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Wardrobe meanderings part 5
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2009-10-31 at 2:55 PM (Pacific)

J.Crack update

I bought a men's cardigan on sale at the Corte Madera J.Crew, last time I went. It's no longer on the 'Crack website unfortunately, but it's a lovely black and dark grey, herringbone-patterned, merino wool cardigan. Something like this:

black and grey cashmere cardigan

...but herringbone (am I the only one who finds the preponderance of solid colors robotic after a while?).

It was way cheaper than a women's cardigan would have been, and better. I washed it when I got home--I do that, for anything washable, to see right away how well it launders. And I detected not one fleck o' fuzz, nary a pill--as if a man would even notice? bemused

brown oxfords

I don't actually want these shoes, but they're pretty decent looking.

Keener on Cydwoq oxfords:

cydwoq oxfords
image courtesy bulo shoes

...but I'd want something in between the two. I've seen Cydwoq embossed leathers in person, and they are gorgeous, but not as versatile as plainer leather would be.

But then I haven't seen these "Recess" shoes in person; a bit hard to judge.

A mending tip

When mending a heathered item, in a place where it might show, use two threads--to match the two colors in the heather. Go over the hole once in the darker thread, then over that randomly in the lighter one.

Culled from Craigslist

Someone posted anonymously:

IMO they are adorable but be careful wearing boots over tights. I've had so many tights torn up by boots either because they are kind of ruggedly constructed inside or because the zipper snags when I cross my ankles. What I do now is tights, then cotton ankle socks then boots. Your tights will last longer.

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Wardrobe meanderings part 4
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2009-10-27 at 8:00 PM (Pacific)

tissue turtleneck
Tissue turtleneck, J.Crew

Thought I'd investigate "J.Crack," finally.

I suppose, on some level, I still thought of them as the mail-order catalogue company they once were--akin to Land's End, LL Bean and Eddie Bauer--before swapping out their wholesome WASP-y models for super-slim higher-fashion types. But the merchandise was still quite practical, from what I saw, with only a veneer of pleasant sartorial snobbery.

Take this turtleneck. Not a particularly sturdy t-neck, yet perhaps the ideal layering piece, precisely because of its thinner fabric and long skinny sleeves. It might well span the seasons better too.

The material was not Kleenex-tissue tissue, exactly; I tried on the above shade with what I thought the worst-case scenario bra (light-colored, with a ton of flowers on it), and the thing barely showed through. nods

cotton blend tights
Biella cotton blend tights at sockdreams.com

Similarly utile are tights blended with natural and synthetic fibers. Natural fibers help feet breathe, while synthetics add stretch and smoothness.

Italians make the best tights and stockings. Pro-American as I am, I've never seen anything like Italian-made legwear; it's amazing stuff.

low heeled boot
But we still make better shoes...

Okay, a tough claim, given the quality of Italian-made shoes...but I've been wearing these boots (mine are all black leather). Oh, I love them. To the point I'm wondering if it's worth getting the same model in dark brown leather.

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Wardrobe meanderings part 3
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2009-10-21 at 7:50 PM (Pacific)

Sorry, blog! I've totally neglected you, having been mindlessly busy, if that makes any sense.

Fashion-wise...I suppose I've finally become the good Catholic girl I was supposed to be. It's easier to see the virtue in saying no, once you've had plenty of opportunity to say yes. So much of style involves nothing more than saying no, to the onslaught of shopp-ortunities. You must winnow the classical wheat from the trendy chaff.

Take patterned tights:

patterned tights

This style reappeared out of nowhere. Patterned tights were hot when I was in grade school, if I recall correctly; the kind of thing you'd wear with your go-go boots. Part of me still loves them, from sheer sentimentality, but is it worthwhile buying them now?

Eh...it's tempting. I'm inclined to say no, in favor of plain old tights:

grey tights

How about a turtleneck?


Only it's not a regular turtleneck, it's a ginormous neck, which you are to fold and mush down, and it's of thinner material. Probably not the most practical purchase. But is it really that fabulous shade of red?

Again, highly tempting. I'm dithering (idly, since I space out purchases) between this and the more prosaic classical t-neck:


Though I've been on and off lusting over this dress:

print cotton lawn dress

...I know it would be killer on me, what with the old-school printed cotton lawn...this is more what I want to buy now:

andrea gabardine skirt

Lest this appear to be apple vs. orange, both items are in the same price range, and both fulfill the eternal question (what to wear to work today?) with machine-washable charm.

The skirt pic doesn't do it justice; it's a nifty little gabardine number, with an interesting array of gores, almost like a jigsaw puzzle.

And speaking of classics, this Stranglers video has been sitting here; it's a brilliant cover (check the "Light My Fire" interlude). Not at all relevant to this post, I just happen to really like it.

The Stranglers, "Walk On By" (original by Dionne Warwick)

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