This started out as a quick outfit post, but ended up a bit of a trip down memory lane for me!
Some of you may know that I started this blog way back when (2008) because of the wardrobe remix Flickr group where you would post outfit photos pictures and it was the nicest community. I loved that group for the time of my life I was in. I joined it around 2005, when I was doing my masters, and kept up for a years, until Flickr stopped being a social network really. After my masters I started working for the government, I was young and finally in secure employment after lots of studying and random jobs. I put A LOT of effort into my outfits back then, following the unwritten ‘rules’ of WR, which were:
- Clothing as an expression of creativity
- wearing same clothes but wearing them in different combos – aka ‘remixing’ – with no repeats
- thrifted was best. The cheaper, the better. I spent SO much time in charity shops back then!
What this meant in terms of my style was: All the colours, layering of everything (more unique combinations that way) and a liberal use of accessories. I have literally hundreds of vintage scarves (I got a lot of those as a oner from a swap group on flickr – 1 kilo’s worth!). I also favoured a fitted waist because back then my waist was disproportionately small (sob!). Here’s a fairly typical examples from 2012 (the photo quality of the proper old ones just wasn’t up to it)
I am so far removed from all of that now. It hasn’t been an overnight process but a slow transition due to a change in my lifestyle and the general trends around me (or the trends among those that went through this with me. Who knows what the young’uns are up to these days really, e.g. sharpie eyebrows will never not look odd to me). My priorities now are:
- Easy to crouch down in, cycle in, run over an uneven surface in
- Does not contain anything that may in any way seem like a toy to a one and a half year old
- Looks good while taking minimum time and thought to put on. Mix and matchable pieces that don’t need other things (like particular shoes) to go with them
- Fits with what others around me are wearing. I don’t really rely on my clothes too much for my identity now, I’m quite happy blending in
I basically wear a version of this pretty much every day now – extra stretchy skinny jeans, minimal accessories, some kind of nice top. I have four pairs of jeans that I rotate, dark, mid-blue, grey and one pair in a navy non-denim fabric. I only very occasionally wear dresses now, sometimes when I’m not cycling to work, which isn’t very often. Plus I don’t even need that many jeans to be honest, because with two kids, we need to do washing 4 times a week minimum or things go totally out of control, so I could really live with quite a small number of clothes (true fact: I was working from home today (Wednesday) and we’ve run the machine four time today alone, and the dryer three times, though two of the washes were to rewash the stuff I’d done on Monday but had forgotten to hang up so went fusty, and one was because Ellis was sick in his bed). There’s actually a blog post from years ago on here somewhere where I’m expressing bafflement that people seem to do washing all the time, and saying that I need a lot of clothes because otherwise I’d have to do washing at less than full loads. Ah, childless past Franca, you had no idea!
Anyway, back to the clothes, this is a version of the jeans based uniform, but notable because I’d never worn the jumper before. I got it from Oxfam in the summer, I don’t really go charity shopping anymore, but I get my shampoo from Oxfam, so will usually have a wee scoot round for old times sake, and happened across this. It’s Swedish, menswear, and pure wool and I love the yoke design. It’s very warm hence why I haven’t worn it until the current cold spell. I am determined not to shrink this one as I usually do with woolies. I may even handwash it!
Note to self: do not attempt to take pictures in midday sun in partly shady spot, even in November. Do not attempt to make reluctant husband take your picture, because you get one shot and that is it. Those beautiful trees were hard to resist though, and hopefully make up somewhat for the terrible lighting situation.
Anyway, that’s enough random chat for now! I’m not even supposed to be blogging as I’ve got an assessment center next week that I need to prepare for, but I got a bit carried away