outfit: oatmeal

Oatmeal has become my favorite wardrobe color.  Move over heather gray; there’s a better neutral in town!

You might have seen this sweater at Everlane before; it’s been in stock for a long time.  I wonder if they’re having trouble selling them, or the opposite.  It looks different on me because I folded in the neck line.  Judging by the way the model wears it, it’s supposed to be a rather long mock neck.  But on me, it shortened and widened my neck area in a weird way.  This was the same reason the previous owner put it up for sale.  Folding it in solved the problem.  It’s sort of a reverse turtleneck now.  The fabric is cozy; textured but not rough.  There’s a nice feature on the sleeves:  a subtle horizontal stitch that creates a pseudo-seam for easy cuffs.  I’ve never owned cashmere before (can you believe that?!);  I’ve been too afraid of the upkeep.  Luckily this sweater’s A-line shape feels too drafty to be worn alone; I’ll want to wear a fitted shirt underneath, so maybe that will reduce the amount of washing needed.

Sadly, this will be the last time you see me in these bottoms.  I discovered another hole in these olive green shorts that you’ve seen me wear a million times. These are my only shorts.  I’ve owned them for at least 5 years.  The first hole was in the crotch area. I had it mended then.  This new hole is over the butt area and I don’t think it would look decent even with the best sewing.   It’s time to lay these to rest and find a replacement before summer rolls around.

And now for some good news…  I was re-organizing my storage bins this afternoon as part of my spring cleaning and found the missing piece to my tripod set up!  Hooray, I’ll be able to use my proper camera again for outfits.  A few months ago, I bought a prime lens (definition) specifically for my trip to Vietnam.  I wanted a lens that was small and easy for travel, and cheap, so I wouldn’t cry if it broke.  It was so much fun taking pictures with a prime lens.  It’s constraining not to have a zoom option, but much simpler; it forces you to move around; pictures feel intimate and the moment captured feels slower.   I’ve been learning how to use my camera on my own, and I still suck at it, but I’m slowly getting better.  Anyway, I’m excited to be able to use my prime lens for future outfits here.  Stay tuned.

[outfit:  Everlane Ribbed Wool-Cashmere Turtleneck, cluse watch, old zara utility shorts]

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