I’m a great believer in stocking my closet with good quality basics. That sounds kind of self-satisfied, doesn’t it? A bit preachy. Nevertheless, there are certain items which I always have in my closet. A pair, or three, of good white jeans for summer. Black flats, in this case my trusty black patent loafers from Stuart Weitzman which have been doing yeoman service since 2014. And, for most of my adult life, a good quality black sweatshirt.
|Loving my new black sweatshirt from Aritzia.
A few years ago, for some reason, I stopped wearing sweatshirts, except for exercising, lounging around the house, and camping. That’s probably because the stores where I always stocked up on sweatshirts and sweatpants went out of business. I began to wear yoga pants for exercising, and bulky hooded sweatshirts with my school’s logo for camping and such.
Then last summer I found a perfect pair of sweat pants on-line at Artizia, a lovely lilac sweatshirt, and a long, lightweight hoodie which is great for layering. I told you about those purchases here
And now, it turns out that Aritzia has a whole line of 80s-style sweat pants and shirts. Including a black crew neck cotton one that is reminiscent of one I owned and loved for years back in the eighties.
I’ve been half-heartedly looking for a nice sweatshirt for a while. One that’s not too bulky, has no hood, and no logos. And which does not cost an embarrassing amount of money… like the Burberry ones.
This TNA black “perfect crew” sweatshirt from Aritzia fills the bill. I love it with my white jeans and my black loafers. I ordered on-line, so I was pleased to find that size medium was long enough in the sleeves, and not too puffy through the body. The fit is described as “relaxed- an easy shape, just shy of being loose.” You can check out all the Aritzia sweatshirts here
if you’re interested.
In fact, I may go back to the Aritzia site and order the gorgeous yellow hooded sweatshirt. Wouldn’t it be perfect for dashing to the library, sitting on the deck this fall reading, and, after a few hundred washes, for sitting round the campfire? My old bulky, hooded school shirt which I use for this purpose has too many holes in the elbows now. Hard to thread my arm through the right hole when I pull it on. Ha. And no wonder, I bought it when I was still teaching at Nepean High School. And I left there in 1999.
|I could pull on this old red Columbia rain jacket if need be.
Now, let’s move away from sweatshirts, and talk about belly packs for a moment, shall we? Waist bags, or “belt bags” as they seem to be called these days. For the benefit of anyone from Australia who may be reading, I will resist using the term fanny pack. Ha.
I own a couple of these bags. Mostly for exercising, but Hubby bought me this black “Pack Safe” bag (below) the year we went to France. I wear it for travel, but also for cycling, and walking. I didn’t know it was a fashion item until recently. I’m told by Preston Davis, over at Keep It Chic
, that wearing them as a cross-body bag makes them look more “modern,” and not like the “oft derided” belly pack at all. In fact, I read on another blog
that all the cool, young things in New York were doing this way last fall.
|Cross body belly packs. They’re a thing… just not for me.
Okay. I’m neither young, nor particularly cool, but I was game to try. So I expanded the strap on my bag as long as it would go, and hoicked it over my head. It rode so high on my body, I couldn’t get my arm back far enough to reach anything inside; I could barely undo the zipper. And then, well, I got stuck in it. Or almost stuck. I couldn’t see to undo the double safety clasp, designed so thieves can’t easily have it off me in a crowded place. Then I tried to pull the bag back over my head, which was not so easy, as you can see. Ha. Now, maybe the strap on my bag is too short, or maybe it’s too wide and sturdy. Or maybe I’m just not young or cool enough to wear my “belt bag” like this. But I’m pretty sure the smug look on my face in the middle shot, above, is saying, “Give it up, woman. If the darned bag is made to be worn around the waist, then why not just wear it around your waist?” Wise advice.
|Happy to feel a cool breeze today, even if I’m not heading out just yet.
So, when I finally head out for an afternoon of errand running, and perhaps meeting a friend for coffee or a casual lunch, in my new black sweatshirt, white jeans, and black loafers, I think I’ll eschew my belly pack, and wear my black Mackage cross-body bag. So much simpler.
Now let’s get back to closet basics, shall we? I know that my opening line sounds like one of those blog posts on the “five classic wardrobe basics,” or “what you need to buy this autumn.” I read these kinds of posts all the time, but I don’t write them. I’m not a fashion or style expert. I can’t tell you which pieces you absolutely need in your wardrobe, or what you should buy this season. I’m just interested in having a conversation about clothes.
I started thinking about my own closet basics a week or so ago when I wrote a post on my black Helmut Lang jacket
for Brenda over at 1010 Park Place
. And I realized that a good black jacket or blazer is an essential piece for me, and has been ever since high school. A black jacket, black flats, black low-heeled boots, white jeans, blue jeans, a white shirt, several white tee shirts. And now, once again, a black sweatshirt, a well-fitting black sweatshirt, not a big hoodie.
I don’t wear black and/or white all the time; I’ve been loving navy for a while now, and I’ve always loved burgundy. I have lots of other pieces in my closet, pieces that come and go, of course. But these are the basics I replace decade after decade.
What basics do you stock up on, my friends? See how cleverly I avoided ending that sentence with a preposition?
P.S. I haven’t worn my new black sweat shirt and white jeans yet. I’m not quite back on the road yet, but I’m hoping for next week. When, if luck is with me, I’ll actually be able to wear upper body undergarments. Ha. Funny, but not funny.