Old Faithfuls

I’ve had this jacket for years and refuse to let it go. It isn’t because I think it’s terribly cute; I’m not fond of the faded wash and it’s threadbare at the elbows (they’re actually ripped now). It’s just a simple little denim motorcycle jacket but it’s the most comfortable thing in the world. I guess I have a sentimental attachment to it. My mom wants me to throw it away; she gets on my case about things like that. She always called them my “old faithfuls.” I don’t know what it is that makes me so attached to certain items but they usually stay in my possession until someone sneaks them into the garbage. I can’t tell you how many pairs of my old faithful shoes my mom has thrown away! I purposely didn’t bring this jacket to Florida because I knew she’d razz me about it.

These pictures are from before I got sick (boohoo). Kim and I headed to Williamsburg for the Built by Wendy sample sale, Beacon’s Closet and Artists and Fleas. The sample sale was lacking, probably because we went the second day. We both made purchases at Beacon’s, which you’ll see in future posts. I borrowed Kim’s dress for the day, which she has owned for months and still hasn’t worn. I decided someone needed to wear it, so I stole it from her closet.

After Beacon’s, we headed to Artists and Fleas. Our main objective was to see Lauren and Craig’s booth, Corvus Noir. They’re one of my new sponsors and since they’re based in New York, I had to see their jewelry in person.

All of their designs are reconstructed and reworked from antiques and vintage findings. 1920s pen knives, pocket watches, old tintype photos, decanter labels – everything is so pretty and haunting at the same time. It’s totally up my mom’s and my alley – we just spent the last twenty minutes oohing and ahhing over the unusual features. Fellow antique/vintage nerds! In the end, I had a really hard time deciding on which one I wanted…I went back and forth between the rhinestone necklace and the pen knife.

I ended up choosing the reworked rhinestone necklace, which I’ve already worn several times. Thank you, Craig and Lauren!

After leaving their booth, we perused the rest of the market. Neither of us found anything until we were just about to leave.

What did Kim get? The two craziest rings she could find, of course. Colorful, girly, tacky, remember? I wish I could find the business card for this girl’s jewelry…she had some really cool stuff. The huge one is a little much for me but I think I might borrow the rainbow one!

-Keiko Lynn

p.s. Outfit Details:
Old Faithful jacket – French Connection
Sheer dress – Kim’s, Kimchi and Blue
Vintage slip – also Kim’s (from me, and I got it from my mom)
Nude fishnet tights – from my mom
Grey heels – Jeffrey Campbell
Rhinestone Necklace (in last shot) – courtesy of Corvus Noir
Cambridge Zip Top Tote – courtesy of Coach

p.p.s. Am I the only one who hangs onto random clothing items but has no attachment to others? Do you have any old faithfuls in your closet? Please validate my weird attachments!

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  1. I love your outfit! The denim jacket looks great – it's in a wonderful style. Definitely a keeper. I'm loving your gray heels and that Coach bag ain't too bad either! πŸ˜‰

  2. Lovely outfit, and gorgeous shoes, the dress looks so comfortable and has an air of vintage about it.

    I love the ring these crazy rings! i am a huge fan of things that look unique, and big haha.

  3. it's ironic that the well-worn look of your jacket goes for $$$$ in stores. i'm all for holding onto favorite items. if you love it & you look good, why not? i still have stuff from college…a looooong time ago πŸ™‚

  4. I have shoes from when I was in grade school. They don't fit as good as they use to but I just won't give them away! I also have this one vneck with holes all over it but I keep wearing it just because I love it so much!

    I love those vintage reworked pieces! So awesome πŸ™‚

  5. That dress is ADORABLE. OMG.

    I am attached to certain clothes. Some make sense, if I wore them on a special date or something like that. But some have never been on me during any important time, and no one in my life thinks they're especially pretty (including me), but I don't want to get rid of them.

  6. i have a hooded sweatshirt from 2000 that I won't give up (I only wear it around the house and to sleep when I am really cold/sick.) I had a pair of cute black ballet flats that I refused to throw away (even after I bought replacements!)

  7. I love that jacket, I don't know what your mother is talking about! It looks good to me. I can't even begin to list all the clothes I have onto, but recently there was a shirt in my closet that's unwearable with holes in the lace and buttons falling off, but I love the shirt too much to throw it away. In fact I'm giving it away instead of throwing it out because it feels more "humane" haha.

    Sarah Louise

  8. I have this one vintage black button-up sweater that I got to wear in a theater production a few years back. But after I was done with the play I found out that I loved the sweater, because it's super comfy and goes with anything. I wear it all the time, and as a result it's got huge holes in the elbows. My mom is currently trying to figure out some way to patch them, and I hope she doesn't just throw it away. I've seriously been missing it for the month or so that I haven't had it. πŸ™ It should probably go in the trash, but I just can't part with it!!

  9. Love your outfit. My Old Faithful…would have to be this dress that I've had for three years. My mum actually gave it away last year, but then she found again at a thrift store and bought it!


  10. Every time I see that bag, I want it. I have serious Coach-bag-envy that refuses to leave me, LOL!! Anyway, cute dress! My fav item may not be considered clothes, but it's my slippers. I love the big-fluffy-boot-ugg-yetti/sherpa-style slippers that may or may not be stylish or chic, but MUST be comfy & warm (i have hardwood floors that are like ICE in the winter!) and I wait until they are tattered and shredded before getting new ones. Weird me, I know.

  11. that dress is beautiful!

    I have old faithfuls too… some I don't even wear anymore, but I can't seem to get rid of them! it happens with shoes a lot.


  12. i can assure you that you are not the only one with this old faithfuls stuff. i have quite a few articles of clothing i refuse to throw out, but i think my oldest one is a t-shirt my sister owned when she was in the 1st grade. she's 25 now. She was a little chunky so the shirt still fits me and I have worn it in the house before, but it's something that should've been trashed a LONG time ago. I can't help it though- it's a mickey/minnie mouse shirt full of neon 80s borderline 90s design!

  13. gil, keep it until it falls all aprart, it is so cute. Of course I have these things too, even a silly denim jacket since high school I cannot let go off, cargo pants with an embroidered butterfly, a lime collared top I had since I was 13! trust you are not alone. πŸ™‚

  14. I still have a really old jacket with band patches on it that I wore during high school and my first year of college. The patches are coming off and it's missing buttons, but I can't throw it away–I think I'm holding on to it because it reminds me of all the good times I had with my friend who died 2 years ago.

  15. I think that denim jacket perfectly compliments your friend's girly ethereal dress! And it's comfy…make sure it isn't thrown out! :}

    That necklace is veryvery goregous! I'm going to check out Corvus and Noir!

  16. I'm so glad to have found you again! I used to check your myspace & postlapsaria constantly, hoping for new sale items while I was in college. After dedicating my life to teaching for a semester I was thrown out of the loop of my life, but I've been slowly coming back now that I decided I'm too young to teach. Now I'm blogging & getting more into fashion. So glad I saw you on an old lookbook post & I'm able to follow your blog now, too!

  17. I have the most perfect black vintage boots that I can not get rid of. They've been re-heeled and re-soled about 8 times and just yesterday, in rainy London, they let in some water….i'm still keeeing 'em! xxxx

  18. I still have clothes in my closet from 7th grade…and I'm 26 years old! It's a girl thing. I know where every single piece of clothing came from and when I bought it. It's a problem, and I don't believe there's a cure for this.

  19. i usually get rid of clothes that are worn out/don't fit/horrible! quite regularly but i do have a jacket from when i left school, so that's 5 years old. that's quite a long time for me! i also have a pair of converse that are 7 years old, i don't think i could ever throw them out.

  20. My black velvet tux blazer has been worn every day the temperature is vaguely permissible for the past four years. With everything. The pockets are totally tearing right off of it because I walk around with my hands shoved into them all the time. I recently got a green fax silk dinner blazer ca. 1988 with cropped sleeves in an attempt to replace it, and I have been wearing the green one much more–but I refuse to get rid of the old one. Refuse.

  21. holy moses! i have that same kimichi and blue dress (purchased for $10 at urban outfitters about 2 years ago) and like your friend i haven't really worn it- thank you for giving me inspiration for an outfit!! you look wonderful!

  22. I firmly believe if you hold on to things long enough they will be back in at some point, saying that, I have had to let some things go because I just started to end up with too many things (and grew out of them). I think your jacket is perfectly worn, people pay A LOT of money for perfectly distressed clothing these days. I love it!

  23. Oh my lord I still have that same jacket too!! There's something about the style and the way it wears I just can't get rid of it because I know I won't be able to find anything like it again

  24. your jacket is perfection! I'm actually quite jealous! I have a few old faithfuls, most notably a pair of black leather ballet flats held together with duct tape. they're officially the bain of my mother's and boyfriends existence!

  25. Sweet look; the jacket is a classic. I hang on to things too…I actually have a sweatshirt that was my older sister's when she was in elementary school and I squeeze into! So, its really ancient and incredibly worn, but wonderful. πŸ™‚
    Love the floaty feel of your dress too.

  26. you look so pretty! i love the juxtaposition of the beat-up denim jacket with the soft white dress. and i LOVE the corvus noir necklace! i'm going to have to check out their stand next time i'm at artists and fleas. ~joelle

  27. this outfit is perfection. I love the softness of that super pretty dress with the 'old faithful' jean jacket.

    And to validate your attachments, I definitely have some old favourite pieces in my wardrobe that I turn to again and again

  28. I love your jacket. The holes and fadedness add a certain charm to it! I have a sweatshirt that I bought in 2004 before I travelled to the UK and Ireland. It's horribly oversized, tatty, the inside is completely pilled, has mysterious orange stains on it, is full of hols, and sometimes it still smells like algea from when it fell in The Roman Baths in Bath, England. My mom keeps telling me to get rid of it because of how worn out it is, but whenever I am feeling down I wear this hoodie and it instantly brightens my day! get so attatched to my clothes! You are not alone!

  29. How do you get your bangs to sit so perfectly??? They are seriously the perfect bangs. Is your hair thick?? naturally curly or straight? tell me what you did to make them perfect! πŸ™‚ thanks!

  30. NJ:
    Thank you!
    I have super fine, thin hair. When I cut my bangs, I do them in a gradual swoop (as you can see, I have no hair knowledge) and give it enough texture so it doesn't fall limp and separate. I blow them dry in the opposite direction, up, and then in the direction I want them to sit.

    (this is Keiko btw)

  31. πŸ™‚ ok, my hair is super fine/thin too. but it's also naturally wavy, so any bit of humidity and i'm screwed! lol

    i'll give your way a try!

    you're so cute! πŸ™‚