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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?