I was going to title this post, “I looked fantastic on Tuesday.” But then a co-worker gave me this much more colorful interpretation of my ensemble: “You look like you’re going to the stables later.”
“…I mean, to ride the horses, not to muck them out,” he continued.
From top to bottom:
- Black and white jockey cap, Orchid Lane, fall 2007. OK, fine, yes, this is called a jockey cap. The week after I purchased this hat, I saw one just like it in Glamour. For way more than $15. Then, just two weeks ago, I was wearing it around Oxford, and I saw another similar hat for sale in Debenham’s, right now, this year! So either it’s a classic, or it’s a short-lived trend that has already come and gone and come around again.
- Black blazer, DKNY Jeans, gift from my mother-in-law ca. 2012. OK, there’s something wrong with this blazer. The shoulders are somehow too short (and my shoulders are not broad). I wonder if the shoulder pads were sewn in after the fact, and the jacket wasn’t really cut for them? On the other hand, the sleeves are too long. I rolled them up here to disguise the way the whole thing really doesn’t fit. But, it’s a stretchy black blazer and from far away it looks polished, so I’m going to try to make it work.
- Dress, Ann Taylor Loft, purchased on clearance October 2013. I bought this dress while shopping with my teenage cousins and non-teenage grandma in Denver this fall. It was marked down from around $90 to around $45, but I’m still not convinced I wasn’t swindled. You see, on the day we were there, clearance items were supposed to be an additional 50% off. I took the dress to the register expecting it to be $22, but it rang up as $45. And then I got flustered and assumed I had misunderstood the sale and didn’t pursue it, although I clearly should have. My grandma bought a dress for my cousin at Urban Outfitters that was the same deal–50% off the sale price–and hers actually came out to $9. Of course, it probably didn’t hurt, that she was sweet-talking the guy at the register, the little minx. (My cousin! Not my grandma!) Apparently I am too old for my grandma to buy me clothes, too old to flirt with adolescent cashiers. All I have left is elegant work attire. And so I shall embrace it.
- Black tights, Meijer or maybe Target 2013. You might recall that at the start of this season I had four pairs of black tights. Somehow I’ve already destroyed two of them.
- Black BareTraps ankle boots, DSW fall 2012.