|I wish I had bought a pleated skirt in Paris.|
After my first year of university, I had no idea of the future. My family did not believe in married women working outside the home unless it was necessary to help support the family. So I quit university and got a job. I wanted an apartment, clothes and a life! Think Mary Tyler Moore or more likely Rhoda!
|Mary didn't live at home and share a room with her sister.|
I worked as a file clerk, shared an apartment, lived in a basement suite and bought clothes! Clothes in the early 1970's were relatively inexpensive. I did not really know any name brands. I think that Canada was a bit behind the United States in adopting "names" and logos.
After young married years, return to school years and mother years, in middle age I was single, living
in affordable housing and able to indulge my two passions:travel and clothing. I bought a lot of clothes. My weight used to fluctuate a lot so I would often own 3 sizes of clothing. When I was in my fifties, a friend introduced me to a wardrobe consultant. I was enthralled with a more scientific approach to wardrobe planning. But I still had too many clothes.
How many items do I need in my closet? Saturday, I took out all items that are suited to warmer, sunnier weather, washed them and put them in either storage or in my recycling pile. There is much more room in my closet. I could see my wardrobe deficiencies much more clearly. I have too many tops and I am lacking bottoms that are suited to my everyday life. I like to wear dresses and skirts with tights for church or work.
|my "workhorse" navy dress|
|my latest book club selection|
I went to see The Wife yesterday. Glenn Close was terrific playing the understated wife of a Nobel Prize winner. She might get an Academy Award nomination for her role of the supportive/angry/frustrated wife of an adulterous, narcissistic husband.
It's another sunny day so I'm off to pick up a library book, meet a friend, walk and window shop.