Retirement Remedies: What I'm Wearing This Spring, Working With a Limited Wardrobe
I have new pieces this year, but not a huge number. Fortunately many of my accessories are weight change friendly and so they have moved into this new season with me. Some of the photos are reproduced from last year's photo log but either pieces are the same or so similar that it really oughtn't change how they will look overall.
What I've bought this spring is four t-shirts in pink, baby blue, aqua and beige, an olive green top, a new scarf, a black maxi, a navy blue tunic with long sleeves and a pair of white jeans. I guesstimate I have spent about $70 this year for my spring/summer clothing and I don't plan to buy any more this season. I have a few pieces I'm recycling from last year: a chevron striped taupe and white maxi skirt and a blue gauze shirt, a white tank and a gray tank top.. I have a shirt I picked up over winter at TJMaxx for $10 that will do nicely for spring as well that is a coral 3/4 sleeve top. I have a pair of blue jeans and an orange t-shirt Katie gave me. These few outfits shown here incorporate several of these pieces. I am not limited to just these pairings pictured, however. I I can create many more outfits using the pieces mentioned. What you see here are just a few of my current ideas and I've yet to try several pieces (such as the navy tunic), not to mention several pieces Katie and Virginia have given me that I haven't even worked into outfits yet. For all that my wardrobe is very modest many of the pieces I have will do (and have done) for many seasons. I notate under the photos below other possible outfits I can make using the main pieces.
#1 The black maxi, olive green tunic and new scarf. I am particularly fond of olive green and this is one of my favorite shades of it. The scarf has black stripes and coral/orange/olive/yellow in the floral pattern. I think this is a little dark for spring/summer but the pieces are so lightweight they will be a joy to wear when the days are hot and humid. The scarf and top will also go with the white jeans (#2)...
#3White jeans and the 3/4 sleeve coral top. Paired with a turquoise and moonstone necklace and a bag Katie gave me years ago that was free with a purchase she made.
#4 The same top and pants with the scarf is a second look for these pieces. I could use the white purse I bought last spring with this or a cute coral pink and cream straw bag I have.
#5 The aqua shirt with the white jeans and coral/aqua/gold accessories and the coral straw bag. The same shirt could be used with the black skirt with the coral sandals below or with pearls(#6) or I can pair with a striped scarf that has aqua, white, royal blue and green and worn with blue jeans (#7). I'd carry my mint green purse with that pairing.
#8 I forgot about this shirt, and must include it in the pieces from last year that still fits and looks well. The print is coral, red, black, creamy white and taupe. Paired here with the white jeans and the coral sandals I purchased last year. This shirt and sandal will also pair nicely with the black maxi skirt for look #9. I'd use my orange leather bag (which I plan to refurbish with new chain strap instead of trying to match the leather). I can wear a black sweater or the taupe one with it if more warmth is needed.
#10 I paired the navy cotton jacket purchased last summer from a spring clearance rack (it's all cotton) with the orange tee that Katie gave me and the new scarf. The black reads navy/black. I have this set up with the white jeans but it would go as well with the blue jeans( for outfit #11) with or without the jacket.
#12 The same orange tee, the scarf used as a belt at the waist and the black maxi. I accented with a pretty green glass necklace and bracelet. The same could be paired with the white jeans (#13).
#14 The outfit from last year. White tank, taupe short cardigan and the chevron skirt. I can change up necklaces to freshen this look. I can also wear with a jeans jacket which is perfect for church as it gets quite cool in the sanctuary (#15).
I could also wear the white or gray tank and jeans jacket with the black maxi. I have similar shoes in a black/navy and would carry my gray purse from the winter purchases. (#16/#17).
And there you have it. I've given myself the option of 19 outfits and haven't even used all of the pieces yet. I won't do a second post this season but you can see I've plenty to work with despite my 'modest' wardrobe.