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I love shoes, purses, clothes, playing with my hair. All those things that are stereotypically "girly". I also hate pearls, little white gloves, and anything else that makes me feel less than the brilliant, powerful, and all around BAMF that I am.

I've been in the theatre for over twenty years as a little bit of everything. Yes, I have welded upside down from a second story set in nothing but gauzy underwear half hour before a show opened. My fashion needs to be classic and tough. I prefer to keep my hair purple. And I run very quickly in four inch heels.
I love fashion blogs. Love them! I love to read every day ladies (and gentlemen!) dressing every day, having fashion adventures, talking what works or does not work for them. I steal color combination or looks that I like all the time. Just like with writing, you steal the best fashion from others and make it your own. I only tried leggings because I saw so many bloggers do the side over and rave about the comfort and flexibility. Now, I am a convert!

One of the big things I see all over my favorite blogs is the embracing and reasoning for having a much smaller closet. The argument being you wear things more if you see it easily/if you don't wear it at least once a specific time period, it's not worth taking up closet space.

I just don't get behind that thought process. It's not how I roll. I entirely understand those that like a more minimalist approach to life and their stuff. It's something that I don't do, though.

I have a huge wardrobe. This is helped by the fact I have a huge, walk-in closet, but even if I didn't have that, I'd find a way to still have a huge wardrobe. I like that. It lets me feel creative. I feel like I've got enough variety for all seasons. I don't have the storage space physically put away summer things during the winter, so I just rotate my closet. No, I physically take things out of the closet, push the current season to the easy to reach right side and rotate the previous season to the ever so slightly harder to reach left side.

I sometimes go in during the weekend and build outfits. I try on different things, see what the new additions look like against old favorites. Currently, I'm trying to find things in my closet that go with three sleeveless, a little short dresses that are solid colors. I need more printed and silly cardies! And sweaters! But I am forbidden to buy any more clothes until March. Accessories and shoes, yes. New clothes, NO. I'm on a health kick! Sizes are changing! (My favorite skirt is now rather loose and requires a belt. So awesome yet sad! No one makes solid burgundy, knee length skirts any more!)

Having a big wardrobe to go through sometimes means discovering things I have forgotten I had/decided I hated for several months. Example again, my favorite solid, burgundy skirt. I used to hate it. I thought it was too conservative and couldn't return because I got it on sale. So, to the back of my closet it went! I rediscovered it when I changed careers (and needed to have other things to wear to work besides paint splattered jeans and concert T-shirts) and fell in love. Look how useful it is!

I do this with clothes: I decide they were not meeting my expectations, hate them, then as I forget that feeling of dislike, I can come back with a more neutral eye to assess a piece's usefulness in my overall wardrobe. I have a limit, of course. If I haven't worn it in a year, then maybe I need to think about getting rid of that thing (I just did a purge with just that time limit), but I always keep in mind there is stuff that can only be worn during certain seasons. I can't get away with wearing my summer sundresses as layer pieces. They just aren't designed that way: even with tights and a sweater, too light to be warm. Some of my boobie-tastic strapless dresses can't double in my work wardrobe, even with creative layering. Can I climb over a 4 and half foot tall snow drift with any dignity? Nope, can't wear it until April!

The trend of regularly rotating your closet by purging it to its bones doesn't appeal to me. Some people like it because it's a nice reset button, helps them purge and feel better about things. That's awesome! I like my stuff too much. :D I don't really trift that often, so the lose of multiple pieces wouldn't get replaced for months because of retail costs. May be on the day I have some more time to devout to thrifting, I might change my big closet ways, but I don't think so. I like large parts of variety too much.
I was originally planning to do cardigans, camis, and tanks all in the same entry, but I decided against it. This was also supposed to go up on Wednesday, but some students decided to combine poorly with stairs and trash cans, and my day was a little complicated.

Cardigans, while I believe are awesome, aren't for everyone. Some people don't like them, don't like how they look in them, etc etc. Instead, I put cardigans in fashion tops, and camis and tanks shall go in the basics tags. Look at me be all organized! (You should see my closet.)

Tshirts, Camis, and tanks are a basic requirement in a working woman's wardrobe. Now, when I say this, I don't mean your witty Threadless Ts with cool graphics (...I need more Threadless Ts. Damn!). I mean plain, solid colored shirts to be worn under sweaters, cardigans, low cut dresses, and so on. You can throw a bright colored cami under a neutral v-neck tshirt, pair it with some simple work pants, and ta da! Easy, casual work day outfit!

I'm rough on my under layer basics, so I don't buy expensive ones. I'm going to go through them in a year no matter how well made they are, so let's go cheap with lots of color choices! I buy my Gap shirts on sale, I get my already super cheap Forever 21 camis in a bulk many colors.

I try and get a cotton blend in my undershirts. A little something-something to give it a stretch and to keep it fitted to my torso. I've got a lovely set of curves: I wanna show the suckers off! Modal is a personal favorite because it is like cotton except has more of a stretch and keeps it shape. Plus, something that is more fitted can double as summer wear later! Double and triple duty garments are the best pieces in the wardrobe!

I also snatch up more spandex heavy blend camis when ever possible so I can also use them as long underwear under certain dresses. My affection for cute dresses that my tits can pop out of at ANY MOMENT is almost legendary by now, and I like to head that off at the pass when I wear something like that work. I'm sure the students would be entertained, but the girls must be tamed.





Piece Rec
Gap's Favorite T-shirt
Gap's Pure Body line
Old Navy Jersey Camis
Old Navy Layer Tanks
Forever 21 Basic Camis and Tanks

Store Rec
Old Navy
Forever 21
Gap
Target
American Apparel

Fashion Tops: For Love of Cardis

  • May. 11th, 2010 at 12:09 PM
When I was a wee little thing, long ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I hated cardis. My mother would buy these adorable little cardigan sweater sets, lovingly dress me each morning, and by 9am, I would be mostly naked and playing "dunk the sweater!" in the mud. Obviously, I was meant to become a fashion maven.

These days, I collect cardis as if they were shoes. And I love shoes. Plain ones, floral ones, sparkly ones; long sleeve, quarter sleeve, short sleeve. I troll big box store sales for cheap cardies. If I find something I vaguely like, I pounce.

Cardis have come back into style over the last two years in a big way, and honestly, they are here to stay. A good cardigan is an investment piece. A colorful wrap sweater over a simple dress can entirely change up a look. A patterned cardi over a plain sheath dress will change the entire outfit. Brutal honesty: my go-to work outfit if I haven't planned it the night before is a cardigan over a different colored cami. No, I do not wear matching cardis and camis. It's a thing I've got.

Cardigans are also great "hide the office no-no" tops. If you're like me and trying to stretch that work wardrobe as much as possible while you're buying more high end and loved pieces, a cardigan over a string or sleeveless dress gives me dozens upon dozens more outfit choices.

I try to never be afraid with my cardigan buying habits. I recently picked up this in apple green and adore the thing. Never thought I'd like little dangly bits on my sweaters! The adventures one has during sales! I'm now thinking prints and wraps are my next adventure. Bangles might be too much for me, but we shall see!




Let's do some recommendations! I've got a new thing I want to add to the bottom of entries: the piece recs and the shop recs. Piece recs will be pieces that I own or have gotten my hands on at some time, and these pieces have passed my approval. Shop recs are places that I shop for a particular item and recommend them to others. Sound good? Let's try this out!


Piece Recs:
Scalloped crop sweater
Ribbed knit cardi
Mollie Pointe cardi
Green Essential Cardi
Pointe Cardi
Crochet Shrug
Stretch silk cardigan
Tommy Hilfiger V-Neck


Shop Recs:
Forever 21
Old Navy
Anne Taylor Loft
Target
Macy's

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