Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Again (OOTD)

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was good overall - the weather was lovely, I got to hang out with Kathryn (yay!) and I finally found some time (and the general health) to take an OOTD photo. 

The skirt you see here is a purchase I made from Calypso St. Barths, almost nine years ago. I picked it up off the sale rack (and it was still an enormous splurge for me, then) during an epic shopping trip to Boston with Kathryn, when she came to visit me in New York. I haven't worn it in years - at least four, maybe five, now - but always hung onto it, because I just loved it so much. Back then, the big trend was those maxi skirts (ball skirts?) that were being made in satins and silks and worn with tees and tank tops. Anyone else remember that? I liked those skirts, but remembered thinking that it was just ridiculous for me and my lifestyle to buy and try to wear a floor-length silk skirt. So, I was super excited to see this striped cotton version on the racks of Calypso, right next to the silk ones! And now, with the return of the maxi skirt, I'm giving it an airing. Old is new. Again.


 Sweater: Halogen Cardigan, Nordstrom (similar here and here)
Camisole: Facile Camisole, Anthro (Summer 2010; similar here and here)
Skirt: Calypso St. Barths (spring 2003/4? similar here and here and here)






What things do you hold onto, hoping for a chance to wear again? Or what things have you found yourself reaching for, year-in and year-out, trends or no trends?

16 comments:

  1. I love the skirt and the whole outfit! The shoes look comfy too! I didn't jump on the maxi bandwagon the first time around because I always though it would look silly on my 4'11" frame. But this time around I am over feeling self conscious about my height and I am looking for that perfect maxi! :)

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  2. OMG....I was living in NYC when these skirts were all the rage. So I ended up buying one too. Would you believe I probably wore it once and then gave it away? Ugh! I hate when that happens.....when you buy something really expensive and then end up not wearing it. The problem was that boyfriend hated it....seriously, he REALLY didn't like it. So I guess that influenced the way I felt about it, and I just felt funny wearing it.
    But I think you can totally pull it off and look fabulous wearing it.

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  3. Love that skirt~ I don't often do long ones but I would give that a go! Those Givenchy shoes are aMAzing!
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  4. so demure- you slip those incredible shoes in there and let them speak for themselves. Wowza! (I guess it should be yowza, but uh...slang is ever-evolving...)

    The skirt is gorgeous too- the maxi gods are definitely in league with the platform gods to make sure they have a banner year! That asymmetrical ruffly hem is just delicious. and did I mention how much I lurve the shoes?

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  5. So pretty, Carol! That maxi definitely doesn't look 9 years old (and the back made me gasp - love the slightly poofy pleats). Those shoes are perfect with it.

    And oh yes--I loved the maxi shirt + t-shirt look back then AND right now. This stupid freaking ridiculous $2,500 sequin skirt sitting prettily at J Crew still has me all twitterpated:

    http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/skirts/partynovelty/PRDOVR~38705/38705.jsp

    I could totally wear that while grocery shopping. To the gym. Getting the oil changed in my car. Um...right? *falls over*

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  6. I love it when an old thing becomes "in" again! You look awesome in this cute outfit...that skirt is great! I'm also in love with those shoes! Hope you have a great day!

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  7. calypso is coming to target! soon!

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  8. I can't believe you got that skirt 9 years ago! You are so lucky that you still fit it - i can't fit into some of the things i bought 5 years ago!
    I reach for my printed cotton dresses day in and day out. They are something that can be easily thrown on in summer as well as winter (with a cardi on top).

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  9. wow, those shoes!!!!!! i'm totally drooling here.

    love your outfit, that skirt looks great on you. i'm staying away from the maxi trend, don't think i've got what it takes to pull it off, but still love seeing it on others.

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  10. So smart of you to hang onto this! I had a few long skirts in the late 90s that I sadly donated. I am now really eager to find the right maxi for short me. This one is the perfect length for you! I also like how put together your outfit is. I really don't know how to style a maxi beyond completely going over the top boho. This gives me ideas!

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  11. I have held on to things to have them come back into "vogue" again. You were smart to keep this skirt, although I think you could wear it forever bc the look really isn't trendy at all. It looks very summer easy breezy to me. And those shoes! I love them!!!

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  12. LOVE those shoes, I've been searching for a pair just like them! I think that skirt a great bring-back:) Hope you're doing well.

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  13. Oh my goodness -- how wonderful that you can still wear this skirt after 9 years. Talk about an investment piece. You know, "organization gurus" are always telling us that we need to totally purge our closets of anything we haven't worn for more than a year. But you have definitely shown that such an approach might be a little hasty! I love the stripes on the fabric. And your shoes walk the line between glam and casual, so perfectly!

    I find that I love a-line skirts and hold onto them for years. They're just so easy to wear!

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  14. That skirt is breathtaking... truly lovely.

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  15. I love this! I just bought a maxi skirt at the thrift store that I'm sure was the best Macy's had to offer in 1993! and I love it! Change is so liberating, no? You look fabulous...great skirt to hang onto!

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  16. What's amazing about this skirt is that you would never know that you bought it 5 or 6 years ago. I love it. You must have known maxi skirts were going to make a comeback :)
    I can only think of one item that I have held onto and that still fits me. I bought this Nicole Miller LBD (my first and only piece by her) in La Jolla back in 2007 and I will never give it up. I actually remember justifying the purchase by telling myself it was an investment and I would probably wear this dress when I was 40. Ha! I hope it still fits me at that age :)

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