Some of us are wary of color. We have closets like this. Some of us prefer classic clothing. We own 5 pairs of the exact same khakis. Let’s call a quorum of this Quiet Dressers Club and and discuss strategy for turning up the wardrobe volume. Not to worry. I’ve done my research. Imagine, if you will, a screen and Powerpoint. First slide.
Here’s the secret. Only change one note at a time, and that just a bit. I know. Not very advanced, but we aren’t after Chopin now are we?
For example, color? Tend to wear nothing but navy? Who me? Don a shirt that takes blue to its edge, quietly. This I wore to my uncle’s remembering dinner, held in California before the service in Cape Cod. We weren’t pensive, but we might have been.
It’s from J. Crew. One of their Perfect Shirts, in a Liberty of London cotton lawn fabric. Floaty, especially at the waist, and a tad translucent. Sturdy Gals have to remind themselves to wear beige undergarments. The jeans are 7 for All Mankind “Ginger,” in a dark wash. I can’t recommend these highly enough, if you are looking for a line directly from hip to earth, with only the lightest of touches at the thigh. A treat for the short-legged among us. Shoes are Manolo Blahnik quilted ballet flats and yes I have had them for two years and yes I do wear them at least twice a week. Cost per wear, baby, cost per wear.
Or, say you want to experiment with clothing not to be found at Brooks Brothers? Dabble in Artsy Cousin territory? Stick to your color tones, explore other silhouettes. I never wear maxi dresses. Except when I do.
This dress is from Putumayo, a business that now focuses on World Music instead of clothing.Well OK then. My stepmother gave it to me almost 10 years ago. The dress is black, patterned with brown elephants, and perfect for very hot days. Shoes, Remonte Derndorf, bangles, here, gold disc earrings from San Francisco’s Chinatown, Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis bag in Amarante, wildly glam Costco sunglasses, and a scrunchie ponytail foldover. I tell myself the hair is insouciant. Help me on this one.
Taking little steps, setting friendly goals, always dressing with a smile for one’s foibles. Doing everything, in fact, with a fondness for one’s foibles.