Throwback Thursday: The Updated 90’s Denim Jacket


Okay if you’re part of the MTV generation (term for those of us on the cusp between Gen X and Millennial) you had the obligatory stonewashed jacket in the 90’s. It was probably from The Gap or Old Navy. Since fashion has a way of recycling itself every 20 years those mid 90’s looks are back in. I decided to use this moment in trendiness to display some neglected accessories that have been collecting dust in my drawers.

I mentioned earlier this week that slowly I’m going through categories of things in my home using the Konmari Method of tidying.  If something makes me joyful I keep it. If it doesn’t I thank it and donate it to my local thrift store. I had a stash of buttons and broaches that I don’t often wear anymore. I got rid of many of them, but there were some I just couldn’t part with. Since part of this system of organizing is displaying what you love I invested $25 in a new light blue denim jacked (I love my indigo jacket, but it felt like it wanted to be free of embellishments) and decked it out with all kinds of pins.

I have everything from college pins and buttons from travels, my moms and my girl scout medals, the Monkees buttons I found at a thrift store (I’m still looking for a Mike and Peter to complete the set), and my newly acquired Hillary button…because I’m with her! To top it all off I ironed on a Reptar patch to the back. I just need my Doc Martin’s from high school and I’m all set for a retro look that is very in.

Finding Your Shade of Green

Here is one from the archives of the old blog.


Skin tone and coloring play an important part in finding the right shade of lipstick or the right eye shadow. The same is true for finding the right hues to fill your wardrobe with. Today we’ll look at finding your best shade of green.  

Dark Skin:  If you have dark skin you can pull off bright green shades that weigh more towards yellow undertones than blue. The colors would wash out many other skin tones, but if you have a rich complexion you can use lime, avocado, neon, and yellow-green to make a statement. I recommend pairing a top in one of these shades with white pants or capris for a crisp look during the summer.  

Medium Skin: It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but if you have olive skin then you can pull off olive green. Earthier tone greens tend to make people with pinkish undertones look yellow, but if you have medium skin these colors will complement you. Aside from olive look for army and moss shades of green.

Fair Skin with Light Hair: If you really want to make a statement kelly green is the perfect pop for blondes or red heads with fair skin. If you want a more subtle look try jade, shamrock, or mint.  

Fair Skin with Dark Hair:  Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t pull off green. Having this coloring myself (when my hair is natural), green was a shade I avoided till I discovered emerald green a few years ago. It is now a color I seek out. Another great shade for fair skinned brunettes is hunter.  

Top Ten Wardrobe Items

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About eight or nine years ago I first read Kathryn Finney’s How to Be a Budget Fashionista. I was in graduate school at the time and I really recommend this book to any student or recent grad who is trying to build their first adult wardrobe without going broke.

Aside from her tips on how to save when you shop she also provides insights on editing your wardrobe. She talks about creating a top five list of clothing and accessory items that you love so that they can be a guide for figuring out future pieces you want to add.  I took a look back at what I wrote almost a decade ago and at the time my five favorite items were:

  1. A Sigrid Olsen houndstooth coat which had a vintage vibe to it. It looked like something Ann Marie or Mary Richards would have in their closets.
  2. A red, velvet sweetheart top that I found vintage shopping. I loved it because the color, neckline, and sleeve length were flattering and it had a romantic bohemian vibe to it.
  3. Marc Jacobs black lace flats that I bought these on a trip to NYC when I was in grad school. I loved them because no one else in West Michigan had them.
  4. Burberry sunglasses which I also got at a Century 21 trip when I went to NYC. They were very 80s looking with thick, red, plastic frames. Again I loved that I never saw anyone else wearing them.
  5. A cerulean cashmere sweater that I bought when I was working retail at the now defunct Marshall Fields. The color popped.

I think that a top list of your closet can and should evolve over time. Because of changes in your body and the natural wear and tear of clothes you will have very few pieces forever. None of the items I listed above are still in my wardrobe. Tastes change and as you mature and move onto different careers your clothing needs may change. In the past decade I went through major changes in weight which has meant several wardrobe overhauls. I also used to work in a suit and business casual environment and now work in a creative office so the guidelines of what I wear on a daily basis have also changed. Favorite items have less to do with the label and how expensive they were than how good I feel wearing them and the sentimental value attached to certain pieces.

I recently did another closet edit and since I can’t limit myself to five I came up with 10 pieces that I love:

  1. A red Moschino dress that my sister Esther gave me as a hand-me-down.
  2. Kenneth Cole Unlisted black stiletto booties.
  3. A midnight blue Apt. 9 puffer coat from Khol’s.
  4. A garnet ring that used to be my mother’s.
  5. A beaded wrap bracelet that my friend Tori got me for my last birthday.
  6. Two silver rings that I always wear together. One says “wander” and I got it at a boutique in Grand Rapids. The other is a crescent moon and star that I found at a vintage store in Brooklyn.
  7. A yellow trench coat that was more recent Century 21 find.
  8. A black and white newsboy cap.
  9. A wool dress that my sister Sarah got me while vintage shopping.
  10. A Guess multi color dress with pockets that I found on a recent trip to Florida.

What are your favorite items in your wardrobe?