In the photos above, I'm wearing more colour than has been my wont lately, but I do love these Gap Khakis in their faded gold. I've long loved a grey and yellow combination, but yellow isn't kind to my face. This way, though, I can pair sunny pants with a soft grey merino sweatshirt (short-sleeved, J Crew). Wardrobe culling has drawn my attention to some great pieces that were somehow being neglected -- this blue Bompard lightweight cardi is one of them, and I've been making up for lost time with it lately. But that was a changeable spring day, and a trip to town for yoga class was going to need a scarf against possible cloud cover and perhaps a bit of wind. So I tried out two possibilities, the (also Bompard) camel cashmere or a silk organza scarf I bought in Paris last year on my Sisters trip. Which do you think got the outing?
Below, a very different look, and yet I felt completely me in both of these. You've seen the wide-legged cropped jeans (Citizens of Humanity) quite a few times now, but this might be the most challenging version for those of you who dislike the style, and even those who do might be shaking your heads, "No, no, no, she shouldn't do that."
And I get the argument (proportion, overall volume, wide bottom -- skinny top, etc., etc.).
But I still like this. I felt very comfortable in my Club Monaco trench (I rarely do up the belt, waist not being my strong point -- instead, I tuck the belt ends in my pockets), wide (okay, floppy!) jeans, and my new Vince sneakers. . .
way back in May 2011.
Definitely some navel-gazing going on here, as I'm looking at myself in the mirror, contemplating what I wear. I think it's useful stuff, though, trying to pin down what makes me feel most like the best me, especially as I try to choose something much bigger than a pair of shoes or a cut of jean. This next commitment -- a home, its furnishings and adornments -- this is a 20-year gig, we're hoping, and I'd like to get it as close to right as possible.
For now, though, I'm off for a long run with my sister. Curious to hear your response to anything that strikes you here, although I'm not asking for approval of my outfits nor of suggestions to improve them. Nor, I hope it's obvious, am I offering them as any kind of model for anyone else. But I am interested in a conversation about the process of recognising and valuing and honing a personal style -- particularly a style of dress that might reflect or extend into other aspects of aesthetic expression in one's lifestyle (home decor, choice of car, vacation preferences, garden, music, art, cuisine -- the possibilities are boundless, right?)