Windchime, I honestly wouldn't buy silk from the brand of that floral dress (Tolani) again. I bought two pieces from them, and though the prints were amazing, both were way too delicate for what they cost. Alas. I would have loved for them to have been winners.
Brooklyn, replacing capsule pieces is just the worst. I think the trick is to not really try to replace them, directly, but to evolve with time. I'm just disappointed when I try to replicate with something similar. Your patch idea is along the lines of what I was thinking with visible mending, but it will change the character of the blouse. It won't be a simple, elegant piece anymore, it'll be a quirky, boho statement.
shevia, I've had no luck finding a dupe secondhand, alas. I wish I could, as that would probably have a more stomach-able price than the current equivalent from EF. I'll look again come fall, or maybe set an alert. And yes...your thoughts are exactly the same as mine on the patching. Could be fun, but won't be the same!
Runcarla, I really like the idea of patching with lace! I think I'll try that, along with some interfacing to shore up the silk in that area. It'll make the blouse different, stylistically, but maybe I'll still be able to enjoy wearing it a while longer that way.
I do miss building travel capsules! Spring planning seems like a decent substitute, especially with the hope we'll all be out and about more in a few months. I promised myself a white dress for when restrictions are lifted, but the one I was looking at isn't offered in that color anymore. I'm sure I'll find an alternative.
slim cat, that's so frustrating about the deliveries! I've been lucky so far, although we pretty regularly get mail for our neighbors and they often get ours. When the mistakes are within our little small-lot development, everyone is good about dropping parcels on the correct doorstep.
Joy, it's too bad that EF doesn't have a program to patch/mend pieces for you, isn't it? I have turned several worn-out items back in to them for their refurb program, and they issue a small ($5) credit, so I do have a few of those saved up on gift cards for a new purchase!
And yes, I'm kind of tired of virtual events at this point. I'd rather just wait.
Sal, I think you're exactly right about the "crisp, high contrast" thing. I was actually just admiring the color of the denim you have on in your most recent post. I think that's my favorite sort of wash.
rachylou, I know I talked about linen above, but I honestly wonder if spring might end up being colder than winter here. LA officially got NO rain in February, but June-uary is still to come!
Fashintern, see above for the tailoring issues. I miss having a real winter, but honestly the weather here right now is just the BEST. I can not complain about it being 72 every afternoon, but chilly enough to cuddle up in the evenings. I just wish there were more occasion for going out at night.
nemosmom, you nailed it. It's like the weather and the pandemic are conspiring to make every day the same!