outfit: faded with wear

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dusted off the ol’ trusty clydes for work today.

i haven’t worn these clydes in months! but now that i got me some ankle boots, i’m good to go for this 32 degree “spring” day. the knees and edges of my clydes are slightly faded from wear and i like it!  i’ve had these for maybe two years now? maybe even longer.  i own the now discontinued twill cotton version.  i can’t imagine getting these pants in the new cotton canvas fabric.  it would look way too bulky on me.  i know a lot of people look great in them though, but i much prefer the soft, almost flannel like texture of these old versions.  i kind of got over my strong urges to buy more ES clothing this spring.  even the parabola top and pants aren’t screaming at me like they used to. i’d rather look more “normal” these days, but that could just be a phase i’m going through right now.

as for this bag, it isn’t heavy when i’m not carrying much in it.  but today i bought a bottle of olive oil at the hospital farmer’s market and that made my bag feel much too heavy on my commute home.  when a bag is already 2.4 lbs. by itself and then ya add 1 more lb., it’s tough!  i’m also a major weakling, so other more fit people might not feel this way. so far the stress relief from having things organized in my bag has been worth the extra weight.

the other day, i happened to mention this blog to a good friend of mine who was surprised i was still blogging after all these years. she obviously has no interest in my blog, lol. she was surprised that i had kept up with it and said she would have quit a long time ago. it’s funny because i’ve had people make similar comments about other things i do for fun too, like oil painting for example. i had a friend once tell me ‘i could never have the patience for something like that’.  or when family members wonder out loud why the hell you are doing something if you are not making money off of it.  my internal response is always: not everything is about making money! i think a few years ago, a comment like that would have made me doubt myself, but now i don’t sweat it.  i just remind myself that something that feels like work to someone else can be fun and worthwhile to me.  and if someone doesn’t get that, it’s simply not meant for them.

[outfit: *marni cashmere cardigan, old zara basic organic cotton top, old elizabeth suzann clyde twill pants, uniqlo salmon colored socks, hopp studio zip up boots, *cluse watch, *dagne dover midi bag]

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13 thoughts on “outfit: faded with wear

  1. aaah….oil painting…or just drawing….even with my toddler, who uses his pens to mess up my bursts of creation.
    It’s something that gives me pleasure and inner peace…if I’m asked about my daily life, I just say that I don’t do much…(my drawing is private and I wouldn’t like people to comment about it)

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  2. Good for you. I don’t understand why people are so quick to quit things – like, are we all so passive we only do what we have to?

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    1. Seems like a lot of people feel creating things is only worthwhile if it pays. Anything that doesn’t gets denigrated as a silly “hobby”. Could also just be a lack of creativity/ drive /passion.. or people are filling all their free time with passive consumption of social media.. we should all be more encouraging of pro bono creativity! I’m

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  3. One of the factors as to why people keep up with projects or activities that aren’t for pay is because it becomes part of you through habituation. I often have a huge struggle beginning a new project or “hobby” (I hate the idea of a hobby … I dont like to distinguish between what I do for pay and what I do, but it is descriptive), but once I become habituated to it my life molds around that. For me, those habits include the study of poetry, journaling and writing in general, caring for plants, and all sorts of hippy-dippy health activities I have taken on over the years. I am a seeker and have so many plans for new habits, but only when the time is right.

    All this to say: you are obviously very good at habituating to projects that are fulfilling — I think that is something I admire about you, your blog — along with a handful of other creative blogs I follow.

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    1. There’s something about the word “hobby” that I don’t like either. “Interests” is probably a better word. I think you’re right about habit though. When this blog has felt like work in the past, I’ve reanalyzed it and made changes to make it feasible and fun. Which meant narrowing the focus. Its especially important to not chase after something you’re not. But anyway I think it’s so cool you’re into poetry and all those other hippie things. And thanks for caring to read what I write! Feel so lucky to have people to connect with on style and life.:)

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  4. I am so thankful that there are people like you who enjoy writing blogs. My morning ritual before starting my work day is to eat breakfast and drink coffee / tea while reading a handful of favorite blogs. I love how it starts the day and eases me into work mode. So thank you for continuing to post!!!

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    1. I like to drink my coffee first thing and read my favorite blogs too! There’s so much bad news out there that I prefer to start my day off this way. It’s a nice break to read something casual and light. I enjoy writing knowing full well I’m not a great writer by any stretch.. especially love the comments section the most. Not only here but in other blogs I read. I find myself more excited about the comments sometimes then the actual posts!

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  5. I tried the cotton canvas Clydes and they were definitely stiff. I don’t own any ES cotton twill, but I can imagine the difference. I only tried the canvas Clydes (sent back the next day), but it was the kind of fabric that felt like it would take a long while to break in. I might consider the Harper jacket in that fabric next fall, if that is one of the garments that gets re-worked for petite sizes. If not, even though I could have the coat taken up, the pockets would be too low.

    Thank you for blogging! I really appreciate your insights about clothing, and I also enjoy the music videos you link. In fact, I downloaded Soccer Mommy’s latest album from iTunes a couple of weeks ago…

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    1. I tried the Tilda in canvas and it was too stiff and made me look like a clown. I’ve never hemmed a jacket before. That idea would prevent me from buying. But anyway appreciate ur comment. My bf won’t let me listen to soccer mommy anymore. He’s sick of it lol. Glad you enjoyed!

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  6. I’m a new reader this year and I’m so enjoying your blog and I’m grateful for it! (I was moved to comment
    because a small part of me thought, what if she listens to the doubters?!)

    Btw, I’m planing on buying your Hopp boots in black in size 10 – they are sold out but I’m waiting it out.

    Love your picks and your thoughts.

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  7. I’m a new reader this year and I’m so enjoying your blog and I’m grateful for it! (I was moved to comment
    because a small part of me thought, what if she listens to the doubters?!)

    Btw, I’m planing on buying your Hopp boots in black in size 10 – they are sold out but I’m waiting it out.

    Love your picks and your thoughts.

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    1. Yay. Welcome! I hope the boots work out. Remember to size up a half size. Maybe you can email them and ask if they are expecting any in ur size to come in soon. That’s how I scored mine when they were sold out.

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