Autumn outfits, & rediscovering old loves

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Coat: Anthropologie | Skirt: vintage, thrifted | Scarf: thrifted | Shoes: Ann Taylor 
Shirt: Madewell | Tie: Topman | Purse: Banana Republic | Rings: thrifted, Penelope's Chicago

Bowtie last seen here, last February.

It's cooling down and I'm easing into my favorite kind of clothes: cozy & femme, always a little goofy. I've also been reaching into the back of my new shiny closet and finding some old favorite pieces I'd forgotten - several of them are in these outfits. 

Sweater: vintage, thrifted | Pants: Banana Republic | Socks: Anthropologie | Shoes: Aldo
Jacket: Urban Outfitters | Necklace: Forever 21 | Purse: Banana Republic 

Sweater last seen in January, here.

Sweater: Anthropologie | Shirt: H&M | Necklaces: Forever 21, Julie Nolan Jewelry
Headband: Anthropologie | Nailposlih: OPI "Jade is the New Black", Covergirl "Pink-finity" 

Shirt last seen in February, here

Trench: Everlane (thanks Bizzy) | Shirt: Urban Outfitters | Pants: Anthropologie
Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Rings: thrifted, Penelope's Chicago, Francesca's (thanks Emma)

Pants last seen in April 2013, here

Blazer: Forever 21 | Dress: Forever 21 | Coat: Banana Republic 
Shoes: Banana Republic | Necklace: H&M | Purse: Banana Republic 

Bellhop blazer last seen way back in May 2012, here

Blouse: Forever 21 | Skirt: Banana Republic | Jacket: Anthropologie 

Shirt last seen here, all the way back in freakin' December 2011. 

One of my favorite blogs out of Chicago, The Everygirl, has released this month's 30-day Challenge: 30 days of Wearing your Wardrobe. The idea is to not shop for 30 days (a challenge I already completed last week - woohoo!!),  and to look deep into the back of the closet to find hidden & forgotten gems to get them back into rotation. I do tend to favor a few MVPs, and I'm planning on doing a post to showcase them soon, but I know my closet has an impossible number of choices & combinations that I need to discover. There are possibilities unexplored in there, and this is a perfect season for experimentation. At the end of the challenge, you're supposed to swap, sell or donate the things you couldn't make work - and downsizing/donating is always good.

Plus, not shopping for the last 30 days felt excellent and I'd love to do it again. I'm a hard-wired Emotional Responder, which can lead to many not-so-wise (but in the end, wisdom-giving) shopping choices - and life choices, for that matter. A la Kanye: "I'm tryna right my wrongs / but it's funny the same wrongs helped me write this song." Pulling back on the reins feels good, and reminds me to notice the good around me. 

Happy Saturday.

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