Thursday, March 5, 2015

I'm seeing spots!


By Mary Jane Maffini aka Victoria Abbott

I was hunting around for a new outfit to wear to a conference and I automatically reached out for a snappy black jacket with white polka dots. A little voice in my head said, “But—”


                I shushed that little voice and tried in on.  The voice said a bit louder, “But—!!!”

                Shush.

                I really liked the jacket.  It fit perfectly.  The color combo and the shape liked me back. And the price was right. 

                That voice again. “But you already own a jacket that looks a lot like that! And  a sweater.


                Luckily I listened to the voice.  This time. 

                I have a bad habit of buying the same thing over and over, because it worked the first time. That explains all those black tops and pants in my closet. ( I’ll spare you an all-black photo.)






                But in addition to the black, a pattern was emerging and it was polka dots, mostly black (ahem) and white. I have them in skirts, pants, housecoats and scarves .  What’s with that? 


It's like an addiction and I can't just walk away.   Please don't suggest stripes. There's a small problem with them too.


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                What about you? Do you buy the same color or style over and over? Or are you crazy about a certain pattern? I want to hear about your addictions - to clothes.  Candy was yesterday, my darlings.

26 comments:

Lynda Turpin said...

I somehow end up with a lot of black. As a matter of fact, my closet right now is predominantly black and grey, with a little blue. I really do try to buy other colors, but I seem to end up with the same ones. I like pretty bright colors, but they just don't seem to make anything that looks good on me in cool colors like red or burgundy or green or purple - I LOVE purple. So you see...it's not me, it's "them". :-)

Gram said...

Mostly black pants and jackets with colored tops.

mary kennedy said...

MJ, I do the same thing. I looked in my closet and found three identical white summer knit tops, hanging there with the sales tickets still on them!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I hear you, Lynda - they are out to get us! Purple is a great color, but I haven't seen any around for a while - maybe it will show up next year! Hugs, MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

That's a look I like a lot, Gram! It's very snappy, yet practical.

Hugs.

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Mary! I hear you. I also have tags on things that are just like other things. But I can't wear white so am very jealous of your three identical white knit tops.

Hugs.

MJ

Laura Thomas said...

My closet is mostly black, even my shoes and sandals. I do have some very brightly colored clothes that I wear in the summer. Even my tennies and flipflops are bright colors. But I notice my bathing suit is black!

Lorraine Bartlett said...

LOL - half the clothes in my closet still have the sales tags on them. I buy stuff, shove it in the closet, and then when I'm desperate to find something, look at the item and decide it was a BIG mistake. Seriously, I cannot dress myself. I have absolutely no clothes sense.

Teresa Kander said...

My closet has a lot of blue, purple and black in it lately...it used to be mainly pastels a few decades ago.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Oh the mistakes! I could get a blog out of those too, Lorraine. And I have to add you always look very presentable and well put together when I see you. No tags showing either. XO MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Black is our friend, esp in bathing suits, Laura. I have two black and white ones, almost identical due to memory lapses.

I love black sandals too.

Hugs.

MJ/VA


MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love pastels but not in my clothing so your closet sounds great. When you find a source for purple, Lynda T and I want to know.

Hugs.

MJ/VA

Karen in Ohio said...

Black is so practical for travel. You worry less about stains, and one or two bottoms can coordinate with a variety of tops. After so many years of business travel, that's my go-to wardrobe, too. And once your basic wardrobe is set, shoes are much easier, and purses, too. Love the polka dot shoes, by the way!

Black and white polka dots are very French, and chic for any occasion. Why fight it, eh? :-)

Carol N Wong said...

I got an offer to review a watch with a cream background and white polka dots on the watch strap. I took and I love it. It says "I'm happy to me"!

Duffy Brown said...

I work at a consignment shop so I sell all my mistakes. You’d be amazed how many pieces of clothing we get with the tags still on…expensive stuff like $300 jackets etc.
Some people have such a sense of style…and then there’s me.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Karen! I love black and black and white polkas or stripes. I could save some money by not buying them over and over!

The shoes are from the Bass (I think) outlet in Monterey, a souvenir of Left Coast Crime, a wonderful conference. Hugs. MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

That sounds wonderful, Carol! I've never seen one like that. Lock your doors!

Hugs,

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

You always make me smile, Duffy. And you looked pretty darn good when I met you.

We have some great consignments stores around here and I've found things with the tags on.

Hugs!

MJ/VA

emilia.m said...

love the shoes!!!!!!
I have a different clothing problem - I'm buying clothes as I like them... and then I end up with whole bunch of clothes that does not go with each other... grrr

ceblain said...

First: The Caption for the tennis shoes: ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY!!
Next, I am a person who loves color. In the winter, I try to wear grey, brown, black and dark green pants and top each with color coordinated tops and then a scarf. I love scarfs so much, and you can liven up any solid color or dark color outfit with a scarf which can tie in everything you have on. I also make my own bracelets to do the same kind of thing that I do with the scarfs. If I wear a top of a certain color then I try to made a bracelet that has that color in it, plus the darker color beads too. In the summer which is very short here in New England, I love to wear white pants as often as possible, or beige or off white, so all tops of every bright color go with white except white but I can even do that if I wear a brightly colored long silk scarf or one of the summer weight infinity scarfs. Shoes are something else. I wear what is comfortable and luckily nearly everything goes with white in the summer and dark in the winter as long as I tie the color in with a scarf or bracelet. haha.

Lynn Delage said...

I love blue. I tend to end up with clothes in all shades of blue. I recently lost 100 lbs.and have had many generous friends give me clothes they can no longer wear so I have ended up with a wide variety of colours I normally would not have purchased on my own. I have surprised myself with the joy of wearing colours I never would have worn otherwise.

Lynn Delage said...

No offense but I really hate the polka dot jackets. I am not a particular fan of polka dots to begin with so I am not inclined to favour polka dots to begin with. Kind of like the shoes though.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I hear you Emilia! You find something in one color that just won't work.

Been there. Bought that.

Hugs.

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love your approach! I bet you take pleasure every day in dressing. What a blessing.

Hugs,

MJ/VA

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Congrats, Lynn. What a wonderful achievement. I am sure you are feeling much better. How nice to try different colors too because of generous friends.

Hugs.

MJ

Aurian said...

I hate dots and stripes, I am all black all the time. Unless it is very hot, than I might wear a white halter top in the house.