After my latest fail (beautiful on the website saddle colored leather moto jacket…HIDEOUS in person…garish gold metal, horrendous fit -> tight arms, narrow shoulders, and antiquated shoulder padding – THE MOST EPIC FAIL), I need to evaluate my topper collection. I really don’t need anything and could likely do with down-sizing some.
Toppers finish an outfit and provide warmth…who doesn’t need polish and warmth?
Fit concerns (as of today, I hope to whittle down a bit) – trifecta of fit concerns (one alone wouldn’t affect fit so much, but 2 – 3…horrible odds of finding a great jacket):
- BROAD shoulders (10+ inches smaller than my waist)
- Bigger than average biceps
- Chest measurements
I have too many toppers. And I also have an affinity for purchasing more. I need to put some structure in my life regarding toppers! Moreover, I need to admit to myself, that usually mediocrity is what I find in terms of fit. In order of frequency of use:
Jackets -> fave is the moto, closely followed by the denim – brands that work:
Rain – Calvin Klein but the goal is a London Fog with removable lining!
Moto – Express, Banana
Denim – NYCO, Banana
Leather/Vegan – CK, Express
ETC – Banana, DKNY
Cardigans – easier because they stretch and don’t add bulk
J. Crew/all, NYCO, Banana Republic, Style & Co
Boleros (many of mine aren’t all that different save for the lack of buttons)
CK, Ann Taylor, Random from Juniors
CK, Steve Madden, Kohl’s [sweater like], Mural from Nordstrom [blazer looking], Larry Levine
Maybe a white blazer cape for summer and spring? Not a high priority…
Ruanas & Kimonos
Cracker Barrel, Dillard’s, Express, NYCO
Never enough plaid – cue Cracker Barrel for 20$ ruanas!
Faux Fur – Sam Edelman
Wool -Via Spiga, Preston Scott, DKNY, J.Crew [not in love]
Down/Alternative – CK, London Fog, Rainforest
A cropped leopard faux would be nice.
Talbots, NYCO, Kasper, Tahari/all
I don’t love blazers on me anyway!
Random from Juniors, Lauren Conrad, Express, NYCO, Talbots
They are okay…but I never make them work as well in practice as I do on Pinterest 😐
Summation -> use what I have and purchase nothing new! NOT SHOPPING…not even for the most wanted leather moto jacket.
Note to self -> two things that can curb shopping:
- Focusing on what I have [above – scrolling up, I really see how silly it is to keep searching for this unicorn-coat! Thank you Lord for what I have, please forgive me for being excessive without warrant.]
- Focusing on what I can do for others
- Actually doing other things instead [events, reading, etc.]