6397 Shorty Jeans | size 28 (I just got a pair of these EXACT jeans into SLOWRE)
James Perse casual tee | size 1 (yes, I’m wearing it again)
Robert Clergerie Valbert bag | not available online, I bought mine at tenoversix
Rachel Comey Dover clogs
I used to wear color, carry color. Not so long ago actually. Looking back through my archives of outfits is interesting, to say the least; there are lots of WTF was I thinking outfits in there…and more than a few where I’m wearing very bright colors and things you wouldn’t think I’d wear, given my sartorial habits of the last few years, and I remember feeling very comfortable & happy, not just with my clothing choices, but with life, in general. What happened?
Well. Lots of things really, and of course, style preferences shift as life changes and we get older. I’m not drawn to bright colors, or many colors at all, like I used to be; I truly LOVE grays, black and white. But I have always appreciated little pops of color here and there every so often, I just don’t ever land on one that sticks for very long.
And maybe it’s precisely because I feel so disconnected, so alone, and so different, here in the suburbs of Dallas, either because of my lifestyle (43, no kids, self-employed) or my rather neutral albeit sometimes-unconventional wardrobe, that I actually try VERY hard NOT to wear color. Rebelling against the brash colors & patterns of suburban style as it were.
That’s me, always a rebel LOL
Rather than swing the pendulum back the other way, incorporating colors and pattern with abandon, I’ve started to think about some colors and patterns (stripes) I’d like to try and add back into to my wardrobe. I feel bored, slightly, with my style. I want silver shoes (I had silver clogs many years ago, wore them like crazy) and striped shirts. And I want to enjoy getting dressed, feel excited about it, look forward to it. Must everything be SO PRACTICAL???
Which leads back around to my uber-casual lifestyle. Some days I only leave the house to go to Pure Barre. And others, I might just run to Costco & Whole Foods. Why get “dressed” to go to Costco? Of course, I’ve written about this before, but what difference does it make? I wear the clothes I like and feel good in, what does it matter who’s going to see me, or where I’m going? This is a hard hurdle to get over though, for me especially since we moved to Texas. I’m not sure why.
Anyway, I want to wear things that make me smile everyday. Fun things, beautiful things, things maybe only I appreciate. And why not? Why save the special things for special occasions? Isn’t everyday a special occasion? Yes, that is true, but I’m afraid I haven’t been treating them as such.
SO. After that long rant/diatribe/whatever, please let me introduce my new Robert Clergerie bag. I didn’t think too long or too hard about buying it actually, it was a total impulse buy several weeks ago. I went to tenoversix to try on a pair of hunter green Robert Clergerie sneakers I saw and loved and ended up with this bag instead. (I do love the sneakers still, especially that beautiful dark green color, but not the creeper style on me so much)
This bag is my anti-perfect bag if you consider all the things I thought I required in a bag: short + long handles, outside pocket, not too long, not too big, but big enough, closure at the top. This bag has NONE of that. But I saw it and moved towards it like a magnet. And the moment I tried it on, I knew I was going to buy it.
And as it turns out, it’s incredibly practical for me (except for traveling) and so comfortable to carry. It’s beautiful, unique, and makes me happy to look at. Because it is so sturdy and comes with pouch that’s attached by an interior strap (as most totes now seem to), I prop the pouch up at the bottom of the bag for my phone, lippies, keys and other small things and it’s the same as having an interior pocket, or outside pocket even. Suits me fine.
So at the end of the day, this bag IS practical, and beautiful at the same time. But it’s mostly beautiful, let’s be honest. It will last me for years, although I may not want to carry it every day. Which is okay. It’s another nail in the coffin of “perfect:” I didn’t know it was going to turn out to be so practical for me until I bought it, but it’s certainly not perfect for everything. Again – that’s okay.
Thank you for reading this far, and for tolerating my self psychoanalysis on every outfit post – the journey continues….
Do you notice that your style shifts when big changes happen in your life? How?
Oh, and speaking of things that make me happy:
AND, you, readers, make me immensely happy; this is my community, where I belong. Thank you for 20,000 comments over the last 10 years!!!!