May 31, 2016
(Today I am linking up with Tania on Wednesday’s Wardrobe.)
Now before you start getting too worried by the title,let me assure you that I’m not referring to clothing sizes when I say that two is best. Since I haven’t been a size two since I was a toddler, I am the last person to suggest that we all need to be that size!
While I’m on the subject, though, I have to tell you this quick story. I was in the dressing room during one of my rare forays into a “new” store and I couldn’t help but overhear the woman in the cubicle next to me yell over the door to the saleswoman, “Um, excuse me. Could you get me another size, please? This size two is waaay too big.”
You could almost hear the gnashing of teeth from all the other women (including me) who were lined up and down in the other dressing room feverishly struggling to zip up our much-larger-than-two selections.
Fortunately, I have discovered the truth that beautiful doesn’t come in a size. Beautiful comes from discovering all the ways you can let your light shine through the brightest. Whether you are a 2 or a 22, you are amazing and you are wonderful!
But I digress. . .
One of the style bloggers I follow wrote a whole description here but here is the concept (copied from her blog) in a nutshell. (Note: she is Australian so some of her spelling reflects that.)
More formal wear – from business formal clothing to evening wear. Fabrics that need special care (dry cleaning is a clue)! Jewellery that is very sparkly or formal. For example: silk, satin, superfine wool suiting, fabric with sheen or shine or that are see-through. Diamonds, pearls, fine bejewelled sandals.
Everyday smart clothing that isn’t too bulky. Fabrics that can be laundered easily at home. Jewellery that is appropriate for every day wear. For example: stretch dark denim, high quality cotton, cotton/elastane, viscose, merino wool, ballet flats, pumps, loafers.
Outdoor leisure – fabrics that are bulkier or chunkier or very informal. For example: Polar fleece, corduroy, distressed denim, lower quality cottons, gym wear, sneakers, Birkenstocks, Crocs, etc.
Note: This information is also helpful for men’s wardrobes.
It’s because of its versatility. It’s difficult to blend level 3 clothes with level 1 clothes, so those types of clothing (although necessary to own in limited quantities) won’t build your wardrobe as well as level 2 clothing.
This is not only helpful with daily wardrobe choices, it is especially helpful when traveling; many of the level 2 items you pack can be transitioned to a different level with a simple change in accessories, shoes, etc.
Here are a couple of examples from my wardrobe. (All items, including scarf, jewelry, and shoes, are thrifted and average about $4 per piece.)
It works great paired with jeans and sandals . . .
but it also works well as part of a much dressier outfit.
Here it is in a couple more outfits. ( I also paired it with a long denim skirt but forgot to take a photo.)
It starts off pretty dressy . . .
but then also lends itself to more casual styles.
(Note: Whenever you see a picture of me with my head chopped off, it’s because I was wearing no make up or–more probably–my hair was in a Medusa-like mess.)
Whether in jeans or skirts, a dark wash denim is a quintessential 2. The dark wash (no fading, streaks, or distressing) is slimming and (happily) forgettable; it can be worn over and over and basically disappear from view as the blouses and toppers and jewelry take center stage.
Here is the denim skirt dressed up a little.
And dressed down a little.
Even though most of these looks are a bit on the nicer side, the fact that the skirt is denim means you could also pair it with a cute t-shirt and some nice tennis shoes or sandals and be completely casual. And it’s all due to the magic of level 2 garments,
I was especially thankful for my denim skirt this past weekend. Our church hosted a large Memorial Day program on Saturday and I knew that everyone on the stage would have on some permutation of red, white and/or blue. Unfortunately, I never wear navy blue, and I have only one red (winter) garment.
I was at a bit of a style impasse until I remembered my white jacket and my (dark) denim skirt. I borrowed a scarf from Sarah for a little flair and then, as a finishing touch, Steve tucked one of his pocket hankies into my pocket. Voila!
Take a look at your closet and try to get an idea of whether it skews to a particular refinement level. If for instance, you have a lot of 1’s and 3’s, you might find yourself frustrated because nothing seems to work with anything else. If you have a good number of 2’s, then you are in a great place to mix and match to your heart’s delight.
Let me know if any of this has been helpful. Thanks for joining me on this thrifty style journey!
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.