It’s about this time of year that I start to feel tired of my everyday winter wardrobe and look for ways to change it up. Like swapping in off-white jeans for black or dark wash denim. And doing a little smart shopping for a sweater with unique details, not to mention a cozy accessory or two.
How was your first week of 2023? Mine was both a mental and physical transition from last year into this new one. In the quiet moments, I reflected on what did and did not happen in 2022, but also what I made happen and did not make happen. Food for thought and fuel to do more, see more, be more in the 365 days ahead.
It’s been a little over six weeks since I got back from my late October/early November trip. First stop was the Palm Beach wedding I featured in my last post. Then I flew out to LA for a few days to visit our youngest son and his girlfriend, as I had yet to see their adorable apartment in person. Next up? A long-planned trip to Joshua Tree and Palm Springs with a group of college girlfriends.
According to Goop, French women typically invest in fewer but better clothing pieces. What you’ll find in their wonderfully wearable wardrobes — an impeccably tailored blazer (or two), well-cut denim, simple but sophisticated shirting, footwear that is both classic and cool, and minimal accessories.
The feather-trimmed shirt I featured in my last post was so fabulous that I had to get it in white as well. Because every wardrobe needs a good white shirt or two, this wasn’t an excessive splurge. I will resell or donate an older version and let this one add a fresh flourish to everything from the corduroy jeans I teamed it up with here to dark denims or a midi skirt. I think the cuffs look so eye-catching fluffing out from the blazer, too.
Post after post, I try to feature sensible shopping, inventive wardrobe rotation, and purposeful closet purging. But sometimes a girl has to fall for a fashion flight of fancy and splurge on something she doesn’t actually need but truly (truly) covets. Like this feathery blue shirt. And it was easy and inspiring to build a brand new look around it — with mostly pieces I already own.
Historically, the jumpsuit has been a sign of aviation, spaceships, a more streamlined future. For the last few years, the fashion world has fallen in love with this all-in-one garment. Utilitarian necessity has become a style icon.
There’s no denying the pulled-together ease a stylish two-piece set brings to your wardrobe. Of course the matching set is not a new fashion concept. Think Coco Chanel’s timelessly aspirational coordinated jackets and skirts. How about Cher’s head-to-toe matching outfits in “Clueless.” But…what happens when you go beyond “matchy” to “not matchy?” Let’s find out!
If you’ve been following the blog for awhile and seen pics of our cabin and Adirondack activities, you already know I’m a big fan of the great outdoors. In truth, I haven’t been camping since my early 20s. Like lots of lucky kids (especially city ones), I spent many happy weeks away at summer camp. And this coming Fall, I will be “glamping” with a group of girlfriends in airstream campers at Joshua Tree. But in the meantime, I’ve got the perfect getaway right in my Jersey City neighborhood!
When I feel like indulging in a pastel palette, I look for sophisticated hues that are far from sweet, just bordering on neutral. That way they aren’t too saccharine in a head-to-toe look. And each piece can bring a soft touch when paired with other wardrobe staples — from white jeans to dark denim.