Thursday, July 26, 2012
Pull It Down, Turn It Around
One of the things Elizabeth Cline in Overdressed encourages people to do is "refashion" and "reimagine" their clothes in order to get more wear out of them. I'm not normally a big fan of that. I'm totally cool with other people wearing their sweaters backwards or wearing skirts as dresses or vice versa or really whatever, but it's one of those things that I thought wasn't for me... until this morning.
This morning I found a tube top thing in my tank top drawer. I can't remember at what point I thought that would be appropriate for me, but it must have looked cute enough at the time and didn't create armpit chubs as most strapless garments do on me. However, I didn't even try to put it on as a top today. Today I thought, "New skirt!" I put it on but it looked a little off. So... I turned it backwards! Dum Dum DUUUM! It turns out my bottom fits better on the part where the boobs are supposed to go! Hahaha! So I am totally wearing this thing two kinds of wrong. But I'm so glad I didn't put it on as a tube top this morning because...
Seattle's newest Goodwill in the South Lake Union neighborhood. It was the smallest and most densely packed thrift store I've ever been in. I guess the words "grand opening" and "free Top Pot donuts to the first 250 customers" will bring in a crowd! Ha! So anyway, I found two garments I thought I could get good cost-per-wear ratios out of and went to the registers. The very young and handsome man looked at me with his adorable fresh-faced college-kid smile and said, "I feel like I know you." I replied, "You might. Where do you think you know me from?" He said, "I think you used to work for a school... and you might have been my little sister's teacher and your name is Ms. (insert correct name here)?" !!!
Holy guacamole! He did know me! I was relieved to know he hadn't been my student as I like to think I will always recognize them even when they grow up, but I totally knew that kid and I vividly remember his little sister, his older sister, his parents, and their delicious restaurant!
And I'm SO glad he won't be able to go home and tell his parents he saw Lisa's second grade teacher at Goodwill wearing a tube top! (Which of course, I was... shh!)
- weather: started foggy, ended sunny
- location: alley near the new Goodwill
- bag, bought used at ebay, cost $200 divided by about 20 uses = approximate current cost per wear (accpw) $10
- Splendid top, made in the USA, accpw $70
- "skirt," so old, accpw $5? (making gains on my wearing everything I own goal!)
- flats, old, accpw $1
- arm candy: Gap, charm bracelet, old, watch
- ethical ensemble evaluation: B+