I’m getting ready to exhale into fall fashion, or at least into transition fashion, but before I do, I’m taking a look back at what worked about summer outfits. This is really fun to do. Want to join me?
The look back isn’t a critical one; it’s about being curious. It’s not finger wagging like, Why didn’t you wear that perfectly great cobalt blue pant?????!!!! It’s more like, Hmm, the skirt that was your favorite last year didn’t get any action this year. Interesting.
You don’t even have to figure out why things happened as they did. Just observe. If a “why” pops out naturally, fine. If not, that’s okay.
Sometimes there are surprises. Items may be in constant rotation this year that you never wore once last year. Or a purchase you made this year with some hesitancy ends up being the hit of the summer.
Both things happened to me.
Reviewing summer hits
The beauty of posting outfits to Instagram is that I have a visual record of things I wore. Visual aids help as I may not remember what happened yesterday! The next best thing is to go into your closet and take note. What got touched a lot? What didn’t get touched at all?
When I did this two things popped out immediately. I ended up using two handbags the most: my black vintage raffia frame bag and my soft woven leather crossbody bag in creamsicle colors. The black bag got lots of use last year. The woven light-colored bag? I love it to pieces and didn’t use it once last year. This summer I wore it tons.
I do remember putting it away last fall and finding it fascinating that I never wore it. I do not adhere to the rule “If you haven’t worn it in a year (or six months) let it go.” If I continue to love the piece, I’ll give items a second or third year chance before considering passing them forward.
The newest acquisition landed in my closet with no effort on my part
At the beginning of the summer I had to face the biggest challenge I have: shoes. Most sandals don’t have enough support for me. Flip flops are out of the question. They are pain inducing because of being so flat and close to the ground. Many summer brands that are famous for their comfort, no matter the price range, spell p-a-i-n to me. “Comfort” often translates into being too cushy. My feet cry out within six steps of trying them. I need support and firm bottoms. Platform sandals have worked well for me in the past, but the ones I owned were getting pretty tired looking. I wasn’t looking forward to trying to find replacements.
But alas and alack, Camper sandals in a neutral tan shade appeared in my bedroom one day. Yes, they were actually dropped in front of my closet by my eldest daughter who owns SAX Consignment store along with her sister.
Erin took them into the store from a consignee, a pair of barely used sandals in almost her size. She liked them and I’ll be she even considered them for herself. We used to wear the same size shoe but I’ve managed to inch up half a size. I’ve donated many of my 8-1/2s to her as more and more I’m in size 9.
I tried the Camper sandal on in front of her and she said, “They look great, Mom!” I said, “Really?” I wasn’t too sure about them.
She gave me a week to decide. They were comfortable. I didn’t need a whole week. No pain…my gain.
They were so comfortable that I decided to order another pair of them from www.camper.com in black. They arrived and worked. No need to look for a replacement for my other black platforms. Yahoo! With this success I decided to go online again and order anything on the website that looked like it might suit me. Shoe boxes arrived in bigger boxes. With high expectations I tried them all on. None of them worked. I sent them all back. I’d hit the bullseye the first time and I was more than satisfied.
In blog posts and in Instagram, I was asked time and again, “Love your shoes, what brand are they?” Camper, Camper, Camper I’d answer repeatedly. In fact, an anonymous fan of the shoes left me a phone message one day. She said, “I just got off the phone with Helen in customer service at Camper. I ordered your shoes and told her that it was all because of you and she should look at your website.” I never heard from Helen but I saved the phone message. That was the sweetest thing ever!
But wait, I’m not even at the best part! The light-colored sandals were perfect with my never-used-last-year handbag. See how well the handbag talks to the sandals? They’re just chit chatting all day long!
As I recap my summer outfits, I see how the tan Camper sandal and my creamsicle colored soft handbag brought so many outfits together. My black Camper sandal with my framed raffia black bag did the same thing. Those two sets of bags and shoes brought an effortlessness to summer that was dreamy. I couldn’t have hoped for more. Well, I could have but I felt satisfied.
Mick Jagger wraps it up in these song lyrics.
You can’t always get what you want, no
But if you try sometimes, you might find
You get what you need!
Thank you Erin, thank you Camper. Thank you raffia vintage bag for holding it together another year. Thank you creamsicle woven bag for being patient with me.
How about you? Did you get what you needed from summer fashion? Were there things you wore a lot and then items you didn’t wear at all? I’d love to hear. We all would!