Clothing Object: UO Staring at Stars blue henley sweater
Many apologies involved in this post. Firstly for the ridiculously bad lighting that I’m too lazy to fix. Secondly for my very similar past 3 outfits because I’ve been too busy to come up with more creative outfit combinations. And lastly for the lateness of this post. This sweater is actually less of a sweater and more of a really thin shirt. I got it WAY back in first year university and wore it to the brink of death. As much as I’m trying to be better about letting go of overly worn clothing pieces, I just can’t bring myself to say goodbye. It drapes like a dream and is a thick but airy blend that makes it perfect for the summer. I find myself reaching for this shirt every time the weather dips into warmer temperatures and I know there’ll be a sharply felt emptiness if I let it go. It also happens to be one of the brightest coloured tops in my closet, which is few and far between. I went for an easy-going look going to work today (again) by layering a thin zig-zag top from H&M underneath and by wearing my trusty Roots career woman’s watch in black chrome.
Note: Yes, I realize Zig Zag Blue is a cigar company. I do not endorse said company but I like the ring of the name.
Clothing Object: UO Tiger print V-neck tee
A lazy day calls for a very lazy outfit. I went to my go-to ripped jeans, converses, cardigan, tee combo today in a graphic tee that I haven’t worn in YEARS. I can tell you I got it some time in 2008-2009 when UO first opened in Kingston. It’s super thin, so thin in fact that it’s see through in the light grey regions. Because of this it makes this t-shirt awkward when not tucked in (and a bit awkward when tucked in as well). I’m not a huge fan of the deep V, nor the thickness (or lack thereof) or awkward length of this shirt. Since I’m just hopping over to work today it’ll suffice for the project but I’ve already mentally said goodbye to this shirt the second I put it on this morning. Also the cardigan that I’m wearing is one that I can’t even date for purchase. I got it before I started working at GARAGE (2010-2012) and kept it only because it was simple enough to wear to work to meet the “all branded” criteria. It’s so old and too much like my more beloved cream waterfall cardigan from H&M that it’ll likely also end up in the donation bin but I’ll feature it again possibly in one final hurrah. Note: Tiger Cave Waterfall is a real place. Who knew?
Update: Upon further thought I decided that I’ll be donating both the cardigan and the tee. I’ll still wear it to work though, one last time.
Clothing Object: UO BDG Tweed Blazer
I didn’t have time to snap photos in the morning so I’m doing this right before going out for quick drinks with a friend which unfortunately really deteriorates the picture quality. This is a blazer that I was originally 100% set on donating without even trying out but in the end decided to give one last hurrah in a last ditch effort to grasp at some sort of value in the purchase. I bought this in my 2nd year of university (2008-2009) on sale at UO. This is one of those examples where I bought a blazer knowing it didn’t fit me properly but because it was on such a great sale, I caved. I remember I did wear it a few times by rolling up the sleeves but they were so tight it eventually started cutting off my circulation. I wore it here unrolled and with a simple white shirt, statement necklace from the LOFT, and really old boyfriend jeans from GARAGE. It’s a fun outfit but really does make me look shorter than I am even with the added height of the heels. Nice try, A for effort.
This is a better view of the fit of the blazer. It’s cut to be more boxy in a menswear sort of way and very long. It’s also a bit big in the shoulder region. Something that could be fixed with slight alterations but not worth the time or money. I took this picture thinking I would just feature it in my “in the donation bin” segment but I’m always a sucker for second chances.
Note: All of my posts are pre-scheduled so date or time of events don’t necessarily match up with when the post was published.
Clothing Object: Jacob High-low black sweater and UO Chiffon floral dress
I’m counting down the days until May because winter has well overstayed its welcome. This is another double header post where I’m featuring 2 clothing articles in a simpler winter look. I apologize for the wonky lighting in my pictures. My phone camera’s white balance didn’t want to cooperate with me today. This Jacob sweater I bought just as the high-low trend started more than 5+ years ago. It’s too high at the front and oversized to wear with simple basics underneath however it’s perfect for layering over flow-y dresses. This UO dress I remember I got on sale almost a decade ago. It’s a bit big for me so I mostly use it as a layering piece under sweaters. Both of these items I haven’t worn in quite some time so it’s nice that I can appreciate them again. I think that’s the last of my UO dress collection from university past shopping sprees. Now onto the next “brand”!
Clothing Object: UO KIMCHI BLUE Green patterned dress
I guess the past few days have been a remix and revitalization of my UO pieces. It’s bitterly cold in Toronto today (note: I preschedule my blog posts so I wrote this on Mar 5th) so I decided to layer up as much as possible before braving the elements. This dress is one that I picked up at UO and self-altered to fit about 4 years ago. I honestly haven’t picked it out of my closet since last winter even though the light-weight and vintage-y pattern make it perfect as a beach cover-up. On the streets I’ll usually wear this dress under knotted shirts or long cardigans. Here I decided to layer it with 2 different cardigans and one of my favourite scarves from Aritzia. I threw on my Sorels to complete the look and keep my feet toasty in the deep freeze.
Woo! I made it to day 10 of my project! Thank you all my new readers and followers for the encouraging comments and likes. Hopefully my outfits haven’t been too much of a bore and I apologize in advance for when they start to get ugly as my closet’s wearables start to dwindle. Cheers!
Clothing Object: UO Speckled sweater
This UO sweater I got on sale a couple years ago and haven’t worn since. It fits well and is super comfortable. I remember debating the purchase originally because I realized that I already had a closet full of dark toned clothing. Even though I do like the outfit I was able to put together, I think it’ll probably end up in the donation bin. Here I paired it with green babaton pants and red colour accents. This is Sephora’s Made in Italy cream lip stain. It’s super pigmented and perfect for brightening up darker outfits. It also doesn’t dry out your lips like other lipsticks and stains on the market. I’ll wear this sweater around today while running errands before work to see if I change my mind on the decision. Considering this will be the first time I’ve worn it out, it’s unlikely.
Clothing Object: UO KIMCHI BLUE polka dot dress
It’s fun to mix up summer favourites into my winter wardrobe. This dress is a gem I snatched up at UO three summers ago and haven’t worn since the temperatures dropped in Toronto. I love that this project has pushed me to be a bit more creative with my layering options and has opened my eyes to pieces that I never thought to match up before. The burgundy cardigan featured here is one that I normally would have just worn on top of a white tee. It just goes to show that sometimes making something work isn’t a matter of going out and buying a complimentary piece. It’s just a matter of digging deep enough into your closet until you find one.
Verdict: Definitely keep