Consumerism has been on my mind a lot lately. Maybe it's a just result of the post-holiday blues, when my spending gets kicked into uber high gear. Regardless, I can't help but get a tiny panic attack when I think about all of the stuff...errr, I mean, "really meaningful and treasured belonings," Dan and I have accumulated in the past seven years of living together. Guys, don't even dare open a closet in our home or step foot in the basement without a hazmat suit.
In an effort to cut back on accumlating more things. That, and I've just been chucking a lot of stuff too. (Shhhh...don't tell my husband.) I've found myself thinking about how I can make old things feel new and fresh again. Especially when it comes to my wardrobe. To my surprise, it's been a super fun way of challenging my creativity and my personal style.
With New Years Eve, the ultimate dress-up night, mere hours away I've decided to pull out some of my favorite pieces from new year's past to mix and match with some every day items that makes them feel perfectly new for the incoming year.
A slinky sequined dress might not be the most weather concious outfit for our freeZING Chicago temperatures, but paired with this preppy button-up and jean jacket I can have my fun and stay warm too! I'm getting majoy J. Crew circa 2009 vibes here and I l-o-v-e every last minute of it.
I'm forever plighted by my love for all things whimsical and my instinct to dress like a five year old. That probably explains why I didn't blink twice when I purchased this (AH-mazing) tutu a few years back. I have been finding excuses to wear it ever since. And I don't feel bad about that for a minute. Paired with a sparkly sweater, some colorful tights and personalized brooches, this ensemble has just the right mix of flair and sentimental flair. Also, aren't those shoes darling? They're my wedding shoes and I am forever obsessed with them.
I picked up this beauty when my favorite Chicago vintage store announced it was closing shop with a mega sale. It's been my companion for many a holiday parties since. I love it because it feels timeless, understated, yet totally unique. I got a-zillion compliments anytime I wear it. And why else would you leave the house, if not for the compliments. I kid. I kid! What I love most about this dress is the sewn on cuffs and neckline. I barely have to do much to it all. Here I pair it with some wine colored tights, classy pumps and some green earings for extra luck in 2017.
What are you guys wearing this New Year's Eve?