Happy day, Reader Dearest!
I have a little problem.
On my phone. On my computer. On scraps of paper on my desk. On the refrigerator. On my nightstand. On my bathroom mirror.
You might say I have a obsession with lists.
Like every obsession, there’s a love-hate element to my lists.
I love checking things off my lists.
I hate being told what to do by lists.
You know Must-Have lists raise my hackles, right? My inner teenager comes flying right back into being.
“You’re not the boss of me…”
Lists that break down things into elements? I LOVE those! Or lists I customize to work for me? More love!
Which leads to me saving inordinate numbers of lists on Pinterest… (Here’s my Pinterest!) Recently, I pinned an article called The 8-Piece French-Girl Summer Wardrobe from Who What Wear-UK. (I seem to pin the UK platform more often than the US version… Sorry, US.)
Here’s Their List (For French Girl Summer Style)
- Cat Eye Sunglasses
- Printed Midi-Dress
- White Blouse
- Sassy 1-Piece Swimsuit
- Straight Leg Jeans
- Basket Bag
Obviously, this isn’t a wardrobe on its own. The idea is to add summer flair to the basics in your wardrobe. But what if you aren’t French? Or a girl? Well, I’m neither. I’m certainly older than girl and not really interested in trying to look girl-ish. Feminine, yes. Modern, yes. Young? Not bothered.
Which begs the question…
What Here Works for Me?
THIS is the crux of my list obsession. What on any list does work for me and what doesn’t? What can I learn from it? Let’s just say I was amused.
I have Cat Eye Sunglasses. Mine aren’t white, but they rock. I love a great white blouse. I own a vibrant magenta 1-Piece swimsuit. The cut isn’t sassy but the color certainly is! Straight leg jeans are my faves. If you follow me on Insta, you’ve seen my Levi’s 501 Originals styled hundreds of ways. Espadrilles are high on my list of summer shoes. (Although, I prefer the buckle versions to tying around the ankle!) I love a good basket bag. I’ve had since high-school and when I found my double strap shopper, I actually jumped up and down in the store. (Hubby was not embarrassed. Bless him.) Six out of eight are personal faves? Maybe there is some French girl in me after all!
So I went browsing for the other two…
And the line between girl and woman became very clear. If you prefer, between fille and femme. Why does femme sound better than woman? Maybe it’s just me. Does it sound better to you?
What I’d Change
I love a dress. I really do! But a printed midi? Everything was floral and felt old-lady. I may be 59, but I don’t feel old in any way. How about swapping that printed dress for a printed skirt? Now THAT feels better and totally in line with my Spring/Summer Wardrobe Inspo! Pair that with a white tee and the espadrilles? Ageless!
I don’t love a mini-skirt. For me. It’s not so much age issue as proportion. It’s hard to get the proportions right in a mini-skirt when bare-legged. It’s like getting the proportion right in shorts! I’d have to go for indecently short (NOT me) OR all the way down to the knee, at which point it’s no longer a mini! A shorter dress, though? THAT’S a win for me. None of the proportion issues. And it still has a fun vibe. Hm. Maybe I’ll shorten the white shift I was thinking about consigning… Although, that blue dress has been on my radar since my trip to NJ last month! I’d wear it with flat sandals or chunky heels. Even tennis shoes on the right day…
These two swaps are small but make all the difference in wearability!
How About You?
Are you a list maker? Loather? Or both? What kind of lists do you make? Where do you keep them? Any apps you love for lists? Do you find wardrobe lists helpful? How do you use them? Have you ever worked out your Daily Dozen? What of WWW’s French Girl Summer Style appeals to you? What would you leave out? Or swap in? Do tell! I love to hear from you even more than I love a list…