Did you ring in the New Year in style? Or in your pajamas? As usual, I was in bed well before midnight having happily consumed two episodes of the new season of The Crown. Don’t tell me what happens! You may have already watched it but I’ve been holding back. I’ve been saving them up and trying not to read about them either. I decided I’d download episodes and watch them while I’m in Minnesota. And I’m glad I did. I’m not leaving this warm building if I can help it! Baby, it’s cold outside!
I’m enjoying doing a year-end review of my fashion life. Oh, the fun, the new combinations, the surprising hits! If there were misses, I’m either in denial, experiencing memory loss or I deleted the pictures!
Today I’m going to share my fashion experiments and the items that garnered the most attention. I’m sharing some fashion fixes, redesigns, and pieces that came back to life unexpectedly in the next post.
Both of today’s categories are unpredictable ones. I never know if the thing I’m experimenting with will be a bust or actually be a bonafide fashion feat. Likewise, I have no idea which clothing items people will end up responding to over others. Ready to dive in? Let’s go!
In the fashion dictionary in my head, I’d say the definition of fashion feat is doing something you’ve never seen done before or wearing something in a way that was not intended. When you accomplish a fashion feat, you feel fearless, quite clever, and have a grin on your face that can’t be explained. Here are three examples.
Triple Denim: The Devil Made Me Do It
I don’t know why it feels devilish to me to have created an outfit using not one, not two, but three pieces of denim at once. I felt like if I could make it happen, I’d be getting away with something. It’d be like when you’re in high school and you get dressed in an outfit you don’t want your mom to see it because she may tell you to go back to your room and change your clothes so you duck out of the house early. Or maybe, in this case, the homeroom teacher would say, “Brenda, you’re wearing three pieces of denim. That’s over the limit! Report to the principal’s office!” I’d straighten my shoulders and walk out of the classroom knowing that it was all worth it.
The three pieces of denim I used were my jeans, my jean jacket, and a sleeveless jean dress that I wore as a tunic over a T-shirt. I created a Beauty Bundle with the shades of brown in my booties, my belt, and the scarf I tied around my neck. I still love how much that scarf adds to this outfit.
Here’s the original post where I gave details about this fashion feat. Triple Denim, a New Record
A Man’s Tie Becomes a Woman’s Necessary Accessory
I loved this black and white checked blouse I bought. Having been exposed to a fashion season of very flouncy blouses which seemed impractical to me (how do you eat soup with sleeve details floating beyond your fingertips?) I was determined to find a blouse with modified flounce. I did! This one had a boxy body and the sleeves were finished off with two rows of ruffles.
When I went to style it I was actually a bit stumped. It looked too plain. It needed a little somethin’ somethin’. But what was it? I studied this for a while. I tried belting it with traditional belts but that didn’t look right. Then I got the idea to use my dad’s tie as a belt.
I did a happy dance when I got this to work. The mix of black and white prints is one small feat right there. The fact that it’s a man’s tie and not a belt is a fun feat. But the fact that I’ve seen Dad wear this tie so handsomely and now I’m wearing it handsomely gives me the added bonus of sentimentality. That’s a win/win/win.
Here’s the full post about using Dad’s tie to give a modern twist to a classic work outfit.
Using my iPad bag as a handbag
Now you may not think of this one as a fashion feat but I do believe it deserves to get an honorable mention.
I got lots of compliments wearing this “bag” with the leather tassel with my outfits. I even wore it with my black and white polka dot jacket! Double dots are fun! But I have to admit that when someone who works in Nordstrom complimented my on my handbag and asked, “Is it Kate Spade?”, I got that fashion feat grin on my face. I’d fooled someone. Of course, I told her the truth. The bag I used to carry my iPad around in has been retired and now is only being used as a handbag.
The items in my closet that earned the most compliments
I have the capacity to love all kinds of clothing items. Nothing comes into my closet unless everything about it says yes, yes, yes. So with a closet full of yeses, I get dressed and feel good in each and every outfit because I’m wearing things I love.
While I don’t play favorites, the public casts unsolicited votes on the items they especially like. Strangers, friends, and family expressed appreciation out loud whenever I wore these three jackets.
The Chico’s Tribal Jacket
My most complimented jacket was this Chico’s Tribal jacket. I wore it often to see different clients. Once we were down in Los Gatos to spend two days with a client. We spent the night and went to breakfast the next morning at our favorite French bakery. They make the best quiches! A tall young man standing in line ahead of us turned around and started complimenting me on the jacket. Erin said, “This happens to her all the time.”
I wore it in summer and in fall. Here I’m wearing one of my J.Crew Tippi sweaters under it for added warmth. I’m giving it a short vacation until maybe February or March and then I’ll bring it out again.
My Dries van Noten jacket purchased at a consignment store in Santa Fe
My daughters are proud owners of a consignment store so when I spotted one in Santa Fe I thought of them and had to check it out. I bought it and wore it that night and the compliments started coming.
This jacket is a crowd favorite. And it’s a favorite for me because of the amazing print. It reminds me of many scenes in Nature: water, sky, rich earth, plants, and animals. I’m a girl from a farm in North Dakota so this resonates with me so strongly! There’s something about wearing this jacket that makes me feel like I’m home.
The Misook Multi Topstitch Jacket
Misook invited me to try one of their jackets. I picked this one. When it arrived I pulled it out of the box, slipped it on and Russ said, “Great jacket!” When I styled it and wore it the first time I got compliments from the coffee guy, the restaurant guy, my daughter, and a client. It continues to garner attention.
It’s quite traditional looking, right? I don’t think of myself this way but boy, it feels so right!
Will you share? Tell me about your personal favorites or fan favorites from this year. These items deserve some love and appreciation from all of us!