Rag & Bone/JEAN capri jeans (made in the US) | mine are secondhand
Everlane cropped cashmere sweater | most colors sold out
Emerson Fry short sleeve wool tunic sweater (made in the US) | sold out
Dieppa Restrepo Penny Loafers (made in Mexico) | The Outnet usually has a nice selection marked down
I took these Dieppa Restrepo loafers (which are more than 5 years old) to my shoe repair shop recently to see if they could be cleaned, and they cannot. They are nubuck, and don’t look too terrible, but they definitely look old and I wanted to see if I could refresh them. She brushed them, which helped them look a little better, but I’m sad there’s nothing I can do to make them look “like new.”
Although, I probably shouldn’t strive for that, honestly. As Lori put it in a comment recently about a cashmere sweater, what’s wrong with something looking well-loved? Nothing. Nothing at all. Funny, my friend sent me an instagram photo yesterday of Sarah Jessica Parker wearing a clearly well-worn sweater, I loved it, and it made me re-think my stand. Not that sweaters, shoes, clothing in general doesn’t deserve care and attention, but there’s nothing wrong with their looking like I wear them frequently. Which I do.
Yesterday was in the low 50’s, still no sun, and quite a bit of wind, but I had already determined that I was going to wear this Emerson Fry sweater, so I made it work. It’s challenging to wear sometimes, again, because of the dropped shoulders, it can’t be layered underneath anything, so you have to layer it over something else. I love to wear it over a chambray shirt, but yesterday, to not be too cold, I put it on over my cropped cashmere sweater by Everlane. I was pretty comfortable.
And then I noticed a hole on the sleeve of the Everlane sweater. A not insignificant one. I’ve worn the sweater quite a bit, but not enough for it to have already developed a hole. And I don’t think I did anything to create it. But I’m not too worried; if I can find the thread that I think it came with, I’ll try and repair it. I’m really hoping Everlane brings the cropped cashmere sweater back – it’s such a great shorter length for me, something that’s really hard to find.
— there’s a size large, oatmeal cropped cashmere Everlane sweater in SLOWRE right now —
All these dropped shoulder styles have some interesting side effects: they’re harder to layer, AND it’s not as comfortable to carry a shoulder bag on a dropped shoulder. I’m not sure why that is, exactly, just that it is. My backpack works well, but yesterday I carried my canvas tote and found it cumbersome on my shoulder. I love the silhouette of dolman sleeves and dropped shoulders, but I find the styles increasingly difficult to incorporate into a wardrobe that’s built on a lot of layering.
Just a thought 🙂