I have clearly mastered the feat of blending in with the forest while wearing a brocade coat. A baroque moment yesterday had me putting on one of my oldest and beloved lace blouses by Paul and Joe, which I bought six years ago. Slouchy burgundy leather, tasseled loafers and a heavily embellished clutch brought my theatrical performance back into the 21st century. The golden leaves and swirling dust lent a mystical air to the whole setting, which meant these photos have been left almost completely the way they were.
I am wearing a vintage Miu Miu coat, a Paul and Joe lace blouse, My Pet Square leather trousers, Alexander Wang loafers and a Mawi clutch.
Summer is by far not over but I have already gotten way too excited about fall. This is slightly idiotic since it is 30 degrees today but fall is my favourite season of the year for two main reasons: the weather is (usually) always glorious and I can start piling on the layers. Even if this fall ends up being rainy it at least lets me justify why having an obsession with jackets and coats was, after all, completely sensible.
I do suffer from one wardrobe illness though: I forget about basics and stock up on prints, crazy vintage pieces and opulent dresses. I have been browsing the internet in search of the perfect basics for inspiration and to draw up a list. It is sad how much fun I have doing this. I thought I should share the fruits of my labour and present you with a small list of not-so-basics that fit in perfectly with my usual morning scenario:
I roll out of bed, take about 10 minutes to actually wake up and then take my sweet old time in the bathroom before I realise, "shit! I have 15 minutes and I'm still in my towel. Hamish needs to be fed and walked and what the hell am I going to wear?!" In those moments I need the perfect leather trousers, the knit that drapes just so and is of course also super soft, a pair of comfortable but chic shoes and of course the right jacket, preferably oversized. This ensemble then needs to somehow match without looking boring while at the same time allowing me to hop onto my bike in a panic so I can cycle to work like a maniac. Sadly this morning scenario is totally accurate. Point is, these items are for non-morning people like me.
Please note I have set the bar quite high here and I've picked my favourite versions of staples. These are my 2012 fall necessities (excluding jumpers, still working on those):
1. The shearling jacket in a muddy/khaki colour and in an oversized cut to keep you warm. Everyone reaches for black. Black is great, yes, it is my go-to colour for anything to do with leather (my favourite shearling jacket is a vintage men's coat from the 80s) but this time I'm reaching for something different that still remains versatile. Of course Acne released yet again another jaw dropping beauty. 5 stars from me. The grey shearling lining is the perfect twist. Velocite jacket by Acne.
2. A pair of leather trouserswith beltloops, no pockets in the back and a high waist that prevent my behind from turning into a builder's bum when I decide to have a coffee. The unseamed leather at the bottom of the legs is the perfect detail. Best leather trousers by Acne.
3. A white shirt is the wardrobe staple, right after jeans. It is the one thing I am always on the search for and will probably forever be. The fact that this one is made of Tyvek gives it a paper-like appearance. It doesn't get much cooler than that. UEG paper shirt.
4. Black, chic trainers and a pair of edgy boots. I'll be honest. I was not a fan of Isabel Marant's trainers in the beginning. I wasn't really sure what to think of them except that hell was going to freeze over before I ever owned a pair. Well, after being inundated with images of Miranda Kerr and many bloggers looking so utterly cool I started to realise that my boyish wardrobe and a pair of her hybrid trainers were a match made in heaven. I started to like the shape, the colours and now I don't just like them, I love them. Hyprocritical of me? Maybe. I think of it as expanding my horizons. Boston trainers by Isabel Marant and Kori boots by Alexander Wang.
No need to really talk about the boots except that when it's raining and cold all you end up wishing for is a pair of perfectly crafted bad-boys that still manage to make even the simplest of outfits look ridiculously good.
I need to get some jumpers in that list.
What fall/winter staples do you go for? Do you go for vintage, do you invest in the best? Tell me!