Hardly a thing in the world makes me feel more capable than fixing broken things. Sadly, I cannot actually fix many broken things. Even when those things are items from my own wardrobe. I will admit that my attempts to learn to sew have ALL failed, so I cannot hem or tailor any of my garments. But I can most certainly MEND seams and other undone stitching, and replace buttons. I can also make minor jewelry repairs like replacing French hooks, adding or removing jump rings, and supergluing the living daylights out of anything broken. I am incredibly skilled at teasing snagged threads back inside garment interiors, and between HM’s sweaters and Simon Kitty’s 26 clawed toes I am kept busy doing just that. And I can MacGyver just about any accessory from belts to jewelry into a smaller or larger version of itself – including keeping belts in place and making necklaces longer or shorter by adding bracelets or utilizing safety pins – though that’s not technically fixing.
What kinds of wardrobe repairs can you do on your own? Hem? Alter? Repair accessories or jewelry? Anyone else a Wardrobe McGyver? Who out there can actually tailor her own clothing, including off-the-rack? Impress us all with your skills, friends!
Although I believe clothes that look good on your body will often make you feel good about yourself, I also know that some clothes that look smashing feel awful. Like strapless dresses. And elegant 4″ heels. And when I talk with women about style, I always emphasize that clothing can make you feel good in a thousand ways: It can be a color that lifts your spirits, a pattern that engages or awakens you, a garment that you bought while traveling and evokes fond memories. It can be slippery silk on your skin, nubby linen, or some other pleasing texture that heightens your senses. It can be warm or enveloping, soft or smooth, bright or dark. Our feel-good clothes can look like just about anything.
Tell us about yours. When you open your closet, which items jump out as your feel-good clothes? What makes them special? Why do they lift your spirits? Are the ones that feel great on your body different than the ones that look great in the mirror?
I’ve had many folks ask how I swap my handbags out so frequently, and I can’t say that I have a perfect system. It helps to keep things compartmentalized: I have a sunglasses case, makeup bag, phone, wallet, and a little pouch with my business card holder, gum, and miscellany in it. So I really don’t have to move much from bag to bag. Some people swear by purse inserts, but I find just keeping my items to a minimum is enough.
But I’m also a person who once owned a single black leather bag that got carried everywhere all the time. It wasn’t until fairly recently that I began to see my bag as an element of my outfit. Now I love having a variety of colors and styles to choose from, and feel they enhance my overall looks.
But enough about me! Let’s talk about YOU! Do you own and use multiple handbags? If so, how do you move your stuff from bag to bag? Is it an irritant? If you stick to one bag, what are your selection criteria? What has your bag GOT to have or do to really work for you? Or do you skip handbags in favor of totes, briefcases, backpacks, or a simple wallet-in-pocket system? Do tell!