Monthly Archives: May 2013

New Blazer

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - New Blazer

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - New Blazer

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - New Blazer

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - New Blazer

Classifying colours is tricky! This blazer may be dark turquoise, or blue teal, a greenish blue or possibly you could simply label it “blue” (in this photo anyway). Whatever colour it really is, I’ve wanted to get a coloured blazer for a while now. I already have a black and a grey blazer I wear regularly and thought it would be fun to try a coloured one. Then I found this one on sale, and as a great bonus the colour (I’ll just call it teal) is an almost exact match for an old cardigan I’ve wanted to replace. The jersey fabric is a bit more relaxed than my retired-corporate-suit blazers, so it’s perfect for my casual lifestyle. I have a good feeling about this one – I hope it lives up to my expectations!

[Blazer: Jeanswest $41.99]

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Purple

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Purple

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Purple

It’s been 2 1/2 months since I’ve bought anything new and it was getting really difficult to motivate myself to create new outfits for the cold weather, so yesterday I took advantage of the storewide 40% off sale at Jeanswest and bought a few things. First off, these purple jeans. I already have cobalt jeans and wasn’t particularly looking for a second pair of coloured denim, but these were already marked down and with the sale ended up less than half price – a compelling argument! And while I’ve found my cobalt jeans quite versatile, they didn’t really work with some things (like my denim jacket) so I’m expecting these purple ones to open up some new possibilities.

Usually when I’m getting to know a new piece of brightly coloured clothing I keep to safe black and white pairings, but today I thought I’d put my “violet” top with these “blackberry” jeans for a monochromatic purple look.

Linking up with Kiwi Womens Style for Wardrobe Wednesday.

[Purple jeans: Jeanswest $29.99]

Burgundy And Red

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Burgundy And Red

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Burgundy And Red

Burgundy and red – a combination I don’t think I’ve done before, but I love how the red adds extra warmth and brightness. (In case you need convincing, I’ve included a picture below of the outfit minus the scarf – BORING.)

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Burgundy And Red

And because I’ve had a request for more information on how I tie scarves, here is my clumsy first attempt at a tutorial! There are a few different ways I like to wear scarves, depending on the size of the scarf and what I think the outfit needs for balance, so I’ll probably have some more tutorials to share over coming weeks. Steps are below, and you can click on the picture for a larger version.

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Burgundy And Red
1. Hold scarf behind your neck, with the short end in place where you’d like it to finish
2. Loop scarf once around your neck loosely, then a second time a little tighter
3. Tuck the second end of the scarf so it sits underneath the loops, then adjust the loops as desired

Plaid Dress

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Plaid Dress

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Plaid Dress

This dress is an exception to the rule, where the rule is an item in my wardrobe should be able to be paired with several other items. I can’t imagine wearing this dress with colours other than black and red (or possibly white). I can’t imagine layering items over the top to create a skirt effect – it’s too bulky, plus I’d hate to cover up the buckle detail. The fabric is very thick (and lined), so it’s only wearable in cool weather.

Basically, you couldn’t call this a highly versatile piece of clothing. But I love it. So even though it technically might not belong in my “functional wardrobe”, it’s here to stay!

Almost Favourite

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Almost Favourite

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Almost Favourite

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Almost Favourite

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Almost Favourite

I was really happy with this outfit today – it ticked some good boxes (comfortable, colourful, weather-appropriate). And while I wouldn’t say it used all my favourite items of clothing, it did consist entirely of almost favourite items. And I loved the result.

So I finally got a haircut – my hairdresser has an excellent memory and reminded me it’s been seven months since my last trim. Oops. She also remembered to point out that I have more grey hairs than last time. Ha, thanks! I am far too lazy to colour my hair – that would involve frequent touch-ups, so for the moment at least I will continue to be in denial!