Since I was twelve, white jeans have been in my wardrobe, and I wear them all year round on sunny days. However, I’ve learned not to wear suede shoes or light-colored pants on days with a threat of rain. The splashback stains are nearly impossible to remove. White jeans are as warm as faded-out blue jeans on a cold day, but they look so much more polished.
Adding a few accessories can make comfortable staying-at-home attire look a bit more presentable when I need to run an errand. Simple lines and slightly structured pieces in neutral colors make up my wardrobe, and most are interchangeable across seasons. But, of course, I can easily layer on a scarf, cardigan, or jacket if my other garments are simple and a bit fitted so that they skim the body.
White jeans suit my inverted triangle shape well, and the fabric is more forgiving. As I age, soft knits and jersey fabrics are less flattering, but denim smooths and conceals. I own black, shades of blue, and several pairs of white jeans, and they are almost a daily uniform.
If white isn’t a color you can wear, try a different light color that suits you. When the shades in your capsule wardrobe include light, medium and dark colors, you will find that you have a more comprehensive range of mix and match possibilities. These can be all the same color but in different tones. Cream, camel, and khaki is an example of a warm tonal wardrobe. If you add accent colors such as maroon or coral, you will always have variety in your combos. (Maroon is a warm color, and burgundy is cool.) Warm colors have a golden hue. Cool colors have a blue tint.
Someone asked if I planted the elephant ears I mentioned last year. I have thoroughly enjoyed having them in my yard again. A tiny tree frog was living between the leaves of one of the plants for most of the summer. Hopefully, he found a place to hibernate because I haven’t seen him in a few days.
My passion for nature and being outdoors mean that I always hope to see something unusual on my daily walks. So here are some amazing critters we sometimes have in the neighborhood. That’s a wood duck in the first photo and a red-tail hawk beneath it. These images are small because I took them with my cell phone.
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