Old Favorites

There's an oft-repeated piece of advice about wardrobe organization: if you haven't worn a piece in a year you should toss it immediately. I've never been totally convinced. As much as I love buying new clothes, there's nothing like discovering old favorites in the back of my closet and revamping them to fit my current style. I've been reaching for the same pieces over and over (this star-printed Reformation dress has gotten lots of play in the past few months), and I've been in a bit of a style rut.

So, in an effort to rediscover some old favorites, I dipped into my style archives for a recent night out and found a sleeveless dress from the brand Maeve that I hadn't worn in awhile.I remember buying this at Anthropologie some years ago, but I never figured out how to fit in my wardrobe. It's actually a really comfortable and easy piece to wear, but it looks professional — perfect for looking polished but not "fancy."

The details are what make this dress interesting. It buttons all the way down the front and has a tie at the front that cinches the waist, sort of like a fun twist on a typical shirtdress (with excellent twirling capabilities, as demonstrated above). 

On this occasion I opted for comfortable loafers from Aldo — another old favorite — because I knew I'd be walking a bunch. As much as I love heels, most of my days involve some walking or, at the very least, a few trips up and down the subway stairs, and so I'm always in search of versatile shoes that can withstand a heavy dose of pavement-pounding. These have been going strong for a few seasons now.

As for the other accessories, I tried to tie them in with the colors of the dress — a blue and black clutch and a ring with a reddish-brown bead that my boyfriend brought back from a trip to El Salvador. 

Sure, fashion is often about what's "new," but it can be just as exciting to style a familiar item in a fresh way that makes you feel like you just brought it home from the store. 

Erin Mayer