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Tanks and Flowers

Monday, December 5, 2011 10:34 PM

Silk cardigan, Banana Republic (eBay)
Tan tank top, J. Crew
Teal tank top, Banana Republic
Necklace, thrifted
Black floral skirt, Target
Cashmere socks, gift
Black boots, Aerosoles

Back in my college days, before I started considering remixing possibilities while shopping, I fell in love with this skirt in Target and bought it without any idea how I'd wear it. I loved it even though it was a size too big and I didn't (and still don't) care for florals. When I got home, I had the happy surprise of realizing that a T-shirt I'd bought more than a year earlier, also at Target, matched perfectly.

So for more than four years, that was the only way I wore the skirt, with that T-shirt.

When the T-shirt started to show its age, I stopped wearing it with anything else and tried to treat it as gently as possible, washing it only when truly necessary. But now it's truly on its last legs, and I'm also trying to mix up my dressing. The problem is that with the exception of an experiment in ivory that I'm not convinced was successful, I've been trapped in a rut of matchiness, enabled by the unintentional acquisition of items that allow matching, like these tank tops — purchased at different stores, years apart, without this skirt in mind — or my new birthday sweater.

That sweater will probably be my next pairing with this skirt, but that won't help me get past the need to match. And after that, what will be next — my blue button-front shirt that seems to go with everything? My gray turtleneck sweater? I'm not sure.

Here's how I've worn the skirt previously:

The traditional
Modified traditional: skirt pinned to fit natural waist, shirt tucked and belted
The aforementioned experiment in ivory
Layered for fall
Which is your favorite?

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