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Life of Colleen: Wardrobe meanderings part 7

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Wardrobe meanderings part 7
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2009-11-15 at 11:50 AM (Pacific)

red poppy

This past Veterans Day, or Armistice Day, was a paid holiday for us. I can admit it still boggles the mind, how Armistice Day became Veterans Day in the first place, but it's true...freedom is not free.

I'd fully intended to do nothing on this day off, but ended up going through the stuff that's been amassing on my shelves. I will do this periodically; I'm not sentimental. If it doesn't have a purpose, it goes. If I discover a need, it goes on my to-buy list. In fact, much as I'd envisioned this sort of...orgy of frivolous fashion conquest, touring my shelves revealed how boring and practical I really am.

j.crew tissue turtleneck in champagne

This was the last of my recently-acquired J.Crack turtlenecks. (Sorry about the "J.Crack," I can't help it, in the same way "Needless Mark-up" comes out instead of Neiman Marcus?)

"Champagne" barely resembles the image. It's more a light creamy brown, than the delicate cream I thought I'd bought. Less versatile, seemingly, but lovely nonetheless.

Why so many turtlenecks? Again with the practicality. A turtleneck is the ideal garment to wear under sweaters. (Not to mention, everyone looks good in a turtleneck.) It's easy to replace, relatively inexpensive, a cinch to care for, stores nice and flat.

silk half slip

You're gonna need one of these, if you own even one unlined skirt or dress, and wish to wear tights, or even nylons. One day of not having to unstick your skirt from your nylons, and the thing is paid for.

I'm trying this one out...hmmm...it's filament silk. It doesn't look like much but has made a world of difference. Still I'm contemplating the Mary Green one; costs more, but seems likely to wear better.

wool tights

Yes, part of me wants to replicate this entire outfit, down to the shoes. Life is short...hmmm...snaps out of it

These are wool tights. I bought some cotton/microfiber tights, but you can't beat wool for warmth. Adding in wool tights will extend the life of my cotton tights--I've been wearing the cotton ones every day since I got them, it's been cold--so next up shall be some of these.

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