After my dad died, I asked my mom if it was possible that I could have some of his old clothes, his ties especially. I ended up with a few bags of his shirts and some of his ties.
I often wear his Marine Corps shirt as a jacket in the fall. I mean it is denim, and it goes great with leggings and a t-shirt. And just recently I stepped out of my comfort zone and incorporated one of my dad’s tie with an outfit.
I also stepped out of my comfort zone when I did this photo shoot with two of my dear friends, Shelley from Once Upon a Dream and Laura. See this picture?
I am standing on the steps of the courthouse where my dad worked, standing in front of a memorial for fallen soldiers and officers, wearing one of my dad’s ties. When my friend, Deborah who is a Lula Roe Consultant sent me this mustard color Carly dress, I will admit I went yew.
Mustard is so not my color. But then when I was going through the bags my eyes fell on this tie, and I knew I had to wear it with this dress. It looked awesome together, almost like they were meant to be.
Wearing my dad’s tie made me feel as if a little piece of him is still here with me. And it is a gentle reminder to continue to live up the legacy of giving back that he left.
So as I sat on the steps of the courthouse, I can’t help but smile and cry a little when I thought about my dad and all that he did to help the community. He was really a giant in my eyes and I learned after his death he was also a giant in other eyes as well.
I still have a few other projects in the works when it comes to reusing my dad’s shirts and ties, so look for them soon. I can’t wait to share.
So tell me what do you think about the way I used my dad’s ties to accessorize this outfit?
Disclosure: I received a Lula Roe Carly Dress. However, the feelings that welled up inside me is all mine.