I am wearing:
-creme and black striped sweater, H&M
-camel corduroy skirt, H&M
-black and white nubby flats, Payless
-silver hammered necklace, gift from husband (Israel)
-black corduroy equestrian hat, Gap
Apparently I am a walking advertisement for H&M. I think I am ok with that.
All clothing in this outfit is more than 3 years old. I've been thinking about this recently, since I will not be shopping for clothing this year. My father passed away quite suddenly about 2 months ago, and according to Jewish law I must mourn for a period of 12 months. The mourning period has many rules- no parties, concerts, going to movies, a special prayer that must be recited 3x a day- but one that will have particular impact on this blog is the ban on wearing new clothing. All of these laws are supposed to be a constant reminder of loss, and somehow helpful in the process of mourning and bereavement. I will certainly let you know how I feel about that after the year is up.
For now, what it means sartorially is being creative with what I already own. I've already discussed my new mantra, which is certainly catalyzed by the new prohibitions I face as a mourner. I've read a number of blogs that detail shopping bans, such as Already Pretty. This will be a slightly different take on that theme, and I will keep you all updated on the process. And thankfully, I can still mix what I own with new accessories and shoes... maybe this will be the year to build an amazing shoe wardrobe.
Over and out,