I have never been particularly influenced by social pressure to conform. You can see for yourself on this website approximately 550 posts documenting my unflagging resistance to such things as heels, skirt-suits, and long hair (notwithstanding my new, super-long haircut). But I do feel some compulsion — and it must be coming from within — to . . . dress my age.
I recognize that the concept of dressing for one’s age has become politically fraught. Be assured, Directorate, I am a hard-core feminist, I don’t really care what everyone else is up to, and I am not advocating any bright line rules. All I’m saying it is that I want to look like Isabelle Huppert. Not Goldie Hawn. But I support your right to dress like Goldie Hawn, if you’re sure that that’s really what you want to do.
With that said, I must admit that every once in a while I wear something shockingly jejune.
Somehow I could not resist this sweater decorated with an enormous bow.
Admittedly, the sweater has unimpeachable virtues: stripes, black and white, cozy knit.
To mature the sweater, I am wearing it with wool pinstriped pants and sleek flats. Under the right circumstances, I like to combine horizontal stripes with vertical stripes.
Hot Tip: The black band around at the waist of the sweater blends into the pants. This effect is nice because it elongates my appearance. I tried the sweater with a pair of khakis and the contrast at the waist created a very choppy look.
Interestingly, the bow is dark grey . . . which gives it a little sophistication.
Just a bit.
In an effort to provide a useful takeaway, I am showing the sweater with another pair of pants and different shoes: wide-legged pants and assertive loafers. This is a more casual look for Freefall Thursday or Casual Friday.
O.K. Let’s stop the madness. I’ll redeem myself by showing you an excellent tote bag — which was a Christmas present from my beloved college room-mate.
After decades of shared closets, she knows my taste so well.
This bag is made from upcycled materials. The content label reads: RCA Dome Fabric, Upcycled Event Banners, Reclaimed Seatbelts. I accepted “RCA Dome” unquestioningly, but was tickled to learn, upon further exploration, that this tote was made in Indianapolis by a non-profit organization that made a mission out of recycling and reusing the component parts of a a demolished sports stadium: THE RCA/Hoosier Dome.
How fantastic is that? You can read about it, and find more great products on the PUP (People for Urban Progress) website.
As if the RCA Dome wasn’t imaginative enough, PUP has released a collection called PUP x AMTRAK: bags and other products made from the leather salvaged from 6,080 Acela seats that were re-covered in 2018. As a Northeast Corridor enthusiast (I never fly to New York) I think I need to claim my piece of AMTRAK history.
Sweater: Sonia Rykiel from The RealReal; Bag: PUP Executive Handbag; Everything else: old and older clothes