A couple of years ago I stopped buying new items for the fun of it after realizing I would never live long enough to wear everything more than twice which is a waste. I have been selling, donating, and giving away things to friends. Fewer neutral pieces in solid colors and high-quality fabrics serve me well and are worn much more often.
When the weather warmed up recently, I realized the need for a brighter color to liven things up for spring and summer. In the previous post, I showed you a new coral color which goes with everything in my wardrobe. I wore the knit jacket and tank to dinner on Friday evening to rave reviews. Both are the color “Malibu Punch” from Chico’s. I love to wear a true red, but this softer coral color is not so intimidating. The jacket is made from a supple knit so I can push up the sleeves and wear it with white or blue jeans just as easily. Items that can be dressed up or down get top consideration when I shop.
Before buying something new, I ask myself a few questions. Would I wear it tonight? Will it go with 90% of the other items I own? Is it something I honestly need? If I answer no to any of these questions, it goes back on the rack or stays on the website. If you love all the items in your closet and you own different textures, and fabrics in solid colors that work together, you will never again say, “I have nothing to wear!” Accessories can personalize and update the basic pieces in a variety of ways.
Pant styles are a stumbling block for many of us. A few years ago, I only wore dark tailored trousers that fell straight to the top of the foot, but I started to feel dated, boring and predictable. I don’t buy that style now. I also stopped buying khaki chino pants because they never look good on me. I don’t want the new items to look just like the pieces I have been wearing for twenty years. Pants with straight legs and ankle-grazing lengths in brighter colors or different fabrics can add a boost of style as well as being much cooler and more comfortable in warm weather.
The pants shown here have been worn about a hundred times, but when they wear out, I will replace them with the same. They are the stretchy basic crepe pants from my site here. They have a modern silhouette with a little split at the ankle, are lightweight, go with everything, pack like a dream, and are very comfortable. The crepe fabric reflects light and skims my body without clinging to anything on the way down. The brown is now on sale, but I also offer black and navy.
The necklace is from French Kande here. (I am an affiliate for them, so I will earn a small commission from any purchase you make from this link.) The lip color is Beautycounter Red. It is the perfect color to wear with Malibu Punch! You can find it here (I am a Senior Manager for Beautycounter, so I will receive a small commission if you purchase from this link). I have no affiliation with Dillard’s or Chico’s.
The shoes are from a couple of years ago by Gianni Bini via Dillard’s. I no longer buy heels. The fun embroidered bag is one from last year that I cut the straps off of, but I do have more styles here. If an item on my site is still showing but is out of stock, it means more are on the way, and you can enter your email address below the description to be notified when they are back in stock.
We enjoyed a delicious wild caught fish entrée with basil pesto and mushrooms at Gourmet & Company in Johnson City. When we eat out, we look for salads, sides of steamed vegetables, wild caught fish, or organic chicken dishes. Some restaurants are thankfully starting to offer vegetarian dishes which usually are our first choices.