There was recently a lot of shopping. Like a lot! I had so much fun… I did, in fact buy those flares we talked about last time – a gorgeous pair of perfectly faded J. Brand. Lovely. I wore them around the house, tried on multiple tops with them, then took them back. I just couldn’t get use to how curvy they made me look. What I’ve learned from all this is that flares accentuate your curves. I’m not sure why or how but they definitely do. So, if you’re not into looking curvy, or you’re already curvy enough thank you very much, then flares aren’t likely the right jeans for you. If, however, you are tall and lean these may just be perfect for you. And they are undeniably cool. They have this edge that skinnies just don’t have – a little retro, a whole lot cool, and more than a bit sexy.
I also picked up cropped jeans (mid calf length) with a slightly flared legs. Not quite the culottes shown at Gucci that I so, so love (check out their show on the inspiration page to see what I mean) but definitely edgy and new. I’m totally keeping these. I’ve already paired them with the new button down and these amazing new booties – black with green pony hair. The jeans will also work really well with the mesh sweater, sexy pumps and a structured bag, or platforms and a flowy top. Love these! And in the fall they’ll still be right on trend – I predict everything will be cropped! Just you watch and see.
Then I happen to wander round the Distillery District and, OMG!, Heel Boy had an 80% off sale. You want to talk shoe heaven?? Wow. I actually bought 4 pairs – for not much more than the price of one of them. Amazing! Not all of them are really spring buys but all of them fit so well into my wardrobe. Couldn’t resist – and, at those prices, didn’t need to! So – damage report here:
1. the black and green booties (So cool and will wear so well all next season because they’re funky and edgy but not so trendy as to look out-dated – which is really important when you’re shopping end of season sales. You do not want to pull out your brand new shoes next season to find you have no interest in wearing them. That is not a bargain. It’s just wasted money you could have spent on summer clothes instead!)
2. beige lace up booties with a really cool heel (These will wear really well all the way through mid June and will look amazing with my khaki jacket, cargoes, full skirts and bermudas. Plus they look freakin’ awesome with jeans. They’ll be just as cool next fall when I pull out wool skirts and cozy sweaters.)
3. grey suede riding boots (Simply awesome! I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of grey knee-high boots for 3 seasons now so I know I’ll wear these forever!)
4. brown platform sandals (I’m sure they’re from last summer’s stock but they are perfect for this season’s 70’s looks. I’ll pair them with the cropped jeans, shorts, and A-line skirts for a perfectly on-trend look. And at $23 they really didn’t break the bank!)
Finally, I topped up my underwear drawer with a full length, light weight nude slip and nude cami (for all the lace I’ll be wearing this summer).
Still on the list for spring: a colourful skirt (I desperately want orange or bright green) and maybe a denim dress or tunic.
Things I’ll re-imagine from my closet:
1. The Birkenstock sandals I bought years ago for a trip to Greece cause they were so comfortable are coming out again and will be re-invented with a new buckle and maybe a heel strap. My own version of the ugly, bulky sandal that is oh so cool right now!
2. My jumpsuit which I bought last summer. It has fairly slim legs so it feels less now. I’m hoping to find cool coordinating fabric and have the legs widened and shortened to turn it into an edgier, slightly boho culotte jumpsuit.
3. A little cropped boxy top in blue linen that had studs on the collar. Totally cool last year but a bit done now. So I cut the collar off. It’ll now be perfect with cut offs, midi skirts, and jeans.
The moral of the story here is that putting together the perfect wardrobe does not need to cost a ton of money. Rather it requires some planning, a bit of luck, and some creativity. It’s not about buying outfits. It’s about picking pieces and colours that work together, finding the accessories and shoes that will pull it all together, regularly shopping your own closet for new ways to wear things, and owning your style.