Image of Kick Kennedy © Town & Country December 2012 issue
Do you ever get fashion fatigue? Here we are mid November, Fall clothes have been in the stores since August, and I am not ready to invest whole-heartedly in Resort pieces yet. Solution? A tweak– an item that becomes a game-changer in your wardrobe and doesn’t break the bank. The denim shirt from J.Crew is my answer. Thrown over the divine Balmain pants above (not a tweak at $6,000.) or paired with a black leather skirt (or any great piece you already have), and voila, your outfit is updated.
Aurelie Bidermann © Style.com
I keep a list of my perennial classic style favorites–those things I always love, no matter what. My top three include Cartier jewelry, trench coats and gray sweatshirts. A gray sweatshirt is so simple, so utilitarian. But, I think, kind of sexy on a woman. Where others say “boring” when they see, say jewelry designer Aurelie Bidermann, above, in a gray sweatshirt, I say “I want to dress like her.” Continue…
There are a plethora of matching tops and bottoms in the Fall collections. Miuccia Prada brought back the traditional pantsuit (jacket & trousers), but I prefer a matching tunic and pant; best example is the bright blue one from her Miu Miu show. I also love the J. Crew coordinating printed foulard pieces. And the Valentino dress over a matching pant is great too.
A pantsuit is a simple silhouette and such an easy way to dress. Whichever way you choose to put this look together, I think this is a trend with staying power.
When I saw this picture earlier this week of GP in the airport sporting an army green military-style shirt, I wondered if she too had been fallen for French style blogger Garance Dore’s post on her favorite military shirt, which ran a few weeks back. I did. I find it hard to satiate my desire for army green jackets and have four at count: A J. Crew field jacket, an anorak from Joseph I pleaded for my husband to pick up one February in huge storm (I posted on it), a fantastic Chloe from Phoebe Philo’s days, and a Comptoir des Cotonniers from spring I tracked down by calling every store they have in the states to find my size.
I do not have a military shirt. And after Garance’s post and GP’s airport pic, I suddenly feel as if there is a hole in my wardrobe. Someday when I’m feeling ultra-luxe, I’m going to splurge on one of the vintage shrunken military jackets Cathryn Collins of I Pezzi Diinti finds and then lines with fur, kind of the ultimate rock-n-roll jacket. In the meantime, I’m going to see if I can’t track down a small shirt at an army surplus store, which will happily do.
Kirsten Dunst; my Wrangler; J. Crew vest; Miranda Kerr.
I have had a few jean jackets over the years, but my last purchase was a snug, cropped Wrangler version that Andrea Linett and myself (when we were working at Lucky magazine together) both managed to finagle over a decade ago (the details escape me now, but it was a challenge and we both came out feeling like we’d made a huge clothing score). After putting it away a couple years later, I never thought I would wear it again. Jean jackets became so mainstream, the magic of mine was lost.
For the past couple of years, jean jackets have again been waning and waxing (thanks to J. Crew and Katie Holmes) in their popularity. So this summer something possessed me to dust it off and give it a whirl. I don’t care how many people are wearing them now, it’s a great over dresses and white jeans–a perfect transition piece. Will I wear double denim like Dunst? Not likely. Will I buy the sleeveless J. Crew denim vest to layer up for fall? Absolutely.
At the couture shows © French Vogue
Lately, I seem to be stockpiling blue button-down shirts: a classic one from agnes b., a lighter voile version from J. Crew, a oversized peasant shape from MIH, even a pretty good one from Old Navy and a men’s one from H&M to wear as a beach cover-up. Blue shirts have become a minor obsession. Why? I can’t really say. Maybe it’s because they look good with everything and sometimes white is just too straightforward.