Clothing Tells a Story

Welcoming new clothing into my wardrobe is always an exciting moment.  I wonder how the new piece will get along with my older residents. Will they be friends?  Will they only like one or two other items, or will they happily play with everyone?  This is the tale of a few new purchases.

The Jacket

Here is a green corduroy jacket. It was waiting for me at the Goodwill one sunny fall day last year. I gravitated toward the fresh, bright color.  Normally I would have pulled it off the rack, looked at the tag, and kept going, but at $5 how could I refuse?  This jacket wanted a new home and it found one in my little closet.  It was shy at first, only gravitating toward a pair of blue jeans, but then it became bolder and suggested a few other combinations. At first I wasn’t sure.  A green jacket with a green skirt? But then I decided to try it out just for fun.

The Skirt

I wonder who sewed the little mirrors into the embroidered flowers of this unusual green paisley skirt. The creator remains anonymous, but the skirt and I made our acquaintance this winter at a local resale shop called The Buffalo Exchange.  I knew as soon as I saw it that I’d wear it constantly.  I also thought it might look very good with an embroidered scarf I was given this Christmas.

The Scarf

Red roses ramble through this pretty, soft black scarf.  At first I wasn’t really sure what to wear with it. Then the embroidered skirt moved into my closet the two became fast friends. Sometimes the skirt will go out with other acquaintances as well, but the scarf is a one skirt kind of girl. I’m hoping she’ll become more adventurous later.

The Sandals

These sexy shoes have a deep, dark, secret: they were manufactured under the name of “Ed Hardy”.  Thankfully the tattoos are on the inside, so no one has to know. (Except you, my readers.  But you won’t tell will you?) The sandals just hope everyone will love them for who they are on the outside.

The Tote

Red and brown and black and white oh my!  This little woven tote practically leapt off the shelf at me one day while wandering through another local charity shop.  I thought, “No, this is just too wild.” and put it back, but it kept calling to me.  Eventually I gave in, and I’m so glad I did, because it is so perfect at the strangest moments. Really, who would have thought these pieces would be friends? And yet they obviously really like each other.

The Black Clutch

The tote, skirt and scarf do like each other, but my new black clutch insisted on coming along for the ride as well. She gets along so well with everyone how could I say no?

The Outing

All these pieces came out for a little photo shoot in Griffith Park.  It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a great time together.

Photos by Hugo Fonseca.  The jacket, tote, and skirt were thrifted. The t-shirt is from the Gap, the cuff from Wet Seal and the shoes are by Ed Hardy.

Do your clothes tell stories too?



42 Responses to Clothing Tells a Story

  1. Mary Jo
    April 3, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Really cute Heather, actually it’s so editorial–love this look you put together!

    xo Mary Jo
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    • Heather Fonseca April 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

      Thanks Mary Jo. I’m planning more editorial style posts, but I need the time to photograph them. It’s a challenge.

  2. anne aka SpyGirl
    April 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Heather, you have outdone yourself! I loved scrolling down and reading the story. So clever! And you claim you can’t pattern mix? Just listen to what your clothes are whispering in your closet! A++
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    • Heather Fonseca April 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

      Thanks Anne, I do try to listen these days, and not to poo-poo anything. I can always try, right?

  3. Patricia Streeter
    April 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    By the looks of your outfit, you’d never think some of these items came from good will. You give me hopw in having nice pieces without spending alot of money. Also green is not color worn often, way to make ti look amazing!
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    • Heather Fonseca April 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

      Thanks Patricia. I don’t always find great stuff at the Goodwill. It’s really luck and persistance. Keep looking and you’ll find great things too. You do need to be both picky about quality and adventurous, because usually people don’t give away a perfect black suit, you know?

  4. Alexis Grace April 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    What a fun post—- I love your description of clothes getting along as friends… so cute!
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    • Heather Fonseca April 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

      Thanks Alexis! Hope you’re doing well in your new digs.

  5. citizen rosebud
    April 4, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    How many times do I have to comment: “Girl, your blog is on fire!” Get some water because this sizzles. Love the post, love the concept, the copy and the pictures. Absolutely amazed by your consistent out-of-the-ball-park posts you’ve been doing, and the relevance of your writing. LURVE!
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    • Heather Fonseca April 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

      Thank you Bella! I’m so glad you like my posts. You’re such an inspiration to me!

  6. Jeannie
    April 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    What a great post!
    Love the story telling, and the photos are gorgeous!! Mr is doing a fantastic job as your photographer!
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    • Heather Fonseca April 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      Thank you Jeannie. My husband is pretty amazing with the photos. Believe me I’m impressed too.

  7. Madison
    April 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    All of my clothing have some story to tell from when I acquired them to when how I’ve worn them. Some get later use, and some items are showcased more than others. I like the print and colour mixing and think it all works so well together.
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    April 5, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    Such a cute post!! Love this little story. You are so creative! 🙂 And this outfit is awesome. I’m envious of that blazer, for sure!!!
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    • Heather Fonseca April 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      I’m sure you find great stuff when you’re out there too. That trip to the Goodwill was a MAJOR haul. I found amazing things that time, but it’s never been quite as good since.

  9. Sylvia
    April 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    Beautiful and wonderful finds. I love all the colours and how you mixed all of them and the patterns together! Great photos!
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  10. Garment Makers April 7, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    Really nice post! I love your description of clothes getting along as friends

  11. Terri
    April 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I have more than one piece that I wish I knew the story of…I would have grabbed the green cord jacket too. The photos are really remarkable.
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    • Heather Fonseca April 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

      Thank you Terri. My husband is doing a great job on the photos.

  12. Shermika
    April 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    I love the array of colors you’re working. The green jacket is gorge and I am in lust with the tote. My clothes tell so many stories its pitiful. Beautiful pics!
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    • Heather Fonseca April 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment Shermika. I’m so glad you like the outfit.

  13. shannon April 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Hi Heather! This is Shannon from TheStylishButterfly. It has been a while!!months… I finally got back to blogging again. I just got myself a second blog and I’m excited about it. I love the look svelte. Congrats on the weight lost..not easy to do for many. You looked amazing in this outfit and the photography is superb. I wish my bf likes photography enough to take my photos for me.

    • Heather Fonseca April 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by! I’ll have to go over to your blog and check out what you’ve been up to. I did loose a lot of weight last year – about 25 pounds – using Weight Watchers. love that program.

  14. Stacey - Total City Girl
    April 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    I love how you can out your outfits together! Especially loving the skirt – very fun!
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    • Heather Fonseca April 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

      Thanks Stacey! I spend a lot of time thinking about these things, and it really doesn’t always work that well. This was a good one.

  15. DressCode:HighFashion
    April 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    YAY! Congrats on making the Links A La Mode! Well deserved!

    Hugs, Jen
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  16. Alisha
    April 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Interesting stories, I especially like how you wonder who sewed the mirors into the skirt. & adress meeting the skirt as if it were a thing extended from its maker… very philosophical
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    • Heather Fonseca April 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

      Hi Alisha. I’m glad you liked the stories connected to my clothes. I think all our possessions tell a little story, especially clothing, because it’s so personal. Sometimes I wonder what other people think of their clothes too.

  17. Trendy Mondays
    April 2, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    What a fun post! Your finds are all so unique and fun!!!

    Trendy Mondays – your online destination for Indie European designs.
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  18. nofearoffashion April 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    What can I add? Lovely pieces, all of them. And so well combined. Together with great photos in great light and settings… perfection. My favourites are the shoes. But I love everything really. Well done Heather (and husband).
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    • Heather Fonseca April 5, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      Thanks Greetje! It was a fun post. I still remember taking those shots like it was yesterday.


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