Story Continuation Prompt: Nonfiction – Mother Going Out


Thank you to Wandering Soul for hosting the Story Continuation Prompt Challenge. This week’s theme is Mother.


 

Coat - Mother and Child
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My Mother walked out of her room in heels. She was wearing her soft teal wool coat she only wore when she was dressed up to go out with my Dad. Behind her the scent of floral and baby powder drifted. I knew her perfume came from a glass pearlized owl which sat on her dresser.

The owl’s sculpted feather could be felt when I held him, but it was his glittering crystal eyes that fascinated me the most. They hinted at the mystery of being grown-up and of an elegance my Mother carried herself with.

Before she went out, my mother reached down to hug me and I was engulfed by her perfumey scent. Her soft long teal coat would brush my face. My Mom’s  teal coat was a piece of clothing she only wore on a date or special occasion. Her small curvy figure was hugged by this tailored jacket. It gave my Mom, a woman who dressed in leggings, t-shirt, and sweatpants at home, a classic and graceful quality.

My favourite aspect of this coat was the ruffle that went down the front edge of the coat flaring and fluttering out. The ruffle was pretty. Something splendid and beautiful to a little girl. The ruffle made this coat a fashion statement. It was a coat Barbie would have gracefully worn if Barbie was a petite 5’2″ woman. The belt of the coat synched my mother’s small waist in and the bottom of the coat floated around her.

I dreamed I would inherit the coat one day as a small girl. But my mom donated the coat to Goodwill in the early 2000’s. They style, however, came back ‘ in’ again soon after. Mom wouldn’t have fit the coat anymore at the time, but probably would now as she  lost weight a few years back. I know the coat would look as stunning on her now as it did back in the early 1990’s.

Mom’s teal coat was a piece of beauty. Together with the scent of flowers and baby powder, it cast my mother in this ethereal light where she appeared as if she were an angel. She would leave for the night and the babysitter would arrive, some student from my Dad’s High School where he taught, and I would feel utterly bereft without my Mom.

She was an angel dressed-up, somehow, not my usual Mother. She wasn’t the woman who yelled at me to pick up my toys, but a figure of elegance which illuminated the glow of a woman in her prime. A young woman who for one night left her children at home and was able to be a girl, to be free.


©Mandibelle16.(2016) All Rights Reserved.

 

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NaPoWriMo: Poem – Free Verse – ” A Day in the City”


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And now for our (optional) prompt. Today, I challenge you to fill out, in no more than five minutes, the following “Almanac Questionnaire,” which solicits concrete details about a specific place (real or imagined). Then write a poem incorporating or based on one or more of your answers. Happy writing!

 

 

 

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Edmonton at Night
Edmonton at Night (www.pinterest.com)
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Warm Spring Day at fifteen degrees,

In our pretty bungalow near the River Valley,

Gerber Daisies on the table, warm colours please,

Resting on a tablecloth, Easter pastels gladly.

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The dog lies under the table in my art studio,

I’ve tried to paint her, but she never sits still long.

Driving downtown to immerse myself, with dog go.

Bask in the presence of the farmer’s market’s throngs.

—-.

Dog walking beside me, enjoying all her doggy friends.

Conversation with some guy about Hockey playoffs,

Not many Canadian teams made it, no matter in the end.

Many Canadian players, play for American teams, so layoff.

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Walking down the street past ancient buildings,

Observing the walls speckled, thoughtless youth wrote graffiti.

Some call it ‘art’ while others would say ‘you’re dreaming.’

Obscenity scrawled haphazardly, done messily.

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“Where’s your boyfriend?” Asks the aged vendor selling peaches.

I give him a smile, saying: “I’m happy to be single right now.”

Subject change, “Have you seen my new puppy?” Subject now out of reach.

Old guy is comfortable, complains of gas prices and frowns.

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Oil prices particularly  bad, so I let him know gas prices are low.

He doesn’t understand; when he was young gas cost barely anything.

Ready to move on, I don’t want to be rude; dog barks, “time to go.”

He talks more, the Terwilliger Park Foot Bridge opening this spring.

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The new bridge has an amazing minimalist design,

I tell the vendor about biking there with my Dad,

When my brothers and I were younger, biking was fine.

Following closely, didn’t want to get spanked as we had.

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Then slipping away I wander to other booths,

Comfortable in leggings and thin white sweater,

The dog wants to run, I can tell; We leave, dog approves.

Down to the river valley on the off leash trails is better.

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We have to watch out for the Beavertaur — a mythical animal,

But some say they have seen it on the prowl.

Both beaver and minotaur; a creature quite unimaginable.

For those walking river valley trails, the situation could be foul.

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My friend has sworn upon Wayne Gretzky’s statue,

That he barely escaped the Beavertaur with his life.

Made me laugh; today the dog and I are fine, no snafu.

We went on home and we had a nap, long day but no strife.

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Gazing out my window, to the brick patio below,

Think we need outdoor furniture, to enjoy in the sun.

Remembering family friend, left life’s flow.

Gone for five-years already, in heaven’s quiet hum.

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She babysat me when I was small, thirteen years my senior,

Reading Appley Dapply Nursery Rhymes; beloved childhood book,

Then settling in bed I sleep for a moment, no dreams either.

Hearing cats screeching, the dog barking, awake I’m shook.

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In alley, a neighbour’s trash bin — scattered garbage,

You can’t leave your trash out, the cats will make a meal of it,

Neighbours leave their bags in the open always unguarded,

I’m annoyed, but I roll my eyes and think, ‘forget about it.’

—–

Vacation thoughts stir my mind in other directions,

A trip in Canada, much easier then going through US border.

Maybe, Quebec City or Montreal, thoughts and reflections.

Killing a large spider with a block of wood; restored order.

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It’s good luck to kill a spider, he won’t end up in your house.

Dog is whining; she wasn’t outside with me,

That’s just life I tell her; TV on, channel browse,

The debate: aren’t we the City of Champions? Can’t you see?

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Or does the Oiler’s last ten-seasons make us champions not?

It’s more than merely about playing hockey,

It’s a way of acting, some people don’t understand that talk.

Being a champion in the heart, it’s  Edmonton’s image worthy.

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©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Three Fashion ‘Faux Pas’ to Stay Away From


I think I am having a fashion crisis. I have always tried to remain on trend but I’m seriously disgusted by some of the fashion lately. Most of it doesn’t look terrific on a skinny model so why do the makers of fashion believe it will look charming on the average woman?

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Shapeless Tunic http://www.simons.ca

The clothing items I am talking about are these shapeless sweaters and shirts, extremely wide pants, and sheer leggings. If we begin with shirts, my comment would be it is fashionable to wear a longer shirt (a tunic length top) with your leggings or skinny pants because your bottom is covered. (This is wonderful if your leggings are thin too.)

But when a woman wears a shapeless tunic or worse, one which is wide at the bottom, it appears to make her hips look huge, especially if she carries her weight in her hip area. She is making herself look fat by wearing this kind of top, even if she isn’t heavy at all.
Tunic length tops look wonderful when you can create a waistline with a belt. At the least,

Tunic
Fitted Tunic http://www.knitswear.club

a woman can purchase tunics and shirts where the waist goes in or the tunic is fitted, to make it appear as if you have a beautifully shaped body. I understand, some woman are trying to hide lumps and bumps but whatever your size, it is better for a woman to appear in fitted clothing. Clinton and Stacey used to emphasis this fact on the former TLC show What Not to Wear, and the message still applies to today’s fashions. Baggy tops or clothing in general, make a woman look bigger and I know that is not how any woman wants to look. Woman want to be comfortable and look more streamlined and shapely.

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http://www.bananarepublic.ca Gaucho Wide Leg

My second complaint with fashion right now are these awful bottoms called ‘wide leg’ if they are pant length or gaucho if they are calf length. I think you have to be tiny to wear them. Then again, a small woman looks lost in this type of pant. If you do happen to have hips or any kind of stomach these pants make your problem areas and legs appear huge. Even fitted, they have this baggy appearance. They remind me of drapes. Also, Gaucho’s cut a woman off in a bad place mid-calf, making a woman’s calves look bigger.

Flared pants, straight leg, or skinny pants all look fine but wide pants or gauchos are bottoms which will take away from a woman’s beautiful shape and make her look bigger. Most of us are not tiny enough to pull off this look. If you are, you might consider the wide pants or gauchos are bigger then you; you are drowning in them. Again, look to a style of a pant that is fitted, they will make on any woman appear thinner.

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Fitted Jeans http://www.rw-co.com

Also, if I can quickly make a comment on leggings. They are comfortable and look stylish with tunics and even some short tops. But since they are an item you may wear a lot, it helps to invest in a few pairs which are made of thicker fabric and are not sheer or see through. Thicker fabric will also make your legs and butt look better because no lumps show through. I recommend the brand HUE which can be found at HUE onlineSimons, or Hudson’s Bay. They run around $40 to $50 for leggings which are made of thicker fabric and often have shaping properties which will hide a tummy and other problem areas. They are also warmer in Winter.

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HUE Leggings with Tummy Panel http://www.hue.com

Another place I hugely recommend for leggings is The Spanx Store online or in store. The leggings are pricey running you about $100 for a pair, but these leggings are made extremely well and will last you a couple of years. They have a solid Spanx tummy panel which keeps your stomach flat and the leggings are made of material thick enough to give your legs, bottom, and stomach a nice clean tight fit. No lumps or bumps are visible. At HUE or Spanx you may also want to check-out their other legging type pants such as jeggings, or leggings with cute details such as leather-like details.

Thanks for reading? Are their any fashion ‘faux pas’ you see that bother you? Any trends or fads you think are awful? Let me know!

A History of My Fashion Vibe


Prompt:

Ah, sweet youth. No matter whether you grew up sporting a fedora, penny loafers, poodle skirts, bell-bottoms, leg-warmers, skinny jeans, Madonna-inspired net shirts and rosaries, goth garb, a spikey mohawk, or even a wave that would put the Bieber to shame, you made a fashion statement, unique to you. Describe your favorite fashions from days of yore or current trends you think are stylin’.——–

 

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I think I have always been interested in clothes and shopping. I remember being a small girl helping my Mom decide what to wear when she was going out for dinner or to something with my Dad’s work. We didn’t have a lot of money when I was little so my Mom often sewed her clothes and even some of ours. 

Mom has been sewing since she learned how to sew when she was a young teenager. My Baba and Grandpa Wilson didn’t have much money and Mom could stretch her dollar by buying fabric and thread and not buying something ready made. Not to mention, when my Mom sewed she could sew so her outfit fit her perfectly. She is short so she could make her pants whatever length she wanted and her dresses could be any fabric she chose. 

 

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In elementary school, Mom made my first two winter jackets. The one I remember most was a purple jacket with purple snow pants. I got to choose the color. I never chose pink because when you’re a blond girl whose young everyone wants to dress you in pink clothes. I don’t think I ever wore pink again until high school. 

I went to Brownie’s for a bit on Tuesday nights at this church. I loved how all the girls wore these dresses with big skirts that were frilly. So, my Mom made me this black dress with pink and purple flowers and we bought a frilly white skirt to put underneath. I wore that dress along time. 

 

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As I became older, my Mom worked a bit as a supervisor at our school lunch program so we had a bit more money and could afford clothes from stores more. Also, my Mom had less time to sew. There was this store I liked when I was around eight to ten-years-old called Please Mum and I fit their clothes well. I was stocky as a little girl. We didn’t go to the mall often but when we did my Mom would often by me something. She bought me this white blouse once and it had a frilly clown collar. I told her I would wear it but you know what I hated that collar it was too girly for me then. 

Later, there was a store Northern Reflections for Kids and my Mom bought us clothes there. I was fashionable for the nineties I suppose. I wore jeans in various colours that were ‘Mom Jean’ like in a relaxed fit and went skinny at the ankle. I wore ugly sweater vests and mock knocked shirts.

In grade six I began to thin out and all I remember wearing were oversized T-shirts and flares. The flares weren’t too big in grade six but I remember they got bigger like to “elephant” pants in grade eight. My Mom made me a pair of green cord elephant pants. I also loved these sweat pants I had with a rainbow ribbon down the side of each pant leg and the flare was pretty big coming down from the knee.

 

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In high school for the majority of it, I wore a uniform. I wore a grey kilt, a white blouse, a navy sweater/cardigan/vest and tie. I wore knee socks and dress black shoes. There were casual t-shirts and long sleeved shirts and casual pants but I mostly wore a kilt with little gym shorts underneath with a pair of name brand converse type shoe. I cared about fashion and tried to dress my most stylish on the few non-uniform days we had. I bought my clothes on sale at The Gap or Jacob. I loved Jacob clothes for along time but they shut down in Canada last year. I wore flares in jeans and khaki’s and I liked pink a lot. I wore pink three quarter length shirts and I had the cutest black jean jacket that I received for Christmas with Ruffles at the top of the shoulders. Plus, we all tried to find substitutes for our uniform clothing that a busy  teacher wouldn’t catch. Needless to say, the vice-principal started calling almost everyone to the obvious one day a month and we would all get written up for having uniform infractions. The rest of my high school clothes were gym sweatpants and hoodies, team shorts, and team t-shirts. I played both volleyball and basketball so those things were a must along with good runners. My parents paid for items such as a winter coat or new shoes but everything else including skincare and makeup I purchased with family allowance money. Both my parents had good jobs, in fact my Dad was the principal at my high school, but they paid for my tuition partially because in junior and senior high school I went to private schools.

In university, I worked on campus at the bookstore. I paid for half my tuition, got scholarships, and received my books at cost because I worked at the bookstore. I liked yoga pants and sporty tops especially by Fila and Adidas. My jeans were flared and from the Gap. With my birthday and Christmas money I went shopping before each school year. And I bought other clothes with money earned during the year.

 

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Lululemon became a huge thing in university. Despite being an expensive yoga store, all girls bought hoodies, shirts, zippy’s, and yoga pants/crops there. I still have my first Lululemon top and it still looks good. On the other end of the sporty spectrum was the bar shirt spectrum. We shopped for sexy black shirts and tiny skirts to wear out to the bar. Not to mention a comfortable enough pair of high heels. Somedays in university I dressed up with heeled boots, jeans, and a tight long sleeved top but because I was hauling around boxes of books and going to the gym everyday, sporty clothes were good. We also had one or two formals every year in university so I had a few pretty dresses for formal occasions from Le Chateau. My favorite was this slinky pink dress I got for $13.00 and it had no back. But it fit tight and I paired it with some silver sandals and it looked great. 

 

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After, I left university I looked through my wardrobe and realized I had only two blouses and one pair of dress pants. I wasn’t making much money yet, I was just temping but a place called Ricki’s had a sales rack with pairs of pants all my size, a suit that fit me, and I found a couple blouses at Jacob cheap. That did me for my first job before I became sick and went on disability. I hated how cheap Ricki’s material felt. My Mom always made emphasis on good material but $80.00 for four pairs of pants, a jacket, and a couple blouses was truly a good deal.

When I was sick I lost a lot of weight so at first nothing fit me. Then I gained it all the weight back and then some. Once I reached about 175 lbs I was able to shop. Even though I was on disability, I had more spendable income because it was too hard to go for more then coffee with friends so I wasn’t spending money at the bar or out with co-workers at lunch. I wasn’t even paying rent at that time.

 I bought Lululemon and I had just started to begin getting into Banana Republic for clothes for work that were more expensive but of quality. I started shopping online because it was easier and found that BR clothes went 40 % off often. But I liked how their clothing fit, the material was nice, and if I bought clothes on sale, it was a good place to shop. Skinny pants have come in so I buy jeans and black pants from them. They are great for sweaters or cardigans with wool and cashmere blends. Their shirts fit well. I liked the blendability of the pieces and especially the dresses and skirts. 

I cannot work now,so I dress up when I go out for an appointment or to see a friend. I like Simons too for a little cheaper clothing that is more of a fad. Jacob is no longer, as I said. And I love Anthropologie and its boho look but it is too expensive with the rate of the Canadian dollar.

 

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When I see fashion I think they want us to wear big bulky shapeless sweaters over skinny pants. On most people even if you’re skinny a belt that gives you a waist or a tighter shirt underneath a cardigan looks nicer. I hate the wide wide pants that are trying to come in. I don’t think they will because they are too big and don’t look good on anyone. But I could see flares coming back in as they seem to have a little bit. 

I like that there is colour out this winter, not only black or grey. I think skinny pants look good on most people it depends how you wear them. Sometimes a shirt a little more tunic length looks better but I have seen nice looks with moto leather jackets and blouses too that are shorter. Peplum has been in awhile and I think it is a flattering shirt or dress style. I love pearls and pearl like jewelry and I like to mix my mettle colours of jewelry. I like high heels and tall boots. But I think the shorter boots might be in for awhile now. Booties are good in Fall in Canada but I like the taller boots in Winter for warmth. The problem is it’s hard to get boots for smaller or thicker calf sizes. I like flowy tops that give you a waist and float out and cover stomach problems. But I like tighter shirts honestly most of the time, the show shape. I still like Lululemon for anytime and for Yoga and workout wear. I like to look put together in general and look for classic silhouettes. But I do find a modern thing here or there I like. What about you?

Fall/Winter Fashion Loves


I am a fashion junky and if I had the money I would probably be shopping a lot more than I do. Then again, all the clothes piled in my closet and dressers sometimes don’t seem all that wearable. Maybe it’s because they are all sitting there in my bedroom in a pile ( a big dark pile because winter clothes are dark). And maybe it’s because clothes just seem so bright, shiny, and new in stores and so old, used, and worn at home. But you know what? Clothes in your closet and dressers can seem lovely again too. One way to do this is to truly only pick pieces you love each season. Don’t go overboard when you go shopping because you can only wear so many clothes anyways. And if you want something that is just a fad, don’t spend a lot of money on it. Wait until it goes on sale mid-fall or at Christmas, and then buy your desired fad clothing. But there are some classic pieces of clothing you can spend more money on each season.

In this article, I intend to show you some of the things I believe are classic this season. These are clothing  that you can keep in your wardrobe to wear again somewhere down the line, next year or the year after that. You should be able to find these items in every price point. All it takes is a keen eye and actually spending the time looking for quality items of clothing in classic shapes .

Classy Half Leather or Pleather Leggings

www.modcloth.com $59.99
http://www.modcloth.com $59.99

Yes, leggings are still in and as comfy as they are, let as remember that they are not pants.  Leggings are more like tights and your rear end needs to be at least partly covered when wearing them, especially if you tend to be a little more curvy such as I. Leather leggings can be found simply in leather or pleather but a smarter buy is to get a thicker pant type legging with pleather or leather on the front. That way your legs can still breath in your leggings too and do not stay sweaty all day. You maybe able to pair your pleather pants/leggings with a shorter top depending on how thick the material of your leggings are but your safest best is always going with a tunic, a longer shirt, or at the very least a structured jacket so your leggings do not look so casual.

A Real Leather Jacket

If you are going to get one of the hot biker cropped leather jackets that are in now, go for the classic choice

www.danier.com $299.00
http://www.danier.com
$299.00

and get the real deal. In fact, you will find that the pleather jacket will almost cost you as much as the real leather jacket. Just keep your eye open and look for something on sale if you don’t have the cash on hand. Choose something that is more of a classic cut that is made out of good quality leather. It can be cropped but you might want to get a jacket that has a good body hugging shape to it and that can be worn for multiple seasons. So a jacket without studs and all those little things that make something more of a fad and less of a piece you want to keep around a long time is a must. If you can’t afford leather, there are also some great cropped jackets around in army green, shiny black, quilted grey, and other options if you don’t want to go with the leather jacket. Why pleather leggings and a leather jacket? Well you’ll probably have the jacket longer than the leggings and the leather leggings also seem to be a bit more pricey then the jackets, some I’ve seen around $700. Choose where you’ll spend your money wisely!

www.anthropologie.com $168.00
http://www.anthropologie.com
$168.00

A Classy Black Dress
Practically, every fashionista is going to tell you to pick a black cocktail dress to put in your wardrobe. Anthropologie is one of my favorite stores for fancy dresses but I think that choosing one of their more simply cut dresses has some advantages. I love this dress that has a floaty fitted shirt that is peplum and an attached skirt because it’s classy. But the flirty top takes it up a notch yet it is simple enough to leave plane for an event or dress up at different levels with sweet jewelry such as pearls, chunky bracelets, slim black boots (or even red) or sexy heels. A little black dress, or a few black dresses are also great to wear for an evening event or to work to look polished and put together.

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http://www.thebay.ca $125.00

Heels with a Cuff
Every girl loves her heels and guess what ladies there all coming on sale this Christmas season and Black Friday. Pumps are great because they go with everything and you can buy them in any color. It is always interesting to me to see the little changes basic pumps go through each fashion season. Sometimes they have a little chunkier heel, sometimes the heel is a little cute kitten heel, and sometimes it’s va-vavoom red heels that make your legs look crazy long and are hard to walk in. This season I’m obsessed with pumps with a cuff. Some of these cuffs are more like thin little straps but the best one’s are thicker such as these cute NineWest heels in black and fashionable nude. Why not get a pair in both?

www.bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca $85.00
http://www.bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca
$85.00

1 or 2 Well Made Sweaters Here’s what I’ve learned after buying season after season of crappy sweaters that fade and look awful by the end of January: spend your money on sweaters made of natural fibers with some stretch and good natural fiber blends such as silk, cotton, and wool. Why should you do this? Because natural fibers breath and hold in heat better and they are also cozier. Not to mention that these sweaters will last you all season if not longer, maybe 2 seasons. One of my favorite stores to buy sweaters and cardigans at is Banana Republic because a great number of the materials they are made out of are natural fibers. The color holds better and I have had these sweaters to layer and keep me warm 2 to 3 years. Every year I add 1 or 2 in the latest style or color but I can pull out an old one too and it looks almost just as great as it did when I bought the sweater originally. Even though that sweater may cost me $85 to begin with its better than those acrylic and nylon sweaters that are equally expensive or less expensive and wear out easily. I just got a couple of Banana Republic sweaters today and am pleased to say I even got them sale as Banana Republic often has 25% to 40% off sales on certain items at different times.

So those are my classy fashion picks for the winter. Some of them such as the black dress and silk, cotton, or wool sweaters are seemingly simple things to think of to buy but all my picks are classic and I guarantee won’t end up in that pile of clothes on your chair or floor but will see you through until you can add your classy spring pieces to brighten up your dark winter wardrobe.

What are some of your favorite classic picks for winter? What pieces have you bought in earlier seasons that have lasted you through more than one winter season?