Marching clothes have to be comfortable & fit right, bear up to the weather, and be stylish. Two weeks before the march I went to my closet and had a look around. I started by taking anything out that might work for my purposes then eliminated from there. Taking stock of what I was missing, I thought about how important those missing articles were & then started putting together outfits. This process took several weeks.
We were traveling ultra-light so I doubled up on day 1 and day 2 bottoms. I chose a pair of black jeans because I could wear them to the march, later that night for dinner & the next day. Although I should have known better I purchased them new about 6 weeks ago. What's my excuse? I don't have one. It's rare for me to go shopping and for the record I own 4 pairs of jeans – 2 of which are 6 years old & the 3rd pair is 2 years old. The Schoen Yu are the 4th pair.
label from my new jeans
Buying sneakers from consignment Since my last pair has been relegated to walking the dogs and too embarrassing to wear anyplace else I needed a pair of sneakers. My winter hiking boots seemed too military for a march and I'd need a pair of sneakers for springtime anyway. Going to the consignment store in my neighborhood I found a pair of white Adidas kicks in my size which was amazing. They had clean soles having never been worn. Does this balance on out the new jeans?
Into my closet I went: After I bought the sneakers I was all set because the rest I found in my closet. I switched at the last minute to something a bit warmer than my original plan. My base layer is a hand me down from my mother. This is literally a base layer, see through, cotton turtleneck. Embarrassingly holey and runny I haven’t found a replacement so I keep wearing it, it’s that good. Next I had a zip up loose fitting cotton black/grey top I purchased 2 winters ago for a ski trip (it was casual but edgy). Made in U.S. but not name branded this is what I use as a sweatshirt. I was thinking layers.
Poncho vs. winter coat: The forecast was calling for milder temps than your typical January (Climate change?). So, I decided to bring a poncho for ease. I chose the Shupaca alpaca wool gray that makes even the slummiest outfit chic, plus it's warm, very lightweight & water resistant.
Accessories: You can't travel with a kid without carting unnecessary items so I packed along the handy & cool cross body clutch aptly named "in the clouds" dubbed for its large zipper pulls in alternate color. I carried ID, health card, cash, tissues, a package of crackers & a very small barbie doll. Strapped under the poncho no one was the wiser. I also used it at dinner and the next day too. I'd rename this indispensable. I added my Zaya bracelet and I was off to the races, er, march looking and feeling strong. Day 1, I wore Able Made Haute socks & Day 2, I wore Ozone sheers.
Ultimately, our trip was a quick one but we didn't buy one bottle of water (water bottle was toted around too), carried only one small suitcase for two of us, only had one new piece of apparel, wore clothes multiple times, and tried to step lightly on the Earth as we marched loudly for our rights.
Caption: . Heading over to Independence Way
Clothes for 2 days, sneakers, underwear/socks, nightgown, clutch & NT cork make up bag
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