Each year I do a closet redo; I edit my clothing; I eliminate clothing, shoes, and handbags I have not worn in one year, even if they have a price tag. There are, of course, some exceptions– items I treasure. Over the years all of my treasured items have come back into fashion. Why? I’m a big proponent of NEVER getting hooked on fads. I don’t jump on new seasonal trends. I’m a careful purchaser and make sure if it’s “trendy” it has a great chance of coming back around. Therefore, I am not an impulsive shopper; everything is far too costly. I have to fall in love with the color, the fabric and know the style suits me before I make a purchase.
How do I know what to keep year after year? Instinct, dear readers. I have an eye. For example, I have my mother’s wide black leather belt. Her belt is over 50 years old. I wore it last weekend. I purchased a Gucci flowered handbag 15 or more years ago and this season I bought a Gucci flowered belt that looks almost identical.
Right now there are items in your closet that recently reappeared on fashion runways. This means your old pieces are back in style! So before heading to your favorite shops take some time to go shopping in your closet. Here’s what to look for.
Clothes that are back in style
Wide belts were popular in the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘80s and in some circles, they never really left the scene. I love belts and made it a point to keep some in a wider style. So break out those wide belts and use them as an accent piece!
Good thing you didn’t throw away those beautiful leather cowboy boots or western-style belts. But it’s not just western-style boots and belts that are popular for this season, fringe and suede are also very on-trend and you may have those pieces from eras past as well.
This luxe fabric has been all over the runways this season and it’s not velvet’s first go around! You may have great pieces from past seasons like jackets and dresses and slacks that you couldn’t bear to part with and will fit right in today. I can’t think of anything more perfect for a holiday gathering than a beautiful velvet dress or pantsuit.
Read “folkstyle” as “bold embroidery” and I’m sure you have something that you saved. If you still have a beautiful bag from the ‘60s or ‘70s you just couldn’t part with take it for another spin! Often times in the fall and winter we gear towards darker hues for our wardrobe and one of these fun pieces would be a great way to break up all that black you are apt to wear.
Capes and blankets
These are a cozy and an unexpected choice since most people bundle up in sweaters! I have been obsessed with capes and blankets this season. But ponchos and big scarves aren’t new and I have saved several over the years.
Lame and metallics
Shine on dears! If you have blouses in gold and silver tones you are in luck because they are back! I have a gold lame top that is 25 years old that I still often wear.
Remember what’s old becomes new again and again and again. As women over50 let this be a lesson: if you really love something that seems to be out of style hang on to it! You never know when it might come back in style. Or better yet: Do what I do. Just keep wearing it. Make it part of your look and have confidence in your taste. Be vital. Be visible. Be you. Remember you bought it because you loved it.
What do you have in your closet you loved so much you could not part with it hoping or knowing it would come back in style? Have you given any of your favorite pieces to your children or grandchildren to enjoy or to a favorite charity for a stranger to love? Please share your treasures with the community. We cannot wait to hear.