As quarantine continues, our family is grateful for personal health and safety … and I’m clinging to my wardrobe challenge as a mental health practice – keeping my mind occupied and my hands (mostly) out of the cookie jar. Hope you’re seeing how owning good solid-color basics and sticking to a consistent color range produce wardrobe magic. Are you finding the same in your closet?
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Day 8 – This quickie rayon jersey shell is made of scraps from a previous project. Boring on it’s own, but dynamite as a wardrobe extender with a ponte skirt in the same color. Often the most basic pieces turn out to be the most useful.
Day 9 – Teal wool crepe skirt with back pleat detail – planned to match a silk tweed jacket from a previous design competition, but works with other tops too. Four yards of that teal left, so planning additional coordinates from this one before we’re back out in circulation.
Day 12 – (10 & 11 were scrubs, remember) – Pleat-detailed shell from jade silk with dark dots (black? navy? can’t tell, so will wear with both). Love how the pleat detail create a focal point right where I want one.
Day 13 – a lucky find – this black/gray/pink plaid Chanel-style jacket was stashed away half-finished. Would you believe I don’t have a single top, shell or cami in a right shade of pink? I’ll model it with black and gray pieces now and shop for a top later, when I can actually wear the jacket for more than a selfie session. Fringed jackets can be dressy or work over dark jeans for knocking around with panache.
Day 14 – Jersey print wrap-top jumpsuit. Used this border print “upside-down” with the border across the shoulders (to keep attention away from my hips) rather than at the hem. No mix/match, but plenty of versatility. Follow the link to read all the ways I’ll wear it.
Day 15 – color blocked ponte knit sheath. A client consulted with me on colors to do this dress, and I loved hers so much that (with permission) I copied it in my own color combo. This photo shoot actually prompted me to change shoes – found this taupe reptile pump that was perfect, so thought I’d show that off here since I can’t wear it anywhere else yet.
By now the thrill – if there ever was one – of staying in feetsy-jammies all day is GONE. I am so looking forward to being out in the world again.
Hope we are soon able to reconnect in person and provide more help and support for those who have been victims of this pandemic – whether the disease itself, the job losses, domestic violence, the emotional/mental health impacts. Meanwhile, let’s all serve in the ways we can safely do so, and care for ourselves along the way. You can’t pour water from an empty pitcher.