My biannual seasonal clothing switch is a big undertaking. I iron everything as I take it out, set aside items that need alterations, and even put a few things in the yard sale box. Normally, by switch time, I’m so tired of my last-season clothes that the sight of my next-season ones is thrilling. So I was bummed to walk into my lovely closet two weeks ago, after everything was folded and hung, and realize that I wasn’t very excited about it. My cardigans and pullovers seemed so boring. Also, I love the dark skinny jeans/tall boots/cute scarf look as much as everyone else, but I’m already asking myself, “Is this all there is?” How am I supposed to feel special and cute for a social event if my only option is the same combo I wear whenever I’m not at work? First-world problems, for sure.
After way too much shopping and pinning, I’ve identified a few courses of action:
Statement accessories. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m accessories-challenged. I gravitate toward simpler jewelry and am generally afraid of belts. But I’ve collected a few fun pieces, so I need to use those more creatively, and maybe indulge in some of the above too. Accessories really are the key to livening up plain solid colors.
|Elle by Kohl’s|
Cardigans with interesting details. For a while now, I’ve tried to choose solid-colored shirts with some sort of interesting details – ruffles, an embellishment, or just ruching (I’m a HUGE fan of ruched clothing). Now it’s time to apply that to cardigans (which are a huge part of my work wardrobe). A plain cardigan in a few basic colors is key, but I’d like a few exciting options too.
Shorter winter-weight skirts and dresses. It took me a while to figure out that tights and tall boots require shorter hemlines, especially if you have short legs like I do. My mom is already hemming several nice skirts that I never wore last year because they just didn’t look right (thanks Mums!). Yay for more options! I love both of these skirts – one classic, the other fun. I’m also on the lookout for short corduroy skirts. I have a brown one and wear it all the time.
And now, some general inspiration:
These “looks” are from The Limited – I’ve loved most of their stuff over the past few years. Too bad it’s all so expensive. I love the lavender leather jacket! The orange look is kind of 70’s, but again, I’m a Fall and the colors of the 70’s flatter me. :)
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