Sunday, June 8, 2014

Manage your Wardrobe, Manage your Life

As I edit my wardrobe to create a few "planned " outfits, my life should become easier. As a "sociable introvert", I find busy weeks stressful. Deciding what to wear should not be another worry!

This week-end, Monsieur performed twice and I attended both shows. When M. performs, he has very little time for me so I usually take a friend. As I am a theatre or opera woman not a nightclub woman,  I often feel uncomfortable and out of place. Monsieur is generally older than the musicians that he plays with so I am older than their partners. How can I use wardrobe management to manage my anxiety? Two of my favourite European fashion bloggers are Josephine at Chic at Any Age and Hilde at Fashion 55 Plus.  I will use the lessons of these two elegant ladies to create an age-appropriate outfit.

The first gig is at an open-air shipyard where vendors are selling crafts and street food. The show is early (5-7pm) so there will be a lot of young urban families. The other band partners are about 20 years younger than I am but I have no intention of dressing like a "geriatric groupie".  I've got a linen tunic purchased at Sahara London. The colours are blues and golds and I could wear it with my linen tank and oatmeal coloured leggings.
outfit for Shipyard Market gig
Looking at this outfit through the eyes of Josephine (chicatanyage), I would change the bag for a market basket and the shoes for a pair of espadrilles for a more sophisticated look. Silver hoop earrings would be a nice touch. Could I wear the tunic with white jeans? This is an outfit that I can feel comfortable wearing to barbecues, outdoor concerts or markets.

The Saturday night gig places me at a casino auditorium where Monsieur is playing bass at a Return to Motown Revue. Although I enjoy all kinds of music, I am definitely not a "hands in the air" night club woman. Most of the audience at these performances are Baby Boomer women who come to dance with husbands or girlfriends and to have a few drinks.
This outfit didn't feel like me.
I don't usually go to dances and I don't usually wear black. This balloon silk two-piece was comfortable and appropriate but it didn't feel like me. I love my Bernie Mev shoes and my shawl from Diwali Paris but the black will take getting used to. I would probably remove the necklace and choose a drop earring
in one of the colours of the shawl. I don't think that I have the right bag in my collection. I should be able to wear this outfit to dances or on cruises and feel comfortable. What do you think?

My last musical adventure is a matinée performance of Wicked with my darling daughter. The day is warm but overcast with no chance of rain.We took public transit to the theatre and had lunch in our favourite pub-restaurant. I wore my floral jean jacket and a dress with a scalloped hem and my favourite walking shoes.
This outfit is comfortable and easy to wear to a matinée.
I am learning lessons about wardrobe planning every day from other bloggers and from observing what I feel comfortable wearing.  My pile of giveaways is growing and soon my closet will be organized to my liking. If I can clearly see what my clothing options are, my daily choices should become simpler. 

As a librarian, collection development was part of my job. A collection of books needs to be circulated or it is of no value. The same is true of clothing. If an item has no purpose in my life as it is today, it is simply taking up  precious space. 

9 comments:

  1. I love that you are editing your wardrobe like you might edit the collection...it was so much easier to purge books as the parameters were much clearer. Sounds like you need a classic outfit for musicals and plays....something chic and versatile. Think black is a good start and change up the accessories to suit the performance.
    Have fun planning!

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    1. You're right! As a t-l, I felt no qualms about "de-selecting" books. If no one borrowed them, they were boxed up and removed from the collection. I should be able to do the same with my clothing. The SOS Children's charity shop might make a bit of money from my discards. I think with my grey hair, black will become my evening dress-up colour. There are so many great combinations possible!

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  2. The outfits look classy and suitable but, if you are not a fan of black, why not mix the pieces of photo 1 with the black? The coloured shirt/jacket in photo 1 would be lovely with the black pants.

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    1. I could indeed break up the black by combining the black pants with a tunic or wearing the top over skinny pants. Both black pieces could be worn separately.

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  3. Generally I read and don't comment -- have so enjoyed your travels and should at least have said thank you! -- but here, if you don't mind, will join in.

    I like your choices very much and am following your progress with an eye toward improving my own collection. But may I offer a piece of advice? (Worth what you paid for it, LOL: $0.) In the photo of you, you are just standing, as if waiting for an opinion - which, of course, you are. But do yourself a favor ~ wear the clothes, 'own' the clothes, project your authority. I don't know if that translates to "shoulders back, stand up straight, smile, etc." or not, as we all have our versions of what shows that we feel good about a look. If you don't know instinctively, try it in front of a mirror until you figure it out. But you have beautiful colors and selections, and while your readers have opinions and you are gathering information, your opinion is important too. ;-)

    Mary

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I feel so uncomfortable having my picture taken. I am practising and will gradually include more "selfies" on my blog. I will have to feel confident in my choices but more importantly in myself to project that authority.

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  4. So glad you don't take my comment as criticism. I hate having my picture taken too, and could almost feel your hesitation, so maybe I was reading in a little.

    Should add that I enjoy following your approach to the various issues in your life -- the way you deconstruct what is confronting you, analyze the parts, and plan how you go forward in problem solving and achieving a goal. It serves you well.

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  5. I love that your walking shoes are also attractive! Do you happen to remember the brand? It's one of the things I'm working on, it's so easy to descend into 'Small Town Midwest Frump' with shoes. I love my big marshmallow shoes for putzing around the house, and too many times have justified wearing my comfy tennies around errands afterwards. But it doesn't have to be looks vs. function!

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    1. The metallic beige walking shoes are from Paris. They are made by Thierry Rabotin.

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