Two things can happen when you put something on that you haven’t worn in a year:
- You slip it on and it’s fabulous! You fall in love all over again! You can’t wait to wear it!
- You take a look at yourself in the full length mirror wearing that item you wore last year and think, whoa, something’s really off here. I remember liking this. What’s happened?
When I tried on this gingham mushroom taupe tunic with an asymmetrical hemline thinking it would be great to wear in Santa Fe in June, I looked in the mirror and my face got sour. My response was, ‘Really? Ooh, what happened? This is so not attractive!’
Fixes to the rescue
Since I’d left myself about an hour to pack for this trip the night before leaving (NOT what I recommend at all!) I had to think fast. How do I get rid of some of this volume? I pulled out my meager box of stick pins and brooches and scanned the bunch of them. I picked out Mother’s dainty snake stick pin. Hmm. What if I just create inverted pleats to take some of the fullness out. I could keep the pleats anchored at the waist with the pin. It may even look like it was designed to be that way!
I put the pin through the folds, was happy with how it looked, rolled the tunic up and found a space for it in my suitcase. It was the last thing I threw in there. I thought, I’ll figure out the outfit once I get there.
Isn’t there a big difference? You can see why I wanted to take some of the volume out.
On Day Two of the Santa Fe trip I woke up and decided to make an outfit with the tunic. I slipped it over my head and wore J.Jill capri white jeans with it plus my mushroom taupe Gabor ankle wrap sandals. I added earrings and my button bracelet and it felt great to wear on a hot day.
We went to the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art to catch the exhibit of photographs taken of Frida Kahlo. Fabulous! And then we visited the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. It was a perfect outfit to be having adventures in.
Have you used stick pins or brooches to create a new shape for an item in your closet? I’d love to hear about it!
PS: A special “hi” to Joanne from Sonoma who came up to me today outside of Nordstrom in the Corte Madera shopping center while Erin and I were grabbing a Starbuck’s lunch. We’d shopped the sale with one client and were fortifying ourselves before heading off to Tiburon to do closet work with our next client. She recognized me from the blog and stopped to share her appreciation. I introduced her to Erin and she said, “I’ve seen pictures of you, too!” I just wanted you to know, Joanne, that I appreciated that interlude so much!