So, I dove into my closet and came up with four winter cardigans that I once wore regularly to work. And I endeavored to refit and refresh them to suit my new, more casual, life. Or failing that make the decision to recycle them…. at the thrift store.
This long, red cardigan from Banjo and Matilda is one of my favourite back-to-school purchases from a few years ago. Now, I wear it mostly in the fall as outerwear, with jeans or my leather pants. And not much at all in the winter. But, I quite like it with my black boots and jeans, this striped Gap tee shirt, and my Michael Kors animal print scarf. Yep, I like this outfit.
Which brings me to this sweater. Long, chocolate brown, heathered wool, I wore it to work with these brown, skinny NYDJ pants and heels. But I’ve never tried the pants tucked into my knee-high, brown boots. In fact, I’ve only twice made it out of the house with skinny pants tucked into boots. Fashion cowardice, I know.
And I seriously love these leather and suede boots. And to have worn them a total of twice, that’s scandalous! You see, I have trouble embracing the pants-inside-of-boots look. I wore it in my twenties. But now, with my long skinny legs, broad shoulders… and middle age middle… I always feel that I look like an inverted triangle. Still, maybe with this long sweater.. I might be brave.
Except that the temperature this week in Ottawa will barely creep above -20 Celsius. And as much as I love this cream, brown, and black silk scarf…. it won’t keep me warm.
So I tuck the brown sweater back in the closet and pull out that new wardrobe staple, my cream turtleneck from Gap. It looks great with the brown pants and boots. And will look good with that heavy beige and burgundy scarf, and my down coat. Not a cardigan refresh, I know, but still, I am wearing boots and pants that were in need of some love and attention too.
Well, all told, not a bad effort today. Four sweaters reassessed based on my new “Sunday Style” approach to dressing. One cardigan, the red one, actually made it out the door. Two were set aside for another day. And one …a long, sleeveless cardigan that has been lurking in my drawer unworn for a couple of years… the pictures of which I couldn’t bear to post… is now in the bag labelled “recycle.”
And tomorrow, I am planning to throw fashion caution to the wind and wear those high brown boots, with my tucked in pants and that cream sweater, for coffee with a friend.
Bravery… thy name is Sue.
You know, dear readers, retirement is not for the faint of heart. Because my wardrobe isn’t the only thing that’s getting refitted and refreshed. It seems I myself am a work in progress.
Stay tuned for future developments …maybe…”Sunday Style… Attitude Adjustment.” Or something.
Meanwhile, how are you coping with your fashion challenges this week?