Timeless, warm, beautiful and absolutely perfect. I want this cable knitted fisherman’s sweater from L.L. Bean in ivory and burgundy. No synthetic fabrics – 100% wool.
My closet consists of clothes that aren’t exactly appropriate for six extremely cold months in Norway. I have been prioritizing designer bags and shirts over clothes that will help me survive the winter. A big no-no! Perhaps I should start stocking up on all those essentials soon. Did I mention the harsh six-month long winter?
However, there is no rush. I don’t have time to “shop” (not that I shop often! I barely shop..) or get out of the house these days. My exams are coming up and I am determined to get straight A’s. H-A-T-E being such a perfectionist.
Letter from reader: “[...] I find your simple, black and French chic style so inspiring. I am in the process of developing a style like yours and I have been wondering what you wear when you go out, party, etc? [...]“
Well, that’s a good question. Here’s a great quote by Isabel Marant:
“If a French girl has to go out, she is going to start by dressing up, then at the last minute, she’s going to grab the old jeans that she was wearing all day and say, “F*** it! I feel more me like this.”
The quote describes me perfectly.
Looking nice and appropriate has become a habit for me. Even though I never really “dress up” on a daily basis, I may look dressed up in a subtle way. I never leave the house looking sloppy or inappropriate. Besides, I’m certainly not the kind of person who looks inappropriately underdressed or inelegant in the hours of daylight, and suddenly transforms into a voluptuous woman who clearly looks dressed up for a particular event. My philosophy is “always be prepared”. My philosophy may not suit every lifestyle but it suits mine. I remember that particular day when I attended school, went grocery shopping, attended a formal birthday dinner at a restaurant and then headed directly to a farewell party – predictably in the same outfit. Not because I didn’t have time to change. In fact, I had plenty of time to change and I even tried on several outfits before the birthday dinner, but I didn’t feel like transforming.
Here is an illustration of my preferred going-out outfit. Fairly uncomplicated. Something I’d also wear on a daily basis minus the pumps.
Jimmy Choo pumps, Elizabeth and James trousers, Vanessa Bruno sweater and bra, Proenza Schouler clutch,
Cartier watch, Chanel rouge noir lipstick and nail polish.
(via tfs, jeannedamas, nostalgia party 2, trois-douze)
Harper Bazaar’s 10 commandments of dressing:
When contemplating a purchase or just deciding what to wear, consider these tenets and you can’t go wrong:
1. Know what you like and what you don’t.
2. Dress for yourself—not for anyone else.
3. Dress to suit your age.
4. Dress to suit your shape.
5. Look appropriate for where you are going.
6. Wear your clothes with confidence.
7. Feel good about what you spend your money on.
8. Embrace your individual style.
9. Don’t be a slave to the latest trend
10. Don’t be afraid to break the rules.
This is what I’ve been wearing for the past two weeks. My dad’s knit, a pair of skinny jeans and loafers. Simplicity and subtlety are the only things that remain.
(This is one of the shortest posts I’ve ever written. I blame the master and margarita!)
- I found the almost perfect carrot trousers. The trousers looked like they were tailored particularly to my body. Perfect ankle-length and neither too slim nor baggy. But a tiny piece of fabric covered the front closure, which put me off.
- I found the immaculate knitted sweater with a stunning neck that I believe is a fusion between the o-neck and v-neck. Sounds splendid, right? But the sweater revealed a little bit too much skin for my taste.
- I found the almost perfect tapered trousers. I rarely find tapered trousers that fit me on the hips. The legs are narrow but not too tight. Simple and understated cut à la Sofia Coppola, nothing extravagance, perfect ankle-length, perfect fit. The trousers didn’t make me look fatter or too skinny. But the cuffed hems put me off.
- I found the 99% perfect boyfriend skinny fit jeans. The fit was exceptionally perfect. Due to the wash, which was one subtle shade lighter than my preference, I returned the jeans.
1. A pair of brogues or loafers ☑
2. Isabel Marant tweed/bouclé jacket
3. Clutch from Balenciaga or Mulberry Hobo from Balenciaga or Marc by Marc Jacobs ☑
4. Black O-neck sweater
5. An intense, inexplicable desire or an item from Isabel Marant ☑
Although I’m extremely strict in terms of adding new items to my wardrobe, I allow myself to revise the “4/5 items a season”-list according to my needs. I realized that I don’t really need a clutch right away, so I replaced the wish with a hobo bag that I actually need.
I’ve been searching for the perfect hobo bag for years. I need a shoulder bag that is sturdier than the canvas fabric tote I wear for school. I’ve been considering a black Balenciaga day bag, which seems rather perfect. As I already own a black Balenciaga city bag and might purchase a clutch in black from the same designer, I’d like to try something different. Besides, I don’t want to own three similar bags in black from Balenciaga at the age of 19. I reckon it’s over the top, and I do not want to become fed up with my Balenciaga bags either.
Despite I’ve always disliked Marc Jacobs; I made an exception for this lovely bag. There are plenty of reasons why I really dislike Marc Jacobs. Mainly the design, but I’ll keep the other reasons to myself. I, however, decided to get my hands on this hobo from Marc by Marc Jacobs. It’s a model from 2006/2007 – exceptionally hard to hunt down. Eventually, I managed to track down the bag. On the other hand, my friend* has this bag and she made me fall in love with it. I’ve been craving her bag for quite some time and it’s finally mine. The bag is perfect. It even slouches perfectly. Due to my aversion to Marc Jacobs, I hope it doesn’t scream Marc Jacobs at all.
*Photos of my friend J sporting her MbMJ bag
(via net-a-porter, lagarconne)
Why are the simplest garments so incredibly hard to find?
For the past few weeks, I’ve been freezing to death. I’ve certainly miscalculated the Norwegian weather. I did not realize that I must look like the Michelin man so soon. My latest purchase, the perfect loafers – that I am supposed to wear this fall – are all of a sudden not appropriate for the weather conditions any longer. But it’s partly my fault that I’m freezing to death – I have an extremely low body temperature and I do not dress properly due to the lack of knits in my wardrobe.
Recently, I’ve been hunting for a simple knitted sweater that I can wrap myself in. Ideally a loose / non-fitted knit in black or grey with an o-neck. And the knit must be made from natural fabrics, preferably wool or cashmere so it can keep me warm during the six months of winter hell. Ergo no elbow patches, fuzzy details or funny cuts. I try not to buy anything made from synthetic fabrics. However, it seems like all the stores in Oslo merely carry knits that are made from synthetic fabrics such as nylon, polyamide and acrylic. I’ve seen a couple of nice sweaters online but I will not order anything unless I have tried the garment on. Have I succeed to find a simple knitted sweater? No! Am I the only one who struggles to find a simple sweater? I guess so..
A simple white tee combined with a pair of loose skinny jeans/skinny boyfriend jeans, black ankle boots and suit jacket + a pair of wayfarers that adds nonchalance to the outfit = Perfect! Minus the necklace that is too much in my opinion. It makes the entire ensemble unbalanced as though, in theory, classicism (simplicity, purity, balance) clashes with baroque (complex, gaudy, over-wrought, excessive). I’d like to see her neck, collarbones and non-existing cleavage => body parts that shouldn’t be disguised at all. A discreet necklace would suffice.
Some of you might have gained the impression that I’m completely into clean and stark minimalist style. Well, not completely. Stella McCartney or Céline from top to toe is not what I am striving for style-wise, even though I think the style is tremendously stunning and inspirational. I adore the effortless, unfussy, unadorned and powerfully understated aspects of minimalist style. But on the contrary, my Balenciaga motorcycle bag isn’t exactly the epitome of minimalist style. My Isabel Marant boots in taupe don’t slither into the understated category – my sister refers to them as “western/cowboy boots”. But the way I choose to combine those items makes a simple and modest aesthetic. I love the way my Balenciaga edges my simple outfits, and my Isabel Marant boots make my outfits slightly unpredictable.
Frankly, I do have a love for some flamboyant garments. For instance, I’ve always wanted this leopard coat from A.P.C. ever since I saw the photo of Valentine Fillol-Cordier wearing it as if it’s a classic black coat. I think it’s from 2007 or 2008. Leopard prints can easily be associated with tackiness, but I believe leopard print clothing can be worn in an unfussy and understand way if it’s done right. I utterly regret that I didn’t purchase the coat when I spotted it in the A.P.C. store in Paris a couple of years back. Oh well, when I finally settle for a garment, it’s no longer available. Story of my life.