TKE IT ON THE RUN BABY
I think we all can agree on one thing, there's nothing quite as amazing as an old t-shirt. While rummaging through my sister's piles of clothes I found the epitome of just that - we're bringin' it back to Northeast Missouri State University circa 1983, guys.
My dad, Michael Vessell, was apart of the fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon - the largest college fraternity in the world. Although obviously geared towards men, their motto "not for wealth, rank, or honor; but for personal worth and character" I think can easily be translated between both sexes. It's positive words like these that make me proud, and excited, to wear my father's letters, aaand also the fact that this shirt is soft AF.
Although this bad boy obviously has some wear and tear (who knows what this thing has been through), that is what makes it one of kind. I don't often think red is my color, but I knew this time I could make an exception. Obviously this exact shirt is vintage, but I did find a similar option here or a sleeveless option here. I chose to tie the front in a knot and pair it with white, slit knee, skinny jeans from one of my favorite boutiques in St. Louis, Ju Ju Bs.
When putting this outfit together, I was worried that it was going to look too 'Cardinals Baseball Game attire', not that I have ANYTHING against that (go cards), just not what I was going for. So because of that, I knew for my shoes I needed something heeled and possibly colored to break up the white and red. I opted for an old pair of taupe/purple/grey (I have no idea) Jeffrey Campbell sandals. I always love a nice pair of pointed heels, because being the awkward height I am, it helps elongate my legs. Since I do believe these are leather, I would not repurchase them, and would definitely recommend these other options I have found here, here and here.
As for accessories, I kept it simple with my usual bracelet. I also wanted to try out these new earrings that have the same kind of purple/taupe color as my heels, to round out the whole outfit. Of course the exact pair I am wearing are now sold out, but I found a similar pair here.
I am so happy with how this outfit turned out. I love the mix between old school and current trends, and really enjoy being able bring life back to a shirt I know already has so much history. I feel lucky to be able to continue to wear something that was so special to my dad, and I know my sister and I will continue to pass down to our children. I encourage you to dig around and see what old stuff you can get your hands on and HAVE FUN WITH IT! Leave me a comment below telling me your favorite way of incorporating vintage clothing into your wardrobe and don't forget to give this post a LIKE. Happy weekend everyone! TGIF