Some of the most treasured items in my wardrobe are the pieces that seemed to find me, rather than the things I’ve spent so long searching out. When you have a clear idea of what you want, actually finding it can almost be anticlimactic. I have a velvet jacket that had hung in my father’s closet for years that I only discovered when he put it in a pile of things to be thrown out. There is also a leather jacket from a charity shop that cost five pounds on a day when I had exactly that amount in my pocket and actually went in to pick up a book to read on the train.
I have actually been looking for a new pair of boots for a while but they were the last thing on my mind when I visited my friends’ new apartment. When she asked what size shoe I wear, explaining that she had found an old pair of boots hidden in the back of one of the closets when she moved in, I was too intrigued not to try them on. They have a really interesting system for tying them up with the laces threading through the wooden heel. And they fit perfectly so I grabbed them before anyone else had the time to claim them.