When I was in my twenties, and wanted to sew myself something to wear, I would go and look for McCalls' Marlo Thomas line of patterns. Marlo, the star of "That Girl" (and still Phil Donahue's wife, as far as I know,) either by accident or design was precisely my shape, so I never had to alter the patterns, and the colors that she liked (late seventies navy blue, peach, yellow and candy pink) were all colors I could wear too. So I made myself several outfits and wore them until they fell apart. However, time has passed and now I resemble this famous person (the nose is spot on):
So much of my shopping is done at Target in colors that George would approve of--black, white,light blue and browns. But every now and then I decide this is boring, and I buy something a little more fashionable. The end result looks like I am trying to channel Vivienne Westwood,here seen in 1570:
or Zhandra Rhodes,
or more likely, this guy:
I have discovered that Gloria Vanderbilt jeans (Gloria apparently looks like a swan, according to her tags) from Costco fit me perfectly, and I pair them with animal print shirts from Target and shoes from Payless. (K says I "make Jimmy Choo cry")
I admit that last week I did buy a pair of jeans that had tiny adorable polka dots on them, that Marlo Thomas would have worn in 1978, just for old time's sake, though I will have to let out the calves a little. The designer obviously does not spend 3 days a week mowing a 1/4 acre of lawn with a push mower, uphill both ways.