Shopping Your Closet For The Collected Look
It’s that time of year when everyone is organizing, purging clutter and paying holiday bills. So why not take a look in your closet and see what outfits you can make with what staples you have? I will show you what I do for Over 50 Fashion.
Old/Collected pieces (Vintage because I am):
These are my pieces that resurface year after year…they could be designer or from the Gap or Zara. The key is they are classic, well-made and versatile. Examples from my closet such as:
- Leather Moto Jacket
- Gap Denim Jacket
- Chanel purse bought 20 years ago when we lived in Paris
- Leather skirt
- Tahari Wool Skirt
- Real and Costume Jewelry
- Frye boots
These are pieces that you have to replace every few years like:
- white cotton blouse
- some shoes like Van’s slip-on, sneakers, booties, loafers
- Gap tee shirts for layering
- Trendier items
Here’s how I mix old and new…
Visiting Clients in the East Bay Area
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Influencer Meeting at a Store
Washable wool Banana Republic turtleneck, 10-year-old Tahari leather skirt, gold bracelets, and watch (gifts from my husband over the last 34 years–I just used a calculator to figure that out).
I bought some Sheertex indestructible black pantyhose that I saw on Instagram that I think I will wear with this dress. 10-year-old necklace made by my friend Claire from vintage pieces, comfortable black lace dress that comes in petite and regular.
Saturday Afternoon Movie
Dinner With My Daughter
Ten-Year-Old Tahari Wool Skirt, New Short-Sleeved turtleneck (from Ann Taylor–sold out), Sheertex black pantyhose, J. Crew suede pumps. Alexandra is wearing a Ganni dress (here’s a sort of similar flowy one that I like) and black booties.
The Contessa’s Garden Club Meeting
Old Chanel purse (that sure was a good investment), Zara coat (a good place to look for coats), French Connection Dress (both a couple of years old).
Everything here except the Madewell long-sleeved T-shirt is three to eight years old. Gap denim jacket, calf hair leopard clutch (similar), Madewell booties, Banana Republic jeans. I always like to check Madewell for their scarves on sale.
20-year-old faux fur vest bought in Paris, older Zara blouse (I love the prices there), old Bagley Mischka purse from TJ Maxx, new Birdies loafers. The calfskin is sold out but these are similar. Black jeans They are by Paige…and I found them at Nordstrom Rack.
Leather moto jacket, Banana Republic jeans, Chanel purse, Birdies loafers. Since I like how comfortable these are, I took my Florida girlfriends to the SF store when they were visiting. They each bought a pair…
My Girlfriends at the Birdies Store
I like one of a kind pieces. The beaded stone long necklace I just bought at a retirement sale on Union Street. The other two, I have had for years and wear all the time. My friend, Laura bought the black cameo for me a long time ago when our families were on vacation in Venice together…I always remember that special time when I put it on.
That’s my version of Shopping Your Closet!
Also, come back on Thursday for great pantry organization ideas!