I was thinking of calling myself Plain Jane today; but didn't want to offend any Janes out there. I'm sure Janes have suffered enough, having a phrase like that readymade and just waiting to be lobbied at them whenever they care to step out looking minimalist and unadorned. In fact, the existence of the plain-Jane tag, whilst handy for the English teacher to demonstrate assonance, has probably caused a lot of Janes to go to great lengths to ensure they look fabulous and decidedly un-plain on a daily basis. An example I look to is my own friend Jane who is one of the most glamourous women I know. Sorry, Janes, I shouldn't have even mentioned it...
When I put on this top this morning I was determined to wear it the other way around, with the buttons at the front. After all, it is designed to be worn both ways, and I wanted this versatility when I made it. But I decided I don't really like it that way, and switched it around yet again. I really should force myself to wear it the other way around more...
Once upon a time, I would not have made nor worn something like this top, because I had a thing that a loose-fitting garment would not flatter my figure. But really, what does that matter? And what does it mean? Looking through the pictures in this pattern book I could see that the girls modelling looked lovely in the loose comfortable clothes, and so I went ahead and made them up. And the important thing here should be about how you feel in your clothes, as much as about whether you look nice or not. If not, we may as go back to the days of the corset...
So, maybe today is a bit plain and minimally coloured and embellished, but essentially I am cool and comfortable. In this kind of scorching heat; these are my priorities!
Top; top "b" from Unique Clothes Any Way You Like, by Natsuno Hiraiwa, white cotton
Skirt; my own design, charcoal jersey knit
Sandals; Vincenza from Soletta shoes
Necklace; from the surf shop on Rottnest Island (another souvenir of a great holiday!)
Nail varnish; Revlon Crimson Sparkle