My wardrobe consists of a combination of thoughtfully curated pieces that range from new and current to over ten years old.
I’m a clothes hoarder. There I said it.
I’ve always had a problem with getting rid of clothes, hence my overflowing wardrobe that I have magically managed to squeeze “just a few more pieces” into throughout the years, despite rarely getting rid of anything to make room.
When I do purge, it’s a big production. I’ll find myself bragging to my roommates, saying things like “hey guys, I got rid of TWO shirts!”. Let’s just say they don’t reward me with any trophies for my so-called accomplishment.
I think one of my biggest problems with cleaning out my closet is that I attach sentiment to clothes because I truly love them and the shopping process. I can remember where I was or who I was with when I bought an item and then I feel sad to get rid of it.
But there is something to be said about hanging on to clothing items that may be considered outdated because if I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: fashion is cyclical. The current state of fashion is living proof. We can’t deny that the 90’s are back in a big way. Who would have thought we would be rocking platforms, chokers, and velour, but here we are.
This brings me to my main point. I’m having a lot of fun re-discovering clothing items that I bought in college (and maybe even high school!), and styling them to work with 2017. I also still really like a lot of the items I’ve clung on to, and I think that’s a testament to the fact that my style is built on the idea of purchasing items that I know will last and have the ability to adapt.
This denim-esque crop top and black maxi skirt are both items I’ve had for about five or six years, and I dug them out of the depths of my closet to create a casual, street style look. I remember buying the top and thinking it was the coolest thing ever in college! I prefer it today with a high waisted bottom, as opposed to a belly-baring option that I would have been more likely to wear back then.
This romper is one that I consider to be a Kayla Timeless Classic, meaning I will probably never get rid of it. Again, it’s an oldie but definitely a goodie. I love how effortlessly chic it is, in addition to being so incredibly easy and comfortable to wear. I appreciate all the details of this outfit, from the material, to the delicate tied straps that make this romper more unique.
Both of these outfits worked perfectly for playing tourist around my own city of Hollywood, which by the way, I think is super fun to do every now and again. There’s always something new to see!
All in all, I’m all about giving yourself the gift of your own clothes. See mom, there’s a reason I hang on to all this stuff. Hoarders unite!