Today is thefourth day of Kat McNally’s August Moon. I have participated in her Reverb projects in December as well as her April Moon offerings, so it was a no brainer for me sign up for August Moon again this year. it comes at just the right time for me, I believe. There is a lot swirling around in my head and heart these days, and I’m looking forward to using the opportunity that August Moon gives me to work through those things that are rattling around inside of me.
Today for August Moon, Kat gives us the following:
What’s hiding in your closet?
What’s hiding in your closet?
Take a stroll over to your wardrobe and have a look. What sorts of colours and textures predominate? What are your favourite items? What do you have multiple of? What is lurking in those boxes at the top? How many are “some day” clothes (e.g. when you go to parties, lose 10kgs, meet the partner of your dreams, land the corner office)?
My dear friend Max Daniels, in her Into the Closet class, suggests that we get curious about the personalities represented in our wardrobes. I love this!
If all clothing is costume, what sorts of personas can you see?
What is the difference between what you wear to work and what you wear when you are socialising? What is your go-to item of clothing when you want to relax? What do you wear when you need a bit more confidence?
What, in your wardrobe, feels most like you?
Once again, I wish I could take a picture to show you. That seems like it would be a much better option than trying to pull it all out of my memory and boring you with the description. But since I’m not home to do that, the best you’re going to get is my memory.
Now if I went by what I had to wear this week, I could certainly take a picture of my bag for you – black and white polka dot 40s-ish looking dress, grey and orange v-striped dress, black and white polka dot sheath, grey dress denim capris with a grey tank think with a lace poncho dohickey (it looks good. I swear), denim capris and a purple school shirt for spirit Friday, a bathing suit, a night gown, a sports bra, some running socks (but I forgot the running shoes at home), an extra pair of denim capris, a couple of t-shirts, a pair of running shorts. Black Nike flipflops to go with the black slides that reside under my desk at work.
The closet at home has probably 4 pairs of black dress capris (is there really such a thing? How is that possible? And why am I attracted to them?), three pairs of grey slacks (including a pair of Nine West slacks I’ve had since 2006, purchased at the Treasure Hunt for $2. I will DIE – absolutely DIE – when they can no longer be worn), a pair of black slacks with blue pinstripes. Some black patterned blouses (short-sleeved), some blue & blueish short-sleeved blouses, a light blue Ralph Lauren button down, a navy blue Lauren linen tunic, a couple of brown things, a couple of white things, a couple of tan/beigey things.
All of my denim made its way to a dresser drawer recently.
In the hallway closet, my dresses reside. In there, you will find my fabulous wedding dress, the fabulous blue dress my mom made that is just like my wedding dress because she wanted to be sure she could do it, several dresses that are a variation on black with some pattern (which is usually going to involve blue). But oddly, there is a solid purple dress. And a purple patterned dress…both of which look killer. But I’m not generally a purple person, so…what the hey? A brown and white polka dotted dress. Two Kansas City Royals jerseys. Two Dallas Cowboys jerseys. The winter coats that I don’t really need now that I live in the heart of the Deep South.
Most of my clothes are clothes that get worn. I’m pretty ruthless about the twice a year purge. If I haven’t worn it, can’t picture when I will wear it next, then it goes to Goodwill. I actually just did that in July. Most of my clothes are the clothes that I wear to work because that’s such a huge part of my life, and most of those clothes are by their very nature conservative. No cleavage, at or below the knee, jacket or sweater if the straps don’t fully cover your shoulders. Not that I’m a terribly flashy dresser to begin with, but I used to at the very least enjoy some funky shoes. The district I currently work for requires that all tattoos be covered, so that means even that is out for me. (Do you know how hard it is to find *comfortable* shoes that cover the tops of your feet? And look good with a variety of clothes? And don’t cost a small fortune? Particularly when you need, say, a size…10? )
I’ve only recently started really wearing dresses. I don’t particularly care for my legs. I’m still a bit resentful that I got my father’s legs and not my mother’s. So my lower body is built a bit like a linebacker’s. I almost never – and I do mean never – wear shorts. They make my short, thick legs look shorter and thicker, and it takes a dress at just the right length to avoid that as well. However, this summer, I read a post from Sarah at Yes and Yes about how we’ve been sold this line that dresses are supposed to be things we reserve for “fancy” but in fact, they are about the easiest thing in the world to wear…and dress up or down. Particularly perfect if you’re not feeling the day…which happens to me a lot. And I remembered that one of my former bosses, who traveled a lot, always wore dresses. When I asked her about it, she said it was just so much easier to make herself look put together in a dress. So something has clicked, and I’m not looking at dresses through different eyes.
To go along with that, I recently made a switch from pajamas to nightgowns. I remember telling Sweet Husband, I want a nightgown. But! Not one that’s going to make me look like a MawMaw. I looked and looked and looked before I found this and a couple of other cute things. Strange. Very strange.
I do, though, enjoy a good necklace. I kind of think that much more than any of the clothing I might wear, the rows of necklaces – most of them collected on clearance for less than $10 – express who I am much more than anything I wear. One of my all time favorites is the one in my picture up there to the right (it wasn’t $10). I haven’t bought any new necklaces in awhile, though. When you have so many, it takes quite a bit to knock your socks off, but it managed to happen this weekend. I’m not sure what I’ll wear it with yet – perhaps the brown and white polka dot dress (it’s gold with two rows of sea shells dangling).
As for what clothes I prefer, that’s easy. The jeans (OK, capris) and a t-shirt. Preferrably a v-neck, but any t-shirt will do that are in the drawers. Or the jeans (the long ones) and that navy blue Lauren tunic. I think it’s my favorite item of clothing. I picked it up on clearance at TJ Maxx, and it was two sizes too big. But I couldn’t pass it up for $15. On a trip to visit my Sner during the summer of 2009, I took it with me and had her take it in for me. She didn’t just take it in – she tailored it to me. It nips in that the waist and is incredibly flattering. As it’s gotten older, it’s gotten softer. There is tonal embroidery at the neckline, and it’s just such a classic piece of clothing. I love it. I like to think it is most me – deep and timeless and ever softening.
What about you? What does your closet look like? What truths are lurking within?