My brother and my middle sister are infinitely Artsier than I. This has proven helpful to my wardrobe over the years.
For example, last month, as my 56th birthday approached, my sister and I had the following discussion. By cellphone, of course.
S: What do you want for your birthday?
L: Um.Nothing really. A book. Or, if you wanted to actually get me something, how about a top I don’t have to tuck in?
L: I am tired of holding in my stomach all the time. What is it with midlife midriff? No more t-shirts for me.
S: *words of agreement and knowing laughter*
L: And most of my button-fronts look less than their best, left untucked.
S: *murmurings of support*
AT&T Wireless Service: Drop that sucker! No family fun allowed!
L: *various mutterings, shaking of fists at presumed cell towers, and stomping off to work*
Come the day, despite our terrible wireless coverage, I unwrapped this top from Jigsaw London. The Henley Peasant Top.
It’s a modal sort of fabric, with slight gathers at the shoulder, and light elastic at wrist and waist. Believe it or not, even this much flow and drape makes me feel veritably avant-garde. Not my usual strict tailoring. But it’s navy blue, which comes with a Classic Style Get Out Of Jail Free card. Supremely comfortable, and much kinder to my midlife waistline than a standard tee.
I wore it to work with 7 for All Mankind Dojo jeans, and the J. Crew Downtown Field Jacket in Mossy Brown. The color otherwise known as olive green. Etro scarf courtesy of my Artsy Brother, several years ago.
What with the San Francisco pinkish-purple brick background I’d scouted out, a flowing shirt and patterned scarf, it was a thrilling day for the Sturdy Gal.
Enjoy your Hallowe’ens, everyone. May all those on the East Coast in Hurricane Sandy’s path recover quickly.