Photo by Kira Ross
I love wearing hats. I have always loved wearing hats. I am the person who can’t pass through a department store without checking out the hats and accessories first. Always tempted to buy a new one, and I often do – especially cozy, winter hats. You can imagine my utter surprise when I found this one-of-a-kind hat, forgotten in the very back of my coat closet. This brown knit hat is at least 30 years old – I remember the moment I first found it at Loehmann’s – I knew it was too special to pass up.
But somewhere along the way I forgot about it. I traded it in for newer versions and more modern styles. It was gone so long that I never even knew how much I missed it! But I did miss it and now that I rediscovered it, I haven’t stopped wearing it. I was reminded again of a very important rule of fashion: before buying something new, shop your closet first.
Black boots from my closet – Photo Credit: Patricia Saxton
This week’s “Shoe Polish” tells how, when I was younger, I polished my dad’s shoes and am now continuing the tradition with my own shoes and boots. But there is a story behind the story and one worth sharing in today’s podcast. It all started with a magazine ad for some very cute black booties. I had been flipping the pages and noticed these great boots. Here was my thought process: Ooh, these boots are cute! … hmmm, how much are they? … I love booties in the fall … these would be a great addition to my wardrobe, but wait … don’t I already have a pair of black booties as well as black boots? I’ll check my closet and see what I have. And there is the moment of truth; I did check my closet and I do own black booties. And they are beautiful. More beautiful than the ones in the magazine and would look even better with a shoe shine. Remember: Shop your closet first.