Outfitting for Fall V.2012: Reduce and reuse



Hope boxy tee in wine; J.Crew wool trousers; Church's Sally loafers

Yikes. I don't know if time seems to be going by quicker because I'm older or if I'm older because time is flying by, but even if earthquakes and climate change have made the Earth rotate faster, I feel simultaneously worn out and bored all the time. It wasn't too long ago that I blogged about gearing up for Fall when here we are again -- albeit this time, it feels much too warm to be dressed in sweaters and a waxed jacket in September. My purchases for this season and the next will be highly pared down, for reasons explained in great detail over the last few posts (and I won't get into them again). The funny thing is that I've found myself pretty much set up for the colder weather with hardly worn purchases from last year, which I guess is testament to the fact that I probably overspend on clothing.

I work mostly from home these days in a pseudo-hermetic state, trying to write up my dissertation papers whilst clad in jammy pants, moisture-wicking t-shirts and fuzzy socks. It's gotten so bad that I sometimes feel terribly apologetic when the mailman comes around with a package for me to sign and I look like some post-apocalyptic madwoman. Either way, being at home so often has had some ill-effect on me - I'm getting less exercise AND getting so complacent such that I'm putting more emphasis on comfort and convenience when I do eventually have to go out. I'm not at the point of sweatpants and Minnetonka slip-ons... yet. And not that I would ever allow (or forgive) myself to roll out of the house looking like a wad of disastrous bedding, but I'm starting to think that maybe baggy wool pants and some fleece pullovers isn't necessarily a bad thing or a completely inappropriate attire for the Pacific Northwest. I mean, most of the people I know bike to school, wear trail shoes/clogs and neon raincoats, and by default, every single one of them lists their favorite activity as hiking.

My outfit for work these days has been a pair of extra slouchy pants and a boxy t-shirt. I rotate through a lot of Hope tops and a few other breton tees, and I have several pairs of J.Crew wool Elan trousers that I stockpiled from last year. Suiting is one of the few things J.Crew gets right. Also, mostly because I'm lazy and detest ironing, lately I find myself reaching for shirts a lot less. The tee and trousers combination makes me little bit more workplace appropriate - not overdressed but not sloppy either. It's extremely comfortable, and I think that when it gets into chillier weather, I'll just throw on a scarf and fleece jacket and call it a day.

I don't particularly have a wishlist/purchase list anymore because let's face it - I don't do a very good job sticking to it (and the list seems to multiply every time I surf the internet), but I've added a pair of black Church's loafers to the shoe closet, after receiving a Net-a-Porter gift card for the wedding. I'm dithering about buying a Primoeza sweater over at Anaise but other than that I'll see if I can reduce and reuse and hopefully save enough to make a trip to Barcelona next year (or for retirement, dogs etc., etc.). I'd be interested to read how everyone else's wardrobe preparation/purchases are coming along!

P/S: Man, I really need to get back into swing of blogging because I've realized that I'm incoherently stringing wordstogether that run off in long winding sentences and don't have any structure. Like this. For example, this is the third iteration of this post. Apologies for nonsensical grammar, hopefully I haven't gotten any spelling wrong. I did win a spelling bee competition when I was nine, after all. 

26 comments :

  1. Love your churches. I am a huge fan, have to say, I got these boots last fall:

    http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/2011/10/new-edge.html

    and recently picked up these too:

    http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com.es/2012/07/churchs-on-sale.html

    So hard to stop now that I'm addicted to the quality and design. Are you as in love with yours as I am? As for fall purchases, I know I'm going to do a new coat this year, hopefully something masculine and/or voluminous, but that's as far as I've gotten in my planning. Love the idea of being more organized though, rather than just making random impulse buys throughout the year.

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    1. I guess they're somewhat comfortable but I like to wear my loafers sockless so they tend to rub my feet in a lot of areas. I can't wear the shoes for too long at once but other than that, I reckon they'll hold up for a good long while! I love those jeweled boots you bought -- they're so unique!

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  2. So good to see an outfit post from you and you look great! I like how you wore the slouchy top and trousers without a hint of frumpiness.

    Regarding wishlists, I overspent the last couple of months during the sale season so it is time to cut down.

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    1. Hah, I was thinking frumpy up till the point to mentioned that it wasn't :-) Thanks!

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  3. I was greatly amused (though not at your expense) but this post. I love the dry tone of writing, whether it was truly intentional or not. It also helps that I'm from Vancouver, so I definitely feel ya girl on the PNW front. You look good and I loves the shoes.

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  4. I love the drape of your tee shirt and the stripes, of course :)

    I can relate to your fatigue a little - much as I think online shopping is a real gift for those of us living outside London/Paris/New York it also ends up fueling a constant want for more stuff. I am trying to limit my wants to things I can source in India. Ordered a gorgeous bespoke cocoon dress from a friend who runs a design studio here and other than a gold evening watch - which has been on my list forever, since my only gold watch (Gucci) fell apart five years ago - have no other items on my list. And I am happy to wait for the watch until the time feels right, no pun intended.

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  5. It gets tiring, wanting things all the time. I don't realise what a relief it is to stop until I close those windows. Shopping in actual shops is still a pleasure for me, and because the item is in front of you, you don't build all these fantasies about it and turn it into something bigger than it is.

    Anyway, I love your trousers.

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  6. @ Joy The dryness was entirely intentional but I guess I'm ironically embracing the PNW aesthetic with great gusto.

    @ Ammu & lin I wonder if we're all rubbing off on each other with our consumerism burnout. I mean, unless we actually do work in the fashion industry, I can see being overwhelmed by constant wants/purchases/desires etc., etc., it's hard work to keep up (and to actually afford it)!

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  7. you took the words right out of my mouth!
    i'm buying a pair of shearling lined llbean boots, possibly a v-neck cardigan to replace a ratty old one, and a SA julien jacket if i find it on sale.
    i love my primoeza cardigan, but it's a little too short for my long torso. the anaise pullover is beautiful. i'm not sure i want anything that fitted, though. i love your slouchy trousers and top. when i was finishing my dissertation i wore leggings and sheepskin slippers. i rarely went outside except to get snacks at trader joe's!

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  8. cool hope top. love the slouch from top to bottom--looks stylish and comfy. a plus. i have a primoeza cardigan + one of her sweaters from anaise from last year. big fan! they are so warm. i swear, the sweater got worn almost every weekend of winter last year. they are just so impeccably well made.

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  9. I have spent the past week prepping maniacally for my first day of work after being a student (again) for two years. My first job was very lax in terms of dress code and I got away with sartorial murder (striped suspender jodhpurs anyone?) while trying to determine MY own style. School complicated things as I realized comfort was far more important than color and, often, fit. Lots of slouchy tees, sweatpant-styled trousers, and boots or flat shoes entered the picture.
    Now, I am starting a corporate job. Thus far, I have purchased three bottoms, all thrifted but in excellent condition. They fit very well and are more sophisticated, but still true to my general rule that comfort rules over all else.
    Now, I have hit a stumbling block. NOWHERE have I been able to find any button up tops that a) lack bust darts or b) are not tissue thin or c) extravagantly expensive. All I seek are a couple of button ups and for the quality I have found in the mainstream stores like Gap and Banana Republic, I refuse to pay $60+. I purchased a white button up from the Gap out of desperation for $50. I don't regret it but I need at least four more and I don't intend to return there to purchase them.
    Aside from this, I have bought three pairs of black ankle boots because I wear them year round and have been able to sell several other items to purchase these, which are of better quality. I'm pretty stoked to start work. I'm now also seeking a simple watch with a leather band and a light, soft cashmere scarf for the transitional weather we are having now.
    I am pleased to report that this outfit you have above is what I looked like all summer, and probably what I will look like for the next few months. :)
    I also need to blog more, I think. Sorry for the ramble...I got excited. Will follow your example and check out J Crew for some full length black trousers.

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  10. @erica You're right, I'm not too sure if I want the Primoeza sweater mostly because I think it may be a little too slim/long for me - even though a navy jumper in merino knitted by Elizabeth seems too hard to give up. Haha, I'm subsisting on TJ's microwave meals and pizza - I'm pretty sure most of their revenue comes from starving/frazzled grad students.

    @Jade I've worn my Primoeza cardigan to death too, although the cabin sweater I bought from Anaise is a little too scratchy and boxy for me - looks like we may actually have a lot of the same items in our closets :-)

    @Pennerad Thanks fior commenting! I find J.Crew suiting more affordable and slightly better in quality than say Ann Taylor or BR. I really hate bust darts as well and have actually found some pretty well made ones (sans darts) at the Brooks Brothers outlet. If you wait for the seasonal sales, Steven Alan reverse seam shirts also do not have bust darts and will cost about $60.

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  11. I love your shoes!!! DO you know where I could get them online?

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  12. Hi! The shoes are Church's Sally loafers and it's available from Net-a-porter (http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/323880)

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  13. i always wonder what the great women writers wear when they work from home. like what did a young Joan Didion wear when she was banging out essays from her NYC apartment?

    i love the Churchs loafers, and am also a huge fan of Hope tops. how did you find the sizing? i was tempted a while back to get a pair of the brogues, but the sole was too chunky for me after much back-and-forthing.

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    1. Probably not sweatpants and shearling boots - maybe a warm mohair cardigan, long johns and velvet slippers? I think a grad student's life is far less glamorous than the offices of Vogue though.

      Strangely, I find the sizing for the Church's loafers true to size - although I've heard many a times they run small. While I do enjoy my shoes, they aren't exactly very comfortable and the women's shoes aren't as well made as the men (I think the same company that makes Prada shoes makes them for the women instead of the English factory).

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    2. hmm, that's unfortunate :P and sadly why is this the default when it comes to mens vs women's shoes? so annoying...

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    3. oh rats, i would think for the price they would be comfortable--and well made. back to the drawing board, i guess...

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    4. Erica, they're not terribly uncomfortable per se, but they do run a tad narrow, the leather isn't exactly pliable calf but some sort of corrected grain leather and it doesn't stretch out easily. I have sort of medium-ish width feet and I continually get blisters if I wear the loafers without sock liners.

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  14. Great outfit, as always! Love your Churches.

    http://herribbonsandherbows.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. i've been looking for a pair of church's sally loafers in black everywhere to no avail. :( they are just so perfect that no other brand, like bass, can compare.
    how do you like yours?
    http://andthisisandrea.tumblr.com/

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    1. I bought mine on Net-a-Porter, if you hold out for a bit, NAP tends to stock the Sally loafers in black every winter (well for as long as I remember). Honestly, the leather is a bit stiff and it's taking me forever to break into them. I only bought them because I had a gift card and didn't need anything else from NAP. I'm not sure what your budget is, but I much prefer the Fratelli Rossetti Brera loafers (so comfy!). Unfortunately they don't run a bit large for me.

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  16. i've been looking for a pair of church's sally loafers in black everywhere to no avail. :( they are just so perfect that no other brand, like bass, can compare.
    how do you like yours?
    http://andthisisandrea.tumblr.com/

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