I am working on several ideas for the next couple of weeks with new Title Talk, Finding Me and Blast from the Past posts but today we are talking fashion again. I am linking up with Jo-Lynne Shane and some other fashion friends for today’s post.
As you may remember, I have been doing a kind of ongoing closet cleaning and organizing. Ongoing because I can’t afford to do it all at once! I still need more space-saving hangers and some way of organizing my purses and a few more things. But as I switched my clothes onto my new space-saving hangers, I took a good look at some of my older, pre-challenge pieces.
Okay, I only set four things aside to take to Goodwill (and then put them back in the closet the next day). But I did re-discover a couple of old favorite sweaters and pants I had forgotten about.
Today’s outfit features one of those old friends.
If you have been following me for any length of time, you probably know that when Paul volunteers to take my picture, I never wind up with just one or two. He usually takes about two dozen pics before I realize yet again that he is just snapping away. And often I like the blurrier pictures of me moving toward him to grab my phone better than the ones where I am posing! The blur makes it hard to tell much about my outfit but also tends to soften my crow’s feet and laugh lines.
My old friend is my Dress Barn button up cardigan. I bought it two or three falls ago and wore it with olive-colored pants. As I was switching my clothes to the new hangers, the olive pants and this sweater both went in the Goodwill pile.
Ok, four items does not a pile make, I guess.
But on a second look (and because it hardly felt worth the trip to Goodwill for four things), I decided to “save” both items. And last Saturday I breathed new life into the sweater by pairing it in a different way with some more recent purchases. So here’s the run down:
- Dress Barn tweed-ish, blue, green and mustard, button up cardigan
- Target mustard, long-sleeved tee
- Loft teal blue, skinny? cords
- Frye boots
- Charming Charlie’s tassel necklace and earrings
I grabbed these cords on a hurried trip to Loft a couple of months ago and I am thinking I didn’t try them on. Which is good and bad. Good because with Loft clothes, I pretty much the same size fits me from one pair of pants to another, from jeans to cords. Bad because apparently I don’t really wear the same size from one pair of pants to another, from jeans to cords. True, these cords fit. I can get them up over my hips and zipped just like jeans in this size…
these cords have some generous “give”. And by the end of the day they have given so generously that it looks like the family has moved out in the back. Super duper comfy but no longer really skinny.
I have thought about drying them on high in the dryer but I am afraid then I will just have a pair of high-water skinnies that aren’t.
I wore this outfit to a writing workshop at the El Paso Holocaust museum given by writer and teaching artist Mónica Gómez. The painting in the grouping above hangs in the classroom at the museum. I failed to note the title of this haunting piece but will get that information and add it here very soon. In the meantime, you can read more about the workshop entitled “Write from Wrong: Exploring Values and Tolerance” by clicking here.
I am glad I gave my old sweater a second chance. I really like it better with these cords than with the pants I bought to wore it with. And wearing it felt like being snuggled in a hug from an old pal.
Be sure to check the Friday Fashion of my friends by clicking on the link to Jo-Lynne Shane’s great blog.
Hugs and sticky kisses,