I've made a conserted effort not to get all gushy about how much I'm loving blogging. Who needs to hear another person blather on about all the delightful discoveries and new connections it brings to our lives? Yes, it's wonderful. And yet it also shows you alot about yourself, things that you maybe knew about before, but were able somehow, to avoid truly grasping in the light of day. Like "the perfect uniform" category. It's something I've thought about forever, and now I've written about it and there it is, me, at my most shallow. Blah, blah, blah, I dither on about "the perfect shoe or tee shirt", while scary supreme court nominees are heading, unchallenged, for confirmation. Much of what I value in the world is being eroded and yet I'm willing to spend precious time talking about the undeniable merits of the Levi's 501 shrink to fit jean. Yep, I'm shallow, its undeniable. Or at least I thought I was until someone actually commented on the perfect uniform entry, a rare occurence to date. I've also had friends who I consider smart, political and definitely NOT shallow, come up to me in the lunch line and wax rhapsodic about the concept. I must say that I'm both surprised and relieved. Maybe this isn't about shallowness after all. Maybe it's just something we think about to distract us from the depressing news of the day. Yeh, that's it. It's really a balance thing. Boy, do I feel better now.
So anyway, in the spirit of going with what works, I want to call out the comment about the black turtleneck as a part of my friends uniform. Extremely good call! It's a definite must. So important that I think it's a good idea to have a few variations on the theme: cashmere, wool cable, cotton knit. It's such a basic element in the uniform that only one just won't do. One has to be prepared for a variety of temperatures, attitudes and circumstances after all. This year I picked up a great black cable turtleneck at J.Crew which I love (unfortunately pictured below in snow, which I know is a bit lame but I'm too lazy to go take a photo of it from my closet).
Another friend had a great entry on her blog ichKalliope about some loafers she found and fell in love with. Loafers are so wonderful and again, like the black turtleneck, variations on the theme is a great idea. Pictured below are the green Prada loafers my friend snagged. Too good, I must say.