Purging my wardrobe of things I rarely (if ever) wear has freed up space to purchase items I know I will wear many times in several ways.
Impulse buying and irresistible sales were the culprits that caused me to add unwise choices to my wardrobe. I once worked with several companies and merchandisers who sent items to wear on the blog, so I had lots of things that didn’t blend well with my supporting elements. (Think of a movie cast. If all the players are stars, no one is special. A wardrobe that serves you well needs to have stars and supporting pieces.) Well planned additions, purchased only after I have thought it over carefully, are proving to be much better choices.
This Officer Blue Peacoat from White House|Black Market was just such a well-planned choice. As soon as I saw it in their new arrivals, I knew it would be a good color and style for me. Even so, I waited until a couple of days later to make sure I was still passionate about it before I purchased it.
The Peacoat was my all-time favorite piece from my US Navy (enlisted) uniform. The second favorite item was those smart-looking comfortable little black leather brogues we wore.
I have worn out many pairs of Chelsea boots in my life. They are a classic style that can be smartly worn with any cool-weather casual look. It was time to replace the last pair I bought a few years ago. I did lots of online research before deciding on these Dara Chelsea boots by Frye.
The Sheri Slim black jeans are by NYDJ. The blue V-neck cashmere sweater is a couple of years old from Ann Taylor. The long fuchsia scarf is old from Target. I wrapped it around my neck a couple of times and then tucked one of the ends back through one of the loops so that the bulk of the scarf was filling in the bodice and keeping my body heat from escaping. You can’t see it, but there is also a thin knit cardigan from J.Jill worn under the Peacoat for an extra layer of warmth. I find that several thin layers keep me warmer than bulky ones do. I am also much more comfortable in thin layers.
That’s me above in 1981. I served aboard the USS L.Y. Spear, and we were on our way back into port from being out to sea for a few months. We did not wear dress blues or our covers (hats) while we were out to sea, but we had a wonderful tradition of manning the rails in our dress blues whenever we would return to port. I earned E-5 Petty Officer Second Class’s rank and added another row of ribbons before leaving the military in 1983 after serving for four years. I have always been partial to military-inspired clothing for quality and classic styling. The concept of having clothing items that all work together has stuck with me all of my adult life.