This week’s theme is fallout from yesterday’s post.
I was thinking about my closet, what was in it, and how I could prevent myself from adding to it when it dawned on me: why not highlight things I got for free? Perhaps by celebrating gratis clothing, I can then embrace the spirit of minimalism and, from there, smart spending.
Well, that was my thought process anyway.
I was also actually thinking that it was high time I honored my word, so I present to you, my friends, the theme of the week: Free for All.
So, remember when I won the 40+ Style contest? I’d promised Sylvia I would let her know how I’d spend my gift certificates, but I’d also promised to showcase the other part of my haul: my choice of a top from Covered Perfectly. Now, I’d never heard of this company previous to my win, but I was instantly impressed. Not only do they have stellar customer service (I received a gracious personal email from Pauline Durban, president and founder of the company, congratulating me on my win and reminding my to place my order), they also have a free shipping to anywhere in the U.S. (I’m such a sucker for free ship) and free returns as well.
When my top arrived – in record time, no less – I was thoroughly pleased with the quality. The print is sharp and stunning; the fabric has that wonderful drapey lightness that is rayon’s trademark, but has enough of a sturdiness to hide all my nasty bumps and bulges. Slipping it on was like slipping into a cocoon of clouds. (Yeah, it’s that yummy!)
There was one glitchy issue, however: I couldn’t style it for the life of me. I think it was the combination of front drape design, zebra print, and my hypersensitive awareness of being a woman in her middle years. I felt and looked older in the top. It wasn’t the top’s fault, mind you. In retrospect, I think it was just all in my head. But at the time, everything I tried – pencil skirt, trousers, faux leather pants – made me feel matronly, heavy or cougar-esque.
But if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again, right? I went on Pinterest, found some inspiration and finally settled on today’s outfit. The swishy maxi has just enough taupe to bring out the similar hue in the top. The punch of orange with the infinity scarf lends an artsy edge to an otherwise bohemian vibe. And the snakeskin oxfords (in lieu of ladylike pumps or flats) adds just that touch of masculine to toughen up the look.
I definitely don’t feel matronly now. In fact, I feel particularly visible, if you know what I mean.
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Covered Perfectly
Infinity scarf – handmade by moi!
Skirt – eBay
Oxfords – Naturalizer