Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Seven Days/Eight Pieces

Seven Days/Eight Pieces
From top left: Tuesday's outfit: white Lane Bryant t-shirt, black LL Bean twill chinos, purple Coldwater Creek jacket.  Accessories: Black Coach hobo, Aerosoles Army loafers, silver beaded necklace.  Wednesday: Cream LL Bean boatneck tunic, black LL Bean twill chinos, silver beaded necklace, Coach hobo, Doc Martens boots.  Thursday: Lace agate necklace, navy and white striped LL Bean French Sailor's shirt, LL Bean black twill chinos, Doc Martens boots, LL Bean camel coat, black Coach hobo.  Friday: Purple t-shirt, Lane Bryant T-3 jeans, LL Bean navy Trail Model fleece anorak.  Saturday: I deviated!  Black tee and black yoga pants.  Sunday: Pink cotton sweater, Lane Bryant jeans, cream LL Bean layering tank, Coach hobo.  Monday: French Sailor's shirt, Lane Bryant jeans, Coach hobo and silver beaded necklace.  

It was a busy week!  Monday I spent relaxing at home, getting ready for the week ahead.  Tuesday I had a meeting to attend with hospital staff, so I had to look professional; hence, the jacket.  Wednesday night, I was introducing a speaker at a presentation.  It's not a formal setting, so I played it casual, but neat in the LL Bean tunic and chinos.  Thursday, I attended a meeting with a State Assemblyman.  I figured it would be a long day, so I thought something comfortable but still professional would be in order.  

Friday I had off, so for kicking around the neighborhood, I wore jeans and a tee.  It was warm enough to wear just the anorak outside.  Saturday I chillaxed at home, so I thought a tee and yoga pants would do.  Sunday I went to Weight Watchers, and after that I was hanging out with a friend, so I chose something pleasantly comfy and casual.  However, it was very cold, and I froze, because I wasn't dressed warmly enough.  Teach me to start thinking about spring during a New York winter.  Monday night I went to a support group meeting, where I was going to be meeting many of the people for the first time, so I decided to look casual but presentable.

I made a couple of changes from the initial selection:  I chose a jacket instead of a cardigan, and I only used one of the tank tops (the cream one).  I'm happy to say the Lane Bryant jeans stood up to repeated wearings very well.  They didn't bag or sag at all.  Hooray for T-3!  

I didn't quite succeed in managing on only eight pieces.  I had to supplement with layering tanks, and Saturday I took a break from the challenge, so technically I didn't make it through all seven days on the eight pieces I chose.  I think what I learned from this is that, while I have a casual lifestyle, I have to be prepared to look polished and professional on short notice, and I think I accomplished that over these seven days.  I think I should get extra bonus points, because I did this challenge a week before sending out my laundry for the month, so my wardrobe choices were somewhat limited.  

I have to say the champion pieces from this challenge were the LL Bean black twill chinos, and the Doc Martens boots.  Both are versatile, durable, and can look good under any circumstances.  I bought the Doc Martens because fall, winter and spring in New York means unpredictable, messy weather, with snow, ice, rain and mud on the ground, making navigation treacherous.  The Doc Martens are great, because they are warm, dry, comfortable, look good no matter what, and have non-skid treads on the soles, so I don't go slipping around on the pavement.  I was telling a friend buying them had to be the best $130 I ever spent.  I have no regrets!  I recommend them highly.  I wore them almost every day for this challenge.