Looking for something in an overcrowded closet can produce some interesting, unexpected, and even eye popping finds.
Take, for example, what happened last week.
My hubby misplaced an article of clothing and, being a loving and supportive wife, I volunteered to search through our front entry closet for his missing jacket liner. If you saw how crowded my front closet is (and why do we need so many jackets/coats in a warm desert climate, anyway? :)), you would agree that I'd have to be a loving and supportive wife to offer to do this!
So, piece by piece, I pulled out the jackets and vests and plopped them on the sofa. If I was going to do this, I was going to do it right! When you have so much stuff in one place, it's easy for something like a vest to get sandwiched between a couple of jackets...and really easy for it to be missed.
Well, I came pretty close to emptying out the closet when l came upon this find...words cannot adequately describe it so I'll just show you a picture.
Here's Ella, sporting my find from the past :)...
Hmmm...I ordered this? Really????
Eye-popping, bumblebee yellow fleece...sewn into a shirt jacket with pinking sheared edges. Oh, my! I had completely forgotten about this little lovely...
Of course I had to show off my find to Vern and Ashley. I held up the jacket to myself and, giggling, asked both of them if they could picture me wearing this. Both of them laughed and said that they definitely did not.
But, then Vern said something interesting. He commented that I used to dress more flamboyantly than I do now so he could see me wearing it back then, but not now. So that got me thinking.
Yes, I definitely dressed in a more showy fashion than I do now. Back in the days when I worked in a law firm, then an interior design firm, I wore the brights...cobalt blue, red, magenta, bright bumblebee yellow (together with black, no less :)), purple, etc. Shoes and purses to match were the norm. So, what happened?
Somewhere along the way, I adopted a style that is common among French women. Clothes that are more neutral in color and a more monochromatic palette is pretty descriptive of how I now dress. I like to think of it as a classic style.
I have to say that it makes life a lot easier...lots of black, blue jeans, linens in white and natural...not hard to figure out what to wear in the morning, really fast and easy when packing to travel, and definitely not worrying about whether the color I'm wearing is out (or running out to replace what I have with emerald, Pantone's new color of the year :)).
I guess it's not a great surprise that I tend toward the neutrals in the projects that I create...the latest round of "I Start, You Finish" albums definitely trended that way (with a bit of red added in, since I love red). And, it won't come as a surprise to the girls attending the sold out "Artful Hearts" workshop in February that their project will be done in a classic style...with a bit of deep, rich red here and there...my nod to a former flamboyant style.
So there you have it...the metamorphosis of Carol from flamboyant, to classic. And, all because of one closet cleaning.
And, no. I didn't find Vern's jacket liner. Maybe I'll attempt the front bedroom closet next. And that'll be a story for another day, for sure! :)