James Perse shirred v-neck dress | black sold out, “madras” on sale at Revolve
Kowtow organic cotton cardigan | Black at Garmentory (Use my referral link for a $20 account credit!)
Freda Salvador Lock D’Orsay flats | on sale at Azalea
I have made an executive decision to wear only dresses/skirts for the foreseeable future – or at least for this week! It’s getting warm quickly here (it’ll be in the 80’s today), and given my ongoing frustration with jeans/pants, I think I’ll give them a break for a while. I threaten to stop wearing pants/jeans frequently, actually, as I have a harder and harder time finding pairs that fit and flatter my larger legs, so, I might as well try it in earnest for a while. Aside from the fact that I’ll have to shave my legs every day (which, TBH, is something I’m not looking forward to starting up again – you wouldn’t believe how long I go without shaving my legs when it’s cold. Or perhaps you would…), it won’t be very hard; I have more than enough dresses/skirts to get by.
I also spent the weekend switching out my winter and summer wardrobes, and assessing what’s left in my closet in terms of what I REALLY wear, and what I don’t. I’ve had this Kowtow cardigan for many months, and have yet to wear it. I can’t really say why, except that whenever I pull it out to wear it, I put it on and take it right back off again.
I love the cardigan a lot – especially that it’s organic cotton, ethically & sustainably made – but for me, anyway, that certainly doesn’t mean I’ll wear it. I have a few theories:
- it’s gray. Weird, I know, because I love gray, and like to layer in different colors, not the same. In my head, of course it has to be gray, so I can layer it over black dresses & with black pants, etc., but for some reason I think that’s making it harder to work with
- it’s cropped. Even though I LOVE cropped tops/sweaters and think they’re very flattering on me with my smaller waist, I still instinctively want to cover my ass/hips with longer layers, and don’t feel as comfortable in shorter ones like this cardigan. I’m working on overcoming that though, and I think the more often I choose this silhouette, the easier it will be.
- the upper arms are a little snug. Nearly everything is on me, since I have flabby upper arms, let’s be honest (there’s some muscle in there too!), and while it’s not really noticeable, it does make layering the cardigan over long or short sleeves difficult and bulky. So, I’m limited to wearing it with sleeveless dress or tank tops. Fine, but something I wasn’t able to do in cooler weather.
Ultimately, I’ve decided to keep the cardigan and try to wear it this spring. I’ll hold on to it through this year, and if it turns out that I still don’t wear it then I’ll get rid of it. Incidentally, I did that with quite a few cold-weather items and random other pieces, so look for a new shop with some of my items up for sale soon.
What do yo do with items you love but don’t tend to wear very often? Do you keep them around hoping to wear them? Or give them away quickly and move on?