Then this last summer, I had a nasty bout of the flu (aches, fever, bleh) for four days. While I took it easy, I had a sort of period movie-fest, watching: Pride & Prejudice, Little Women, The Four Feathers, Sense & Sensibility, and more. Many of the movies I watched had winter scenes in them. And what I noted as I watched was that the women of past times were warmly bundled for winter AND they looked feminine! That’s why I am so glad to shed those winter clothes…they don’t feel feminine!
So for the last few months, I’ve been adding items to the wardrobe. Now I don’t like to spend much money on clothes…very little, in fact. So I hunted the thrift shops and consignment stores for good deals in feminine, winter clothing. These are some of the new additions:
- A three-quarter length black wool coat (looks brand new) bought for $4.99! Now I will save the bulky parka only for snow play, snow removal, or walks in the falling snow. The black wool coat is much less bulky and pairs well with pretty, feminine scarves.
- A new pair of boots. These I found new at Marshalls and paid for them almost entirely with a gift card. I was so tickled to find boots that fit all the specifications I had in mind: had to look like old-fashioned lace-up boots, had to have almost no heel (for my arthritic knee…oh dear), and had to have great treads (no more nasty spills on ice, please).
- A couple of new boiled wool jackets, as boiled wool is delightfully warm and lightweight. I love the crewel work on this one (a thrift store find).
And I love the sleeves and ruffled front on this brown one (consignment store purchase).
- Velvet made women of the past look feminine in the winter. Not many people wearing velvet these days. But stretch velvet (don’t you love how it’s called that?…like we don’t know it’s really velour, but whatever…)…anyway…stretch velvets are everywhere. I found these three tops, cranberry, plum, and brown, at thrift shops.
- I’m challenging myself to wear more skirts this winter. I’ve realized that I tend to think of my winter skirts as only for church during the winter. But this winter, I’m going to try to wear them more at home and out…long skirts with tights, thermals, knee high socks and boots for warmth. This one won’t be warm enough once its really cold, but I am loving this 1860s-inspired modern skirt!
- Scarves! I bought five beautiful scarves…four of them are the big pashmina shawls. I like the flexibility of being able to wear them as scarves or shawls. The prettiest scarf is this pale blue, damask patterned one. And although its not as large, nor as warm, I just fell in love with this silk backed and velvet flocked silk scarf…so pretty.
I’m looking forward to feeling and looking feminine in my favorite season soon!