New Year, Old Me. This is the theme of 2020, now that we are 10 years into me putting myself out there and celebrating the blog’s 10 year anniversary. In conjunction two things are happening right now – I’m purging my closet and yet at the same time hoping to shift back into a wardrobe that is more colorful and fun, and random and weird. After years of chambray (due to having too many kids and not enough time), I’m ready to try harder with my wardrobe, take a few more risks and have more fun with color and pattern (while not necessarily purchasing anything). AREN’T MID-LIFE CRISIS’ FUN TO WATCH???
A good friend of mine, Jen Gotch, definitely uses her wardrobe as an expression of her creativity and every time we hang out I get inspired. It says something about her and if I didn’t know her already I’d want to get to know her. I miss wearing vintage and color, even if I do look less sophisticated and even a bit nutty.
So, I dug deep into my closet and found some old pieces, pieces from over 10 years and two of them are vintage so they are like 30 years old. I thought I was over them but kept them for nostalgia purposes because I wore them on DesignStar or Secrets From a Stylist. So the question became – do I even like these anymore? Are they dated or just ‘too young’? And if I do still like them (I do) how would I style them differently in 2020?
Let’s start with a Secrets From A Stylist staple…
I remember vividly buying this dress. I was 29 and I bought it at American Rag for my birthday. It was $200, which was 4 times the cost of my wedding dress so it felt like such a splurge. But then I was like ‘wait, my wedding dress was only $60 so maybe I deserve to splurge a little on this’. I’ve joked before that if this career ever dries up I could have a ‘justification and rationalization hotline’ where you call and ask me how to justify a purchase. I wore it on DesignStar too and even through Elliot’s birth (it was a strangely good maternity dress).
I didn’t know if it was dated – but then I thought why? I still love blue – and this bright blue is making a comeback. I still love ruffles and this silhouette is one that I’m still very comfortable wearing (I love a deep V, large shoulders and more fitted on the bottom).
So I paired it with my statement knee-high snakeskins and all of a sudden it did feel 2020. I’m shocked it’s still in such good shape and can see myself wearing it all the time like I used to.
Onto another Emily Henderson classic. It’s another blue dress. Shocking I know…
I’ve had this dress for almost 20 years. It’s from the ’80s and when I bought it at a thrift store I shortened it to make it more fun and youthful. I wore it on DesignStar (the first and the last episode- see below) and the photo above was my headshot on the blog (back when it was THE BRASS PETAL) for a while.
When I threw on that dress a few weeks ago I was like ‘yes, I love this cheap bright blue, 100% polyester dress and always will’. I paired it with my western boots, shoved up the sleeves and I felt good and happy.
The princess sleeves, color and ’80s vintage secretary vibe is indeed still me (I think).
Lastly, this ’80s red victorian number that I had so many headshots in:
My hair is blonder, I have more brows (thanks to your help) and I’ve perfected the spray tan but I think my love of red, puff sleeves blouses is the exact same.
This time I styled it with high waisted, straight cut light blue jeans (way better than the dark jeans) which dressed it down and modernized it a bit. It’s such a fancy costume-y shirt, so it needed something to make it less serious. Again I paired it with the pony western boots to take it into another direction (uptown prairie) and then matched my fanny pack for a cute, color-block moment.
I am trying to be more conscious of what I buy new in 2020 (and maybe you are too?). But we did want to give some similar shopping picks in case any of these pieces caught your eye, and you want something fun to buy now, so in ten years you can nostalgically pull them out of your closet and realize you still love them:
1. Draper Ruffled Dress | 2. Balloon Sleeve Jacquard Skater Dress | 3. Ruffled Jacquard Midi Wrap Dress | 4. Moliere Tiered Tunic | 5. Bianca Dress | 6. Maternity Ruffle-Trim Wrap-Front Tiered Midi Dress | 7. Luna Corded Puff Sleeve Dress | 8. Wrap Dress 9. Rhiannon Dress
1. Stella Shirtdress | 2. Kingsley Floral Snap-Front Shirtdress | 3. Cotton Shirt Dress | 4. Rochelle Shirtdress | 5. Long-Sleeve Striped Cotton Shirt Dress | 6. Floral Print Long Sleeve High-Neck Smocked Dress | 7. Petite Alex Spectator-Stripe Button-Front Long-Sleeve Shirtdress | 8. Tall Cotton Mini Shirt Dress | 9. The Cotton Shirtdress
1. Sheer Ruflle-Trim Shirt | 2. Twyla Top | 3. Long Sleeve Satin Shirt | 4. Bow Polka-Dot Blouse | 5. Carma Silk Ruffle Blouse | 6. Double Ruffle Long Sleeve Deep V-Neck Top | 7. Chiffon Ruffled Flounce Shirt | 8. Eva Blouse | 9. Bow Satin Blouse | 10. Leopard Jacquard Pussy Bow Blouse | 11. Petite Mock Neck Bow Blouse | 12. Long Sleeve Collared Drapey Tie Neck Blouse
Now, please comment below what pieces in your closet you’ve loved forever and cannot get rid of- and if you are still wearing them. I’d love to hear your stories xx