I was supposed to post this months ago. Oops.
Summer is ending and I’m sad. The PNW climate with its months of overcast grey sky and rain does bad things to my emotional well-being.
Thankfully, clothes seem to ‘come alive’ in fall and I am looking forward to that. Despite the impending crap weather, I’m starting to love pulling things out of storage and figuring out how I’m going to dress DOWN for the new season. I mean, I still long for the days when I didn’t have to, but…here we are. ( .___.)
Anyway yes! Fall! Clothes! Pinterest! Fashion week(s)! Making fall wish lists! HOORAY! Why? Because everyone else does it and it’s fun!
I’m going to be more practical in my preparations this year because I want to do better at taking care of what I own. I’ve been reading How To Get Dressed and it’s reaffirmed the importance of doing that. So, instead of putting up pictures of all the pretty things I want to trade hours of my life for, here’s my loose plan over the next couple of months:
// Get cedar shoe trees
Why? Because although I love black ankle boots and brogues, I don’t want to have to keep buying them in 3 year intervals. Cedar shoe trees keep creasing down, absorb moisture, and extend a leather shoe’s life significantly. Or so I’ve read.
// Clean and waterproof all leather goods
This stuff either was expensive or will be if I need to replace it. Besides, it rains a lot in Portland and I’d rather not ruin my good clothes.
// Prep the woolens
Meaning clean them with Eucalan and take a sweater shaver to them to remove the pills. No one likes a pilly sweater.
// Reassess the closet contents
Ahhh yes, the fun part. Pull out everything, judge it harshly. Maybe put together another Project 333 to keep me honest over the next few months. Sell what I don’t use or can’t make work and consider if I need to add anything else.
// Mend and tailor anything that needs mending or tailoring
Because it’s the responsible thing to do.
// Make a list of potential things to add
More fun. This year, it’s a pair of Everlane oxfords (is anyone surprised? No? Me neither), some high waist cropped skinny blue jeans with frayed ankles (specificity is necessary!), a black, slim fit turtleneck and/or this ribbed t-shirt bodysuit from American Apparel (I tried it on one day and was impressed at how insanely soft it is). Do people wear these things with underwear? Serious question. I feel like you have to because of the snaps. No? Someone tell me.
Since I’m posting this late, I think it’s fair to say I’ve done most of this. I haven’t committed to getting shoe trees because I’ve been making do with the tissue paper that the shoes came with. Also, I haven’t bought anything. QUELLE SURPRISE!
ETA: I bought a blazer…it seemed like the right decision at the time. Meh.