I decided last week when I was playing around with my clothing, that I would wear things THIS week I might not otherwise wear. I wanted to try and be more “artsy” Grechen, or Avant Garde Grechen, without overthinking, and without changing outfits a million times, or finally into something boring and practical (gag).
This outfit is neither artsy, nor avant garde, but it is “vintage” Grechen, if you remember back to 2008-2009.
Back in 2008, or before, I bought “the original” version of this James Perse twisted seam skirt. It was a little lighter weight than this one, but otherwise the same, and I wore it until I could legitimately no longer wear it (it was too big for me, and quite faded). I replaced it in 2014 with this one, and have worn it a lot, but not nearly as much as I wore the other one.
Years ago, I thought I had a uniform: JP slim dress or slim skirt, JP tee and a cardigan on top (usually Inhabit cotton – I had several of those). I actually did wear some sort of variation of that most days, with sandals, clogs, or a pair of Repetto ballet flats (I had several pairs of those too…). But now, I don’t wear skirts or dresses as much as I did 10 years ago. Nor do I think I have a uniform.
I’m not sad I have this skirt; every time I wear it I am reminded, yet again, why I love James Perse, and, I’m super-comfortable in this outfit. But I also remember why I no longer buy multiples, or try to replace things that wear out, or that I get rid of, with exactly the same thing I had before. I’m not that same person, and I don’t want to dress like she did.
This outfit feels like me, but a “dated” version of me, if that makes sense. If I was going to “modernize” the skirt, I think I’d try it with a cropped white button front top and my Elizabeth Suzann mules. Hmmm….stay tuned for that 🙂
Have you replaced something you wore many years ago and loved with the same piece and then realize you don’t want to wear it as much as you did before?