The Holes in My Closet, Revisited
Last year I did a post about the ‘holes’ in my closet – i.e. the clothing items I feel I can’t possibly live without, if I want my wardrobe to be “complete”.
(Which I DO, by the way. I have a feeling that’s probably NEVER going to happen, mind you, and that there’ll always be SOMETHING I need/want, but hey: I can give it my best shot, huh?)
Well, it’s been a while since that post, so I figured it was time for an update. Here, in no particular order, are all of the items I’ve decided I absolutely must have in order to fill the holes in my closet: no one tell Terry, OK?
01. A black tuxedo jacket
So, I’m not going to lie to you, this item is totally inspired by one too many episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, in which Kim wore a structured dinner jacket over jeans, dresses, you name it. (Well, mostly just over jeans and dresses, but still: if it’s good enough for Kim K, it’s good enough for me…) This one is pretty much perfect – so much so that I ordered in it both available colours the second I saw it, only to end up returning them both, because the fit just wasn’t quite right on me. It was one of the hardest decisions of my life, seriously.
02. Silk camisoles in black and white
I need these to wear with that tuxedo jacket I don’t actually have, obviously. Luckily these are much easier to find, and I’ve identified a couple of contenders: this one, which keeps selling out in white before I can get to it, and this one, which I’ve so far resisted ordering, because the first one I linked is cheaper. I’m like that.
03. Silk tea dress
Honestly, this doesn’t even have to be silk: it just has to be a tea dress. Not just any old tea dress, though: the reason this particular closet hole is proving particularly hard to close is that no one seems to be making exactly the kind of dress I’m after. I dunno, I feel like a classic tea dress should be the kind of thing you’d be able to find absolutely everywhere, but all of the ones I’ve found are either too long (You all know I love me a good midi, but for some reason I feel the length is quite frumpy on me in this style of dress), or too short. I want to find one that hits on, or just above the knee, and I’ll search to the ends of the earth if I have to. Well, to the ends of the internet, anyway. (I think the issue I’m having with this one is that I actually don’t want it to look too “retro”, and most of the ones I find have a real ’40s land girl’ look to them: which is awesome, if that’s what you’re looking for, obviously, but for once in my life I’m actually after something a little more modern. ARE there modern tea dresses? I will do my best to find out…)
04. Other casual dresses
I’m being very vague about this one, because not even I really know what I’m after here, but … dresses. That are relatively causal. Most of the dresses I have right now are dressy dresses, so while I COULD wear them to work from home, I wouldn’t, because they’d get all creased and ruined, and I’d spill coffee on them, and WHERE ARE ALL THE CASUAL DRESSES? I mean, SERIOUSLY.
(It’s possible that the tea dress described above would fulfil my criteria here. We’ll never know, though, because I can’t find it, either…)
05. Black scuba midi skirt
I know it seems like I have tons of black midi skirts, and, well, I DO, but none of them are quite right. The closest to being “quite right” is the Collectif skirt I featured in this post, but while I love the way it looks, the fabric is the kind that creases easily, and gets covered in lint the second you put it on, and that puts me off wearing it very often. What I’m looking for is a skirt in scuba fabric – which I love, for the simple reason that it DOESN’T crease easily, or get covered in lint. This one might just work. And I might just find out, sometime soon.
06. Cropped cardigans
This one is a simple matter of “re-stocking”, rather than embarking on an endless search. I LOVE my collection of Hell Bunny ‘Paloma’ cardigans, but unfortunately for me, I love them SO much that they’ve all been worn and washed so often now they’re looking a little the worse for wear. I really need to get round to replacing them, but because re-purchasing items you already have isn’t nearly as much fun as buying something shiny and new, I keep putting it off. I’m also thinking of trying out Lindy Bop’s ‘Bouvier’ cardigan, as an alternative: it looks like it’d be the perfect fit, but there’s only one way to find out…
07. Sweaters. Lots of.
I don’t know why, but sweaters are one of the things I always seem to need more off: possibly because I’m fairly fussy with them. I ideally like them to be as fitted as possible, for a retro-inspired look, but most of today’s styles are slouchy and over-sized – which, on me just looks like the WRONG size. Most of the retro-reproduction brands, meanwhile, tend to make their sweaters with elbow-length sleeves – which I buy , but then don’t ever wear, because I’m just too damn cold. It’s a hard knock life, for sure.
08. Leopard print pointed flats
I feel like my insistence on the “pointed” part of this requirement is possibly what’s making it so difficult, but I’d be willing to compromise on that if I could just find the pefect pair of round-toed flats, either. I can’t though, and trust me, I’ve tried – oh, I’ve found plenty of pairs of shoes that meet the general description, but none that make me say, “YES! Those are my new shoes!” And so the search continues: possibly forever.
Finally, I did find quite a few of the items on my last list, but there are a few I’m still looking for. (And now I really regret not calling this post, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” Ah, well…)
Full white skirt
Tan knee boots
Tan shoulder bag
Aaaaand, I think that’s it!
As with my previous post on this subject, none of these items are things I need URGENTLY: they’re just things I’d like to pick up, if I found them at the right price – so it’s kind of a rolling shopping list, basically. Got any holes in your closet you’d like to tell me about?