for another 6 months after I post this. 🙂

Earlier this year, I started to feel like my life had slipped into a rut, where my days revolved around work, and not much else. It didn’t help that I was having some health issues which resulted in extreme fatigue– and then I was hit with a sudden increase in family obligations, due to some unexpected events. I was exhausted!

When I finally started to feel better, I decided that I needed to spend more time on personal interests outside of my day-to-day work; so that’s what I’ve been doing: playing music, sewing, gardening, reading, and home improvement. I’ve also been spending more quality time with friends and family. Even at work, I’m making an effort to interact more with people outside my immediate department. It’s all been good.

What I wore

Because last winter was such a busy and exhausting time for me, I think I also got into somewhat of a clothing rut. I wore virtually the same “uniform” every day: Sweater, t-shirt, jeans. Sweater, t-shirt, jeans. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

The colors changed (a little bit) but the style was virtually identical from day to day. And I was too tired to accessorize.

As I am now determined to work myself out of boredom, this spring and summer, I’m suddenly craving variety in my wardrobe.

For the first time in a long time, I’m buying (and sewing) printed tops and dresses. And I’m shopping for pants other than jeans.

The budget is tight, and I need a lot of new things right now (because last year’s tees and jeans are so worn-out that I can’t really wear them anymore).  So I’ve been doing some bargain shopping. I’m sometimes having to settle for polyester instead of silk, but that’s just the way it has to be for the time being.

So far, I’ve had the best luck shopping at TJ Maxx and Kohl’s.

At TJ Maxx, I’ve found some nice pieces from the Max Studio brand, heavily discounted. In fact, everything I’ve purchased there has been from that same brand. (A lot of the pieces don’t look work-appropriate, but there are some– and TJ Maxx tends to sell the more conservative styles from this brand.)

At Kohls, I’m liking the Simply Vera brand by Vera Wang. Some of the pieces look a bit cheap or tacky (in my opinion), but she also has some pieces that look pretty nice. Everything at Kohl’s is constantly on sale, so it’s easy to find things there at affordable prices.

I still love my J-Crew basics, but I guess I’ve reached a point where I’m ready to move beyond the basics. I can’t see myself ever amassing a huge wardrobe (or even a cramped closet); but I do see my wardrobe becoming larger and more varied in the next year or two.

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Common Ms. M

Common Ms. M
This is my interpretation of the “Common Wardrobe” as inspired by Janice of The Vivienne Files.
I did change a few things to suit my needs:
  • I can’t wear turtlenecks (short neck!) so I substituted a cowl top.
  • I have learned, through trial and error, that I really do need interesting necklines on my knit tops. A simple crew or even scoop neck won’t cut it for me. So I went a little fancier with the knit tees.
  • I never wear white knits except for layering–they are not kind to my stomach bulges–so a white camisole works best for me, since it’ll be mostly covered up. (I’d also buy it in nylon and get a smoothing effect!)
  • I substituted a denim jacket for the denim shirt. I’ve tried wearing denim shirts and they are just not flattering on me. (Collared shirts in general are difficult for me to wear.)

Anyway, this little exercise was a lot of fun for me. I could absolutely wear these 12 pieces throughout the whole year (with accessories) and not get bored.  (Just to be clear, I’d need multiples of most pieces.)

The only thing I might add is a black dress for dressier occasions, and maybe a lighter colored dress for spring and summer. And I’d probably purchase the beige pants in wool or some other formal-ish fabric, for important meetings etc. at work.

I just love this concept. Most people have at least some of these pieces. And if you don’t, they can all be found at affordable prices.

Dressing is easy, and then you can easily add interest and color with accessories. I love it.