I apologize in advance for the terrible lighting in today's pictures. I had my fella take them when I got home from a long day of work and running around tonight at about 7:30 (bless his heart, he did it while cooking me dinner), and the lighting in our apartment is just awful. But I really wanted to get pictures today, since I really love this outfit. There's a lot of sparkles in it (detail below, because sometimes there's nothing better than something shiny), but my favorite part is the skirt. This is one of the oldest pieces that's still in somewhat regular rotation in my wardrobe. It's perfect for any season, and it's flattering on me within a 30-40 pound weight range. How many articles of clothing can possibly make that last claim?
I bought this skirt in 2004, for my first-ever Christmas party with my company. Of course, the days of company-funded Christmas parties with giant buffets and open bars are long-gone in much of the corporate world (our yearly party has shifted to a lunch time pot luck), but the skirt remains. I realize 6 years isn't that long to have owned something, but keep in mind, up until the last few years I was buying trendier pieces rather than classic pieces, so a lot of what I have from years ago either doesn't fit me anymore, or looks too dated. I think this skirt has lasted so long because it's basically a black skirt, and those never go out of style.
I kept the accessorizing simple, sticking with a pink brooch (I was happy to see brooches on Sal's list of classic accessories) and a pair of stud earrings. I'm really stoked that this style of earrings seems to be coming back into style, since it's a really easy way to dress an outfit up. I'm still wearing them despite having changed my clothes, and my jammies have never looked classier.
What pieces in your wardrobe have stood the test of time?
Skirt: New York & Company (c. 2004)
Earrings: New York & Company (current)
Watch: Anne Klein, gifted
Gratuitous Jude shot (he's always so happy when we come home from work)