Saturday, September 14, 2019

My Comprehensive Wardrobe Framework

Vintage Leather Flight Jacket
I hope this personal list will be of help - or at least interest - to you.

I've spent a lot of time in the last year developing my style and organizing my wardrobe. Some of it happened naturally because of lifestyle changes, and some of it was careful planning. Since I started painting full-time, my style has changed in several ways. It's a little more casual, and more practical for my lifestyle. It's also leaned more androgynous. Also, While I don't get to travel great distances often, I do have occasional over-night trips to visit friends and family, and I currently like to keep my wardrobe somewhat travel-ready. I've found that a wardrobe that's practical for travel is also practical in my every-day life. 

I have gained so much inspiration from the minimalist movement. (I plan on sharing some of my favorite minimalists and their ideas in another post). It's helped in culling my wardrobe, organizing it, and giving me ideas about uniform dressing. However, I don't describe my own wardrobe as minimal. The reason is that I keep everything I need, plus a few extras that define my style. For example, I have a few more jackets than I actually need, but I love them and enjoy wearing them. 

However, I am determined to not over-shop and keep my wardrobe relatively small, so I created this list of the types of clothing I need in my wardrobe. It's helped to define what I actually wear and helps me keep track of my clothes so I have something to wear for every part of my life. All the different types of clothing I wear are listed below and I call it My Comprehensive Wardrobe Framework. This includes my summer and winter clothing items. After making this list, I determined how many of each I needed. For most of these, it's just one, but since I wear lots of t-shirts and jeans, I have a multiples of those. But this post isn't about the how many, it's about the what.

I included three categories in this list - clothing, shoes, and accessories.


Clothing:

  1. T-shirt (short sleeve)
  2. T-shirt (long sleeve)
  3. Thermal top
  4. Drapey blouse or shirt
  5. Sleeveless top / tank top
  6. Black turtleneck
  7. Flannel shirt
  8. Little Black Dress for weddings, parties, dates
  9. Joggers/lightweight pants 
  10. Cutoff shorts
  11. Black leggings
  12. Skinny or slim pants 
  13. Skinny or slim jeans 
  14. Short black skirt that can be casual or dressy
  15. Thin sweater
  16. Hoodie - black or gray
  17. Moto jacket
  18. Army jacket
  19. Bomber Jacket
  20. Wool coat
  21. Trench coat
Dr. Martens

Shoes:

  1. Combat boots
  2. Zip-up ankle boots 
  3. Casual sandals
  4. Canvas sneakers or boots
  5. Slip-on casual shoes 
  6. Nice event shoe (anything that looks good year round with the LBD)
The Flying Clubhouse: moon necklace

Accessories:

  1. Minimalist leather belt 
  2. Sun hat
  3. Beanie
  4. Square silk scarf
  5. Gloves
  6. Warm circle scarf
  7. Necklace (with small pendant, in general)
  8. Ear muffs
  9. Small backpack
  10. Standard-sized backpack
  11. Small black cross-body that can be worn casually or to nice events
  12. Sunglasses
  13. Large thin scarf (see pic below)
The Flying Clubhouse: Black Scarf / Shawl

Other important items:

Socks, underwear, pajamas, and painting clothes. My painting clothes are old or worn items that come from my main wardrobe. They are comfortable, and kind of like paint-stained lounge-wear.

Just for fun - and a reminder to myself - a few items not on my list:

These are some things that I've tried in the past and realized I don't need and don't fit with my personal style.
  1. Blazer - too structured, hard to find a good fit. I actually currently have a velvet one that I like, but it's soft and drapey and I think of it more as a fancy jacket. If I lost it, I wouldn't replace it.
  2. White collar shirt. Don't like how they feel, look, or gape at the bust.
  3. Chambray shirt. Same opinion as the white collar shirt.
  4. Dress trousers - just don't need.
  5. Denim jacket - prefer a leather jacket or nylon bomber.
  6. Chunky sweater - love how cozy these look on other people, but they look wrong on me. Also often feel too itchy and thick. I prefer removable layers like jackets and hoodies.
  7. Pumps - just no. I tried in the past for convention's sake, but I hate them. 
  8. Watch - I have a phone and don't like things on my wrist.
  9. A handbag. I like to go hands-free.

This list is a living document, and subject to change based on my life circumstances and preferences. Even now, I'm thinking I might not actually always need a flannel shirt in my wardrobe, but it's staying for now. The main thing is just to have a guideline to keep away the clutter and keep my wardrobe functional.

Do you find such a guideline helpful, or do you prefer to not overthink your wardrobe? Or do you have another way of managing your clothes?
The Flying Clubhouse: Black Scarf / Dress / Ankle Boots
By the way, I've changed the links at the end of my posts. No more links to Twitter or Tumblr - I haven't been very active there for ages. But I added a link to my Flickr photo stream, if anyone is interested. Also, are you on Flickr? Please let me know in the comments and I'd love check out your photo stream. ⇩

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Autumn at Oz 2019

Here are some shots from the Autumn at Oz festival at Beech Mountain, NC. My sister and I went to the Land of Oz in 2014 and 2016. This time we went with more friends and had a great day out. The weather was gorgeous. 

The festival felt a lot bigger than in past years, and seemed very well organized. The Land of Oz is a defunct - but lovingly-maintained - theme park. The highlight being a yellow brink road which winds through the mountain-top forest.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Late August - Early September

I really like this time of year. Late summer / edge of fall seems like its own season in Western NC. There'e lots of goldenrod and purple iron weed. Here are some recent shots, taken around Blowing Rock and Boone.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Summer Photos

Here are just a few shots from this summer. It's been a busy season, but these are a few moments of quiet.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Summer Thrifts and DIYs

This necklace holder is an older thrifted-DIY. I put it together several years ago and just painted it black a few months ago. It's been a great organizer, though. I like having all my necklaces on display - it makes it easier to choose one. It also looks nice on the wall. This display only has 9 places and I limit my necklaces to its capacity.

I can't take credit for the idea of using screw eyes in corks on a frame. I saw many necklace displays like this from various sources, and since I had all these components, it inspired me to create something similar. 

I acquired a gaudy thrift store frame, removed the glass, mat, and contents, and cleaned it.

I glued a small piece of sturdy cardboard to the back of the frame, and after it dried, I glued the corks in place. After the corks dried, I added three screw-eyes per cork. 

Guys - I'm a terrible DIY'er. I can't remember the glue I used to put this together. It may have been wood glue. But the display started coming apart a few month later and I repaired it with an epoxy glue. It's been sturdy ever since.
Here's my vintage swimsuit for the summer. The print is so not my style, (can I paint this black?) but I love the fit so much I can look past the neon colors. I've dyed over swimsuits before, but with the print and all the colors I'm pretty sure I'd end up with something weird and muddy. Anyway, it's still kind of cute.
I turned some thrifted jeans and shorts into light-wash cutoffs. My favorite jeans are skinny and dark, but my favorite shorts are just the opposite - light and over-sized. You probably know how to cut off your own jeans - if you want - and if not, there are plenty of tutorials online. But I've been doing it for years and just realized I could distress the hem more efficiently by using a box cutter (with a light touch).

I've heard the best way to get an even light wash on denim is to use bleach, but I don't like messing with bleach much, so I used Rit Color Remover. This type of color remover is not made for the indigo used in jeans, but it still lightened mine and left them splotchy, which I think is a great look for cutoffs, so I recommend using the color remover if you don't mind experimenting and getting uneven results.

Please share your favorite summer thrifts and diys in the comments, because I'd love to hear about them and am always looking to be inspired. I apologize for not always responding quickly here. I really do appreciate your comments. I usually see things and respond sooner on Instagram.

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