Thursday, October 28, 2010

Express Checkout Experiment -- Week Two

Thus far, Week Two has been successful. I am not bored or feeling limited. Rather, it is one less thing I am worrying about in this two-weeek period of pressure on so many fronts. Again, because I sat down and planned my weekly wearing--oh, well, since there were only 15 pieces I planned the entire four weeks' worth of wearings! OCD, hello!--I know every morning what combination of pieces I will put on and what accessories, shoes, and jewelry I will add.

I usually do this on a weekly basis, but so much easier and quicker to plan when I am dealing with only 15 pieces.

And I feel good about what I am wearing, every day. Which is borne out by the reactions of my students and others around me.

Yesterday I wore my sweater dress for the first time. It was entirely the first time I had worn it, but as one of my 15 pieces, I had to wear it this week. I combined it with a thin black belt, black suede Maryjanes, and tights, a black tank underneath, silver bracelet and earrings, and a white scarf. Note: I did change shoes three times. I had planned to wear boots, but that look was too bold for me, right now. I changed to suede heels (they pinched!), and then to the suede Maryjanes, which I love and which were surprisingly comfy all day. The outfit is a different one for me, in that the dress is more form-fitting than I usually wear, and while casual, not "jeans and a shirt."

When I walked into my building, I met one of my students. She gave me a startled once-over as we said hi, and went to class. I was a little nervous, but when I walked into class, all the girls said, as one, "We like your dress!" Oh, how nice!

Then, I was going to my car to get something, I ran into the campus mailman, who is about 30. He gave me a "Hello" combined with a hot once-over. Well! Long time since I got one of those!

Our Big D weather is a touch too hot, still, for sweaters, so the dress and 4 sweaters I carefully added to my short list are still a little underused. Can't wait for this coming week--it's supposed to be a crisp autumn series of days.

Next week I plan to add underworn jewelry to the mix every day.

3 comments:

  1. Pearl,

    I'm your newest groupie. Wonderful, thoughtful, intelligent writing.

    How lucky we are you decided to share your musings and convictions with us on your blog.

    Merci mille fois,
    Tish

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  2. Love the argyle dress!!

    Weather has confounded my planning a bit. The forecast is one thing, but then when the anticipated cool down gets pushed 2, 3, 4 days, I have to rework the combos. I'm working with 12 items, and finding it just a bit constraining.

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  3. The things about this dress is that although it doesn't look like it (to me, anyway) it is 3/4 sleeve and above-the-knee (glad I bought the regular and not petite sizing!). So it was surprisingly short and fitted, but in the end just right for a spark to my "regular" look. I also bought the oatmeal one (on the principle that if I liked it, two would be useful) and I do look forward to wearing that, as well.

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