one is silver and the other gold....."
Does anyone else remember that rhyme? I don't even know where I first heard it (maybe at school?), but it has stuck with me all these years. For the purpose of this post, the friends I am referring to are items of clothing and accessories that we love and cherish because of the way they make us feel. Whether it is because of sentimental value, a favourite colour, or a truly flattering fit, we all have things in our closet that we wish we would have, or could have, purchased doubles of, because they get worn often, and we can't bear the thought of them wearing out, or a time when they no longer fit.
And speaking of old friends - I was in The Sentimentalist, visiting with Melinda, whom I have known for over 20 years, and she was wearing an outfit comprised of many of her favourite pieces, including her patterned dress.
Our conversation about favourite outfits started because I mentioned that if I could only wear one outfit all winter, it would be a variation of the one I'm wearing in the photo above - black turtleneck with a funky vest or jacket, short skirt, colourful tights, knee socks, and lace-up boots. The layers are great for variable temperatures, the short skirt and flat boots are good for walking, and getting on and off buses, and the knee socks are just plain fun. In keeping with the theme of old and new friends, I've had the skirt for years, but the vest and boots are new acquisitions this winter and I have grown to love them for their comfort and versatility.
faux fur vest - trade with Melinda
skirt - Jacob (retail)
check pattern socks - The Rock Shop
blue boots - Housing Works Thrift Store
As much as I treasure the pieces in my closet that are old standbys that always look and feel good, I am always open to meeting new pieces...
Like this fedora, which I have been eyeing for months. I've tried it on numerous times, and each time, end up putting it back on the shelf. It's a beautiful hat, made of fur felt and in great condition, very reasonably priced, but somehow, we just don't seem completely at ease with each other. If I am constantly aware of something I'm wearing, it usually means it's not meant for me. The best friends are those with whom you feel like you can be yourself, and yet, every once in a while, they'll push you out of your comfort zone.
Do you have items in your closet that you consider to be old friends, that you could never replace, and always make you feel good when you wear them?