Mother Said: Dress Well on a Budget
What Mom couldn't find in the stores she would buy a few patterns, design her own, and head to her sewing machine. We still have some of Mom's sketches of her clothing designs. They reminded me of the sketches we would see on the Oscars by former Hollywood's clothing designer Edith Head. A few years back, we surprised Mom and framed a few of her beautiful clothing sketches, as she had forgotten all about them. Through the years, Mom also collected beautiful old vintage clothes, hats, and purses that she discovered at estate sales.
After she "retired," from teaching, she didn't really "retire." Instead she went to work for a couple of clothing department stores who carried many high-end brand names. Her daughters certainly benefited when it came to her gift giving with her employee discount. Today, mom finally retired and spends her time wearing decorative ball caps, jeans, and garden gloves - her lush green and colorful flower gardens do not care what labels she wears.
|Ralph Lauren Tote
Confused on what a classic style is? Typically a "classic style" is a design that has stood the "test of time." It's a style that flatters most everyone. If in doubt, Google "Jacqueline Kennedy," However, a classic style is not to be confused with a "vintage style." Vintage style starts with the classic look, but it is accessorized in a way that it hints at a specific time period of fashion. Also to be considered are "artistic" items that you will always have, and always be complimented on such as vintage outer wear made with the same patterns as the collectible Pendleton wool blankets - again, this is just an example.
|Vintage 1960's Whiting & Davis
The texture feels so good
Trust me, today I am far from being a fashion icon, especially now since I no longer work in the public eye (i.e. law firm), and now employed as a freelance writer from home. I have hung up my beautiful blazers adorned with charming antique brooches, and today my choice of "office apparel" is a pair of linty sweat pants and maybe a clean t-shirt. Hey, you never know when you have to clean up a cat-yak-hairball, feel the urge to prune rose bushes, or take a nap with a dog on your lap.
|Clare V. Foldover Clutch
My new personal favorite
My point? Shop well and spend the dollars on classic and timeless styles of handbags, shoes, outer wear, basic good jewelry (precious metals and stones), and sunglasses. You will not only have these forever, but also create your own signature style. In other words - - stop buying the crap that will end up in our landfills.