March 26th, 2017
|01:35 pm - Proportion and Silhouette, Post #13|
Happy day to all! Sympathies to those in the UK who just lost your hour to British Summer Time. I'm still trying to overcome our time change two weeks ago....
Instead of joys, today I'm going to talk about silliness, style conundrums, proportion and silhouettes. This morning I lost an hour trying to think about one "use case," specifically what I will wear on the plane to London and back, in mid-May.
The variables and silliness:
Mid-May in the subtropics is hot (say, 88 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit), perhaps with high humidity. I'll be going to the airport in the hottest part of the day, too. I have to layer....
Because on the plane I often get cold, and it should be much chillier in Manchester when I arrive (and in London when I leave 8 days later). My own silliness: I really really don't like to dress down to fly, even if it's an overnight flight, but I do want to be as comfortable as I can be. I prefer not to fly in jeans if I can avoid it, and my nice trousers might get too wrinkled in an eight-hour flight especially since I'll likely be wearing them for another seven hours until hotel check-in. Also, my preferred silhouette for spring/summer is either tailored, cropped trousers or a pencil skirt worn with a classic-fit (not too close to the body) Thomas Pink or Brooks Brothers button-down, which are not travel-friendly.
You see the conundrum.
So I spent this morning [after workout and 30 minutes cutting palm fronds, whee] online looking at maxi-dresses, the kind that forgive a multitude of sins, but... they were SO NOT my style vibe. [I have an exception, to be discussed in a bit.] A dear friend of mine looks awesome in these kind of clothes, but she's a Strong Boho Queen. I am not Boho in the slightest, nor am I queenly. (In Alyson Walsh's lexicon of Grownup Style Tribes, I fall between The Gentlewoman and the Fabulous Femme.) Also, since I'd have to throw a jacket or a sweater over the dress, the proportions were mostly All Wrong. This was not happening.
It was time to shop my closet, especially as today's the day I'm changing winter closet to summer.
(In shopping my closet, I *did* rediscover the one long dress that works for my vibe: a decades-old, sleek, silk Laura Ashley piece, restrained in cut except for the high side-slits, in a glorious peacock with black and teal accents, which looks GREAT with a modern cropped black jacket I have. It's going to be my Ritz-and-David-Tennant outfit.)
After twenty minutes of fruitless search, I realized that a) the black knit skirt I usually travel in and my ankle boots are foundational, especially if I throw a vintage Levi's jean jacket and a scarf on top once aloft, and b) I need a sleeveless black turtleneck like I used to wear. That is my comfort-and-style sweet spot.
I told you I was silly. ;) But I feel so much better having nailed this down.
What's your favorite travel outfit?
That coat sounds MARVELOUS. Style AND comfort! Alas, I don't live in a climate conducive to coats, but... envy.
Also, dark raisin is a great, great color.