It’s been too hot the last couple of days to go anywhere or even hang out in the yard, so I’ve been staying in and doing another Wardrobe Edit. Not a full-blown “Kondo,” but I’ve had some things hanging on the “Pending” rack that needed a final verdict.
Since having my color analysis last year, I’ve been buying less, but have still had some “misses.” Right color, wrong style. Not quite right color. Less than stellar fit (that can’t be altered). Good on paper, but can’t make it work with other pieces in my wardrobe.
Mind the gap…
I realized that a lot of the pieces I’m culling are what I’d call “stopgap” items. Not 10’s, but were the best I could find to fill an immediate need. Usually I fall into this trap with my summer wardrobe. Lately, warm weather styles are either too frilly/flowy or too oversized or too skimpy. I end up settling for pieces that are serviceable, but not quite my style.
My summer style “sweet spot” is a lightweight elbow or 3/4 sleeve top or tee, so for next summer I’m going to limit my search to those. And I’d love to find more linen trousers like those I bought in Paris last year to survive the “canicule,” in other colors besides navy.
Just FYI, the tops above were never in jeopardy; they’re Keepers and I’d love to find more like them. I ditched some too-baggy short-sleeved tees, and blouses that were either too “Boho” or too Classic/structured for me.
What “stopgap” pieces do you have in your wardrobe? What would you ideally replace them with?