Once I grew out of the wear-my-one-Hollister-logo-tshirt-as-often-as-possible-to-fit-in phase of 9th grade, I quickly developed the polar opposite mindset that I COULD NOT be seen as an outfit repeater. If I wasn't going to sport the high school cool girl uniform of yoga pants and and PINK hoodie everyday, then I would need to stand out by wearing a different outfit as frequently as possible. My motto became "Lizzie McGuire, you are an outfit repeater" (from the Lizzie McGuire movie, obviously. Talk about iconic) and I thought it everytime someone in my classes wore the same shirt twice. At one point I had more dresses than I could wear to school in a month and a half, and I secretly tracked how long I could go. Senior year I went from the first day of school until the end of March before rewearing something I didn't consider a staple - aka my jeans, shoes, or various solid colored cardigans. I was obsessed. And while I scored the spot of Best Dressed in the yearbook by following these strict guidelines for myself and painting my nails a different color everyday, I admit it was overwhelming and at least a little bit ridiculous.
To an extent, I've mellowed out. I definitely still worry about whether people will notice that I am wearing the same thing I wore a month ago, but I put less stress on making sure my clothes are constantly new. I've gotten myself to a place where I emphasize buying pieces I really love and can mix up, rather than loading up my closet as much as possible. I like to think that it's a sign I'm growing up but it could also be a side affect of bills and rent.
This outfit is the direct result of the change. I've been working on brainstorming ways that I could mix and match to make it less obvious that I'm now a repeat offender and my jacket is a perfect example. My leather jacket has been around for what seems like forever, and can probably be traced back at least to sophomore year of highschool. I've worn it with everything from formal to casual, and love that it can tie a look together. I admit to wearing it not once, but twice in the past week, and I considered wearing it a third until I saw a weather report calling for rain. Since I split my days evenly between work and classes, I chalk it up to the fact that it's gotten really easy to grab the same outfit multiple times, telling myself I won't see the same crowd. In fact, I have apparently come to repeating it so many times that after taking my photos, Tyler pointed out that the vinyl on the back was wearing away and now I'm in the market for another jacket to hopefully last the next 7 years.
These shoes are also quickly making their way onto the list of things I am shamelessly wearing all the time, and I am super shocked at how comfortable they are. I wore them to work, including the long walk to and from the bus, and never once felt the urge to go barefoot. The elastic straps are probably my favorite feature in a shoe like this because they slide on easily, stretch to your heel for comfort, and create clean zipper-free lines. If your local TJ Maxx has a pair left in stock, I recommend you grab some while you can. I plan to wear them frequently while the weather is nice, so whether I am touring apartments or meeting with clients, it's probably safe to say I'm enjoying my added height.
Jacket: JJ Winters for Macy's
Top: Merona for Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction (found at TJ Maxx)
Pin: Molly Moon's