Monday, 24 November 2014

Camel Hair Blazer

Some of the best clothes I own are the secondhand finds, and this Ralph Lauren Black Label camel hair blazer is very much in that category. I found it on eBay, and while it wasn't cheap, it was a great price; under $100 and nary a scratch on it. While I was puttering about on the internet, I found a more recent permutation of it online, and the price of nearly gave me a coronary. It's a really well made garment, and it fits perfectly; so soft and luxurious that it sort of defies explanation, but I'll try. It's kind of like the smooth feeling of a baby's bum crossed with that velvety part of a horse's nose, with a silk lining that feels This is such a luxurious and elegant piece, I felt that it just didn't need a whole lot of accessorising, as it can speak for itself just fine, thanks very much.

I've spent most of my adult life avoiding camel clothing, thinking it was a colour that I couldn't wear because it was so close to my skin colour, and that it would wash me out. Add to that everything you read about women with silver hair avoiding browns and beiges...well, I fell for it. I avoided camel, as much as I love the simple elegance of it. In retrospect, that was so stupid. Camel goes with just about everything, and while admittedly it is by no means the best shade for my skin tone, you can easily temper that by pairing it with black (as I have done here), burgundy, blue chambray, nautical stripes....the list goes on and on.

So basically I'm making up for lost time. I anticipate a lot of camel posts coming your way. Prepare yourselves.

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Friday, 21 November 2014

An Invite To My $14 Party

This is why I love thrifting. I came across this party dress in the local Goodwill on my last trip to the US. It's a brand called SL fashions, and although I am not all that familiar with the brand, I've seen it around. It's just a simple heavy jersey knit in a loose, shift like style with a "cold shoulder" cutout and some small beaded detailing.  I love a cutout shoulder, but it is one of those design details that I think you have to be a little careful with. Sadly, quite often it is done quite poorly - you know, added to something that is already overwrought with design details that are too short, too tight, too shiny...and so on. I guess that's a fancy way of saying cheap. That said, I am in love with this dress. It's simple, easy to wear, super-comfy, would pack into a suitcase easily without ever showing any signs of trauma. Best of all, if I remember correctly, it cost me round about $14. In Goodwill money, I suppose that's actually rather pricey, but the tags were still on it, so fair play. 

Late November in Scotland means there is literally no natural light anywhere to be found, which makes trying to take some quick snaps of a black garment a difficult task, but we do what we can. Anyway, take my word for it, this is one of those pieces that you will be able to rely on when you either don't know what to wear, or need something simple and indestructible that you don't have to worry about. 

thrifted SL Fashions dress / Stuart Weitzman shoes

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