I’m going to credit two exciting ladies sitting at the bar at the Girl and the Fig Friday night for inspiring today’s outfit post where I’m wearing triple denim; yes, three pieces of denim at once. Count them: a denim jacket over a denim dress (which could be a jumper or if I wanted to unbutton it, a tunic) and a pair of Chico’s So Slimming Boyfriend jeans rolled up. Fashion daredevils have combined two pieces of denim before, but triple denim? I’ve never seen it!
You say, “Brenda, how do you even come up with stuff like this?” Well, it wouldn’t have occurred to me to try this denim feat without a lively, spontaneous conversation with two perfect strangers over drinks.
What happened to set the stage for this triple denim explosion
I was dropping my stamped and addressed quarterly business tax bill and check in the mail slot over on Second Street and going to the bank to deposit money to cover the quarterly tax bill. It was nearly 5 p.m. on a Friday night. I called Russ on the way.
“Hey Hon, where are you?”
“I’m just leaving Whole Foods with your yogurt and heading home,” he said.
“Want to meet me for a drink at the Girl and the Fig?” I said.
“I hate to leave the yogurt in the heat. Maybe I’ll run it home first,” he said.
“Oh gosh, if you do that, I’m going to want to just join you at home. How about you bring the yogurt into the restaurant with you?”
“Oh, I suppose I could do that. Okay, meet you there,” he said.
See how exciting our Friday nights are? I hope you had your seat belt on!
So we’re at the Girl and the Fig yucking it up with John, the bartender, the one who has inspired a couple of blog posts with his acronym RSOJ (Random Spasm of Joy), like this one and this one. I’m secretly watching the clock as I want to get home by 6 p.m. to watch the PBS NewsHour.
The cool couple take their seats at the bar
That’s when these two attractive, sparky women sit down at the corner of the bar closest to us. I know immediately that they’re cool. You can just spot those things. Randi (the dark haired cool lady) asked Russ about the big honking camera he had sitting on the bar next to him. Soon we’ve met Carol (the blond cool lady) and we’re talking about photography and Sonoma and painting and New York Fashion Week and writing. The four of us are fast friends in five minutes.
Randi says, “Hey, can we buy you a drink?” Watching Friday night news on TV seemed less pressing. “Sure!” I said.
Quickly we pick up on how spontaneous Randi and Carol are. In fact, spontaneity is something they both value. Example: One says, “Let’s go see Bette Midler on Broadway,” and they book tickets right away. They were in Las Vegas when they bought their Sonoma home from the screen of their iPad. They love horse racing but not the small horse races. They like big ones like the Kentucky Derby, the Royal Ascot, the Breeder’s Cup and the Belmont Stakes and they go to them! They had tickets on the rail at the finish line of the Kentucky Derby.
THE KENTUCKY DERBY. Russ and I watch the Kentucky Derby from the armchairs in our living room with Bella, our cat, jumping from one lap to the other swishing her tail across our faces. They were somewhere when some horse won the triple crown. Horses, breeders, being invited to the private parties, and hats! All those fashionable hats and dresses!
When we parted, we said we’d see each other again in a week or two.
Single, double, and now triple denim
It wasn’t long after we got home that I went to bed…early, as I do. I woke up in the morning and I was thinking about that triple crown and Carol and Randi and spontaneity.
I checked my email and saw the invitation to the 19th Annual Fashion + Design Conference in NYC. It happens every November. Every year I think about going. Every year I don’t go. NOT THIS TIME! If I’d learned anything from Randi and Carol it was to go do the things you want to do…NOW. I’m thinking I could call Carol, my new best friend, and ask her to help me find a place to stay since she knows NYC so well. She’s had a long career in the fashion and beauty business; I’m sure she’d have tips galore for extracurricular activities!
When Russ got up I said, “Do you feel like going to Petaluma for brunch?” He answered in the affirmative. We can be spontaneous too!
Putting together the winning outfit
I went to my closet and felt like wearing jeans. Okay, fine. Easy peasy. It could be something like this outfit which I wore for brunch at Boon Fly Cafe in Napa a while back.
Or maybe I could wear a double denim outfit, you know one where you wear two pieces of denim in the same outfit like this one. It’s been called a Texas tuxedo (by Canadians) and a Canadian Tuxedo by Texans and people in the other forty-nine states.
Wait a minute, I thought. What if I created an outfit using triple denim?! I thought about this denim dress I bought from Chico’s a while back. It buttons up the front and has a self-belt at the waist. I haven’t worn it all summer because it’s been too hot but it was not going to be as warm today. Maybe I should work that into an outfit…and add a jean jacket!
Oh, the fun was cascading all over the place now! The excitement, the glee!
I needed a tee. I went with my mousey gray/brown close-fitting T-shirt by ETCETERA.
I slipped into the jeans, my Chico’s So Slimming ankle jeans. I added the dress next. I took out the self-belt and replaced it with my Sonoma leather bison belt.
I added my Lucky Brand booties and decided to carry my vintage Louis Vuitton bag to keep all the leather accessories in the same warm tones.
I needed a focal point. I remembered this square scarf in warm tones. I could tie it around my neck like a neckerchief. It was complete!
I believe clothes are great entertainers. We can delight in them every day. We don’t have to wait for a special occasion to wear something fun.
Are clothes entertaining you? Let us know what has you feeling delighted!
Cathy D.September 18, 2017 at 10:28 pm
Yay for triple denim! How very clever of you. I love blue and brown together. You look fabulous, as usual, in a perfect fall outfit. And yay for the PBS NewsHour! I love it and also Washington Week which follows it here. They’re a great way to start the weekend, assuming no other opportunities come along.
BrendaSeptember 23, 2017 at 9:50 am
It’s fun to find a Friday night soul mate!!
Trinnie QSeptember 19, 2017 at 2:43 am
Hi Brenda, You look gorgeous, or perhaps the word that comes to mind is cute! Not in a babyish or too young way,, but as if I bumped into you in the street, I would think , wow that looks cute!. As a Mum of still at home kids ! age 9 and 17, Spontaneity doesnt always come that easily in our house. Maybe its more about my Dna makeup, than to do with the routine of children, but I sometimes dream of a time in my life when that is a bit more possible. Until then, I will continue on my quest to have creative licence, to dress more expressively, and just enjoy having ‘ what is ‘. Sending love from Oz
BrendaSeptember 23, 2017 at 10:06 am
You are a wise woman, Trinnie. Just this morning I was thinking about the things that were on my mind when I had kids at home versus now. Although fashion was my profession, my kids were my life. Bit by bit you’ll have more time to think about yourself. I think you’re doing a great job giving yourself that creative license and enjoying you right now. Sending love from Sonoma
Trinnie QSeptember 23, 2017 at 8:39 pm
Thanks so much for the encouragement Brenda
KathySeptember 19, 2017 at 4:05 am
Two thumbs up! The different shades of denim are a nice contrast and make it “work.” The dress and jean combo looks comfy and not bulky! That’s sometimes hard to do. I wore a pair of metallic boots , skinny jeans, tee, and ruffled blazer recently. I felt great, smiled a lot and actually got a few compliments!!!! I think the smoke was probably the tipping point…if you like the outfit, feel good in it then you glow! Have a great week Brenda and thanks for making my day with your post…
BrendaSeptember 23, 2017 at 10:08 am
Kathy, I was reading along and got to the word smoke and thought, gosh, is she near the wildfires? Not that I could piece that together with the sentences that came before it. I’d have gotten it but glad you added the Part Two. Yes, a smile is the best accessory and I think it oozes confidence at the same time. LOVING the look of your outfit in my mind’s eye!
KathySeptember 19, 2017 at 4:11 am
Smile was the tipping point….it’s early
BrendaSeptember 23, 2017 at 10:08 am
BessSeptember 19, 2017 at 9:05 am
Fab outfit, chic and playful!
BrendaSeptember 23, 2017 at 9:44 am
Thanks, my love!
Katherine CramerSeptember 19, 2017 at 1:40 pm
I’m captivated that the cooling of our Indian Summer yields such a fun outfit. I have a long denim jacket from Chico’s that has been calling to me. It has been too warm to wear. I may try two pieces of denim. I’m not ready for your level (3!) of denim devotion or I don’t have the right pieces. If I dare, I have your guidance to inspire. Thank you for sharing your process.
BrendaSeptember 23, 2017 at 9:44 am
You’re so welcome, Katherine! It’s Saturday now as I respond to this and I’m going to be heading to Petaluma to meet a friend at Uber Optics where her new glasses are awaiting her. I still have time to create another new outfit. I’ll open the closet doors and see what’s calling me, just as you said you do. Cheers!
Anne SowdenSeptember 19, 2017 at 2:27 pm
As a Canadian, I love how you’ve elevated the Canadian Tuxedo!
BrendaSeptember 23, 2017 at 9:42 am
Woo hoo! Great to get it endorsed by a Canadian fashionista!
Sandi McdougallSeptember 19, 2017 at 4:53 pm
I absolutely love this outfit and especially the scarf. It totally brings out all the great colors of your face. It just lights up your face.
BrendaSeptember 23, 2017 at 9:41 am
Yes, I felt the scarf was essential. I wouldn’t have been able to leave the house without that detail. I’d have been back in my bedroom coming up with something else!
JenniferSeptember 19, 2017 at 5:06 pm
Your best looks yet! IMHO
BrendaSeptember 23, 2017 at 9:40 am
Really? Well, gosh, I’m happy I created it just for you to enjoy it!
SueSeptember 19, 2017 at 6:41 pm
I love your sense of humor and enthusiasm—and your triple play denim. (Oh, by the way, we call the denim jacket and jeans an ” Oklahoma tuxedo” here in Texas!
BrendaSeptember 23, 2017 at 9:39 am
Oh Sue, that is such a fun new tidbit for me to learn! An Oklahoma tuxedo! BRILLIANT!!! Thanks for sharing that regional fashion fact.
Sandra SallinSeptember 19, 2017 at 9:57 pm
I’m exhausted. All that thinking, planning and tripling! You can do anything! Super denim lady. Love the way you put ANYTHING and EVERYTHING together! Always a delight.
BrendaSeptember 23, 2017 at 9:38 am
Thanks, Sandra. Some people spend their mental activity coming up with cures for cancer. Others are financial wizards. And me? I just use my senses to make outfits and share them with you! I LOVE MY JOB AND MY CALLING!!!
Meredith SeiserSeptember 20, 2017 at 12:23 am
Congrats on the triple play! I think I will leave that to a professional though!
BrendaSeptember 23, 2017 at 9:36 am
Well, I’m thinking the idea may come to you in the night and like myself, you’ll wake up and just have to try it…or not! Have a great weekend!
Deborah BolandSeptember 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm
This is tricky but you pulled it off brilliantly. Well done!
BrendaSeptember 23, 2017 at 9:35 am
VERY tricky! Thanks, Deborah!
Kathy TankersleyOctober 4, 2017 at 7:20 am
I so much love your style, proving to me that a sixty year old with glasses (me!) can still look stylish and attractive. Love your spunk! If you’re ever in north Florida, look me up. We can grab coffee and chat!
BrendaOctober 4, 2017 at 8:49 pm
I need to start collecting names and addresses as I forget who lives where. It would be fun to have a coffee meet up for sure!
Michelle Brooks-BrundageJanuary 8, 2019 at 7:09 pm
First I would like to express to you, thank you for sharing your key fashion pieces that can be worn / break up the outfits in 1,2,3,4, with adding a pop – accent your outfits.
I will be traveling from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Las Vegas in the first week of February for a Apparels, Accessories to Foot wear convention. This will be my first time to Vegas in February 2019. I understand it will be cold and colder in the evenings. I am looking for comfort for my pretty little feet, trendy with day-day outifits and not have to carry any extra outerwear coat/jacket if not Necessary however I would love your input and feedback on how I can pack smart, avoid any extra winter outerwear garments. I live in the sunshine weather, do travel for business. I am a fashion and beauty stylist. But when it comes to me, I’m a hot mess. Can you help me..