When I popped my head over my Assistant's counter one morning last week, she remarked that my glasses, which I rarely wear, made me look intimidating. She could only see my face when she made the comment, and she took it back once she realized I was also wearing mint green linen pants and polka dot pumps. It's hard to look intimidating when you're wearing mint green and polka dots.
This chocolate and mint ensemble was inspired by the striped silk scarf and conjured up during a recent "shopping excursion" in my closet. Finding new ways to wear existing pieces equals a new outfit for no money - score! Well, in this case, almost no money...
|Clockwise, from top left: Bag (Brahmin), Scarf (Echo); Jacket (Finity); Linen Pants (Chadwick's); Tortoise framed prescription glasses trimmed in aqua (DKNY), Watch (Zodiac)
I pulled the look together, but couldn't decide on the right pair of shoes. My mint green suede loafers were too casual (and too low without hemming the pants), and I wasn't about to buy a new pair of shoes just for this outfit (the whole purpose of shopping your own closet is to avoid buying new stuff you don't really need!) Basic brown shoes would have been fine. Yet, I just wasn't inspired by any of my existing choices.
And then, in a beautiful stroke of coincidence, the "shoeniverse" smiled on me just a few days later when my mom happened upon the yard sale of a women who had once owned a boutique and was emptying her storage lockers of unsold merchandise at fire sale prices. Spotting the dotted satin pumps and thinking they "looked like me," she picked them up for a mere three dollars. Three dollars, people! Bam! The perfect pair of teal-trimmed polka dot pumps were mine for less than the price of a box of Girl Scout Thin Mints. Thank you, Shoeniverse, and thank you, Mom.
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!
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