It's been a while since I've pressed "Publish" on a What I Wore post, so I thought I might begin the week with a recap of March outfits as we wait for Spring to bring some sunshine and warmth.
And every once in a while, I think to take a few photos in a nearby mirror -- as in the one above, taken in our hotel room in Portland last month.
I snapped another photo, delighted with this mirror in a charming shop where I bought a deadstock/vintage orange leather tote for $70. I've wondered at the purchase ever since -- the orange I'd read as Hermès orange in the shop seemed a bit too yellow once unpacked at home. But perhaps you can see why I succumbed. It appears that the wardrobe I've been relatively content with all winter is suddenly far too sombre, too stark, despite the addition of a printed scarf.
And yes, you're right, those Vince jeans with their wider, ankle-cropped legs are an uncompromising pant. But I can't help it. Despite their refusal to flatter, they please me, even when worn with the far too sensible sneakers. That hip-length cotton gabardine coat is years and years old, a Gap spring purchase once upon a time, and I love its shape, but can see here that it needs a slimmer silhouette below. Nor does wearing the bag at my hip make me look svelte.
Still, something to be said for an outfit in which each piece captures and expresses something of one's attitude, and in which each piece has a provenance that includes some time in one's own closet.
And really, each of the three outfits on this page is very well suited for the weather we've been having and seem fated to have for at least the next week or two. The photo below was taken at home a week or so ago, and although I probably wouldn't need to double up on sweater dress and wool coat this week (we're moving into the low teens, Celsius), I'd still feel comfortable in either (The wool coat was new this past winter, as was the sweater dress, but those low-heeled ankle boots were bought in Paris seven years ago. The M0851 bag was a Fall 2016 purchase. All of these pieces have been in heavy rotation this winter, and now into spring).
I probably should have unpacked one of those pieces and brought it along on our baby-sitting gig last week. Yesterday morning, as we were getting ready to leave my son and daughter-in-law's, our sweet Three looked at my very cool (at least, I thought so! ;-)) Tiger of Sweden, olive-gold velour top, and said, "Nana, are you wearing that again?" (okay, sure, it was the second wearing of the week, but it had been a few days. . . ), followed by, "Could you change into something different?" This from a girl who'd insisted on wearing her "jammy pants" to daycare one morning. (You pick your battles, as a baby-sitting Nana, just as much as you did as a Mom, and she promised that the next day she'd wear her "reg'lar pants.) . . .
So I'm thinking about injecting a bit of colour in deference to the spring, although it's not yet warm enough for lightweight cotton or linen.
What about you? Are you getting a bit restless with a wardrobe that seemed just right until one day it just wasn't? (Considerably chicer bloggers than I --my two favourite Susans! -- have recently written great posts on a related topic, that of elevating their off-duty wardrobes). Or are you sensible enough to suspect that before too long we'll be wearying of the heat, worried about drought, fretting about exposing upper arms in constant heat. . . Ah, we're a fickle crew indeed.