I tried a few different pairs of shoes and none seemed quite right with the length of the pants (Note to Self: really need a simple black pump, preferably pointed-toe, preferably less than 3-inch heel). Then I spied these Jeffrey Campbells sitting patiently on a shelf, unworn for at least 18 months. Not really sure why, except that I don't do heels as much anymore, and when I do I have a few favourites that call me most insistently.
Given that all other pieces of this outfit were purchased within the last year, I was happy to incorporate the shoes, bought over 5 years ago (posted on them here). It always seems too easy, to me, to put together a decent outfit from new purchases. More interesting, and more clearly a sign of a consistent and persistent individual style is still liking and wearing items from one's own wardrobe, strands from further back in one's own tapestry of life. This can be overdone, of course, but somehow the balance between adopting the new (as in Sue's articulate and insightful post on Trends) and having some foundation of one's own preference of some longstanding really appeals to me.
Interestingly, of all the pieces in this OOTD, only the owl shirt and the shoes might be considered trendy. . . yet the oldest items, the shoes, have not dated out of wear yet, in my opinion, because their shape is classic, their colours muted. And the owl-print blouse, bought just this fall, I'm certain will be showing up in What I Wore posts years from now; its almost-neutral blue and simple skim-fitting shape, especially in silk, cancel any concerns of the print (again, muted by its geometric regularity) screaming its fun too loudly.
Damn! I just can't do it, can I? I set out to do Nearly Wordless, and ten minutes later, what do we have? Words, Baby, Words. . . .
Now I'm just waiting for yours -- do you like to balance Old Favourites with New Purchases? Do Trends have a place in your wardrobe? Have you recently breathed new life into a forgotten favourite piece? I'd love to know. . . .