Day 17: The Oldest Item

Steve:  Ok, first a lesson.  Last night, after Heather had fallen asleep, I stood in the closet and started looking for today’s outfit.  I knew Heather had class today so it needed to be pants, and I didn’t want to do jeans and a t-shirt, because she has so much more in her closet than that, so I started looking at ways to put things together.  It was then that I came to a realization.

As weird as it is that I am picking out these clothes, and even weirder that I am getting compliments for most of the pairings, I am still a function over fashion guy.  Clearly, that is not the case with my wife.  I bet this would be true of most women.  It isn’t that they don’t have enough clothes, its that they buy pieces because they look cute, or they fit a certain occasion, but they don’t think about what they would wear it with, or how it would go after that certain occasion.  This is where my lesson came in.

It really doesn’t matter what clothes any of us have in our closet if they stay hidden in there because we can’t find a way to use them.  It’s kind of like our own talents and abilities.  Remember the expression if you don’t use it, you lose it?  How many times have we cleaned out our closets only to find a shirt, or an outfit that would have been great, but it never saw the light of day.  How many times have we lost our own talents because of the same reason.

Ok, no more philosophy, it’s time to get on with things.

Day 17:  Khaki pants with Brown criss-cross tank top and Birkenstock sandals

Day 17 outfit

 I am not sure exactly what you call these type of pants that have a drawstring instead of a belt, a zipper on the side, and elastic decorations at the knees, but I figured they would keep Heather warmer than shorts in her class so I went with them.  I do remember seeing them before, but not that often and certainly not with this shirt.

The shirt is a brown tank top and I call it criss-cross because it criss-crosses over the bust line for a more decorative look.  When I first picked it out, I was afraid it was going to be too fancy for the pants, but I think it works really well.  In fact, the outfit is better than I thought it would be.

Day 17 shoesNow for the shoes.  I honestly believe that these shoes are the oldest thing in our closet, my clothes included.  I remember when Heather got these from a friend whose mother worked in a Birkenstock store.  Heather loves these shoes and was convinced that I wouldn’t pick them at all this month.  She was wrong.

I am not against these shoes.  They certainly show off Heather’s cute toes.  Plus, if you remember when these were super popular they were worn with just about anything.  Jeans?  Yep!  Skirts?  Yep!  Shorts?  Yep!  They certainly had their phase, and if Heather had her way about it she wouldn’t give them up…EVER!

Big shout out today to our friend Brooke in Kansas.  Brooke shared that her daughter and she have been reading the blog and decided to start picking out each others clothes.  I would love to see some photos of that and to hear about their experience.  Who else is going to trust a loved one to dress them?


Oh, Steve is getting all philosophical on us now, huh? He does have a valid point and it parallels my revelation from the other day of not using creativity to come up with new ideas.

I have to agree that when I saw this outfit hanging, I didn’t think it would go together very well either, but to my surprise it works. It’s casual and perfect for a day of more schoolwork and school. I got these pants at Old Navy years ago and don’t wear them very often. They just kinda get overlooked in the closet, and I usually grab jeans instead. Now, I do have an unhealthy relationship with these shoes. One of my best friends, Lisa got them for me for my birthday in 2000, the same year Steve and I got married. We had just met them that summer (funny story there) and they both wore Birks all the time because her husband’s mom owned a Birk store. They are probably one of the most comfortable, versatile pair of shoes I own and I love them. They may be out of style, but I don’t care and by the way, do Birks ever go out of style?



  1. I love this! I recently found your blog and this article is amazing! Clothing plays a major role in how we physically define ourselves to others. Sometimes, dare I say, we may even go overboard on how much we define ourselves simply by the clothing we choose to wear. So the concept of giving this control to a loved one definitely implies a high level of trust. I am going to approach my husband with this concept and give it a try.


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