The remix challenge has been both interesting and challenging, though not in the expected ways. I had a few twists thrown in due to real life:
- Our home is under renovation and October became “rip apart the upstairs” month.
- In the hurry to prepare, I rather haphazardly put half of my clothes (including most of my shoes and nearly all of my accessories) in temporary storage.
- All of the mirrors in the house have either been removed or are sized such that they reflect just 1/3 of my frame.
These circumstances have required that I piece together outfits by color, pattern, and feel — and then trust that they’ll be okay, since I don’t know what they look like until after each morning’s photo shoot — reviewed while aboard the train bound for my office. If something didn’t work, it was way too late to change it!
This turned out to be quite freeing. Surprisingly so. For which I’m grateful and a little bit humbled — I’m actually spending a lot *less* time thinking about clothes, choosing outfits, and trying things on than I ever did before.
On Wednesday, I had an ordinary day at work planned, followed by a full evening at home. I wore a pair of Gap chinos (gray), with a tie-neck blouse in navy and teal and a navy schoolboy blazer — finished off with black patent flats and a black belt. I was focused on defining the waist of a flowing top.
Thursday was an extra-long work day followed by a long walk home from the train station while He was at work. I wore a pair of black/gray pinstriped trousers with a pink and white gingham checked button down, my gray Nada te Turbe handknit shawl and a denim jacket as the completer piece. I wore trainers for the walk and switched to my favorite soft leather loafers (gray, from Børn) in the office. I was focused on mixing patterns.
Friday is casual in my office, and was the start of a weekend getaway that includes 2 hours on a train and 2 in a car. Focusing on comfort, I wanted to try dressing down a piece I usually treat as formal, so wore my favorite jeans (Gap, 1969 boot cut) with a lacy top extender under a drape-necked shell that is usually reserved for my favorite suit. I topped it with my most comfortable sweater — a somewhat clingy cardigan with a hood and great drape in oatmeal and gold. Trainers for the trip, ankle boots in the office.
For a season-opening gala at a beloved regional theater, I wore long, sleek, charcoal-colored trousers, a slightly sheer white blouse dotted with black and gray hearts over a rose-colored camisole, and a knee-length belted black vest with ankle boots and sparkly earrings.
Sunday’s outfit has no photo. I was at home working on the house all day, so tried out the “make a cuff” prompt by rolling a pair of straight leg, slim cut jeans worn with a boat neck white tee and my favorite cardigan. I hated every second of having the cuffed pants on my body – even after unrolling them. After sticking it out for three hours, I spent the rest of the day in flannel pajamas!
I fared better on Monday. With a full day of work followed by an evening of cabaret dinner theater on the schedule, I opted for a pair of black CK skinnies with black riding boots, a charcoal-and-cream striped tee, a teal scarf, and an evergreen-colored wool blazer that has been heavily tailored to fit me well. I wore the blazer open without the scarf at work, and felt great all day.
Tuesday was a long day of work, and comfort was paramount. I tried a few Pinterest combinations that I’ve seen but never tried — a long-sleeved top (black) under a short-sleeved, knee-length dress (red) and ankle boots (black). I added a denim jacket since it was quite chilly, but will definitely return to this outfit – with or without the topper.
- Tight pant cuffs aren’t for me.
- I’ll try combining a regular pattern (pinstripes) with a slightly less regular one (think paisley or floral rather than gingham) next time.
- Structured tops combined with slim bottoms are beautiful.
- Dressing up or down a single piece is much easier than I thought.
Here’s to round two!