Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Wardrobe Wonder

*UPDATE* Not to be a terrible influence or anything, but aren't the bags on this site drool-worthy? I especially love the Rebecca in grey... Man, am I going to have a hard time restraining cravings if I keep running into stuff like this...

Ah, now THIS is going to be a fun post... Quite the refreshing change from my previous rant-cum-diatribe. The Page Française passed on a sort of wardrobe challenge, and I have to admit that in spite of my recent attempts at cutting back on any consumer spending, I have always had a weakness for nice clothing -- for fashion in general, shall we say... It really depends on my mood, as is the case for many women out there I guess, but I do like to make an effort to look pulled-together, as much as possible, on a daily basis. I guess you could describe my uniform quotidien as classic with a twist... As I mentioned in a recent post, I love accessories, and I also love adding just that little touch to an outfit that makes it a bit more original -- even if most parts that make up the whole are very basic and simple. And then of course there are my lazy days, when I couldn't be bothered to throw anything original together at all. That's when I resort to jeans and a simple t-shirt-cardigan combination. I'm a cardigan girl, for sure. I have more of those than I could possibly remember off the top of my head...

These days I find that reasonably-priced, affordable and yet well-made clothes are virtually impossible to come by... Back in the States I guess I always depended on the constant day-to-day sales (there's always an excuse for a sale over there!) or outlet centers, sometimes splurging, probably more often than I care to admit, on something in particular at regular price, if I was crazy for it. But since I moved to France, or let's just say even more recently, I've been trying to restrain myself from one season to the next because I've finally realized that I do in fact have lots of clothes, and in spite of the fact that styles change from one year to the next, I'm realizing that I can certainly get by with what I have. But oh, the vanity-ridden desire and lust are still there, trust me! I may crave something, but I'm finally learning to apply more restraint to my cravings. And my ensuing actions. I'm hoping my bank account will one day thank me, because for the moment it holds nothing but scorn and resentment for leaving it so empty and alone.

But I have to add here that I go through color phases -- it's quite funny, actually, because whereas one year I may abhor a particular color, the next I might be madly looking all over for the perfect sweater in just that shade, yes that one that I wouldn't deign to wear just a year before. This fall I have to admit that I'm caving for the dark-blue-and-grey combination; I've actually had a passion for gunmetal grey for ages, anthracite as they call it here in France, deep rich grey... I agree that it goes with so much, from navy blue to black to burgundy to red to rich hunter green. And the list goes on. So I imagine that I may very well end up breaking down and purchasing one sweater or pair of pants in grey before the season ends, only because I know myself too well. And now that they're actually selling grey shoes for once (something I sought for years on end...), could they perhaps try to stock at least a pair or two in my size? (I have big feet -- American 10, French size 41). Then again, check that: don't carry my size -- then I may be tempted to spend more money...

So as to what I'm wearing right now? Well, I'm at work, so I'm dressed more "profesionnally" than I would obviously dress on the weekend, but comfortably nonetheless: one of my favorite shirt-dresses, in a khaki velvety material, found at Zara a couple years back; my brown suede boots, a gift from my boyfriend's mother, one of the precious gifts she gave me during the winter when we first got to know each other (we spent the better part of a whole Saturday shopping around Le Havre looking for boots in my size that I actually liked, and she was the most patient, supportive person I have ever met... not to mention wonderful company; I have the best memories of that day) and a thick wool, multicolored Max & Co. cardigan which is blatantly too warm for this early-fall weather, but I like to be prepared for what the Paris weather may unexpectedly bring. You never know what's going to be around the corner... I'm also wearing a beaded necklace from Clio Blue -- I love their jewelry. (I said I was a sucker for accessories after all!) All of this outfit is in what you might term "fall colors", but it's only because last year I was crazy about green in all its glory, so I have sweaters and pants in varying shades of green.

That's my outfit of the day... Tomorrow I will probably feel lazy again, so it will be back to simple pants and a top, more than likely. But today felt like a pretty good day.

I believe I'm meant to tag a few people out there in the blogosphere, and sometimes I have a hard time remembering those who do and those who don't enjoy doing memes, so of course if you're not into it, don't mind me! You can only play along if you feel up to it. So what are you wearing,

Adelyn, Colour Me Crazy, Destination Metz, Jennie, and Joy Suzanne?

12 comments:

Aralena said...

You know, I kept meaning to tell you that I really liked your necklace last night, but got side-tracked - I love wooden jewelry, and yours was very cool, different.

Voilà, I said it!

The Late Bloomer said...

Thanks, Aralena -- that's so sweet! I tend to mix jewelry of all kinds, and that's the only piece I have with wooden beads, although I like those myself. I have mostly silver jewelry and what I guess you would call "costume jewelry" -- can't afford much else, but that's fine with me! I treat myself to something from Clio Blue every once in a while.

I had such a great time chatting with you last night! I hope we get to do it again one day soon. And we definitely have to try to work on that book club/book exchange idea... (Hopefully Emilie will contact me again soon!) Especially since I'm determined to cut back on my book purchases in general.

adelyn said...

alice, i think your comment was cut off on my blog thing...but i think i got what you were trying to say.

dude, NO APOLOGIES!! i wasn't actually "horrified"!!! i was amused and was glad to have a little distraction to start off my day. i have a tendency to be very dry and melodramatic in my writing. sorry if you got the impression that i didn't want to be tagged!

Jennie said...

"These days I find that reasonably-priced, affordable and yet well-made clothes are virtually impossible to come by."

I so agree! I hate shopping in France because everything is so cute and stylish, yet so expensive. :(

I'll have to think about what I can write about my wardrobe... I'm so not fashionable and I couldn't care less what I look like. I usually put my pajamas back on at like 6 pm. LOL

Astrid said...

I loved those handbags!!! :) Pricy but veeery nice :)

L said...

Haha, that is B and my problem all the time! We do huge spending splurges, then swear we're not going to spend any money because look at all the stuff we have! And then we have a bad day or a bad week and head to Toulouse and find lots of great things we'd forgotten we needed... I won't mention how much we spent at Best Buy and the outlet center here in San Diego either. B kept on reminding me of how many euros the electronics would cost, and I couldn't believe I'd found great shoes for less than $50. I guess we all have our weaknesses! lol

Destination Metz said...

Fun post! I know what you mean about colours, although I tend to feel it more about objects. I'm obsessed with finding a vase in a particular shade of green and I really want a red tablecloth, but it has to be the RIGHT red. I've gotten so boring with my clothes the last few years. 5 years ago I was all about babydoll dresses, vintage stuff and fishnet stockings with doc martins or mary janes. Now I can't be taken out of my jeans. I feel oh so boring and unimaginative but when I try to put a nice or interesting skirt on I just feel too visible or something! I need to lose a few kilos so maybe that will be the key to enjoying clothes again...(not that i'm overweight but a little bit of extra flesh in all the wrong places can be very bad for the ego!)

avec amy said...

Very stylish! I can't wait until we meet up so you can fill me in on all the great places to find cute accessories; the links you've posted so far are a great start.

PutYourFlareOn said...

I love Brontibay. I bought my wallet there a couple seasons ago and it still looks impeccable. The also have the cutest little change purses that hold just enough euro coins.

Andrea said...

OMG, I love those Brontibay bags. Why did I click on that link!

La Page Française said...

Goodness, those Brontibay bags are darling aren't they. This was a very fun post to read, thanks for accepting the blog challenge!

ColourMeCrazy said...

Oooo, those bags are gorgeous! I'm a recovering bag-aholic and that just didn't help! This looks like a fun tag! Can't wait to get into it!