Lets take a little break from the quilts, shall we? If you have read this blog for any length of time you may remember that I am originally a garment Sewist. While that is rather rare these days I find that one still needs to wear clothes. Te-He. Unfortunately, I do not possess the great sewing and fitting skill of my friend from Florida but I can still conjure a decent seam. I am very rusty though and that's the truth. I rarely purchase anything other than t-shirts because the quality I expect I cannot find in a price point that I am willing to deal with.1. Comfort. I have enough aches and pains and prefer not to bind or chafe anywhere. Your clothes should suit you...not the other way around. That includes shoes. Disclaimer: I do have lots of one hour shoes, Church shoes I call them and they are staying just so you know. They are an investment that will not be set aside.
Fashion blogger Extraordinaire, Janice Riggs of The Vivienne Files. Her amazing talent to wardrobe is a go-to if you sew or not. The ideas she presents can help you create the fashion function that you require and save you money at the same time!
The weakest part of my wardrobe is the warm weather section. I just am a slug when it come to working on that. Since I still want to look put together but I am not really fashion focused I need to get a move on, warm weather is on the way. Janice has a system that works for any age group (well, not the Gothy teens) and budget. You just need to curate your likes and dislikes and choose those items that suit your lifestyle.
My requirements are:
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My requirements are:
2. Age Appropriate. I am Of a Certain Age and that is fine with me. However, finding clothes that I feel are appropriate for my lifestyle can be boring or downright tricky. I have another friend who makes scarves, painted beautiful silk scarves and I use those to add color pops to my otherwise boring palette. There will be no exposed abdomens, arthritic knees or upper arm flaps for this girl, no way.
|Janice frequently uses fine art to illustrate her point|
4. Style. My life has changed after retirement. My needs are different. My activities are different. I wear loose and comfortable clothing at the gym, no spandex for me. At home I wear comfy elastic waist pants and t shirts with a cardigan if it is cool. In public I try to be understated and classic.
Well this has been a bit cathartic I think. I usually don't do fashion. But it is impossible to completely avoid the subject. Don't forget to check out The Vivienne Files, Janice spends hours and hours and hours compiling her posts and curating trends for us. Gotta love that lady. And yes, she does permit me to piggy-back her ideas here. Again, a generous and talented person.