Retirement Remedies: Stretching a Wardrobe: Spring/Summer, Part I
When you're working within a budget, you have to use tools available to you to stretch your dollars. I am in need of summer clothing. In the South, Spring lasts about two weeks and then we're into some pretty warm weather rather quickly. When you're at my stage of life, heat is heat is heat and you swelter. So yes, though it's just April, I am looking for a summer wardrobe.
In my closet I have a few key pieces, same as most people have: black dress pants, gray dress pants, white jeans, black jeans and blue jeans, a Chevron striped maxi skirt.
I have a mere handful of tee-shirts and blouses in coral, black, green, white. I have a few purses and several pairs of sandals. I have costume jewelry and a few shrugs and scarves. Anyone looking at my closet would see that it is modest. Not a room sized closet for me. It's a modest sized walk-in which I share with John, various stored items and we have plenty of room to walk in. I have one 3 1/2 foot rack for my clothing. That's winter, summer and in between seasons.
So you see I'm not bewailing my 'nothing to wear' status with a room sized closet full of things to wear. I have a need however, to make do this summer as much as I can, replacing only what must be replaced and using to the fullest those things I have. At present, I'm not ready to replace, so I must use.
I went on Pinterest and looked at fashion boards to determine how I might use the pieces in my closet. I looked for specific elements and pinned those outfits that use what I have in the closet already or for which I could adapt pieces I have to achieve the same look. I write these ideas down too, and then I build outfits and hang them in my closet ready to wear. This saves that dithering at the closet when you really need to be moving. I suffer from wardrobe anxiety, lol, second guessing myself if I start trying to build an outfit on the run, so I choose to do this when I have time and can change out pieces that don't look as well as I'd like. I don't try these on unless I'm very unsure about how it might look. One advantage to having few pieces is that what you have is comfortable!
Outfit #1: So I thought today I'd show you a few of the outfits I'd pinned...and how I used what I had to create a similar look. I wish I could do these side by side but they will most likely show up one under the other. The link for this first look is here though I went four times and never saw it. Still the original link is posted in case anyone wants to know whose credit this goes to.
I may end up dyeing my jeans to try and make them darker. That would certainly be an inexpensive enough fix and would essentially give me two different colors of blue jeans. I used a white tank and a tissue thin navy cardigan. I accessorised with silver bangles. I have earrings there too but confession time: my silver hoops are broken. I'll be replacing them as soon as I can. The scarf is more navy than it shows in the photo. If it's very warm, I'll ditch the cardigan and wear a white tee and the scarf and likely substitute the black sandals for the shoes.
Outfit #2: This was the inspiration for the next outfit. Photo credit here
If you click on the link you'll note the chevron is neither taupe or gray as it reads but fine navy/white lines. However, it reads enough like my own Chevron maxi that I felt I could do something with it. Now I didn't include my denim jacket but I do have one. I used the white tee rather than than a tank. I'm not really comfortable exposing so much of my upper arms since I don't expect to wear the jacket.
Outfit #3: photo credit here
This outfit really stretched my imagination to use what I did for it.
Outfit #4:photo credit
I loved the rather bohemian look in the above photo. The peasant blouse, the bright bag...Everything else are pretty basic.
Looking at the photo I shall swap out the multi strand turquoise necklace for my bold chunky turquoise one. My tunic has a silver/gold threading on the bib which matches the sandals. I don't have the colorful bohemian style bag...and I'd love to find one but I shall work with what I have.
I seemed to have been focused on the white shirts in my wardrobe this week when I put together outfits. I'll share more as I set up more but at present four outfits will likely do me for a couple of weeks.