This past weekend, I wore one of my favorite Threadless shirts out in public....this is the one that I got when I was living in the "scary" area of downtown Cincinnati:
image courtesy of Threadless.com
Anyway, I was told by a couple of friends that this shirt may not be great to wear when out and about in LA because "it might offend some people". Oh jeez. So apparently some Los Angelinos suffer from a lack of a sense of humor.
However, this is only indicative of a larger problem....my wardrobe is inadequate for my recent shift in climate and lifestyle. I am doing the best I can with the clothes I currently have, but let's face it....I have a serious case of wardrobe malaise. When am I going to wear a blouse again in the forseeable future? Certainly not to class and DEFINITELY not when I'm riding my bike to get someplace.
So here's the breakdown. My current wardrobe:
-is heavy on work coordinates
-consists of thicker material (i.e., heavyweight denim)
-has t-shirts that are unwearable (either inappropriate or unflattering). Also some of my t-shirts are being kept for sentimental reasons and I cannot (yet) bear to part with them.
-has pants that are either unflattering or too big (I've lost weight!)
-has a great shoe collection but most of them are impractical....for example, heels, boots, and wedges are great, but bad for walking or riding my bike.
My desired wardrobe:
-has t-shirts and casual tops suitable for class or work, but comfortable enough for riding
-has casual but structured pants made of cotton and other lightweight materials
-keeps the diversity of my shoe collection but adds more comfortable and walkable footwear, like cute sneakers and walking sandals.
If anyone has any shopping suggestions, either online or in-store, I would greatly appreciate it. I have not the funds to purchase a whole new wardrobe but a few key pieces would help me out a lot! In the meantime, I ordered a few "non-offensive" t-shirts from Threadless to keep me afloat, including this one, which is awesome: