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Page 2 in the conversation "Need a wardrobe reset!" by Suz
You have a great wardrobe Suz. The colours all work together. I also have a "tight" colour palette and that works for me. I don't venture from it anymore. New footwear makes sense. I would stay in the same colour palette that you have. I also think you need more jeans. Maybe patterned ones or maybe something trendy.
Suz, I relate to the weather woes. I've been in similar straits -- in my case, a realization that "cold spring" doesn't last as long as "deep winter," but the variability of spring weather here in Seattle means that I need my cold spring/transitional/summer capsules all to harmonize aesthetically. I need enough items for each temperature range to get me through fairly lengthy stretches of a given type of weather, but not TOO much of each. I'm not sure exactly what the sweet spot is in terms of those numbers, and I also suspect that I need to spend a bit more time thinking about outfit formulas for each temperature range. (Otherwise, it's all to easy to throw on something that's either not quite right for the weather, or has that hodgepodge feeling aesthetically.) Anyway, it's a puzzle, and I feel like I haven't quite cracked it yet, but just validating that "transitional" weather -- whatever that means in your climate -- is sort of tough.
Your wardrobe is enviable. Of course you need new shoes, you’re a walker and wear your shoes out! I don’t have any suggestions. I hope you get it together, though, so I can continue copying you.
How about a lilac suit? Could be dressed up or down, and broken up.
And J crew has these boatneck sweaters in a few colors that should work under blazers.
For Vancouver, will your various ankle booties work? In the mild coastal climates, I don't think of booties as a seasonal thing.
I am so intrigued by this thread. First of all, seeing your entire wardrobe (almost) in finds is so inspiring. Secondly, Angie's prescription is magical. And then so many great suggestions. I will take a step back and ask - reset is a bit more intense than refresh, what do you have in mind Suz? A slightly different direction? A different mindset? Different sense of self? Or am I projecting ?
I can't improve on Angie's great advice, but I find it telling that you chose the word "reset" in your title. To me, that signals that you're bored and ready for some sort of style shift, be it adding a new color or a new silhouette, or experimenting with pattern in a way you haven't before. Your wardrobe looks like it's still in pretty good shape so far as essentials go, so just adding a good dose of one or two new elements could be enough to make everything feel updated and fresh.
Your wardrobe looks wonderful. I like Runcarla's thought of making up some outfits involving red, white and blue and maybe add a bit of some other colors. Olive can be warm or yellow-greenish or cool and lean more to the blue green. Maybe you have not found your shade yet.
Outfits I see are the wide denim crops with a striped top and your red or navy military jacket, white pants with the blue geometric patterned top and a denim jacket, ...i'il have to look again and come back to this post.
Holes are transitional into summer shoes and some basic knit tops. Maybe you need to look for some lighter weight jackets in colors that you have in heavier pieces and extend some tried and true outfits into a warmer season with them.
ETA: outfits I see other than dresses: grey and red floral sweater with white crops, grey scarf, long red cardigan or red jacket;
Silver/ grey top with white or dark denim, navy blazer, silver shoes
Dark blue floral on white sleeveless blouse with the scarf above it in blues, white or dark denim or navy pants, navy blazer
Vince Camuto print tube skirt, white knit top, Chanel-esque jacket
BR red dotty blouse with white or blue jeans, dark grey kimono jacket.
Do you have an inspiration board of some sort? I don't do enough of that myself, but when I look at the few things I pinned as inspiration on Pinterest, some themes emerge, and I can see how the themes change over time.
Lots of good ideas here already ,just wanted to say that the temperatures you give as transitional are essentially what we get for the majority of our summer so I thought what do I find useful;cardigans,scarves,lightweight jackets,cropped trousers.Basically things that I can pull on and off as the temperatures fluctuate but aren’t too bulky to carry.(obviously I don’t remove the trousers!)you can get some smart ,funky cardis and denium/cotton jackets these days that will take you most places.
I took another look and re- read your comments too. I think you have a gorgeous wardrobe and such a good base to start with. Some of what you feel may be boredom with the dragging end of winter and longing for spring and summer to start.
A couple of ideas that came to mind- a kimono top - something that you could wear with your white and blue jeans over tees and tanks in the evening- bright shoes and maybe a bright bag (a bright pink could be fun and would work with blues, silver, white, black, denim and maybe even red - or blush)- a great dress - something with a bit of a modern edge that looks great with flats.
I hope that Vancouver provides the shopping treats that you want.
Thanks, all. I'll come back to comment individually as soon as I am able -- I am packing today!
Hi Suz- I don't have anything to add to the great advice you have gotten on this thread. I just wanted to thank you for this thread. I have found it very educational. When I have more time I plan to re-read it more closely.
Good luck with your presentation and have fun shopping in Vancouver.
You have a lot of beautiful items already, but I also know that some of them you've likely worn a lot and maybe you get bored with them (I know sometimes I do this) so if it were me, part of my refresh might be finding new versions of a few of my favorites. A new stripe (vertical is my current fav - I esp. like these grey stripes with dark camo shown in finds). A couple of streamlined short sleeve or sleeveless tops for under jackets as Angie pointed out seems a good idea. I have a couple of very light weight jackets (feel more like a shirt, but styled like a jacket) that work in spring/summer. One is a simple cheap hoodie in navy, another is white slub cotton short unstructured blazer.
Also, I think I'd allow myself a few fun inexpensive tees or tops (thinking Loft or similar) with interesting sleeves maybe for summer? Maybe I'm just thinking of my own shopping list. Ha!
Are you really looking to "reset" Suz? It seems you have fabulous pieces, and defined style.
How about a statement bag? I like the idea of citron, which looks awesome with blue.
I have no good answers. I'm in a total funk right now myself, I think it has to do with this never ending winter, that wasn't even a real winter (for us, i know you got nailed!). I did my winter/summer change over on the weekend, and it felt SO GOOD to get my thick winter sweaters and pants out of my sight. I'm baring my ankles, d*** it. I'm realizing this season is so hard not so much due to what's in my closet, but what's in my head.
Anyway, you'll look fab for your presentation (good luck!) and have a wonderful time in Vancouver. I think your clothes will be fine for there... it's casual after all. Jeans and tops. I hope you can figure out what refresher items you'd like so you can take advantage of the choice!
Oh, do you still have our BR "pajama dress"? I enjoy that in spring, when I can bare legs but still need a bit more coverage. Great with sneakers for casual, or shoes and cardigan/jacket for evenings.
Following up on what La P said...I know you are already planning on summer footwear. Your collection shows only two styles; sneakers and strappy heeled sandals. Would any of your lighter colored booties work as transitional pieces? If there is some other style that would work equally well, maybe consider adding that. I'm constantly on the lookout for closed toe warm-season shoes with a fairly high vamp (not low vamp like a ballet flat) and the options seem to be .loafers, flats, pumps.....
The other thing I see is that while there are definitely items in red (your signature color), perhaps some new red prints would be good, mixed with white, silver, navy...or red shoes or bag. (I've got red/white print dresses on the brain right now so I'm a bit biased)
Following up on what Chris said, I just got this tee, I wonder if it would slide its way into your wardrobe too? Goes with everything!
The blazer I bought when I was with Angie would work with so much of your wardrobe, Suz. It's an investment but is a great lux statement (and better on than in the picture). Size down.
Because I know you like red as I do.....
I bought this jacket and pant to wear as separates but they look fantastic together as well. I'll absolutely wear them as a suit. Beautiful true blue based red. Linen blend though so you have to be ok with things not being pristine. They have a great summery vibe. The pants are fantastic with the red floral tee that Elizabeth posted above. They're great with my red bag and floral jacket.
I bought the same pieces in the lilac posted above but ended up returning it. The red has so much more personality.
Thanks, Marilyn -- I might try on those BR pieces. I'll bet they look fab on you! I did order the tee, Elizabeth, but didn't like it on me for some reason...not sure why. Just wasn't feeling it. And I don't have the PJ dress any more. I wore it quite a lot but it got pilly eventually and I let it go.
Viva, I love that jacket. I'll see if they have it at the Vancouver branch.
Chris, you're right -- you know how it is here, right? We go straight from boots to sandals. That's why I have so few transitional weather shoes. And sadly, pumps and loafers will not stay on my feet. I will try some on just in case, but I'm sure it's a lost cause. I need straps -- t strap or ankle strap.
Tex, trust you to find great stuff at J. Crew -- I love that shirt!
Lynn, thank you!
Sal, I like all your suggestions, thank you. I have been on the lookout for the right bright shoe for several years, believe it or not! Still hunting.
Cardiff Girl, that's helpful. So I have scarves, toppers, and layers down for my casual days. I ought to be fine with that. I'll just need a few dressier items.
Greyscale, I don't have a Pinterest board but maybe I should come up with one to see what emerges. Also -- you're right about booties -- I'll bring a pair with me to Van.
Joy, you are better than the ROGUE outfit creator! In actual fact a lot of these pieces do not work together (even though they work colour-wise) because of fabrication weights. So whoever suggested that I should add lighter weight toppers in my signature colours was on to something.
Shevia, Jenn, I think you're right -- reset is a bit more than refresh, and I am feeling like I need that. But still not sure what I mean!
Sheryl, thanks for those suggestions. Wouldn't a lilac suit be the very definition of spring?
Janet -- the shoes were indeed worn out. Time to replace.
Sarah, thank you -- you get it!
Style Fan, thanks for the validation. I agree that patterned jeans could be fun.
Hi Suz,Where are you staying while in Vancouver? Will you have good access to the skytrain so that you can wander through Pacific Center or Oakridge. Feel free to message me about shops etc.While last week was gorgeous, the last three days have been cool and wet...here's hoping we are in for another warm few days ahead.
I don't have any advise to add but just want to commiserate on transitional wardrobes. I have been trying to focus more on mine but I find it so hard as our transitional weather can be all over the map as far as temp and duration. Sometimes it will last a week and sometimes it seems to go all summer. So it's a work in progress. Also, I've missed that you'll be moving to this side of the country. How exciting and I imagine a big change for you!
And... bam! Angie just looks at the collection and sees not only what’s there, but what isn’t. Has it all triangulated with formulas and everything. Lol. I cannot add to this.
But it did occur to me to consider the feeling of Hodge Podge. What the antidote is. For instance, I pattern mix All The Time. Some combos come out Pattern Mix but some come out Helter Skelter. Completely random and dispirited. I mean, sometimes one can put on a white tee and jeans and look svelte, and sometimes this results in looking like one has let one’s self go! Why should this be?
Bijou, alas, I think the blazer is gone in my size. Oh well...I do sometimes wear turquoise, though it's not the best on me. Cobalt or royal blue are better.
Petite Marj, I am staying at a friend's house in Kits. I know the city quite well as I used to live there. Thank you for your kind offer of help!
AviaMariah, yes -- for now it's just a working holiday, but we will move at the end of the summer. Only on a temporary basis for now. We will see how things go.
Rachy, I think that's it -- even though things go together I am feeling Helter Skelter in a weird way. Interesting...
Hi Suz! You might want to think about a wrap skirt for summer (as an alternative to a tube skirt). They still have that casual vibe, and are a bit of a change. And of course asymmetrical skirts are fun too.
You’ve gotten such great advice here and I’m taking notes. I have nothing to add except I’m in the same boat with transitional clothing.
I can’t wait to see what you find shopping in the big city! Have a wonderful trip.
I liked this skirt as a tube skirt lite.
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