Making doing without, do!
If a situation arose that caused you to lose most of your worldly possessions what would you do? How would you cope? More importantly how would you recover?
About 20 some years ago I was faced with such a quandary and due to the circumstances I immediately went into survival mode. I had three small children who were wholly dependent on me to get us through this dilemma. While I would not describe myself as a street-smart person when I’m cornered I’ve always relied on 3 key things:
- My resourcefulness
- My ability to not only adapt to but thrive in just about any given situation
- My belief that there is always a way
During this particular situation I had to look at the big picture, project out into the future and ask myself if I could honestly continue on this current path. Once I had the answer to this question the planning began and then the most critical piece was the execution. My plans may not have been perfect but as problems beyond my control arose I would adjust it to suit the obstacles.
When you’re in a difficult place, and it seems like there is no way out, you can be so overwhelmed with feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy that you can succumb to giving up. This was the place where I eventually ended up after getting me and my boys out of our difficulty. I managed to keep a few personal possessions but everything else (including some precious mementoes) was gone.
Things take on a whole new meaning when you’ve lost just about everything you worked so hard for and some of the smallest, then, become the most important. A navy suit, consisting of a jacket, skirt and slacks, given to me by my grandma in the mid 80’s was one of the items I was able to keep and I still have it to this day. While it no longer fits me I treasure it as a small reminder of my grandma who bought it for my very first real job interview.
One of the other items I kept was a black blazer. When you hear fashion gurus say that a black blazer is an absolute must-have, take it from me, it’s true. Anyone who has lots of resources can make themselves look like a “million bucks” but it takes real creativity and a certain attitude to pull it off with very little.
Versatility is the thing I like most about the black blazer and following are some of my favorite ways to wear it:
- Wear it with black slacks, white button down shirt, black pumps (I love wearing red pumps with this outfit) and subdued jewelry for a classic business look.
- Wear it with blue jeans, white T-shirt, boots, a long necklace and scarf for a dressy/casual look.
- Wear it with just about any dress, roll up the sleeves, add bracelets, necklace, earrings, and pumps for a chic look.
Your options when pairing a black blazer with anything are limitless. I wear mine buttoned, unbuttoned, sleeves up, sleeves down or any combination. I like to wear it with different colored tank tops (which can average anywhere between $5.00 on up), button down shirts, T-shirts, sweaters, jeans, slacks, leggings, skirts and dresses. Since jewelry is something I never go without I almost always wear a necklace and/or scarf, pendants, bangles, cuff bracelets and earrings.
Provided you have a good fitting black blazer specific to your body type there is almost no way you can go wrong.
Have a wonderful day!
“Fashion is made to become unfashionable.” ~Coco Chanel