Did you know that harem style pants (a la MC Hammer) are making a comeback? Yep. The other day, in a Facebook group I’m apart of, someone shared a photo of an advertisement for an outfit that was a romper version of this ‘style’ and I couldn’t help but think that there are some trends that were so bad the first time around that they really should never make a comeback. And they actually made it even worse! I mean, can anyone actually pull of that look? Every time I see those pants they remind me of when my kids tried to walk around with fully loaded diapers.
And, it made me thankful that I am at a stage in life where I know what works for me and what doesn’t, both in my wardrobe and in my home. I wasted so many years trying to fit into a certain look or trend and I can’t even begin to explain how much freedom there is in embracing your own style.
Case in point, this table in my entry has seen many manifestations. Some of them make me cringe now when I look back at them. Because it was just trying too hard to be something it wasn’t.
But, when I finally struck the right chord, it was as if it let out an audible sigh of relief. And the final piece of the puzzle came recently in the form of the perfect free-ish lamp.
All of my shopping at TJ Maxx/HomeGoods/Marshalls resulted in a generous rewards certificate which completely covered the cost of this ceramic beauty. I can’t tell you how much I loved marching up to the counter with it and walking out without paying a dime.
The rest of the tabletop decor came together from things I already owned. The little oil painting is a cherished treasure. When my husband and I were dating, he left for a few weeks to backpack through Europe with some of his college buddies. He brought back this sweet painting for me and I love having it on display here.
A stack of books with a mercury glass box on top add just the right touch of sparkle to the display. The creamy linen-covered book is actually ‘Life in Season‘ without the jacket and I just love how versatile it is. I think you might need one in your house too! Hint…hint…
An orchid from Trader Joe’s is a thrifty way to have flowers without having to buy them fresh every week and I just plunked it down in an urn to add some height.
Trends will come and go and come and go again. I have to admit that hearing the word ‘retro’ to describe styles which were popular when I was growing up might make me feel super old but the beauty of this season of life is that, by now, most of us are more comfortable in our own skin even if it is a little more saggy.
I wonder if MC Hammer will dust off those pants he wore when he danced across the TV screen in his music videos now that they are making a comeback. Somehow, I think even he knows that it’s better to let them stay in the past.
Staying true to yourself and embracing what works for you and your home is always in style. But, can we agree that maybe that doesn’t need to include saggy bottom pants? 😉 “Can’t Touch This!”
I’m so thrilled to be teaming up again this month with my friends on the Thrifty Style Team where we bring you all kinds of budget friendly ideas and inspiration. Make sure to pay them a visit!