I did a big clean-out of my wardrobe on the weekend.
Sounds silly, but cleaning out one's wardrobe is an occasion accompanied by soul-searching. We identify so much with our clothes; throwing out old garments is often throwing out memories and little bits of yourself, cathartic but a wee bit gut-wrenching. I ended up transferring to the Good Sammy's pile quite a lot; gone are the garments that I am feeling half-hearted about; or that only look OK if worn underneath something to hide a hole; or are shabby and worn; or were half of a set of which the other half has long gone and so is now a wardrobe "orphan"... I now have left only things that I really like and that make me feel great when I am wearing them.
Sounds good. At times like this I get all excited that I will end up with an Officially Co-ordinating and Cohesive Wardrobe. A manageably small number of (well-made, but of course) garments: Co-ordinating, in that they all go together in a planned, but still interesting and visually pleasing colour scheme and Cohesive, in that they have a definite style that is recognisably "me" and that I am comfortable in.
I know... (in sing song) day-dreaming! I did not... I suspect like a lot of women, my wardrobe and tastes are utterly all over the shop. I still have a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Precious little of which is particularly co-ordinating OR cohesive.
Er, doesn't sound so good...
So, do I have a schizophrenic wardrobe? And if so, could it be because I have a schizophrenic approach to my own wardrobe? I want to be "individual", but not ridiculous nor outdated. I would like to look "with-it", but the thought that I might look identical to everyone else is a stiflingly depressing one... yowza, no wonder my wardrobe is dichotomous!
Or I should look at this positively; it is diverse. I have a flexible wardrobe. I do have a smaller number of clothes, but still something for every occasion (mostly) And (if you have been with me for a while you will have noticed this) my dressmaking policy has been changing over the past year or so... I am concentrating more and more on quality, not quantity. When I make something it is going to be as well-made as I am capable; even it this means taking twice as long. I don't want to settle for imperfect.
So I still have a solid little collection of garments in neutral earthy shades and in a simple relaxed-fit style. And, today being a windy and overcast day it felt right to throw together for myself this colonial "Out of Africa"-style outfit. I do feel very "safe" in looks like this, and it also felt comfy and weather appropriate.
However.... on my weekend trip to the fabric store to get a single reel of cotton I do confess a small length of shocking pink linen has now somehow joined my stash too... oops! (she said innocently) I can't imagine how that got in there! So the summery brights continue to sneak in...
Shirt; Burda 7767 modified, of olive green linen, details here
Skirt; skirt "d" from Unique Clothes Any Way You Like by Natsuno Hiraiwa, of silver grey crepe, details here, and see this skirt styled in 6 different ways here
Quadruple wrapped skinny belt; had for years
Shoes; Bronx, from Zomp shoes