Performancing Metrics


Exquisite Imperfection

Fashion is so often focused on staying au courant that we sometimes forget to appreciate what we already have. This coat, for example, isn't new. It wasn't even new when I purchased it at Urban Renewals thrift shop back in 2006, though it was certainly in better shape than it is now. Now, its interior lining is torn. It's missing a button. But the beauty of this coat isn't just the creamy color and vintage-style tailoring, it's the journey that this garment has taken with me. 
  • This coat has been worn to interviews, weddings, the movies, the Bahamas, snow shoveling, a castle and a corn maze.
  • This coat protected me while I tumbled down a preposterously muddy hill in Germany (and made the trip home in a plastic bag). Dependable Cleaners proved their mettle with that one!
  • This coat has survived Mr. BF's attempts to sell it off to his friend (don't ask).
The point is, this coat is certainly not new - not even close. But I think that's my favorite thing about it. 

Do you have any clothes that are like old friends? When you wear them, do you think about all the memories associated with that garment?

Coat: Thrifted via Urban Renewals
Top: Lauren Conrad for Kohl's (for real!)
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Aldo
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: ???
Watch: Michael Kors


  1. Pretty outfit. This coat looks really cool and it was amazing to read your memories associated with it.

  2. Morning!
    The coat looks great. :)

    I do have clothes like old friends. :)) One of them is a summer dress which I bought 13 years ago. It's still in a good shape and I love it, and I wear it at least once per summer, if not more times. I wore it on the day when I first met my husband, he liked me how I looked in that dress, fell in love with me, then we started dating, and the rest is history. :) This year we're going to celebrate 10 years of marriage. :))

  3. Hi Victoria, This is a beautiful story! I am sure every time you wear it you are both reminded of the day you met. I hope you keep that dress forever!

  4. My girl, you never cease to amaze me with your awesomeness and totally reading my mind at that. Well, kind of. Was speaking to my best friend about selling some stuff, but a lot has a little place in my heart and he didn't understand. Thank you. Sometimes clothes are like old friends. They are with you through good times or bad, right? But seriously the outfit rocks. Love the booties. You can pull off a pleated skirt like no other!

  5. great coat, and a great story! i have a lot of vintage pieces in my wardrobe, and i love knowing they have history behind them! my favorite items are from my grandma or my mom!



  6. Hey Shanna, You are so right! Men come and go but clothes and friends are always there. I am all for cleaning out the closet, but hold on to the things that have a real emotional meaning for you.

  7. holy that coat moda international (VS brand)? i have the same coat but the opposite from you...i've only worn it like twice evar! hahaha!