Monday, May 31, 2010

Browns and Blues




I have this sneaking suspicion that I am headed into a period of wearing browns and blues.



And, I have to say, of all my purchases from Sally Jane Vintage to date that I have worn so far, I think that this dress is definitely one of my favourites.


dress: vintage (from Sally Jane Vintage on Etsy)
sweater: Gap, old
socks: ?
shoes: Fluevog
pin: Trove

Sunday, May 30, 2010

I Don't Know It All



I admit to not being familiar with all the designers in the world and all their collections.  Sometimes I continue to be inspired by a particular designer's look long after its first showing.  When this occurs, not all the time can I remember when the look was first shown, and, sometimes, I can't even remember whose look it was.  (The exception to this lack of memory is when I note down the designer of and the collection in which the look appeared when I file it away in my inspiration book.  This doesn't occur too often, as my inspiration book is all about visuals.)  Not remembering the name of the designer of and the collection in which a look appeared is the case with the inspiration look behind today's outfit.  After some digging (luckily, not too much), I located the inspiration:  it is James Coviello's 2005 Fall/Winter ready-to-wear collection.  I looked up James Coviello and found out that he is based in New York City.  How odd that so soon after returning from NYC I turn -- and seemingly unconsciously at that -- to a NYC based designer for inspiration.  I have worn today's outfit in the Fall (truer to the inspiration collection), with a sweater layered over it.  Here is the Fall outfit:


But, let's get back to now, which, technically, is Spring, but feels remarkably like Summer.  The temperature today was 31 degrees celsius!  How lovely finally to be able to wear nothing more than a summer frock and to go bare legged!  I love how the sun feels on my skin!


dress: Gap, old
scarf: ?
shoes: ?
sweater: Smart Set, old

PS: I went down to the Fluevog store today to try on those shoes that I saw on the Fluevog website yesterday.  I couldn't believe it when I found out that the shoes had not yet arrived in the store.  This hasn't happened to me before.  In any event, the shoes are due in some time this week.  So I will have to wait awhile longer before I can try them on and see if they are for me.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Skinny Jeans


The moment that I landed in New York, I had this incredible urge to change into skinny jeans, a shrunken white t-shirt and my Fluevog Radio BBCs.  Of course, I hadn't brought my skinny jeans or my Fluevog Radio BBCs with me and, while this may sound unbelievable, I don't own a white t-shirt (let alone a shrunken white t-shirt).  I started planning a shopping trip, to buy at least some skinny jeans and a white t-shirt.  After all, I was going to be in New York City; I should easily be able to find these items.  Suffice it to say that I did not buy any skinny jeans in NYC, and I still don't own a white t-shirt.  The urge to wear skinny jeans and a white t-shirt waned.  While I have given it some thought since returning from my trip to NYC, I still don't know why the urge arose in the first place.  I can probably count on one hand the number of times in my life that I have worn just jeans and a t-shirt.

blouse: Gap, old
jumper: Old Navy, old
socks: Hue
shoes:  Fluevog (Radio BBCs)
pin: ?

PS: I just took a peak at the Fluevog website.  Of course I saw a new pair of shoes that I really want.  There is no point to asking whether I will be able to resist going to the store to try them on.  I know that I won't be able to resist.  The only question is how long before I make my way down to the store.

Friday, May 28, 2010

NYC and Wellies


It feels strange writing about my clothes again after a week away from doing so.  I have been in New York City and it just wasn't possible to document what I wore while I was in NYC.  In hindsight, it might have been interesting to have done so, but it really would have been just too much.  For the most part, the outfits that I wore while in NYC were "rewears".  I did this deliberately.  I wanted to be confident in my dress (and otherwise) while in NYC.  Experimentation would have been too risky.  Getting dressed for NYC is tough for me.  I have all these ideas about how I should look while in NYC.  I think that I should look "sophisticated" and "street savvy".  But I just don't do "sophisticated" very well; I am too much of a casual girl.  And I have yet to find a street in which I feel like I belong, let alone in which I can be savvy.  Being in NYC really makes me examine the "dressed up me" that I present to the world.  Maybe it's the sheer number of people in NYC.  Or maybe it's that, whenever I am in NYC, I seem to be there to do things that are far removed from fashion.  In any event, here is one observation:  I saw precious few people wearing wellies in NYC.


dress: Club Monaco, old
sweater: Banana Republic, old
leggings: American Apparel, old
socks: American Apparel
boots: Aigle (from JCrew)
pin: ?

(PS: The outfit in today's photos is what I wore while travelling to NYC.)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Humpty Dumpty




Yesterday, someone remarked that I was dressed "very sixties".  I made no reply, and certainly didn't begrudge them their view.  I could see how they might see my look as a 60s look.  However, the title of yesterday's post makes it clear that I (underline I) was trying to work a "Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing" look, not a 60s look.  Today, reflecting on yesterday, the following quote came to mind.  It is spoken by Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass:  "When I use a word ... it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less".  When someone chooses a particular look, they mean it be exactly what they choose it be ... and not what someone else might think it is.  Which is probably why I like to appreciate others' looks, but I don't like to label them.  It is what it is to them, and I don't want to take that away from them.  And, it is what it is to me, and they need never know about it.  (Okay, how about a 60s "Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing" look?)  As for today's look, it's another 60s western look, of course.




jacket: Zara, old
shirt: Gap, old
skirt: H&M, old
belt: Old Navy, old
tights: ?
socks: ?
boots: Fluevog

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing: Spring Edition No. 7


I received another package in the mail yesterday, containing some vintage clothing that I had ordered off Esty at the beginning of May.  Admittedly, I went a little crazy this time.  My only excuse is that I have been waiting  (without any consciousness of doing so) for a way to be able to buy vintage for a very long time, and finally the way has reached me.  How can I not go a little crazy?  I am looking forward to incorporating every single piece of this newly acquired vintage clothing into my wardrobe.  Ideas started coming to me long before the clothing came to me, but once the clothing arrived and I saw it, ideas started pouring in.  I love it when I get very excited about clothing (and wearing it).


Not only am I excited about the newly acquired vintage clothing, but I am also excited about the prospect of wearing summer dresses.  The weather has been so consistently lovely and warm over the past couple of days that I have actually dared to start thinking of wearing summer dresses.  And there are a couple of summer dresses among the new purchases.  I know that I am repeating myself, but I love it when I get excited about clothing!


coat: Gap, old
dress: Club Monaco, old
sweater: Banana Republic, old
tights: H&M, old
boots: Fluevog
pin: ?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Waiting




Today's outfit was inspired by an editorial in a now defunct fashion magazine (whose lack of presence today has recently been lamented).  Sadly, I can't display the editorial, but I can say that it had to do with a back-to-school wardrobe inspired by school marms and librarians.  The editorial featured crisp white shirts, dark colours, pleated skirts, heavy woolen cardigans, woolen vests, knee and ankle socks, oxfords, bows and granny-like spectacles.  I can't recall ever gravitating to these back-to-school looks at this time of year.  For some reason that I can't quite put my finger on, though, I really wanted to wear this back-to-school look today.




Today's outfit is, in fact, a second version.  The elements that made up the first version are long gone.  I don't like to regret, nor do I usually regret, divesting myself of clothing.  That said, there was a period in my life when I had some very interesting clothing and accessories (including those that made up the first version of today's outfit).  It was a dark period in my life and, reacting to the darkness, I impulsively got rid of much of what I wore during it.  I do regret parting with that clothing and those accessories.  I have learned from that mistake:  I wait until clothing no longer evokes memories, and strong reactions and emotions, before deciding on its fate.


coat: Gap, old
blouse: Gap, old
sweater: H&M, old
skirt: Gap, old
socks: ?
shoes: Fluevog, old

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Grey, Grey. Brown, Brown.


Grey, grey.  Brown, brown.  That's how I would describe today's outfit.  Perhaps some would say:  Grey, grey.  Tan, tan.  Or:  Grey, grey.  Caramel, caramel.  The latter description doesn't really roll off the tongue.  The former is okay.  But, I will stick with my original description:  Grey, grey.  Brown, brown.

After yesterday's rest, I tried to get back to my normal routine today.  I wanted the transition to be easy, which is why I chose to wear an outfit not unlike yesterday's outfit.  I wanted some tangible reminder of yesterday's self-imposed rest.  It did the trick.  It's curious how clothing can help one act in a specific way.  (In my case, laid-back, care-free, stress-free.)  Or, perhaps, this is obvious.  After all, clothes are used as costume, are they not?

dress: Gap
vest: Gap
belt: Old Navy, old
leggings: American Apparel, old
socks: ?
shoes: JCrew

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Taking A Bit of A Rest


I took a bit of a rest from my usual routine today.  I put together an outfit that would ensure that I was going to be comfortable no matter what I ended up doing on my "day off".  I ending up doing a little bit of shopping.  Some of the shoes that I spotted on yesterday's shoe shopping trip for my friend are now happily ensconced in my closet.

dress: Zara, old
sweater: Zara, last season
belt: Old Navy, old
leggings: American Apparel, old
socks: ?
shoes: JCrew

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Stylist's Block?


If the inability to string together a sentence is called writer's block, what is the inability to string together an outfit called?  Stylist's block?  Whatever it's called, I have it.  And, I am blaming Tuesday for it.  The process of figuring out what to wear this morning was absolute torture.  And, for all the trials and tribulations that I endured this morning, I can't even say that I am happy with the result.  What I ended up wearing today was just okay.  Thinking further about my experience today, I wonder whether such experiences come from my not having a good sense of what my style is?




jacket: Eddie Bauer, last season
scarf: ?
hat: Banana Republic, old
blouse: Gap, old
dress: H&M, old
leggings: American Apparel, old
socks: ?
boots: Aigle (from JCrew)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Writer's Block


Yesterday was a bit of a rough day.  This had nothing to do with clothing, and didn't have, as far as I am aware, or, at least, has not yet had, a negative impact on my enthusiasm for clothing and putting together outfits.  However, since yesterday evening, I have had a difficult time writing about my clothes.  I am okay with this.  I don't always have to talk about my clothes.  There are the photos and they are enough for my purposes: they document this journey that I am on.



turtleneck: Zara, old
jumper: vintage (from Sally Jane Vintage on Etsy)
leggings: American Apparel, old
socks: ?
boots: Hunter

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

60s Western




I really can't remember which came first, my 60s fascination or my "all things Western" fascination.  No matter, at some point the two merged, resulting in what I have always referred to as my 60s Western look.  I do not know whether a 60s Western look exists in the "real world" or just in my world.  It is real enough for me and I like it ... still.




shirt: Gap
sweater: JCrew, old
skirt: H&M, old
belt: Gap, old
leggings: American Apparel
socks: ?
boots: Fluevog
pin: Trove
glasses: ?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Flannel Shirts and Woolen Vests: Signs of Spring?




Today was another Fall day ... in Spring.  So, like yesterday, I drew on my stock of Fall clothes.  What a great technique I hit upon yesterday, for coping with cold weather in Spring: tapping into my love of Fall clothes.  If the long range forecast bears out, I have a couple of days of Fall weather ahead of me to cope with.


PS:  There is a beautiful woolen cape that I have that I would have worn with this outfit had it really been Fall, and late Fall.  I did try on the cape this morning, but with the cape, the outfit would have been too warm.  So I had to forgo the cape.  Another time.

coat: Urban Outfitters, old
scarf: ?
shirt: TNT, last season
sweater dress: H&M, old
belt: H&M, mens, last season
leggings: American Apparel
socks: ?
boots: Fluevog
pin: Trove

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sometimes it Helps to Like Fall




To get over the hump of figuring out what to wear today, given that it was unseasonably chilly outside (there is a frost warning in effect for tonight), I tapped into my love for Fall.  Without any doubt, Fall is my favourite time of year, for many reasons, not the least of which is Fall clothes.  So, when I heard how cold it was going to be today, instead of hanging on to Spring, I put it aside for the moment and looked to the Fall.  From there on, it was fairly easy to put an outfit together.

It may not be apparent from the photos, but there is one significant difference between the first set of photos and the second:  In the first set of photos, I am wearing a jacket underneath the cape.  Miraculously, this is the first time that it occurred to me to wear a woolen cape over a jacket.  I adore capes, but have been finding it hard to wear them with the weather being what it is where I live: It is either too warm or too cold to wear a woolen cape on its own, and woolen capes are impossible to fit under coats.  I had seen photos of people wearing woolen capes over jackets, but never really thought about trying it for myself.  Until today. I did recently purchase a tweed cape, with the thought of layering it over woolen capes.  But, having now experimented with a woolen cape over a jacket, I am not entirely sure that I want to layer one cape over another.  Of course, I will have to wait for the real Fall to arrive before figuring that one out.  As cold as it might have been today, I couldn't imagine wearing heavy tweeds and wools except in the Fall.




jacket: Eddie Bauer, last season
scarf: H&M, last season
gloves: ?
sweater dress: Zara, last season
cape: Esprit, last season
leggings: Old Navy, old
socks: H&M, old
boots: Hunter