Sunday, November 25, 2012

for the love of old dress

the look:

turtleneck - old gap
dress - old miss green originals
leggings - old old navy
coat - old kensie
scarf - old h&m
hat - old nine west
boots - john fluevog

the tale:

this morning, as i was putting on this dress, it occurred to me that, if one has the luxury of buying (or otherwise acquiring) "new" clothes frequently, one gets quite accustomed to "newness". in fact, one almost begins to prefer "newness". as i was putting on this dress, which has been in my wardrobe for about a year, i started to think about the feeling of wearing "old" clothes. it isn't a feeling of familiarity. or comfort. it's a feeling of, well, gratitude. appreciation. my wardrobe habits are changing. i am buying "new" clothes less frequently and relying on "old" clothes more. i am being more selective in what "new" clothes i buy. i am trying to curate my collection of clothes more intelligently (is it really me?). i used to really like having something "new" to wear. but liking having something "new" to wear can turn into a bad habit. with a closet full of clothes but nothing "new" to wear, it can feel like there is nothing to wear. now, i really like pulling out of the closet something "old" to wear. i won't pretend that having something "new" to wear isn't still nice. it is. but i know that there is more to getting dressed than just pulling on the next "new" thing.

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