Recent comments from thoughtful readers inspired me to put together this post. “You always have just the right outfit and accessories. How much time do you spend shopping (online, I expect), on average, per week? And do you have a budget?” We also recently discussed the color plum or burgundy in the comments section, so I’ll share more tips today.
While the perception might be that I have a vast wardrobe with endless accessories, the truth is quite different. I have the smallest wardrobe I’ve had in over twenty years, but it provides more outfit options. In addition, I have a small palette of mostly solid colors, which combine well with each other and flatter my cool complexion. That results in almost unlimited possibilities when I use accessories to dress a look up or down.
The color plum has a cool blue undertone, whereas burgundy or Bordeaux has a warm brown undertone which is more flattering for warm skin tones. If you look best in silver jewelry, you likely have a cool complexion.
Each fall season, I look for a few basics in plum but rarely find pieces that are right for me. Thankfully this year, I discovered and added a few royal plum items from L.L.Bean, where the v-neck top in several other colors is here.
The shell is perfect to layer under a denim jacket or navy cardigan. The open cardigan below goes with all my pants and all of my tanks.
I rarely shop for new items, and it is always for something becoming worn or missing from my wardrobe. Avoiding sales, random scrolling for what’s new, and skipping trendy items have saved me lots of money over the past few years. Instead, I look for the best quality I can afford from sites such as Talbots, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, L.L.Bean, Land’s End, Banana Republic, and sometimes White House Black Market.
The white jeans are still available here, but mine are two years old. The shoes and bag are at least three years old. As you can see, the new items work well with my old favorites.
The plum color helps me look well rested even though I’ve spent the last week sitting by my father’s hospital bed in ICU. I am the only person in my family that has recovered from the Omicron variant enough to care for him. So you will understand why if you don’t see a new post from me soon. Thank you for being part of this amazing community of more than 22,000. Your comments and support mean so very much to me.
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