Wearing Retro Items from Years Ago with the Ageless Style Group
Quote of the day: “Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” Ernest Holmes
The first Tuesday of the month is the time that the Ageless Style group showcases a theme for your pleasure. This month Cathy, came up with the idea to showcase retro items.
That doesn’t mean the clothing items are necessarily old. Just like in our previous post about newer items that remind us of older trends. It seems like styles always come around again and again, so you could have the trend from the first time around, or you could just now be purchasing it.
For our post today, the three of us are showing you items in our closet that are older and have some history to us. It’s always so interesting some of the stories that accompany our clothing items. And then make sure to check out the rest of the women from the Ageless Style group and join the linkup party.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: My retro item is my red coat.
This used to be my mother’s coat from the early 1970’s. She actually gave it to me about 10 years ago, and I tend to wear it quite a bit when we get dressed up. I even wore it last winter on the blog when we talked about maxi skirts.
For this outfit though, I wanted to make the look more casual, if that’s possible. So I wore my hunter boots instead of nicer boots.
Instead of a hat, I wore this scarf that is made to be worn over your head. I bought it over 15 years ago when I didn’t want my hair to get messed up. Which is funny, because my hair is always a mess. I’m sure you could wear any scarf over your head, but this one has a diagonal seam in it so it lays nicely. Then you wrap the ends around your neck. I couldn’t find any items similar to it unless I’m not calling it the correct verbiage.
As for my gloves, they are the long variety. I bought them for another coat that has 3/4 length sleeves, and they work great with this coat also. At least they certainly keep me warmer than the short gloves when my skin gets exposed.
My hunter boots were a fabulous thrifted find a couple of months ago.
I recently wore them for our #thriftedchicstylechallenge on Instagram too. Honestly, I’ve never thought to buy Hunter boots because it rarely rains here and I don’t hang outside much. However, when I saw these, I thought they’d be a great purchase for our upcoming cruise to Alaska.
Needless to say, I think I like them even for the snow. At least for light snow days, because they aren’t as heavy on my feet as my Sorel boots. What is so nice about Hunter boots is the fact that they come in so many fun colors like burgundy and light blue.
I asked my mom the history of this coat. She bought it soon after the divorce from my father because she needed a winter coat. She told one of her school mates that it was cheaper than therapy, LOL!
The fur is chinchilla fur and is super, duper soft. There is a fur hat that matches it, but it’s starting to disintegrate. I ended up taking the lining out of the hat because it would leave dust all over, but it still feels dusty. I’m not sure if I should vacuum it or add some new lining.
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: For Nancy’s retro item, she chose these cowboy boots.
These boots are actually my father’s boots, and have been in my closet since he passed away. But I don’t think I’ve really worn them. Even though Denver is still a cow town to many outsiders, you don’t really see a ton of cowboy boots being worn in town.
But Nancy doesn’t have a lot of older items in her closet. She has a smaller closet and has gotten rid of the items she no longer wears. So I thought it would be apropos for her to wear these (with a couple of layers of socks to make them fit).
I love that Nancy added this pin to her hair for some extra decoration. The flower has a clip on it and a pin, so it could be used multiple ways. And wouldn’t you know that my mom made it for Nancy many years ago.
I know I used to wear a lot of barrettes and bands in my hair when I was younger, but I’ve gotten out of the habit. How about you guys?
The other more retro item that Nancy is wearing are these earrings. My dad had them made for her to match his bolo tie for when they were square dancing. Talk about memorable.
Here is a closeup of the cowboy boots.
If you haven’t been shopping for cowboy boots in a long time, there really are some fun and unique pairs out there. It seems like these items aren’t inexpensive, but they are classics, right? I found some rhinestone boots, some tie dye boots, some with studs, and of course red ones. Or if you don’t want the boots on your feet, you could have one around your neck!
And I can’t forget to mention this leopard coat. Nancy just purchased it on our trip to Frisco, which you’ll read about next week. We found it in a consignment store, yet it’s perfectly on trend right now.
In fact, all 3 of us happen to have a version of this coat now, so you’ll be seeing an entire series dedicated to it.
Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: For my mom’s outfit that includes a retro item, she pulled out this black coat with fur trim.
It was given to her by my husband’s mother about 8 years when we were out in New York visiting for Christmas. Rob tells the story that his father had given it to his mother back in the 1970’s yet his mom hardly ever wore it. When I asked why, Rob said it really wasn’t her style. Yet my mom has worn it many, many times since she’s brought it home. That’s the best part about swapping clothes, is they can get new life breathed into them.
And since we were out in the elements when taking these photos, my mom pulled out this white hat to wear with the outfit. She’s not a fan of knit hats because they mess up her hair, but she feels this kind works better. Even the hat could be considered retro because it’s from the 1970’s or 80’s also.
Another element of my mom’s outfit is her interesting black print purse.
Just like everything else in my mom’s closet, she has many options for her outfits. In fact, she has a trunk full of different purses in which to choose from. Recently I organized my purses in my wardrobe. I talked about it in my fall bucket list, but I never showed you how I finished it.
The items I ended up buying were a sweater organizer to put my clutches in and then I hung the other purses on the walls with command hooks. I have to admit, that it’s so much easier when I can see them all. In fact I have room for a couple more to add to the collection. And the best thing about purses, is they always fit.
The tweed skirt that my mom is wearing is one of her creations. The material was leftover from a coat that she made for Nancy last year. Tweed is always such a classic winter style that even if you don’t wear skirts anymore, you could indulge in a jacket, vest or pants instead.
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Ageless Style Group
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And our co-host for the month is Samantha. Her links are below with the other Ageless Style Women!
Samantha also loves all things vintage, which makes her a perfect co-host for this month’s theme which is all about how fashion tends to repeat itself. We are all featuring an outfit that incorporates a piece (or pieces) that was popular years ago and are trending again. For example, yesterday’s bell bottom jeans have come back today as “flared” jeans.
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