With four teens in the house, it’s hard not to think back to my teen years and wonder did I ever do that? I know I caused my parents angst because I remember paying for my foolish behavior. Car keys were taken away. Extra house chores were assigned. Phone use was limited. Now we are parenting four young men and we’re faced with some of the same challenges I gave my own parents.
What goes around comes around, right?
A Ruffled Skirt From The Past
The same has often been said of fashion. Remember prairie skirts? They were slightly flared to full skirts with ruffles and/or tiers. They were seen on the fashionable women of the 1800s and were then adopted by the pioneer women who needed practical clothes to help them adjust to life in the American West. Prairie skirts saw a revival in the 1960s and 1970s. I owned a few in my own closet back then.
The tan skirt I’m wearing from Loft today reminds me of those skirts but with a modern twist. It has tiers, ruffles, a faux wrap and a slight A-line shape. The Loft website says that this skirt isn’t in stock anymore, but you may want to check your local store just in case. I’m also linking to some similar styles below.
My navy blue striped top from Talbots is a classic pattern but with the tiniest pom poms surrounding the neckline. You can’t see them in these photos but there are two rows around the neck. It’s a trendy take on a classic piece. The shirt is a linen/polyester blend so it’s a little heavier than your standard tee, but the linen helps to keep you cool on warm days.
Jolt of Color
This neutral outfit needed a jolt of color and my coral wedges kept shouting, “Pick me! Pick me!”. I’ve had these Clarks wedges for years and they’ve taken quite a beating, but they still look great. These wedges are old, but here’s another style of coral Clarks wedges if you’d like to add this color to your shoe collection.
My coral purse from Target was an early summer purchase and I’ve used it many times. I know it’s no longer a rule to match your shoes with your outfit, but I like how the shoes and the clutch brighten up this outfit.
I kept my jewelry simple because with the ruffles, the stripes and pom poms, there is already so much to capture the eye. These coral bracelets do a nice job of completing the whole look without screaming for attention.
I wore this outfit to run errands yesterday, but it would work in the office for a casual Friday. It would also come in handy for a weekend brunch or a coffee date.
I love reviving styles from the past. The key for me to keeping them from looking dated is to add a modern touch, such as the ruffles on the skirt or the pom poms on the shirt. If there’s something from your past that you’d like to wear, I have two thoughts: (1) be patient because, as with many things in fashion, it will most likely make a comeback and (2) go ahead and wear it anyway! Don’t worry about rules or trends. As long as you like it and are comfortable wearing it, no one else’s opinion matters. And who knows, you may just be the one who spearheads the fashion revival for that piece from the past.
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