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Putting this post together made me feel pretty old, not going to lie. I know I don’t have white hair or anything, but I did realize I had forgotten how old I was. (So, I’m already to that point in life.) I had myself convinced I was a full year younger than I actually am. Haha. But when I stopped to think about just how long I had this jean jacket, and did some math, I came to the realization that I was indeed a year older than I thought (and had been telling people, whoops).

This jean jacket has been with me since before I had my drivers license. I actually remember my mom having to drive me to the mall so I could buy it for school. And needless to say, that was many moons ago. (Can I say that this jacket is vintage, then? Haha.) And given that I was barely in high school at the time, this jacket is of course from Hollister (Hollister’s quality is pretty darn good, though, I must say).

It’s one of those pieces that I wore to death for probably 5 years, and then hung it up in my closet and didn’t look at it for years. I almost gave it to charity when I was going through my belongings this spring before we moved. But I tried it on, and it just felt so good to have it on. So, into my suitcase it went, and I am so glad I kept it! I’m back to living in it, now that the temperatures are almost cool enough for jackets (we’re still in the mid-70s here). And I’ve seen enough fashionistas sporting jean jackets these days to know that jean jackets are still cool. (I think.)

Jean Jacket

My dress is another one that’s older than dirt. It was my attempt in college to “break out of the norm.” Because everyone would wear jeans and t-shirts to class and house parties, and that just wasn’t enough for me. I like girly stuff gosh darn it! So, I bought a couple of inexpensive dresses from Forever 21 with my meager barista salary. I don’t even think this dress was $10 (bless Forever 21 and their crazy cheap prices).

I would always wear a tank top under it, though, until this summer. My husband noticed this right away, “You don’t care about cleavage any more, do you? I’m not complaining!” Nope, I’m old enough for risque clothing now! Haha. I would never show any skin up until very recently, because all through middle/high school I was in the principal’s office enough for my clothing. Not because I was wearing anything that inappropriate, I just ah, was a bit larger on top than most girls my age… and I’m thinking other girls (or heck maybe it was teachers) were complaining that my clothes were “too tight” or “too low cut.” So, for my teenage years and almost all of my adult life, I’ve always been very careful about selecting my clothing, making sure the neckline was nice and high and not too clingy. Welp, now that I realize I’m old, I say, screw it. I’m wearing some slightly low cut stuff because no one can send me to the principal’s office these days! This blog has given me a bit of courage in that department too. I mean, you guys have all seen me in my swimsuit, so how bad can a low cut dress be? 😉

Huh, I didn’t mean for this post to be such a trip down memory lane, but I guess that’s the turn it took! Sorry! Maybe I’ll talk about style and what not in the next post. 🙂

Has anyone else broken out of old clothing ruts, recently? And am I the only one who still wears old Hollister stuff? Let me know in the comments!

Where to find it:

Jean Jacket: Hollister (Older than dirt. Similar here.)
Dress: Forever 21 (Also, really old. Similar here.)
Flats: Old (Similar here)
Sunglasses: Quay
Necklace: Target
Earrings: Target
Headband: Icing (similar)
Purse: c/o* ifchic

*c/o = courtesy of, meaning the company gave me this item to be used on my blog, and I did not pay for it. All opinions are my own, and I am not being compensated for a positive review of the product.

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  1. Ela (@WunderBliss) says:

    I have a few jean jackets from back in my day also and when I pulled it out a while back I couldn’t believe how well it still fit. It’s great when you keep old items from so long ago and then re-wear them. It feels so good! A jean jacket is such a great staple in ur closet.

    That’s good you decided to keep it because it looks great on you:-)


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Ela! It’s certainly getting a lot of use now! We’ve finally gotten some cool fall-like weather here. Would love to see your old jean jacket! 🙂

  2. Zoey Nguyen says:

    Denim jackets seem to be one of those pieces that never go out of style. It’s held up so well, and looks as if it’ll last many more years. I’ve got clothing from my closet that are over 5 years old and that I’m reluctant to throw out because they still hold sentimental values to me (or I keep thinking I’m not in the mood to wear it now but never get around to it!!).

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Very true! And oh I hear you, I have plenty of things in my closet I haven’t touched in years either…but then when you finally do wear one of those pieces it’s so easy to justify keeping all the rest. Haha.

  3. Joanna Joy says:

    You look really amazing in this dress and I really like the jean jacket with the floral accents. It’s such a fun outfit and I really enjoyed reading about your trip down memory lane. I will wear my Hollister jean cut off shorts for many, many years to come 🙂 The 90’s are back, so now I can dig through my closet to see if I have any of my 90’s wear lol. I also have super some vintage Forever 21 in my closet.


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Joanna! Glad you didn’t mind the trip down memory lane either. 🙂 I wish my Hollister shorts still fit haha. Glad I’m not the only one who digs out old Forever 21 and Hollister stuff. 🙂

  4. Amanda Brezovsky says:

    Jean jackets definitely are cool haha! I wish I hadn’t gotten rid of my original one. They say that everything that is old is new again. Fashion always goes full circle so it helps to keep some of those older pieces. I shopped a lot at American Eagle when I was younger and I still have some of those pieces!


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      That is so true! I honestly feel like I should never get rid of anything, because it’ll eventually be cool again haha. (I’m still holding on to some feather earrings..they’re bound to come back, right? Haha.) I have quite a bit of American Eagle stuff too!

  5. Earlier this week I wore a shirt that I’ve had in my closet forever. One of my co-workers (who I always believe to be super stylish and I’m slightly jealous of her wardrobe) complimented me on it and asked about it. I mentioned I couldn’t remember, that it was a few years old and I think I bought it for an interview. I kept trying to remember and finally realized I got it over six years ago for music college auditions! Believe me, you are not the only one who has had a piece of clothing remind them of how old they really are!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Haha, that’s awesome! Glad to hear I’m not the only one!

  6. Very cute look! Hey.. you look very young.. so you’ve got to be young, right?! 🙂

    And don’t worry.. I have that all the time (I actually wrote ‘old’ instead of ‘all’ before I proof-read this post.. Freudian slip much? :P).. and I’m really old! 😛

    I’m just glad my students think I’m waaay younger than I’m actually am!

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    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Haha thanks! And exactly!! Too funny! You look very young, Natassia! 🙂

  7. Bethany Grace says:

    Embrace the chest girl !;) You look AMAZING, that jean jacket is the perfect wash and fit, I love how you’ve mixed it with the flowers for a girly/grunge look!
    Hope you’re having a great saturday,
    Bethany x


    Do pop over to my blog, if you fancy of course, and tell me what you think!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Haha thanks Bethany! I’m going to every once in a while! 😉 And thank you – I can’t get enough of flowers lol. Hope you’re having a great Saturday, too. I will definitely pop by your blog. 🙂

  8. jenniferrzasa says:

    Fun outfit! It goes to show that old clothes can become new again when you look at them in a new light 🙂

    I know this post made you feel old, but it made me feel even older! I remember when Hollister first showed up in our mall, I thought that it was for kids younger than me…I have never even been in one of their stores!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thanks, Jen! Haha, if it makes you feel better, Hollister had just come out when I was a freshman in high school. I think? Before that Abercrombie was all the rage. 🙂

  9. Devinne S. says:

    That jacket looks so perfectly worn in! It’s fun to think of the things we end up keeping for a long time, like your jacket and dress. I’m always in awe of the things that I’ve held on to for years, like this cheapy black mini skirt that was a ’90s hand-me-down from my mom, a beautiful dress I got from Charlotte Russe over a decade ago, and even plenty of old F21 jewelry and hair accessories. They’ve all turned out to be unexpected investment pieces that weren’t much of an investment to begin with!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Devinne! It’s always fun when inexpensive things turn out to be the ones that last the longest! I have a couple Charlotte Russe pieces too that have held up miraculously well for many years.

  10. I think you look fabulous in that dress! And it looks great with the denim jacket! Denim jackets are great, I don’t think they’ll ever go out of style. I actually have an old denim jacket too, I’ve had it since middle school and it still fits (so it mostly makes me feel good about the fact that it fits, and not old, haha, maybe I’m in denial).
    Much love

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Mona! That’s a good way to look at it. I should be happy that it still fits and I’m really getting my monies worth out of it! Would love to see your jean jacket in a future post. 🙂

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