|Sweater (Susan Bristol; Parisian); Denim Shirt (Kohl's); Plaid Wool Wrap Skirt (LL Bean); Boots (Aigner); Belt (Nordstrom); Bag (Rosetti; purchased from a street fair in Florence, Italy); Necklace (Aronstam Fine Jewelers)|
This chunky knit cardigan sweater by Susan Bristol was by far the oldest item in my closet that had never been worn. I bought it at Parisian while moonlighting as a sales clerk during law school. I worked there from 1996-1998, so it's pretty old. The tag (with the receipt stapled to it) was still hanging from the sleeve. The original price was $125, but I got it for about $26 on sale and using my employee discount (the best reason to work retail). Still, a bargain is not really a bargain if it hangs in your closet unworn. I can't really explain why I never wore it - the color palette exists in abundance in my wardrobe, so it's not as though I didn't have anything to wear with it. Maybe it was actually the presence of too many autumnal options that made me pass it over for other choices season after season?! I also think the tree design is a bit "themey" - not ugly Christmas sweater "themey," but enough that it gave me pause.
In any event, sticking to my "wear it or share it" mentality, I experimented with other items I already owned (including a $6 thrifted wool skirt from LL Bean), and came up with the outfit in the top photo. The olive suede and cognac leather riding boots are my all-time favorite riding boots (come on, you're not surprised that I have multiple pair of riding boots), so any outfit that lets me sport them is an outfit I like! In fact, this outfit was so comfy and perfect for a crisp Fall day, I'm actually disappointed I never put it together before.
I also managed to make the sweater more than a "one outfit wonder" by layering it on over the Vince Camuto distressed (faux) leather fit and flare dress in the picture below - a newer acquisition.
What's the oldest item in your closet that's never been worn? How do you feel about "theme" sweaters?
|Dress (Vince Camuto); Denim shirt (Kohl's); Fair Trade Hand Painted Leather Ring from Guatemala (a steal for only $4.00 from Global Gifts); Booties (Frye; Zappos); Bag (Fossil); Statement Necklace (The Limited); Belt (Tommy Hilfiger Outlet).|
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!