An analysis of what I like to wear, why and the silhouette over the last couple of years has yielded nothing surprising: comfortable knitwear, shirts, jeans, softly tailored trousers, less skirts and dresses but in recent months a closer look at these basics taught me that the more basic my basics, the better the quality of material to comfort my body, please the eye, and for longevity (of use and the planet). I’m not into quirky jumpers but I love textures so I’ve been indulging in cashmere. The feel of the fabrics has become more and more important to me especially since I dislike overheating and I’m more prone to it these days.
I’m slowly replacing any synthetics with pure, crisp cottons in different weights of delicate lawn and thicker chambray or linen/cotton mix (you get the cooling quality of linen with slightly less crushing of the cotton). Plain wool jumpers are making way for the everyday luxury of cashmere and hanging on to Aran wools. Obvious branding was never my thing and though I tried to ignore it, the older I get, the more I want to eliminate. Replacing the worn out tried and tested is the main focus these days with attention to a little experimentation. Just a little.
In the past, tees were never a major category and the amount of choice overwhelmed me. I have found a couple of synthetics (viscose) that both drape and wash very well that I’ll continue to wear but as for the rest of the time, I feel best in a shirt or silk blouse, on their own or layered.
Outerwear is something one becomes obsessed with living in UK. I love all my coats but it’s time to change things up a little that’s an evolution not a revolution.Accessories are still all important and a few, longed for key pieces have found their way to me over time. These pointy toe flats are the sort that can replace my beloved white Via Spiga flats here, here and here adding a modern classic element.
Jewels are also increasingly important to my look as time goes on. Since I don’t indulge in other embellishments and prefer simple lines, jewellery is practically the only way I can add interest and perhaps a little drama. It’s an ongoing challenge for me to remember to add something to my outfit. So I will try something different for this season: to choose the jewel first then dress for it. Also, an element that’s all important for creating a casual yet polished look, tailoring. Although I don’t have to wear corporate clothes, thank goodness, and I love a softly tailored pair of trousers to maintain a bit of structure in an otherwise casual look, I really must wear my jackets more. That includes my leather jacket! So this is my main mission, Plan 1 for the Autumn/Winter season. [There might be a Plan 2 if I think of it … :-)]
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