29 December 2009 – The Beauty of Borrowing

December 29th, 2009 § 9 comments

29 December 2009 – The Beauty of Borrowing, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Ruffled coat: Testimony, borrowed from MIL
  • Ombre scarf: Chinatown
  • Black crop pants: Old Navy
  • Gray cardigan: Marshalls
  • Belt: Gap Outlet
  • Wedges: thrifted

End Notes:

It’s been unseasonably cold in Houston, so when we went to visit the Rothko Chapel and St. Basil today I asked my mother-in-law if I could borrow a jacket. She kindly obliged and let me take this dramatic, ruffled Testimony coat.

It’s a little big on me, and with all my layering underneath I may have edged into the realm of “bum chic” ala the Olsen twins. But still, how can you resist a garment that’s so fun?

29 December 2009 – The Beauty of Borrowing, originally uploaded by academichic.

One of the reasons I could be so cavalier about packing light for my holiday travels was the knowledge that, at least in Houston, I’d have a couple of other reliably fabulous closets to pillage in case of a style emergency. So, thanks, Mom for letting me play dress up.

Do you have someone whose closet you like to raid?

29 December 2009 – The Beauty of Borrowing, originally uploaded by academichic.

§ 9 Responses to 29 December 2009 – The Beauty of Borrowing"

  1. Kelly says:

    I take from my mom’s closet now and then. We have totally different body types but accessories are easy to pilfer and some clothes fit both of us well!

  2. You look adorable! I LOVE the pashminas :) Great color for you.

  3. I could never pull it off, but I love the East Coast Intellectual-meets-Sedona artist look. And those cigarette pants!! So perfect for the willowy among us. (ps: I still can’t believe you’ve ferried life into this world with those hips. UNFAIR.)

  4. EmilyKennedy says:

    More importantly, how can you resist a garment that’s so warm! Cheers to your sweet and loving MIL!

  5. Sarah says:

    You look fabulous! I like to borrow clothes from my soon to be mother-in-law. We wear the same size (a fact that is completely unfair since she is twice my age and has two grown sons as well as two grandkids!) She has great style so I love to raid her closet!

  6. [...] need to take notes! 29 December 2009, originally uploaded by academichic. So, while E. was enjoying unseasonably-cool weather at the Rothko Chapel, I was enjoying seasonably- normal freezing weather in Minneapolis in my new coat and hat [...]

  7. Diana says:

    I love that twirling picture!

    My mom has a very different sense of style from me, so I don’t really ever borrow clothes from her.

  8. I love borrowing from my younger sister. Though she is about 5 inches shorter and 20 lbs lighter, she wears a lot of loose, slouchy shirts that fit me perfectly. I love her style, and enjoy being able to steal a bit of it for the day! I wore a few of her things today, including a plaid shirt and scarf (way more on-trend than I usually am)- http://alltumbledown.blogspot.com/2009/12/lumberjack-in-city.html

  9. Clare says:

    That is such a fun garment. I just love this! Hope it warms up for you, soon.

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