Today I thought I’d show you what I’ve been up to sartorially–not much, it seems. I’ve added a few things here and there to the closet, but for the most part the wardrobe has been pretty stable. I wish I could say the same about the weather. Both outfits were worn over the past two weeks. A strange cold front hit Southern California a few weeks back, so this wool knit cardigan outfit was actually relevant:
Details: MUJI Open cable-knit wool cardigan, old H&M body-con striped dress, Vera Wang Simply Vera black leggings, Born Valentina boots.
I’ve been stuck in a black-pants, v-neck sweater, and ankle boots rut. While comfortable and simple, it did get tedious after 4 weeks of continuous wear–for both work AND play. I’m usually a bit wary of legging-centric outfits but this worked out well in my opinion. Good coverage of the rear with the dress and cardigan, and the boots kept my toes warm. The only thing I’m not entirely sure of is that black belt–I typically stray away from large accessories, but it was simple enough and I needed a way to close the sweater and give shape to my body.
This next outfit is more of a “dry run” closet mixing experiment:
The crop top is something new that I’m trying out. The rise on the Ultra Stretch is high enough to provide some mild stomach-cinching (not gonna lie, I feel a million times better thusly than spilling over the tops of some low-rise jeans.) I’m OK with a teeny part of my torso showing when I move, but I don’t want the crop to always expose my skin. This feels like a good compromise and it will be good for summer nights out.
A quick note about the Ultra Stretch in black (SKU# 124323-09–026–033), for those of you interested: this particular iteration of the jean isn’t quite as deep and saturated a black as I would like. I’ve been washing it every other week not so much because of dirt but because it’s been stretching out after a few days’ wear. There is a grayness underneath the dye (maybe in the way the fabric was woven?) that is now showing as I use the pants. When I get the chance to go into a brick-and-mortar Uniqlo I’ll be searching for the other black jean (SKU# 079468-09–025–033) that’s shown as out of stock online.
I’ve been feeling fairly content with my closet as of late in terms of having what I need, but I would like to improve my remixing. Do you ever feel stuck with the pieces you own–unable to visualize it in other outfits? How do you jump-start your sartorial creativity, and how do you think up new looks with the items you already own?