Getting ready for when the sun becomes a thing again
@arie_carie in Elizabeth Suzann
There have been a few glimmers of hope that the weather will improve and Portland will once again know what temperatures over 55 degrees feel like. In kind, I’ve been thinking a lot about clothes. In what seems to be a moment of growth, I’ve been a lot less focused on new clothes and more on the ones I have. Hooray for growth.
Let’s be real – I’m still a work in progress. There are many new things but that is another story for another time.
I might make this a regular thing since I did a similar post for fall. We’ll see how that goes in the future, but for now, on to the plans for the elusive Sprummer:
// Dye my light colored high-waist jeans to a medium blue…maybe
On my last list, I mentioned wanting a pair of high-waist, cropped, skinny blue jeans and couldn’t find a pair I liked. I figured since I have a pair that fit really well, I can just dye them. It’s still a consideration at this point (honestly, I don’t want to screw up the color), but I feel this is a better option than buying another pair in this particular cut.
// Get supplies to properly clean and waterproof my shoes
I should have been better about this because it rained a ton this winter. I didn’t see the cobbler nearly as often as I should have and a couple of pairs are worse for the wear (probably a good thing for my wallet since that would have gotten very expensive over the last several months). I plan to get them properly conditioned and then get what I need to take care of them regularly at home.
// Reassess the closet contents
This is an ongoing thing. I’m happy to say that I’ve been making better choices as of late but there are still a few things lingering that shouldn’t be there. Since the seasons are changing, I’m going to take a hard look at the items that have been stored away and decide whether or not they should remain.
// Mend/tailor anything that needs mending/tailoring
Also an ongoing thing. Clothes. Shoes. Jewelry. All of that. I’ve been keeping up with my jeans (so many crotch hole repairs), but there are a few things that have gone neglected for too long.
// Buy a couple of nice, long-wearing spring/summer tops
For several years running, I’ve been using the same few shirts for warmer weather; my favorite scoop neck t-shirts from UO that are no longer sold, a couple of Everlane t-shirts, and a couple of Everlane tanks. The UO shirts after years of wear are now threadbare and uncomfortably sheer. One tank was stained beyond repair. That leaves me with a few holes to fill.
After reading the Elizabeth Suzann post mentioned below, I’ve fallen in love with the brand and am planning to get a couple of tops. The Georgia tee in flax or ivory linen and the Stevie top (which isn’t currently sold, but I’m hoping for the return of) are my top picks. A close second to the Stevie is the Maxine (pictured above). I only want to add pieces that look nice, are versatile and durable, and are easy to wear so that they are used and used often. These look like they could be the ones and I’m giving myself time to save up for them to make sure they are.
// Find a pair of good jeans
About the above mentioned crotch repairs… After this 2-3 year run with my main rotation, I’ve decided secondhand jeans are a great idea if you don’t wear jeans as often as I do. I’m pretty sure two pairs are going to completely give out on me in the next couple of months so I’ll be on the lookout for a pair of sturdy, possibly raw denim jeans. The way my lower half is set up, this may not be feasible but I’m willing to humor myself. I’ve heard good things about Imogene + Willie and they have a store in Portland, so I’ll be checking them out soon.
Do you have any closet-themed plans for spring/summer?