Shop the Closet

In the fast-paced world of fashion, it's easy to fall down the rabbit hole of consumerism. And that is an ugly place to find yourself if you profess to be an environmentalist. I'm working on a pretty big self-challenge, and although I don't have all the details in place yet, the short story is that I'm planning to add nearly nothing to my wardrobe in the next twelve months and still keep up a blog that discusses fashion.  More on that soon.

To get excited about my self-challenge, I decided to start by shopping the closet.  I pulled out three items that I haven't worn in a looooong time with the intention of incorporating them back into my wardrobe in ways that don't look awkward or anachronistic; which is, of course, why it's such a good idea to mostly ignore the trends and stick with classics that make you feel confident and happy.

Let's start with my three chosen items:

1. Denim Blazer

I bought this denim blazer at American Eagle Outfitters, in 1999 or 2000. 

I bought this denim blazer at American Eagle Outfitters, in 1999 or 2000. 

2. Floral Shoulder Bag

I totally adore this bag.  It's Marc by Marc Jacobs, circa 2005ish,

I totally adore this bag.  It's Marc by Marc Jacobs, circa 2005ish,

3. Dr. Martens Boots

Totally saved the best for last.  I saved my allowance for these in 8th grade, which was, ahem, 1994.

Totally saved the best for last.  I saved my allowance for these in 8th grade, which was, ahem, 1994.

On to the fun! I went through my closet to find ways to reincorporate these three items into new looks that are more current.

First up, the denim blazer outfit:

This is such a cute and classic look for spring! I stuck to a blue-and-white, nautical scheme that would be perfect for a picnic in the park or a walk on the beach.

The second outfit incorporates the Marc by Marc Jacobs shoulder bag, and a snuck a bonus "old" item into this look, which is the cap-sleeve Isli blazer; I just love the trim on the collar!

This look is sweet and elegant but relaxed.  It would be adorable for a lunch date or a trip to the museum.  Who wants to go?

I had a lot of fun styling the Dr. Martens.  I certainly wouldn't wear anything that approximated the looks I used to do when I first bought them! There's a time and a place for grunge, and that time is well behind me. Here's how I would wear the boots this time around:

That's right, I selected a red miniskirt and kitty cat tights to wear with these boots.  And you know it's going to look hot.

This was such a fun exercise. I came away with three great new outfit ideas for free! I encourage everyone to open up the closet and go shopping this weekend!