My mantra is loose and I don’t mean it got lost and is running around without me. Instead of making a New Year’s resolution this year, I decided to create a mantra instead (does that sound as woo-woo as I think it does?) Something I could say to myself in times of strife, confusion or fatigue that would help keep me on track. On creative days, it could inspire me to set goals, find a new method to a tried-and-true pattern, and open up my mind. A simple concept that I could reach for over and over again all year. I chose the notion of loose/loosening and think it will be good for my mind, body, parenting style, travel experiences and relationships. I’m still working into it, but I’m hopeful that it will seep into all areas of my life.
As a part of this mantra, I’m taking this looseness to my closet too, working in things that are swingy, slouchy, slack and light. Looseness may not be your catchword, but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to work this into your wardrobe as well. Spring 2011 fashion options are starting to hit local stores and online retailers now and there are delicious, airy items that translate this feeling of ease. Some of the designs that translate this relaxed state are: open-weave sweaters, flowing long skirts, slouchy tops, haute sweatshirts and drapey light cardigans. There’s even a return to wider leg pants this spring, with flares and pajama pants making their way onto the scene.
Check out these wonderfully languid tops that impart a cool casualness to an outfit. Wear them now with layers, take one on vacation to cover up a swimsuit and then reach for them again and again all spring.
- Patterson J. Kincaid Claire Patterned Lace Tunic (Shopbop.com)
- J. Crew Linen Pullover (JCrew.com)
- Mikkat Market Metallic Sweater (MikkatMarket.com)
- DVF Ivanova Sweater (DVF.com)
- Vince Cowlneck Slub Sweater (BergdorfGoodman.com)
Where to find it: Boulder
Swing through Violette and its sister store just across the street, Lilli on the East end of Pearl St. Mall. You’ll find a treasure trove of airy options here: openwork sweaters with asymmetrical hems, lightweight cardigans in soft draped fabric and whisper-soft tops with embroidery in very wallet-friendy prices. Be sure to check out Lilli’s charming chandelier earring collection priced at just $10.
1631 Pearl St.
1646 Pearl St.
Does anyone else have a mantra, catchword or resolution that they’ve been working on?