I soon as I bought this breton-striped tee, I knew that I would have to create a French-inspired outfit with it eventually. The navy stripes look fantastic with pops of red, and the corduroy blazer helps it look polished. I loved wearing this so much. I’m very drawn to classic European styles.
The other thing I really love about this outfit is the necklace I’m wearing. It belonged to my grandfather. He was Catholic, and he wore this while fighting in World War II (I think he was at Guadalcanal, or one of the other Pacific battles). It’s a St. Christopher Medal; he’s the patron saint of travelers, and wearing this is supposed to protect you. I’m not Catholic, and I don’t really believe in the power of wearing objects to protect you, but I still think it’s a neat story.
I know a lot of people prefer to keep jewelry they have inherited tucked away in jewelry boxes, because they’re afraid of damaging them if they wear them out. But I see wearing items like this as a way of connecting with my past, with those I have lost. I was only nine when my grandfather died, but wearing this necklace helps me to feel like a part of him is still here.
How do you feel about wearing items that you have inherited from family members?
Quote: Anatole over Paris, by Eve Titus