January 21st, 2013

Graphic Material

Sienna Miller from January British Harper’s Bazaar

Okay I’ll admit it, I’m excited to see what Michelle Obama wears to the inaugural festivities today. Will she wear a graphic piece from spring? Doubtful.

I admire Mrs. Obama for re-wearing looks, that’s what great clothes are for. And as much as I love the checks from Vuitton SS 2013, I am not sure I would buy one as it’s a memorable print and I’m worried that it would scream ‘repeat’ every time I put it on. An added concern, I have already seen it out and about.  Actually, this has become a bit of a pet peeve; seeing the best pieces from collections on celebrities before they are available to buy. Last year I was besotted with a Valentino lace dress, but I saw it so many times on so many celebs (and show-goers), that when it came in to the shop, I passed on it. I felt it was already over-exposed and that I was the last person to wear it.

I think I am circling around to my affinity for under-the-radar pieces that have longevity. I rarely, if ever, buy something that  can only be worn one season. This does not mean that I buck trends completely, I just buy carefully with longevity as the goal.

The Dolce & Gabbana striped dress on the far left below is more of what I am considering. An on-trend piece with it’s bold stripe, yet it may not be as identifiable to this season when I pull it out in say two years time.

Dolce & Gabbana SS 2013 campaign



what's new


Reversible shearling coat


Frayed checked cotton-blend tweed skirt


Shearling sneakers


Tiered ruffled silk crepe de chine mini dress


Buckle kitten-heel leather pumps


Cornelia double-breasted cotton trench coat


Nutson broderie anglaise ramie blouse


Jane cross-strap stud-embellished sandals


Tuxedo box clutch


Nolia crepe midi dress


Stretch-suede 70mm bootie


Felix large leather and suede shoulder bag

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  • I have to agree, I also try to pass on things that everyone is wearing and that I have seen a million times.

    LorenaJanuary 21st, 2013  11:11 AM

  • I agree completely. I do absolutely love the checked dress. I also enjoy Sienna Miller as a model. I wish the fashion industry would lessen its ties with Hollywood though. I can’t ignore the advantages of having a movie or tv star photographed in a dress, but I think fashion belongs to all of us and I liked it better when fashion had its own stars – be it models or socialites, or first ladies! Now fashion week is all about what star is in attendance. Enough already! The striped dress is classic and the date of purchase will be irrelevant. Good choice!

    AprilJanuary 21st, 2013  12:13 PM

  • Well said! Totally agree!

    MaryJanuary 21st, 2013  12:41 PM

  • Oh yes – I love graphic and I would wear it again!

    Ridgely's RadarJanuary 21st, 2013  12:42 PM

  • I was in love with Prada’s graphic pieces for fall 2012 but after seeing them everywhere I grew sick of them. Glad it was before I bought them. Too bad designers don’t realize that the people actually buying the clothes don’t want to see them everywhere worn for free. Love the Dolce may have to check that out as it’s a classic no one will get sick of.

    simoneJanuary 21st, 2013  1:13 PM

  • bravo! well said! lets not forget seeing all the “fashion people” wearing the plum picks and never being able to get your hands on them! why show them in the first place? i find it all very frustrating! i always buy clothes that i know i will be able to wear again and again.

    sallyJanuary 21st, 2013  2:38 PM

  • Could not agree more! Love the blk/white dress

    JulieJanuary 21st, 2013  2:43 PM

  • Love yr approach to fashion. I love the stripped D&G shift. I totally Agee that grown up style does not necessarily mean being a slave to every fashion trend.

    AmelJanuary 21st, 2013  3:02 PM

  • Agree. The checkerboard stuff looks fabulous now, but the stripey dress has lasting style.

    That's Not My AgeJanuary 21st, 2013  7:15 PM

  • Do you ever shop consignment? I’d love to know if your thoughts on these pieces would change, if they were gently used and at a lower price point.

    bllJanuary 22nd, 2013  10:05 AM

  • I am not a consignment/vintage shopper. Heck, I have some pieces that would qualify as antiques. I still have all the classic bags I have collected over the years, and they feel a bit old and stodgy right now. But I hold on to them regardless. I guess you could say that I ‘shop’ vintage in my own closet!

    PrestonJanuary 22nd, 2013  10:12 AM

  • It’s probably better that way. You accumulate less junk/make fewer bad decisions if you’re only splurging on the things you love. Wish I had that much self control as I’ve definitely purchased some questionable pieces, just because of their price.

    bllJanuary 22nd, 2013  11:26 AM

  • Dolce…sweet!

    NinnaJanuary 22nd, 2013  6:57 PM


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