I have been thinking a lot about clothes lately. I had some issues over the summer and, to make a long story short, I lost a lot of weight and none of my pants fit anymore. To my considerable surprise, it is nearly impossible to find a normal pair of jeans in a store right now. I like relaxed, faded denim jeans with legs that are loose without being voluminous. The current trend is either dark indigo skinny jeans, or dark bootcut jeans that look as if they were cut to accommodate Space Boots.
As I said, my search has me thinking about what I like in clothes. I am kind of picky, but in the grand scheme of things, I don’t think I ask for much.
- Pockets. If I had my way, everything would have pockets, but I’ll tell you this; I would rather have no pockets than useless inch-and-a-half deep decorative pockets. Can someone please explain to me the purpose of a pocket that is only deep enough to make you think you can put things in it?
- Hoods. Since I stick to no muss/no fuss hair styles, I’ll take a hood over an umbrella any day. They keep your ears warm, too.
- Softness. I do so love soft fluffy fabrics. One of my favorite garments is my Cookie Monster robe. It was not made to be a Cookie Monster robe, but it is bright blue and furry. No one believes that I did not realize when I bought it that I would look like I had skinned a Muppet.
- Appropriately sized arm holes. I know everyone has different size arms, so there is no way to mass produce perfectly tailored garments. However, there is no excuse for plus-size blouses with super-skinny arms or tops where the sleeve could fit around one’s waist. If it’s a design choice, fine. That is a style I can avoid. When it’s a matter of poor planning, it bugs the crap out of me.
- Cute skirts. You know what’s still one of my favorite things in the world? Wearing a skirt that fans out when I spin around. You can keep your pencil skirts, I’m just waiting for pleats and ruffly hems to come back in style.
So tell me, what makes something a keeper in your wardrobe?