As I continue to push forward in living out the concept of less is more, my degree of selectivity increases. In other words…I’ve become so damn picky that sometimes I drive myself crazy! In the end, choosing everything excruciatingly carefully is a very good thing and it is what gives birth to what I like to call wardrobe zen. While decisions are being made, the process can provoke anxiety and feel daunting. Part of this process is being open to new ideas, and never talking ourselves out of returning something that isn’t exactly what we have our hearts set on.
Quality is a big part of this equation, and sometimes this can be the toughest obstacle. I try to stick to natural fibers and pieces that feel good…soft against my skin! Along with every other woman in the world, I love the plaid blazer trend. This one is a “trend” I could easily justify purchasing because, although it is everywhere at the moment, it really is quite classic. I had trouble finding the quality I wanted at an affordable price point. I had my heart set on wool. Not poly blend! Also, I wanted a traditional cut, slightly oversized fit, and a neutral, subtle glen plaid or houndstooth. After looking around for a while I decided to hop over to eBay and see if I could find something truly vintage. I’m so glad I was open to trying this route because I found this vintage Pendleton. It is 100% wool, exactly the cut & fit I wanted and the ivory & black plaid is exactly what I was craving! Obviously, I was not able to try it on until I received it but I made sure I could return it if need be. Turns out it is absolutely perfect!
How many of us have endured our grandparents (in retrospect this was quite endearing) telling us how “They just don’t make em like they used to”. They could have been talking about women, boyfriends, furniture, suits…you name it. Anyway, the point is…they weren’t wrong. Quality is harder to find now and sometimes it absolutely makes sense to look back!