I’m pretty sure Kate Middleton is a perfect human. Not only is she gorgeous, fashionable, married to a prince, and blessed with perfect hair – she also loves sailing. We’ve know this for a while, but her most recent public appearance was supporting youth sailing program (amazing), AND she wore a sail boat printed dress.
I used to think that I was not cool enough to wear a leather jacket. But I’m starting to feel like I have that backwards. Maybe I don’t have to be cool enough – maybe by wearing a leather jacket I’ll automatically become cool. It’s all about perspective, right?
Before I go any further, quick leather jacket history lesson! They weren’t always the epitome of ultimate coolness – the leather jacket started as warm, durable outerwear for the military (think bomber jacket), their next step was as protective gear for motorcyclists. From there, they made their way to Hollywood, with the help of icons like Marlon Brando and James Dean.
And just like that – the leather jacket became synonymous with cool.
Big question is – although there is no doubt that leather jackets are cool – are they really a style building block?? Let’s reference my building block check list:
It has to be timeless – They’ve been popular since the 50s, seems like a check!
It has to be versatile – Marlon Brando AND Taylor Swift can both make it look good. That’s pretty versatile.
I guess that’s my whole checklist, timeless – check, versatile – check! Versatility is really key – to really be a building block a piece has to fit with many different styles. A leather jacket does that – it can be dressed up or down, can be girly, glamorous or very minimal.
My favorite jackets all seem to have some sort of quilted detail – I especially like when the quilting is on the sleeves. It gives them a slightly more feminine look, while still being badass.
Here are just a few that I have my eyes on right now, which style do you like?
They say that stereotypes exist for a reason, and that’s just as true when is comes to fashion as it does the rest of life. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule but as a whole, they can be pretty spot on.
For example, the always ever so chic French. (With icons like Coco Chanel, Francoise Hardy and Brigitte Bardot setting the stage, it’s hard to go wrong.)
French girls have a simple, effortless look that always has that – dare I say it – Je ne sais quoi. They go for simple and understated, but never sacrifice quality. They make casual, chic and they embrace the power of the flat.
Since they value quality over quantity, they invest in a lot of neutrals that easily mix and match (read: BLACK). They know what looks good – and they stick with it.
I’ve always really liked Sundance, not because of the films, but because it’s a great opportunity for spotting celeb’s winter style. It’s nice to see the non-red-capet, non-LA winter looks that people put together!
This ensemble at Sundance is a great example. It’s a classic look: sweater and a button down. But the sweater is slightly cropped, her collar is slightly oversized AND she pairs them with leather legging and over the knee boots. Classic, with an edge. I love it.
When I first had the idea for this post I thought it would be a quick look at a street style trend with the potential to become a style staple. Was I ever wrong. Somehow, I have blocked the relevance of the turtleneck from my mind. Until recently, the turtleneck only seemed appropriate on the cover of a 1990’s L.L. Bean catalog (or on the girls from the Mall Madness and Dream Phone boxes).
However – they are already all over my Pinterest boards (on style icons – including Kate Middleton!!, celebs, style bloggers) and always looking oh-so-chic. How have I disregarded such an important style element for so many years?!
Brief history of the turtleneck – apparently they first started showing up in the late 1800 as a base layer for athletes. Soon after the military adopted them as well. In the 1950s the black turtleneck became a style staple of the beatniks – making it synonymous with intellectuals and artists. But it didn’t go mainstream until Audrey Hepburn wore one in Funny Face. Since then, it has been worn but the chicest of the chic – Jackie O., Katherine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and on and on. (See here for more).
I think it is safe to say the basic black turtleneck is a closet staple (and I need to buy one ASAP) but it goes beyond just that. Chunky knit turtlenecks in cream, grey and beige are what grabbed my attention in the first place.
I often feel like I don’t know very much about fashion. But that’s not really true. After all, fashion is very much about observations and opinions. So while I might not know every rule, technical term or the historical significance of designer X – I do know what I think looks good.
The lovely Miss Kruger sums it up quite well – you don’t have to know everything to know what you like. 🙂
As you may or may not know, I have a slight obsession with Kate Middleton’s style, so I thought she was the perfect choice to kick off my new Capsule Wardrobe series! Here’s the concept – I’ll take style icons (present & past!) and break down their wardrobes to the basic building blocks, the pieces you’d need to capture that particular icon’s signature look.
In the case of Duchess Kate, I focused on her more causal looks – not that her gala attire is not spectacular, but the every-day gal has little use for ball gowns (tragic, I know). I really wanted to look at the attainable pieces that make up her wardrobe. Her Icon status was contested this year (OUTRAGE, HORROR, BLASPHEMY) but to me, her tendency to dress “sensibly and practically” is what makes her an icon. She does simple and she does it well – consistently.
To copy Kate’s polished causal style you really only need a few things: great jeans, an assortment of blazers, wedges, and a sheath dress or two. Oh, and a coat – she. has. amazing. coats.
BIG news! Over the weekend I dove in to my wardrobe re-build project – with some good old fashion organization. Since I have a rather large wardrobe – I’m taking it in sections. So far I’ve completed the Fall/Winter clothes from my dresser (Spring/Summer is all stored, to deal with later).
Here’s what I did-
Step 1: Emptied drawers and FOLDED EVERYTHING. (yah, yah, yah, I know I should always fold things but sometimes stuffing everything in haphazardly is just more fun).
Step 2: Cataloged. I made an excel spread sheet to keep track of everything – sorting by item type, season, color, condition and what I wanted to do with it – Keep, Store, Repair, Donate or Trash.
Step 3: Bagged up everything for donating, and then re-filled the drawers!
I still have a long way to go. On one hand – I did achieve my goal – I got rid of everything I don’t wear (most of it’s going to GoodWill) however, on Monday morning I still felt like I had nothing to wear. This was largely because everything I’m left with I’ve worn… recently… Which means I better figure out this style thing so I can go shopping soon!
On that note – I’ve been pinning a lot of simple, minimalistic style lately, which I’ve always enjoyed, but never feel cool enough to pull off. Maybe now’s the time?