Today’s prompt goes in a totally different direction than previous posts: construct an outfit using items that are at least three years old. I don’t shop high end, but I do try to shop quality and take care of my clothes very well. As a result, I had several pieces to choose from, ranging from casual pieces to dressier items.
I didn’t consider thrifting items because I’m not sure on the age of all the pieces. You can be sure that a thrifting outfit prompt is somewhere buried in my inspiration jar. There might also be a prompt for 4+ years, 5+ years, and the oldest item in my closet (a black cardigan—I think), but I don’t quite remember. They’ll pop up at some point.
The point of this exercise was to help me look for ways to assemble items I’ve had for a while. I did cheat in one way (more on that later), but it was actually a very freeing prompt. Normally I feel pressure to style nicer, but I used this opportunity to make a very whimsical look that felt very me.
This skirt has to be one of my favorite pieces in my closet. I love that the sequins are brown and rose gold. This skirt feel more at home in my closet than other glitzy pieces. I paired it with my favorite chambray shirt and tied it to a cropped length.
This shirt is one of those pieces I forget I love until I try it on. This was the first blouse that gave me an idea of what to look for in blouses. Because of my shoulders, bust, and waist ratios I always had trouble finding button ups that fit my body shape. I’m an extreme inverted pyramid generally a medium on top and xs-s on
The jewelry is from my childhood (sans one ring) and the hat you see is also older than three years. The only pieces I switched out were the boots. I have a pair of dark brown boots that are over three years old, but the color didn’t match. The pair I’m wearing
Rather than limit my creativity and follow the prompt exactly, I made it work for me. That is the whole point of the inspired style series, to help you find ideas. If you haven’t pulled out some of your older clothes recently, I encourage you to pull them out.
How often do your style your older pieces with newer pieces? Is this a habit or something new to try? Let me know in the comments!