September tracking - week 3

It's finally summer! SF summer, that is, right on schedule. We've had a few days in the 80s, so sunny that it felt warmer. It's been chillier than usual this summer, so it was nice to have some heat.

Sunday: breakfast at a cafe with a friend in from NY, then we went to SFMOMA (we have memberships - quite affordable - but rarely go).
Uniqlo tee dress, Laer leather jacket, Dr Martens boots

Monday: woke up feeling really out of it and barely got myself together in time. Threw on an outfit with messy hair and a giant zit on the tip of my nose - perfect for my first faculty meeting in my new department! :(
Madewell slim straight jeans, Uniqlo tunic shirt, Everlane jean jacket, Allsaints flat ankle boots.

Tuesday: back to normal.
Everlane faded boyfriend jeans (new), Gap cotton v-neck sweater, Everlane jean jacket, Free People asymmetric flats

Wednesday: no meetings, so I wore a denim mini skirt.
Madewell raw hem mini skirt, Everlane u-neck tee, J Crew cotton/wool sleeveless duster cardigan, J Crew boys' oxfords

Thursday: gave a talk on my research to the new grad students. Possibly showed more midriff than ideal for the context?
Everlane faded boyfriend jeans (new), Banana Republic cropped
short-sleeve shirt, Dr Martens sandals

Friday: meant to go out in the evening but didn't, again.
Madewell slim straight jeans, Zara chunky cotton sleeveless top, Rag &
Bone velvet jacket, Dr Martens boots

 a good friend's art opening! One of those fantasy lifestyle events, and everyone looked so cool.
R13 crossover jeans, Everlane u-neck tee, Free People asymmetric flats, Laer leather jacket

Of note:

  • Not one but two dress/skirt outfits! 
  • A few of these outfits had favorite tops that are getting faded -- I know of an excellent fiber-reactive black dye that I could use to re-dye some things, but it require hot water and works best on raw/organic cotton. I wonder if it's worth trying.
  • I bought another pair of Everlane faded jeans -- this time the boyfriend jeans. I don't need any more. I don't regret the purchase because they fit me so perfectly but, time to stop shopping for them - no more faded black wash jeans.
  • I've been culling my shoe collection to remove things that I never wear, mostly for comfort reasons. Lots of money down the drain, though I've recouped some of it on Poshmark. I'm going to be extra careful about shoe purchases in the future. Comfort is king, as Angie knows. The rejects are thing that should have been comfortable but were subtly wrong. It can be hard to get it right.
  • I stopped tracking gear. I went to two dance classes and wore my standard workout clothes.


  • jeans: Three pairs, two worn twice each. One carried over from last week, two made their first appearance this week. As expected, I'm rotating through my large jeans collection quite reasonably, but I'd probably be fine owning fewer. Running total for September: 8 jeans (plus a skirt and a dress).
  • tops: no repeats yet (but I have multiple copies of the Everlane u-neck tees, if that counts as a repeat). I own a lot (too many) tees, and I could definitely get by with fewer tops. No dressier tops this week, but I tried to expand out from basic tees - the Zara sleeveless top was an old favorite that I hadn't worn in ages (actually I thought I'd donated it).
  • toppers and outerwear: another warm week meant few cardigans, again; just the sleeveless duster that I also wore in week 1. Same three jackets as the past weeks, reinforcing my sense that these were all great purchases. Running total: 4 toppers, 4 jackets.
  • shoes: Five pairs of shoes this week (two work twice each). Three from previous weeks, two new pairs (a different pair of Dr Martens boots, and my dressier Allsaints boots). Running total: 9 shoes.

Photos: Thursday, Wednesday.

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  • Elizabeth P replied 5 years ago

    Great daily comments, and conclusions. Sounds like you are really in tune with your wardrobe. BUT I WANNA SEE MORE PICS!!!! Seriously. I love seeing a bunch of your outfits in one place, as I love your style.

    Hope your new position is shaping up well.

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    You know your style and wear it so well.

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    Elizabeth, I really meant to take more photos! I might recreate a few of the outfits tomorrow morning if I have time.

  • Jessikams replied 5 years ago

    Miniskirt outfit looks great. How fun that you got to attend a “fantasy lifestyle” event, certainly makes up for the times when you meant to go out but didn’t (I have a LOT of those evenings....)
    As you cull your shoe collection, have you been able to pinpoint any of the subtle wrong things? To prevent future mistakes? I need to do this too. It’s always a fit issue that leads to shoes going unworn. Style can be played with, but foot pain is just a giant STOP sign.

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    Jessikams, hm, good question about the shoes. The ones I'm selling are:

    • grey suede block heels - uncomfortable across the top of my foot (they seemed fine walking around the house), and grey is surprisingly hard to work into my black wardrobe
    • Rag & Bone handsewn loafers - these were so beautiful and such a good buy at Nordstrom Rack but they dig into my heel and also just doesn't fit my style - too preppy? I thought the menswear look would be good but somehow none of my jeans were the right length to look good with them
    • heeled ankle boots - comfy but not my style (thrifted)
    • flat ankle boots - a bit tight in the toes, never stretched as much as I expected
    • block heel sandal booties - I might actually pull these out of the for-sale pile and give them another try
    They fall in two categories:
    • "amazing bargains" (thrifted, Rack, etc) that I couldn't pass up - I should know better
    • trendy things I craved all season but then never wore
    I can probably remember to avoid those two categories. But really it can be so hard to know which shoes will be comfortable for the long haul. Most of these I'd be happy to keep and wear occasionally, but thanks to Poshmark, I can get enough money back that it's worth selling them.

  • Carol replied 5 years ago

    Great hi-lo effect in the second picture! Like the topper a lot. 

  • Barbara Diane replied 5 years ago

    Glad to see you getting back some of your $ from your shopping mistakes. I always admire how stylish you look and how distinct your wardrobe is.

  • bj1111 replied 5 years ago

    yay for midriffs.  

    i love those asymmetric flats.  how comfy are they?  any heel slippage as you walk?

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    bj1111, I find them very very comfortable, with a wide toe area for my stubby, wide toes (I took the larger of the two possible sizes). I put in Pedag leather insoles with arch and metatarsal support, and that also keeps my heel in place. My heel does move up and down a bit but that hasn't been a problem. But I have high volume feet with a very high instep. I could imagine they might feel loose on a low volume foot. They have rave reviews at Nordstrom, at any rate.

    I've never owned flats I wanted to wear for anything other than special occasions before - I've tried and failed. Mostly I stick to boots and oxfords and other closed shoes.

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