Let’s get this fact out of the way right off the bat. My hair looks god-awful. It does. No reflection on my talented and wonderful hair stylist… at all. Especially since it’s down to Carmen that I have at least some shape left. But I’m three months overdo for professional attention to my “do” and it’s beginning to show. Big time. And you know what? I’m okay with that. I’m having fun experimenting with how to style it, not always successfully. That’s why it’s called experimenting. Ha. So yeah, hair and what to do with it is one thing. And now the big question becomes “what to wear with bad hair?”
8:00 A.M. My Challenge Today:
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10:00 A.M. The Process:
So duly caffeinated, coiffed, and made-up I commenced to put together outfits. I swapped white tops for black tops for yellow tops. Pink ones, pink and white striped, navy and white striped, cream and gold striped. Blouses, shirts, tee shirts, tank tops, sweaters, you name it. I reviewed every top that was in my dresser drawers or hanging in my closet. A few were simply held up to my face and discarded. Most made it onto my body. Of those some were quickly removed and placed into the “not now” pile. Others warranted at least an upper body trial shot. A couple I didn’t try because I’ve worn and liked them lately. A couple even made it into outfit shots.
The weather was bright, at times sunny, at others cloudy, and very humid. This made for odd looking photos. Over-exposed and under-detailed. The humidity and the occasional breeze meant that my hair was ever-changing. Going big, falling flat, curling here and there, and generally doing what it damn well pleased. Ha.
My outfit shots revolved around the white DIY shorts that I made last summer from an old pair of Hudson jeans. And my black shorts from Theory which I’ve had for years. If I ever get to go anywhere this summer, I am definitely going to wear these Theory shorts as part of a suit. The shorts suit was one of the few trends for spring-summer 2020 that interested me. And I definitely like my white Theory jacket and my old black Helmut Lang blazer as part of a shorts suit. Shopping my closet pays off, yet again.
These are the tops, below, that didn’t make the cut. I will wear them again eventually because they still fit and I like them. Just not with my current hair situation.
Around noon. I changed back into my sweatshirt and shorts. Carefully refolded and rehung all my clothes. Keeping the things I will wear with my evolving hair to the front of the closet or the top of the drawer. Now, to assess the day.
1:00 P.M. So What Have I Learned?
So yeah. I tried a lot of tops today. And I learned some lessons. Time and hair stand still for no woman. There’s so sense trying to pretend that I look the same now as I did three months ago. Or even a month ago. I’m playing the hand I’ve been dealt.
As I said in the video, dealing with my hair as it is… is a bit like shopping my closet. What do I have, and what can I do with it? And now that I’ve shopped my closet for tops that work with my changing hair colour, I’ve come to the realization that I have very few tees that I like, which work with my hair, and which I can wear at home. So many old Gap tees that are pulled out of shape, or which look dreadful on me at the moment. My black and white Vince tees are still too good to wear at home, and my lovely pink Everlane tee is too pale for me now, I think.
To that end I’m going to order for myself a couple of decent tee shirts in a rich colour. The tees I took to Croatia last year were from Talbots, and I found them to be inexpensive and a good weight. I’m thinking about ordering one of these long sleeve tees, maybe in the blue or the bright yellow. They come in a ton of colours. Or I might try the box-cut Everlane tee in a brighter colour. I love the weight and shape of their tee shirts. Or maybe even that bright yellow Vince tee.
I am trying very hard to be patient, with my hair, with myself, and generally with the whole pandemic thing. We’ve just learned here that our re-opening will be slower than we thought. Hair salons will probably not open until well into the summer according to Carmen. I think that’s one big thing we’ve all learned from this pandemic… patience. At least I hope we’ve learned it.
Maybe a couple of new tee shirts will help me be more patient with the face in the mirror each morning. Help make the decision of what to wear with bad hair a bit easier. Of course it can’t change how old I am. I am sixty-four and three days. Four days by the time you read this. But who’s counting? I have more white hair than I’d like, a few extra rolls around the middle, and at least two extra chins. But like I said… who’s counting, eh? I play the hand I’m dealt.
Now it’s your turn, my friends. What are you wearing or not wearing now… during this trying season?
P.S. We play the hand we’re dealt. And, while I’ve been faffing about (to quote Alyson Walsh) with my hair and my outfits, lots of other folks are dealing with the devastating hands they’ve been dealt. I am not American, so I don’t feel competent to comment on what is happening there now. But my friend Lisa, who is American, has. You can read her post here.
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