While animal print is certainly having a moment these days, it was actually over eight years ago that I purchased this skirt. I was still in high school, and I snagged it from the clothing boutique where I worked after school. The moment I spotted it on the rack I knew it was something I needed. Chic and undoubtedly trendy at the time, it was one of those pieces that you look at, and just know that it so you. Originally a maxi that nearly touched the floor, my favorite way to style it was with a black tube top and boy shorts underneath. It was a high school look if there ever was one, but I loved it. I enjoyed wearing the skirt for a few summers afterward until the elastic waistband sadly gave out. Since then it had been relegated to a pile of clothes that have been deemed unwearable, but that I love so much I can’t bear to part ways with. It wasn’t until all the time spent at home this spring that I did an inventory of my closet, and re-discovered the skirt that I’ve been hanging onto for all these years. With snake print seemingly everywhere this year, I realized that with a few adjustments this skirt could transition perfectly back into my closet.
Since the waistband was already completely stretched out, I decided to purchase a new one all together, and have the skirt altered so that it was high-waisted as opposed to the low-rise it had initially been. My next task was to shorten the length a bit so that it was more of a midi. After enlisting my sister for the project (who is much more crafty than I am) I had what almost felt like a brand new skirt, except it was still the same pattern, and sheer material that I had fallen in love with all those years ago.
For my first new look styling the skirt, I decided to pair it with a simple black crop top, and heels for a sleek outfit that’s simple, and easy to wear. This time around I wore a slip underneath the skirt which was a much better pairing than the boy shorts I used in high school. While I had hoped this project would be completed sooner so that I could style the skirt this summer, it of course fell to the bottom of my list, but my hope is that perhaps now it will have several more years of wear in this much needed second act.
Do you have any old pieces that you love and still wear to this day?
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