This is a super-comfy outfit, perfect for work - whether I'm sitting in meetings, driving a lot, playing on the floor, or getting messy with art supplies. Or scaling Paperwork Mountain, but we won't talk about that, because guess what's on my agenda this weekend?
|black shirt: Reitman's (2002), last worn here|
dress: En Focus, Marshall's, last worn here
hematite mermaid necklace: can't recall, mid-90's
boots: Franco Sarto, early 2000s, last worn here
I've had the hematite mermaid necklace for ages, but my earliest recollection of it is during the second summer of my graduate studies. It lately seemed too long so I had the idea to shorten it. Fortunately, I figured out this way to wear it as-is, because, like the Paperwork Range with its endless switchbacks and deadly crevasses, Mending Mountain (and the surrounding Alterations Foothills) is a vast, long-unexplored, dusty-climed territory which is growing yet.
Sooner or later I'll mount a big expedition,
which may yield a series of pretty decent outfits.
The blouse is a comfortable layering standby - a bit baggy to wear on its own, but easy-care, and its substantial collar-and-cuffs are a good outfit element. The dress, just a year old, is reasonably well-constructed and has some neat details, though the fabric won't last super-long - the kind of inexpensive piece that works well for a limited time (and therefore one needn't be over-careful wearing it), but which bumps up against ethical and environmental concerns.
What has had surprising longevity are my Franco Sarto boots. Over the years, I've had several pairs made of similar stretchy synthetic material, including one other of this same brand, which succumbed to peeling, sole separation, and dramatic elasticity failure. These soldier on, with their substantial-enough-for-stability heels, excellent grippy bit under the whole bottom of the toe box, and exactly-fitting calves - the latter a rare commodity in general and exacerbated by all the pattern-translation issues at size 10+.
Hope everyone's having a good weekend, whether or not yours may involve shovelling snow or paper - or both!