Rocket Science

22nd October, 2012

We’ve been talking about the intricate art of investment dressing around here lately, and I’ve loved hearing all of your thoughts on the topic. While it’s far from a science ~ what is essential in one climate is useless in another ~ the underlying tenet is that it’s valuable to consider carefully what we buy and why. This gets easier as we get older, and come to better understand our own needs, tastes, and habits. I wear beanies all fall and winter (a decade-long obsession), so last year I splurged a little more than normal for this cashmere chapeau and haven’t regretted it one bit. It’s warm but lightweight, and so dreamy for overnight, international plane travel. The purchase price was slightly staggering, but I knew how much wear I’d get out of it and thus didn’t barely blinked as I clicked to buy. Even now, a year into our time together, my cap looks as good as new. That’s not something I can say for any of the fast fashion contemporaries I’ve mindlessly collected over the years.A standard black bag is another must-have for me. And while I usually shy from anything recognizably designer (I deplore an obvious logo or ‘It Bag’!), the Chanel 2.55 has earned its longevity for a reason. It’s a well-designed, well-made product that’s synonymous with classic good taste and will never go out of style. Who can count how many ‘must-have-bags’ have fallen in and out of fashion, while it’s remained quietly in vogue all the while?|WEARING| Rick Owens beanie, Westward\\Leaning sunnies, Zara trench, Vivienne Westwood top courtesy of Zappos Couture, Hudson jeans (previously seen HERE and HERE), Chanel bag, Acne boots

|PHOTOS| by Jeremy James

  • super love the trench and the booties!! you look great!

  • kcomekarolina

    that is so cool!

    xoxo from rome

  • Marián

    Very nice look!!

  • La Petite Olga

    Totally agree with you on the Chanel bag! Great classic outfit!
    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • That bag is to die for!

    Fashion Agony blog

  • very true regarding the Chanel bag

  • Valeria Alvarez

    Great pics!!, love the coat!

    <3 Val

  • Erin Celeste

    This is very much where I am going since I hit my mid 20’s….quality over quantity and you feel better wearing it.

  • Anonymous

    The Chanel bag is a classic – as is the cashmere beanie to be honest – Black, cashmere, great fit, endless opportunities to wear it – smells like a classic to me!

  • Styleclouds

    Love the coat and of course the Chanel! xo, Christina

  • Anonymous
  • Leah

    Love the outfit and I definitely agree with you on investing in pieces you know you will wear for years to come.

  • EmerJa

    In love with this look. The boots are awesome!!!!

  • julieciriello

    I am trying to convince myself that I don’t need any more staples or other pieces this fall … but it’s hard when you pose such a strong argument for shopping. i just blogged about how to stop spending ….

    Going Out Like That

  • Totally agree on the cashmere beanie as an investment piece! I bought mine about a two years ago, and after many tours with my band, countless chilly mornings on my way to work, etc. I totally agree that this is a piece to spend extra on. High quality construction and cashmere means you can wear it to death and it still looks brand new. BTW, I am loving these pieces you’ve done on investment dressing, such grand inspiration!

  • Stills

    Love that trench!

  • Anonymous

    love the boots and the classic trench!

  • Freya – Fashionable People

    I agree it is so important to invest in timeless prices – just like you boots and the Chanel 2.55.

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  • Eva Wu

    love your style!

  • Jennifer

    Perfect look for fall!

    xo Jennifer

  • camila

    The unzipped skinny with these boots is really cool. Love it.

    Tell us your favorite way to wear printed pants:

  • You really always find the best places to take your pictures!!

  • Amanda

    Long-time reader here….I love your style and I’ve particularly loved seeing your hair evolve as you grow it out. I’m also growing out a pixie cut and I’ve been thinking I want to get some highlights to add interest while my hair is at it’s most awkward stage…Your color is fantastic! What salon did you go to? I’ve only ever dyed my hair at home, I kind of have a phobia of letting other people do it….so much room for error. But whoever did yours did a great job!

  • Van

    Very beautiful styling… – love your combination and your coat…

    New giveaway: –> Win a pair of CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN shoes <–

    Vanessa –

  • Jules

    I would love to have the Chanel 2.5
    Whenever some one is wearing it – it brings up the whole outfit wether you are wearing something snobby or high fashion!!

  • I love the boots, trench, bag and that superb scarf!!!!
    Wonderful outfit!

  • Zahra Sandberg

    I agree the Chanel is an investment piece – It is on my list for sure! The look is classic, chic, and cool – loving that Zara trench!


  • Lola Reggy

    Holy smucks if that’s an Owens beanie it
    Must have cost something 😉 good thing
    U r (over) using it. In love with your shoes by
    The way!


  • mckenzie.collins

    Such a well put together look!

  • Lubna

    Amazing trench!

    Lubna |

  • Jennifer Kelly

    Wow! You really know how to rock an outfit. The trench looks amazing. I am so with you on the Chanel bag. Thanks for your unbelievable posts.

  • Absolutely agree. I always prefer investment dressing over fast fashion.

  • SIncerely Jules

    You look like such a stunner that you are! Totally digging’ those jeans! xo

  • Christine

    i totally agree with you!

  • Investment dressing is the difference between style and fashion. Cashmere pieces will never go out of style. I love the fact that you mixed very edgy elements in with softer classic pieces. Love.

    ” Fashion fades, style is forever”–YSL

  • Piper

    I’m right there with you on the heavily logged/”It bag”.

  • Love your blouse – the pattern is great!

    Kate xo

  • vittoria gallacci

    A Chanel 2.55 bag is my dream since I was 14 and now I’m 19… Hope I could get the money to buy it one day!


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