It's always a surprise, the number of things I can rediscover in my closet. My latest "find" is a pair of black peg-leg trousers with a high-ish paperbag waist - a staple during the days when I worked in a more conservative office.
I hadn't worn these in years. Mainly because I am now free to wear jeans and lost the desire to wear many other things, but also because these are a wool blend. While they are fairly lightweight, wool-anything makes me feel hot just thinking about it.
Still, I felt inspired looking at some pictures of trousers by Jesse Kamm, and missed their slightly awkward, jaunty quality, so I decided it was time to bring them out again.
How comfortable and right they felt when I pulled them on. I remember I bought them because I didn't want to take them off in the fitting room - it's the rare off-the-rack trouser that fits perfectly. Also, they respected my office milieu while allowing me to retain a sense of personality - wearing them, I was a garconne in a room full of corporate warriors. Anyone who has ever had to adapt to a dress code of sorts will recognise that sense of satisfaction when you've found a way to play by the rules without conforming. The right outfit gives you this sense of confidence.
Also, it's quite satisfying, looking past the "obvious" things in your closet and give the long-neglected pieces a new lease of life. The "reincarnated" version always feels more effortless to wear; not only do I know exactly how I want to wear to it, sometimes the passage of time allows me to see something in a new way and wear it differently. It also feels good knowing that this little something you picked up four years ago has legs after all.
Would love to know what you guys might have rediscovered in your wardrobe.