Something Old, Something New

Style Evolution - Throwback Thursday

Like many of you who are on social media, we oftentimes are reminded of what we’ve posted years ago in the form Facebook Memories. Personally I love that feature, not only does it post photos that you may have taken but those status’s that you’ve posted on a specific date as well. It’s a nice little flashback in time. Recently I logged into my Facebook account, and saw that I posted the picture below one day in June 2013…

I thought to myself, gosh I haven’t worn that t-shirt dress in years (literally since 2013), and that’s a super cute and comfy piece. Plus it’s actually one of the few designer pieces I own. I was one of the few to get the limited edition piece when Target did a Designer Collaboration with Prabal Gurung. I wanted to get my hands on this dress, and style it up again soon. Looking at the photo I knew that I would never wear this exact outfit again because a) I absolutely can’t walk in heels this high anymore, and b) although I found the t-shirt dress, but I had no ideal where that denim vest was. But this lead me to think, would I want to wear this look exactly as I wore it almost 7 years ago?

My style has evolved so much since back then. Literally night and day. I remember talking to one of my tutors from London College of Style and she saying to just wait until I could dress for the life and job that I wanted, and not the conservative corporate job that I had been working for almost a decade. Things definitely became more relaxed and expressive…organically thankfully. I traded in my suits and heels; for more unique vintage, and brogues and sneakers.

outfit details - dress: Prabal Gurung x Target; windbreaker and earrings: vintage; shoes: Adidas

I think it’s a great idea to exercise your Something Old, Something New magic and create new looks from old pieces in your wardrobe. It’s a great way to gage just how much your style has evolved over the years. Yes there are some things that I wouldn’t dare wear currently, and I really wished I would have been more selective and not as trend focused back then. However, I can say that I have learned from my past, and now I tend to either buy vintage or go with the classics.

Lastly, I want to add that as many of you know I am now a solopreneur with many endeavors that I manage daily. One of those businesses is SOSNUTHRIFT and because I want this business to be a huge success, I have pledged to become a walking billboard for the company. There is never a time that I leave home without wearing something from my brand. My personal style is a conversation starter and free promotion for Something Old, Something New. So back then I may have wore this dress very understyle and sort of plain, now a days it’s unhired for me to not be proudly sporting my very own brand in some form or fashion.

So Long Summer...Sunflower Fields

As we bid summer adieu, I made it my business to get out and have photos taken in a beautiful sunflower fields in my hometown. Also when you have the perfect outfit in mind why not call up your photographer, and go out and make magic happen.

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Majority of my outfit is “something old”, but I did recently purchase these white culottes from H&M in the summer sale. They are some of the most flattering trousers I own. I mean you really can’t go wrong with the illusion that a wide leg and high waist line creates - think taller and lean…legs for days!!!

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Now on to the rest of the outfit, I paired my vintage robe/kimono with a silk polka dot Escada bodysuit. Fancy right. I wanted my look to compliment my beautiful surroundings, and these pieces fit the bill. I kept my jewelry very simple. Pearls to match the polka dots, and a simple gold necklace.

outfit deets: culottes: H&M (here, here); blouse: vintage Escada (here, here); kimono: vintage thrifted (here, here); sandals: F21 (here, here); sunglasses: Steve Madden (here, here)
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Until next time guys. Be well. Take care, and trust that all that you desire will be given.

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Making a Statement in a Summer Staple

Hey guys, I'm back this week and I'm talking about a summer staple with a bit of a unique spin.  That summer wardrobe staple is none other than LINEN!!!

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Linen is a lightweight fabric that undeniably coincides with summer months and it's volcanic temperatures.  Linen is designed to keep us cool.  It usually comes in classic styles and shapes and is a bit understated design wise.  You can also bet on linen items being in a more muted or neutral color palette such as whites, beige or khaki.

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I found this beautiful bold, vertical striped grey and teal linen beauty at a Goodwill thrift store several years ago.  The dress really stood out because it was reminiscent of the old vintage house dresses my great grandma would wear.  I can literally see her stomping around the house going from room to room with the remote control or some other random object in those large front pockets of this dress.

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outfit deets - dress: thrifted ( here )( here ); shoes: Forever 21 ( here )( here ); necklace: ( here )( here )

outfit deets - dress: thrifted (here)(here); shoes: Forever 21 (here)(here); necklace: (here)(here)

Aside from the nostalgia associated with this dress, I knew that that alone wouldn't be enough to justify this purchase.  My goal is always to imagine several ways to wear an item, but if it's thrifted or vintage, I have to create ways to modernize it.  Figure out how to make the something old, a something new.  Check out this dress worn on the blog a few years back (here).

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I paired my linen dress with these chic little white mules that I recently scored at Forever 21.  Mules in any color or style are a go for me, but it's so funny because I haven't always had an affinity for them.  I actually hated them a few years ago, on the brink of their comeback.  Now onto my necklace.  I coveted it for months, and waited for it to go on sale, then finally I got it.  It's so cool, and such a conversation piece.

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