Recycling My Own Closet with Fresh Outfits
One of my favorite things to do when creating outfits is looking at my own closet with fresh eyes. It’s true what they say – that statistically speaking, we wear 20% of our closets 80% of the time, and even in the most minimalist of wardrobes, there are still items that are favored over others.
I often find myself holding onto items that I love and that fit – but still not giving them a lot of wear. I think it has a lot to do with always wanting something fresh and new, and probably also to do with practicality of wearing certain outfit formulas being a mom. Either way – when I brainstorm ideas for photo shoot outfits, I try to give my own wardrobe a fresh eye to see how I can bring in the oldies but goodies and mix them into the rotation.
In today’s style post, I styled one of my old time favorite pieces – a floral maxi skirt from Anthropologie – that I purchased over 8 years ago, and last wore on the day of my engagement in 2014! It’s a piece I really love and will never get rid of as it holds sentimental value – but also one that is very much on trend right now. I paired it with a graphic tee – which is a great way to wear a floral maxi, and threw in some intricate details to play off the colors and prints in the skirt and top to complete the look. This is just another reminder that fashion is cyclical, so if you’re also holding onto items from almost a decade ago – chances are, they’re hot and trendy right now – so here is the encouragement you need to recycle and rewear those old favorites to give them some fresh looks!
Here are the exact ingredients to this outfit formula, and how I styled it:
- The Floral Maxi. This floral maxi is by Ranna Gill from Anthropologie. It’s been sold out for years but I happened to find one on eBay so if it’s your lucky size, you can grab it HERE. I also found a few similar ones that you can see in the carousel below. I love a silky floral maxi skirt as it feels so chic and effortless, while being creative and very very Summery. I always opt for ones that sit higher at the waist – they make balancing my proportions easier and allow for a variety of top options, from tees to blouses (both tucked-in) to crop tops.
- A White Graphic Tee. Pineapple is another thing that in my mind always equates to Summer – and I love this Farm Rio Pineapple Tee and how it brightens up my Summer looks. It sold out sadly, but I found this one that’s also adorable *limited sizing available*.
- The Crown Flat Sandals. These Coclico Sandals were also featured in my 2 previous blog posts. I love them so much!
- An Intricate Designer Bag. I chose this Saint Laurent Kate in a tropical floral print with gold hardware to complete the look. I felt like it nicely repeated the floral theme without clashing with it – and became a part of the outfit, while still standing out on its own. The best way to integrate similar patterns in your look is to select them based on those specific characteristics – something similar that links them together, and something contrasty at the same time that sets them apart. It’s a careful juxtaposition, and I usually rely on my eye to make sure it’s harmonious.
I hope this inspires you to try out a similar outfit this Summer! As always, please feel free to share the outfits you create via Instagram, using hashtag #ModnitsaOutfit in your posts, and I’ll be sure repost them on my stories!
Photography by Anna Vivare.