Last month, when I wrote about wearing a vintage feather-trimmed gown for the first time since 1995, gorgeous blogger Lexie of Little Boat said,
“… you often write about formal dresses — which makes me wonder — how do you dress ‘everyday’? While I know you could definitely rock that dress while grocery shopping, do you? What brands do you rely on for everyday work wear and casual dress?”
I understand your confusion, Lexie. I don’t do daily outfit posts so it’s easy to forget that I long ago confessed to a daily wardrobe of jeans and black tops with the occasional interesting jacket to shake things up. When I started blogging in 2007, I figured writing about fashion every single day — let alone my personal fashion — would be too limiting for me, leading to boredom, leading to the burnout I’d already observed on so many blogs. (Clicking “Manage subscriptions” in my Google Reader leads to a graveyard of abandoned blogs. As Shakespeare might write: “Alas, poor bloggers! I knew them, Lexie, fellows of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.”) If I had a flair for wardrobe remixing or photography — or lived in an inspiring environment with ghostly woodsy areas or glistening ocean views — perhaps I would dress up even when there was no one to see me, then trot outside with a tripod to record my style statement for posterity. But I put all my visual creativity into my jewelry. Here, I’m more of a story teller. I prefer to do outfit photos when I have a good tale to tell.
My best fashion stories involve clothes with history. But I don’t shun the occasional jeans-and-t-shirt post. Here’s a collection of past casual-day photos in honor of Lexie. Click the photos to see the original posts.
Do you feel like Evil Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer? I do! Without the flaying.