Breathing New Life Into Old Items

White denim jeans for fall and winter

Isabel Marant Etoile Pablo Tap Dance Shirt

White denim jeans outfit idea

I’ve really been enjoying the Oh Boy podcasts from Man Repeller, and this outfit reminded me of something Alexa Chung said about picking up a new item that in turn breathes new life into the rest of your wardrobe. This shirt, as simple as it may seem, has done just that.

The medium grey color and wool-blend texture inspired me to pull a few things out of my closet that haven’t been worn much since winter kicked in:

  1.  I thought the wooly grey would make white denim pop, so I pulled these jeans out of my closet that haven’t been worn since summer(!).
  2. Then I thought a white handbag might look nice, so I pulled out this bag that has been passed over lately in favor of my more recent favorites.
  3. Then the black zipper details on the denim made me think of adding a black topper, so this drapey trench made it’s first appearance in a few months (partially because it had been too cold for it to do much good, partially because black has felt too harsh of a color to throw over my already dark-heavy fall and winter outfits).

Thanks to a simple, grey, fall/winter-texture shirt, three things found their way out of my closet that probably wouldn’t have seen much action until spring rolls back around. Thanks, shirt!

PS…these ankle boots have just been marked down on the Rag & Bone website with lots of sizes left, and Aerie has a new crop of lace bralettes. I’m liking the look of these & these!

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Trench Banana Republic (similar in petite)
Shirt Isabel Marant Etoile (on sale!)
Bralette Topshop (similar & similar)
Jeans Rag & Bone (distressed version on sale) (super similar on sale)
Shoes Rag & Bone (on sale!) (also here)
Handbag Elizabeth & James thanks to Shopbop (similar this season) (similar)
Watch Larsson & Jennings
Belt Linea Pelle
Pin Kathleen Whitaker (on sale!)

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Bralette has been slimmed

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  1. says: Deb

    This is why great modern classics are so useful, they can go unworn for a while, and yet still look nice for several seasons. I really like this combination of pieces Kelly and agree that charcoal and white make a lovely pairing.

  2. says: Charlene

    I do like your outfit. I also like that your beautiful gray shirt is on sale. For comparison purposes, what size is your shirt?
    Thank you!

  3. says: Elbe

    I bought the grey shirt. It has a tapered side slit that, in my opinion, really only makes it appropriate for a petite person. If you wear regular sizes, unless you are planning on leaving it always untucked, you may be disappointed, as I was. Otherwise, it is great fabric and a great price.

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