Hello again from beautiful Fort Lauderdale! I slept until 9 am today, which was awesome, so tonight I am a little less sleep-deprived and tipsy than last night. Having said that, I did have about four or five glasses of wine at dinner, and tomorrow I have to get up and fly back to Portland, where I hear it is cold and wet, so let’s get this show on the road.
Eddie Bauer used to have a sub-brand of business clothing called “All Week Long,” at least for women. It was great stuff and this is one piece of it. It is a doubleknit cotton tunic sweater with a one-button placket at the jewel neck. It’s still in really nice shape but I haven’t worn it in 14 or 15 years.
This is a white tshirt I think I bought at Hecht’s in Washington when I lived there, so that’s 14 or 15 years at least. I’m paring down my multiples of basic things like white and black tees, and I have others I like better.
THIS was my favorite black skirt for YEARS. So many years. It is a nice weight of rayon crepe, which has a gorgeous drape, and it has my all-time favorite closure system for a skirt, which is to say a waistband that double-buttons on the left or right hand side of the front, with a pocket built in under the buttons and another built in on the other side. I wore the absolute living FUCK out of this skirt, but it still looks pretty good, and someone at Dress For Success will find it very versatile.
This is an oxford grey wool blend long cardigan with one covered button in front. This is another item I wore all the time for many years. It is warm, comfortable, professional looking, and versatile, and I haven’t put it on in at least 15 years. My favorite outfit involving this sweater was to wear it with a tomato red sprigged turtleneck and a black/white tiny houndstooth pleated skirt — it sounds radical but it looked great. Still, I haven’t worn that outfit in 20 years or more!
This will be another fine item for Dress For Success.
This is an ice-blue and white marled cotton blend sweater from J. Jill, “clothes for rich hippies.”
I would describe it as very comfortable but boxy and too short. I haven’t worn it in at least five years, and I think this particular item is better suited for donation to the Portland Public Schools PTA. I’m enjoying imagining the chubby high school girls who are going to inherit so many of my clothes. I really hope they will enjoy wearing them as much as I am enjoying imagining them wearing them!