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Kristin Booker • August 27, 2009

The Breakover Diaries: Restyling His Leftover Clothes

When you were cleaning out your closet and drawers recently, I’ll bet you found some leftover items that your ex might have left over at your place. Please don’t judge these items too harshly. There are many uses for his leftover clothes. One of my favorites is captured in the movie Singles, when Kyra Sedgwick winds up using Campbell Scott’s t-shirt to clean her toilet after he upsets her. Feel free to turn this item into a household product, but how about using this opportunity to add to your own wardrobe? Here are some new and fun ways to style the items he left behind:


Men’s dress shirts are perfect for fall but remember that if the shirt is larger and longer than you to keep other proportions slim. Wear it buttoned with a skinny belt at the waist and pair it with a pencil skirt or a pair of skinny jeans.

Stop sleeping in his t-shirt and repurpose that soft wardrobe favorite. This upcoming season, layer it under a long cardigan or rock it with a statement necklace and a leather jacket. I’m pairing mine with leggings and heels but feel free to rock denim with this item as well.

Did he leave a suit or a blazer at your place? The 80’s trend of the boyfriend jacket is going to be huge for fall, so feel free to throw this over a cocktail dress or pair it with a comfy t-shirt, shorts and heels for an edgy take on his old suit.

Belts are back again this season so have his cut to fit you or rock it around the hips with an oversized sweater.

If he left a pair of jeans at your place, congrats! You don’t have to shop for a pair of “boyfriend” jeans because you’ve already been magically gifted with a pair. Be sure to keep proportions on top slim and fitted and rock it out with brilliant jewelry.

Gives a whole new meaning to shopping your closet, doesn’t it? I mean, you could be nice and give his things away but why not take this as a sign from the universe that he really WANTED you to keep these clothes? After all, possession is 9/10ths of the law, isn’t it? Finders keepers, ladies.

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