“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver
And most of them are hanging around my closet! Actually, I’m only half-joking, because in talking not long ago with some friends about what we might regret from our past, I realized I’ve either been pretty lucky or I’m not very introspective, because I’d say I have very few. It seems to me that things have a way of working themselves out, and if they don’t, well, you hopefully learn something along the way… But I digress!
So what have I learned from the mistakes I’ve made that now reside in my closet? Well, first let’s look…while changing out my summer wardrobe for the fall/winter season, I happened upon a few of them, staring me in the face. I’ve been unwilling to part with them in the hopes that I can somehow salvage these impulse buys that just didn’t make sense in my repertoire.
The sheer silk chiffon blouse from Equipment at left is beautiful… but I’ve yet to find a way to wear it because it’s too sheer for work without a cami (and I’m not sure I love how it looks with the layer underneath, maybe frumpy?) and it seems too “business like” to wear for a night out, even though it is sheer. It’s like a shirt residing in no-man’s land, neither here nor there.
The shirt at right was such a pretty color and had that nice draping that I thought it would work as a layering piece. But, it never totally lays right on me and the racer back is not my favorite either.
Then there are these doozies…
The jacket at left is silk with a sweatshirt like material trim. It’s cut almost like a robe, very flowy , longer in front and shorter in back. I’m not sure WHAT I was thinking when I bought it, because it does, indeed, look like pajamas.
The silk shirt at right is from Splendid, a brand I love. The color on this shirt also caught my eye, a bright poppy, and so pretty. But, this shirt is always rumpled. No matter how much I iron it, it looks like it was crumpled at the bottom of our hamper for days and then I just pulled it out and wore it.
Hope this helps as you make up your fall/winter shopping lists. And now for your listening pleasure, because Ol’ Blue Eyes still sings it best…
P.S. Apologies, apologies for neglecting my blog for a while. Turns out a 4-day business trip overlapping back-to-school really don’t mix, I came back to lots of work on both the office and home front!