Last week I wrote a post about the transition from work to retirement, from a professional wardrobe to a more relaxed, casual "Sunday Style." You can read that post here. This transition can be challenging even if you start the process a couple of years before you retire, like I did.
The transition, for me, is challenging partly because I loved some of the stuff I wore to work... like suits, especially pant suits. Partly because my wardrobe needs are so different now. And partly because our climate (namely winter) can throw a monkey wrench into even the best laid fashion plans.
Not to mention the fact that I have lots of lovely things in my closet that I should be wearing more, once I figure out how to wear them... as casual, not professional, wear. Things like my long, winter cardigans.
I started thinking about the cardigans I own and am not wearing, when I saw a post on the fashion blog Not Dressed As Lamb. Catherine had styled this long, light coat from ASOS.com. It's more of a sweater actually, than a coat, and it looked lovely on her.
And then these sweaters from Net-a-porter.com caught my eye. Why wasn't I wearing my long cardigans more? I own several, and haven't worn them much, if at all, in the last two years.
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.
I used to like to wear this grey Judith and Charles sweater with black, skinny dress pants, a white ruffled blouse and burgundy ballet flats. Maybe it will take on new life with my black J-brand jeans, black boots and this grey turtleneck with lace applique? I wore the turtleneck to work with dress pants and high heels. But I like it under the sweater. A black leather and gold belt, and gold earrings add a tiny bit of bright. This look is still a bit "work-y", but I'd wear it to lunch with the girls. I just need a bright scarf for under my coat, one that isn't grey or black.
In fact I like this look better than the first because the scarf is part of the outfit... indoors or out. And looks great with my down coat.
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.
And so I switch up the scarf for this woolen beige and burgundy one, which looks good with the coat, but not great with the sweater, when I take the coat off. Hmmmm. Now that I've hauled these boots out of the closet, I really want to wear them, just not with this outfit.
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?
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