In my recent 2022 year in review posting I said I had lost my fashion mojo and wanted to get it back. Still not entirely sure what that means I read and loved Helena’s posting on her new third word “current” (her style is now Current Classic with a side of Comfortably)

So, I’m going to start by looking at my everyday wardrobe with an eye toward making the classic more current. Classic is still my fundamental style. I'm not beating myself up, and not ready to toss my entire wardrobe ... just looking for a new direction.

4 recent WIWs:

#1+2 Camel Franco Sarto booties, Grey twill jeans, camel sweater, cinnamon puffer, burgundy raincoat, scarf with all these

#3+4 black Blondo booties, olive jeans, ivory sweater, black coat, olive/black scarf

#5+6 brown Naturalizer Chelsea boots, dark wash straight leg
jeans, camel sweater, cream puffer vest, plaid coat

#7+8 Franco Sarto burgundy lug sole boots, black jeans, blush/black plaid sweater, grey puffer jacket, camel scarf

Here is what I see and feel in these outfits.....


I don't know if the colors are "current" but there is too much going on. My neutrals are black, grey, white/ivory, and denim … and maybe camel
but I think it’s more of a “color”. I prefer outfits of mostly neutrals and
just one color. Outfits 1/2 and 7/8 especially have too many colors going on, too chaotic visually. (My style is kind of the opposite of Angie’s for example)

I like to wear outerwear layers in transition and colder seasons, but
I don’t have the right pieces in the right colors. For example the burgundy raincoat needs a light puffer jacket underneath to wear in winter, but the only one I have is cinnamon, a non-neutral. I bought the burgundy raincoat because I wanted a non-black raincoat, but the black one I have is much easier to build outfits around.

outfit 3/4 has olive jeans. I only like olive with black, white, and denim, and this black coat is the only one I have in those colors (except a deep winter black puffer) so the pants become orphans in winter. Maybe that's ok.


All these coats are super classic and straight in shape. Coats
with a bit more waist definition are more flattering on me I think.

All the pants are traditional straight legs worn long-ish. Conventionally flattering on my body type but not current.


1/2 and 3/4 are classic simple ankle boots with roundish toes.
They are both very comfortable and well made but not so current. The camel ones seem clunky somehow … maybe would work better with a lighter colored outfit, but still awfully classic and not current. 5/6 and 7/8 are lug sole styles so more current.


Again not about current or not, but the overall vibe seems heavy, masculine, boring. Full on flowy/feminine is not my thing either ...

What would be improvements?

My “layering” outerwear collection needs a review as far as
colors. Quite a few pieces but too many colors and not enough combination possibilities.

Outerwear: a new piece or two in light neutrals. I do have two longer waist-tie coats in grey herringbone and brown.

Pants; try something a bit slimmer/shorter, or just something different. (Not likely to go to cropped or wide legs)

Footwear: Could use new leather ankle boots in neutral color(s).
Pointy-ish or almond toes, simple low heel, not too western or boho a vibe, somehow more "current". It’s too late in the season to wear loafers/sneakers bywill look to get a jump on them for spring.

Would love to hear more ideas!!!

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