I try to “practice what I post” on this blog. I try to be honest and not yammer about what I’m doing when I’m not actually doing it. Especially about fashion. Not that I would ordinarily be dishonest, but with fashion posts there is always the temptation of posting outfit photos that never actually make it out the door. One of my closet goals this year was to wear what I own. To try to get every piece in my closet out and about at least once in the season. So, in the furtherance of both those goals, let’s see how I’m stacking up so far this summer. Full disclosure is the order of the day.
I’ve not worn skirts much this summer, but this black linen dress from Color Me Cotton has been out twice. I wore it to have dinner with a friend the other night. I wrapped an old sweater from Banana Republic around my neck in case it got cool. And it did, so I was glad to have it. I’ve had this sweater halfway to the donations bag so many times, and I always put it back in my drawer. You never know when you’ll need a simple black sweater, even if it’s only to drape across your shoulders.
I’m happy that I’m getting so much wear out of these black hoops which I bought in Paris in 2015. I love them.
Black and white is a favourite summer look for me. I’ve been getting a lot of wear out of my Frame “Le High Straight” jeans this summer. They are the perfect length for me, the straight leg makes a change from my skinny jeans, and the high waist is really comfortable. I’ve worn them a few times with my loafers and my black Vince tee, including shopping with my sister.
My black Rag and Bone Simone pants have been out a few times too. Simone pants are great because they are high-waisted, and the fabric is comfortably stretchy, yet sturdy enough to smooth lots of bumps and bubbles. Like “Spanks” in a pant, but better. On this day I wore them with my black Vince tee, and my new Theory white jacket. I tried them with my brown sandals, and brown accessories, including these brown jumbo hoop earrings from Magpie jewellry which I love.
My DIY shorts have been a success. I’ve worn them to appointments, when we had guests for a casual supper, and on numerous trips to the library and the grocery store. I’ve washed them a couple of times and they are nicely, but not wildly, frayed now.
These white mini-boot cut, cropped jeans from Frame were an impulse buy that I haven’t regretted. I’m not big on impulse buying. But as long as the object of the impulse fits with one’s closet goals… well, that’s okay then. I’ve worn these cropped jeans with this Tory Burch tunic and my old, old, old Dr. Scholl’s clogs, circa 1977. I can’t bear to throw these babies out for sentimental reasons. Plus they’re blue and go with my tunic. However, after wearing them to run errands that afternoon, they’ve been relegated back to the closet again, to be worn only around the yard or the campsite. How did we ever stand these things? They are painful. The next time I wore these jeans I wore my black Michael Kors sandals instead.
I bought the red and white checked shirt with the rolled sleeves, below, on sale at Gap early in the summer. It’s not great quality, but makes a nice change from tees for running into town, or for summer travel. It looks good, I think, with my white Frame jeans rolled up, and my red Earth brand loafers. I wore this outfit to run errands in the village.
My yellow linen pants from Theory have been worn… finally. Phew. I was afraid I’d chicken out and never wear them. I wore this outfit to meet Krista for our dinner, fashion chat, and photo session, and I felt great when I left the house. But by the end of the evening after schlepping all over the Byward Market in the heat, and sitting in the restaurant for two hours… I felt a bit more rumpled that I would have liked. A lot more rumpled, to be honest. In fact, when Krista and I headed out of the restaurant, I gasped when I glanced down at my pants. “I feel like I’m in my pyjamas,” I groaned. Linen wearing is not for the faint of heart, people.
The outfit below, is one of my favourite outfits so far this summer. I’m happy that I’ve revived my old linen jacket from Max Mara. On this day I wore it with my Frame straight-leg white jeans, the gold and cream striped tee from Theory which I bought his year, and my brown Aldo sandals. I bought my woven bracelet from a street vendor in Buenos Aires in 2017, and my thin gold hoops from Magpie Jewellry. My Eric Javits straw bag has been a staple this summer. It was definitely a splurge. But considering I bought my last straw bag back in the nineties, I’m pretty sure I will have it long enough to justify the cost. It’s big, but really light. Much lighter than my old Michael Kors one, which I passed on to my sister.
I wore this outfit on a day trip to the village of Ashton, about 35 km from Manotick. My friend Erica and her family have moved there, and I’d never seen their new place. So we toured their house and then decamped to the old Ashton Pub (famous in the Ottawa area) for a lingering lunch on the banks of the Jock River.
My checked Rag and Bone Simone pants have been really handy to have this summer. They are actually fall weight, but look like summer pants. I’m so happy I had the hem let down that extra inch. I wore them with my Michael Kors sandals, and my black Vince tee to a movie and dinner one night.
And I’ve pulled them on with my sneakers and this Eileen Fisher tee shirt a couple of times. On this day I was off for coffee and a catch up with my friend and former colleague, Marina. I have several plain white tee shirts, and I keep them pressed and ready in my closet for last minute wearing on days like this. When I was still working I used to iron a selection of pieces on Sunday night, pants and blouses and tees. Then they’d be fresh and ready to grab in the morning when I had less time. I hated to feel that I needed to dash down to the laundry room to iron something at the last moment, or be forced to wear something that I just wasn’t “feelin'” that morning. Is that anal, do you think?
I wore my Moncler bomber jacket a few times early in the summer when it was cooler. With these Paige Hoxton ankle jeans, one of my white tees, and my sneakers, it was an easy rush off to physio outfit, like on this morning.
And that’s about it for outfits that have made it past the front door so far this summer. At least since the twenty-first of June. Except for my cycling or walking the trail ensembles. Ha. Trust me, you don’t need to see those outfits. My wardrobe has been culled and edited, curated and capsuled to within an inch of its life. Everything fits me, and I love each and every piece. But still I struggle to wear everything at least once a season. Especially during a summer when we’ve been doing a lot of lolling and not much of anything that requires me to dress presentably.
But, you know, I think that’s okay. So what if I haven’t worn my old Burberry denim skirt yet this summer. I wore it quite a few times last summer, when I wasn’t confined to barracks due to the shingles, of course. I don’t plan to get rid of that skirt any time soon. It keeps getting reinvented. Same for my ALC striped midi-skirt. I haven’t worn it enough this year. I still haven’t worn my Rag and Bone navy dress with my sneakers like I planned. And I never did find a top or a sweater that injected some colour into my everyday wear.
If you recall back in the spring I planned to buy something bright, maybe a red or yellow or orange suit, I thought. Instead I came home with yellow pants and a white blazer. But that Theory white “Eco-Crunch” jacket was a great purchase. I love it, and it works with so many things in my closet. I can’t see a red or orange jacket being as versatile. Maybe I’m just suffering from colour envy. I love the red Eileen Fisher top of Krista’s which was featured in my blog post last week. And then there’s Sue/Une Femme’s latest foray into colour. Her little red blouse in this post is great.
Still, mustn’t grumble. One can’t always find what one is looking for. I’m sure there will be many lovely, colourful tops in my summer fashion future. Besides, there’s all that gorgeous burgundy in my fall wardrobe just waiting for me when we come back from down east at the end of August.
So you see, even with my very small closet, I have trouble wearing what I own. I thought it was interesting that in our discussion about how much we love clothes a couple of weeks ago, Krista and I both moaned a bit about the small size of our closets. Maybe that was the cause of all our culling and making of lists? The fact that we have tiny closets and can’t fit in a ton of clothes? Nah. We both know we do it for the sense of order and the love of organizing. When things are all neat and tidy, lists made and crossed off, everything put away, I am happy.
In the interest of full disclosure… I’m anal that way. But you already knew that.
Now my good friends, what do you have to say about what you’ve been wearing this summer? And what you haven’t. Remember… full disclosure. We won’t judge you. Quite the contrary.
P.S. Also in the interest of full disclosure. I’ve recently decided to monetise my blog a bit further. I already use “affiliate links” in my book posts, and I’ve decided to do the same with fashion posts. So I’ll be including links to the pieces I write about, and if you want to purchase them for yourself, I will receive a commission. I’m part of the collective called Shop Style, which is itself affiliated with numerous retailers. Lots of other bloggers I trust have used that program; in fact, Lisa of the blog Privilege recommended it to me.
Not all the pieces I write about will be available to buy, as you can imagine. I’m pretty sure that Burberry doesn’t carry my denim skirt from 2008 anymore. Ha. But interestingly there are a few resale sites that work with Shop Style, and I found my navy Rag and Bone dress on it… at way below what I paid for it back in 2016. I thought that was pretty cool. So, I will be providing links to pieces that are still available. I don’t plan to feature pieces I don’t own, or with which I have no experience. And my fashion posts will continue to be about the conversation more than anything else. As I’ve said many times, to quote Linda Grant, we’ll still be “thinking aloud about clothes.”
I’ve included affiliate links to my pieces in the photo captions above, but I’ll include them here as well: Theory cream and gold striped tee, Theory white jacket, Theory yellow linen pants. Vince white tee, Vince black tee. Eileen Fisher tee. Gap red and white shirt. Moncler bomber jacket. Frame le High Straight white jeans. Paige Hoxton ankle jeans. Rag and Bone black Simone pant. Eric Javits tote bag. Stan Smith Adidas. Earth red loafers.