Wardrobe Update

As the weather changes and the body continues to change (and change and change…), so the wardrobe changes.

New additions:
Leaf green fine gauge jewelneck cardigan from Lands End (not exact sweater – one I got is sold out). This color was on sale, which is why I picked it. However, I love this color. It is the color of new grass in spring – not eye-popping apple, not Kelly or emerald, and not olive. Just a fresh color that is an unexpected neutral and looks fantastic with tan, white, cream, navy, brown, denim, and colors like pink and orange. This weekend I wore it with my Seven jeans, brown croco Sofft heeled sandals and a white ribbed tank for brunch and Twilight movie-thon at a friend’s house. Yesterday I wore it with a navy jersey dress and my Duo Bern boots for work.

Denim trousers from Gap. Gosh, this is what, the fourth pair of these pants that I have purchased? I just love these pants. Right now I fit in a 14 regular when wearing a bit of a heel. This is exciting because this time last year I wasn’t even able to look okay in their size 16 trousers and was between petite and regular and feeling frustrated. I love denim trousers – I am allowed to wear them to work (wearing today with my black deep cowl sweater from Ann Taylor and black city boots), and they are more polished and flattering than classic jeans.

More Banana Republic Pima Tanks. They are like $15.99 right now online, and this weekend there was 30% off Gap, Inc. stores. I bought every color they had in my size. Haven’t yet received them, but they should be arriving this week.

More Caslon ribbed tanks. Two white, one gray, and one black – nice and fresh for spring.  Man, this is the best tank I have ever tried – thick, stretchy, the right length, bra doesn't show in the neckline, doesn't stretch out, doesn't fade…

Long strand of turquoise stone beads. I adore turquoise and this strand is long enough to double to hit at chest-level, or triple up and have a short necklace. The beads are lumpy and bumpy and natural looking – I expect to be wearing the heck out of them with sundresses and sandals this summer.

What I Need:
Nursing tanks. I have one I halfway like from Bravado, but it’s starting to look old. I would like one in white, one in black, and one in some color.

A couple solid-colored dresses. I ordered one from Lands End but I ordered petite and it is too short. But thinking black, gray, navy, that sort of thing. Dresses I can wear with flip flops in summer, or be able to dress up enough for work.

Black pumps. The black patent Mary Janes I have I despise – the straps stay closed with Velcro and they pop open while walking. I need some shoe that would work for work, but also if I need to go to a nicer affair (house or worship, daytime wedding, etc.).

At least one funky jersey top. We’re talking dolman sleeves, drapey neck, something interesting to it. Solid color, and a color I adore (blue, purple, berry, pink, aqua…). Something that will work with black pants or jeans. Lightweight enough that I could go dancing and not overheat.

A maxi dress. I don’t care that they are on their way out. I want a jersey or cotton maxi dress I can pair with flip flops or sandals and wear to a friend’s party. Or I can wear it to a music festival or to walk down to the farmer’s market. I bought one over the winter but it was a bit too boobalicious. I never wore it, left the tags on and after a few weeks in my closet I just had to return it. I don’t think I would have worn it anywhere except on a vacation to a tropical locale.

This weekend I plan to go up in the attic and look through what is up there – any clothes that may fit this spring/summer and what MUST be swapped/donated/Freecycled. Speaking of which, thinking of doing the blog again where I sell some of my old clothes that are in great condition. Another blogger who has a similar sense of style to me (J. Crew, Maggy London, Banana Republic, Gap, etc.) contacted me and has a few things in her old size (she has had great success with Weight Watchers) that she would also like to include in the sale. Not trying to make a big profit, just want our good stuff to go to a person who will appreciate it and wear it well (meaning not with sandals and pantyhose). Will keep you posted!

10 Comments

  1. April 10, 2010 / 8:31 pm

    I bought a couple of tops from you last time you did the blog sale thing. They are awesome, and we’re about the same size.
    Definitely would love to see you do that again!!! 🙂

  2. April 1, 2010 / 8:12 pm

    I thought I would suggest a nursing cami from Melinda G, they are super long and have a bra closure in the back instead of just being stretchy for support.

  3. Kate
    March 26, 2010 / 4:40 am

    Have you checked out the nursing camis from japanese weekend? They have a couple of cute colors in addition to the basics.

  4. March 26, 2010 / 2:03 am

    Gap trouser jeans are the best EVAH. I wore them today and felt polished and cute even though I felt like I had been held in someone’s basement lair for the past 48 hours due to my allergies.

  5. Marie
    March 25, 2010 / 2:33 pm

    I love your wardrobe update posts and when you post links to what you bought. I too have similar taste in clothes as you, so I’m always curious to know what you’re shopping for.

  6. March 25, 2010 / 5:14 am

    I think you might have convinced me to try the trouser jeans! They look amazing, but I’ve been afraid they would make me look bigger.

  7. Anonymous
    March 25, 2010 / 1:31 am

    Yes! Do the blog wardrobe sale again! I love your clothes. – Kara

  8. March 25, 2010 / 12:15 am

    id love to see what youve got to sell! your style is classic, and i think we may be somewhere around the same size…

  9. Anonymous
    March 24, 2010 / 11:57 pm

    Hi Allie – Love your blog, glad you’re back to posting! Quick question — when you changed the layout of your blog design, it stopped showing up in my Google reader. The only thing that shows up is the title of the post. Any suggestions? I tried unsubscribing and then re-subscribing, didn’t work 🙁

    Thanks!
    Amy

  10. March 24, 2010 / 7:36 pm

    I bought the Land’s End cardi in Fern, which is the brighter green and in navy. I love these cardigans! They’re cotton, but thick enough to wear in the fall. I also like that they come in petite sizes.

    Definitely going to check out the Casion tanks.

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