This Old Thing – April’s Style Not Age

April 25, 2022
This Old Thing - April's Style Not Age, denim shorts, Bushy Park race track, Barbados

Happy Monday! I hope your week has got off to a great start! I feel like my feet have barely touched the ground after getting back from Barbados just over a week ago and now I’m off to Madeira! I’m only going for a few days to see my dad but that doesn’t mean I won’t get myself into a packing frenzy! The phrase “travelling light” isn’t in my vocabulary!

Denim shorts from my teenage years

Anyway, onto to this month’s Style Not Age theme; it was Gail’s turn to choose and she set us the challenge of “This Old Thing”. Well, for a hoarder like me that gave me plenty of scope. Talking of hoarding, before I went on holiday I ventured up into the loft to look for some red shorts. After looking through every case at least four times I drew a blank. However, I did find these denim shorts that started out as jeans I had when I was 13! When I was in my early 20s I decided to chop them into shorts – I went to Rock City in them with knee boots, a Wonderbra and not much more…in February! Ah, the benefits of a beer blanket!

This Old Thing - Style Not Age, denim shorts, Bushy Park race track, Barbados

Running for charity

Although I can fit into them now, I haven’t always been able to. As with most people, my weight has fluctuated with life’s ups and downs, pregnancy, illness etc. Right now, I’m enjoying running again and have just registered for my first event in almost five years. It’s only a 10k race, but I’m doing it for the PKD Charity, which Isobel has chosen to raise money for as part of her role as the town’s Rose Queen.

Polycystic Kidney Disease is the reason my mum is on dialysis and unfortunately both me and my brother have inherited it. There’s a 50/50 chance that Isobel and my nieces have it, but it is generally asymptomatic until later in life. (My mum wasn’t diagnosed until her mid 60s). The best thing I can do is to keep fit, have a healthy diet and drink lots of water, so that’s what I’m focusing on. I guess it’s what I would be doing anyway, but I have extra motivation!

This Old Thing - April's Style Not Age, denim shorts, Bushy Park race track, Barbados

Go Karts at Bushy Park

Anyway, back to the outfit briefly. Rather foolishly, I packed several pairs of shorts and trousers but only one top! Luckily, I found this yellow vest in a shop in Holetown (close to where we were staying) so I treated myself. My trusty FitFlops completed the outfit, although it did mean I couldn’t race a go kart (closed toe shoes only). The trip to Bushy Park was meant to be a treat for Isobel but at the last minute she wanted me or Pete to go round with her. I volunteered to be the photographer for a change – it seemed only fair after constantly pestering Pete to take photos for me! (And it meant he took these photos without complaining…haha, I know how to strike a deal!)

This Old Thing - Style Not Age, denim shorts, Bushy Park race track, Barbados
This Old Thing - Style Not Age, denim shorts, Bushy Park race track, Barbados
This Old Thing - April's Style Not Age, denim shorts, Bushy Park race track, Barbados
This Old Thing - Style Not Age, denim shorts, Bushy Park race track, Barbados
This Old Thing - Style Not Age, denim shorts, Bushy Park race track, Barbados
This Old Thing - Style Not Age, denim shorts, Bushy Park race track, Barbados
This Old Thing - Style Not Age, denim shorts, Bushy Park race track, Barbados

Old denim shorts | top bought on holiday | ” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>FitFlop sandals | Azuni bracelet and earrings | oNecklace initial necklace | Max Mara sunglasses

Now let’s check out what my stylish friends have chosen for “this old thing”…

Hilda has chosen a raincoat that belonged to her mother-in-law and is about 40 years old. Her jeans are at least 15 years old and the top at least 10. To complete the outfit the boots Carl Scarpa are around 20 years old. Wow, that’s what I call sustainable! Find out more at Over the Hilda.

Gail is wearing a beautiful old brooch and clip-on earring set that used to belong to her Grandma. Head over to Is This Mutton for all the details.

Anna’s colourful offering was somebody else’s old thing…until her sister spotted it in a charity shop and knew Anna would love it. Her boots are very old and are from Zara and the animal necklace is another charity shop find. You can read more at Anna’s Island Style

 Finally, Jacqui from Mummabstylish is sporting Cream culottes from H&M years ago, a silky frilly blouse that she’s had for a while, topped off with an old and trusty denim jacket.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our old and much-loved things! Do you have any really old items of clothes or jewellery with an interesting story?

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10 responses to “This Old Thing – April’s Style Not Age”

  1. Yvonne says:

    Such a cute post – good luck with your run…I did 5kms yesterday 😉

    Love, Yvonne

  2. Gail says:

    My goodness Emma – your figure and legs are utterly AMAZING!!

  3. Nancy says:

    I think 10k is pretty impressive. Just as impressive a that those shirts still fit!

  4. Jennifer says:

    You look amazing!!

    Jennifer
    Curated by Jennifer

  5. Suzy Turner says:

    I wish I had some clothes from my teenage years! I can’t believe those shorts were when you were thirteen! Wow, Emma, that’s impressive! You obviously really look after your clothes lol
    And you’re looking absolutely fabulous! Those legs!!!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

  6. Michelle says:

    Super cute outfit, Emma! You look amazing! I’ve never been a runner, even when I was more young and fit, but always admire those can do it and enjoy it. I am sorry to hear you have inherited PKD, but it sounds like you are doing all you can to keep it at bay as long as possible. You must be very proud of your daughter.

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

  7. Lovely says:

    You look fab! It’s fantastic that you’ve signed up for the 10K run. Best of luck!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

  8. Anna Parkes says:

    As I said, I’m more than a tad envious that you can still fit into your teen, tiny shorts Emma! You look totally fab. Well done with the running stint too x

  9. Jacqui Berry says:

    I wish I could get into my jeans from age 13! I don’t even have them ha ha. Nice prompt this month, will get next months out to you soon. Jacqui x

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