Cheers! We made it through a catastrophic storm that was, of course, no such thing. It was, however, quite windy, and there was some snow. It was pretty while it lasted. I wore this the day before the storm; a multi-hued boucle jacket over a matching boucle dress.
A boucle jacket with a matching dress or skirt, can be the quintessential Ladylike ensemble. I have always loved this rich and textured fabric, actually a type of yarn usually consisting of three strands; one of which is less taut, creating a looped or curly texture. CHANEL is famous for their wool boucle jacket. This particular fabric is made of or emerald-green, violet, orange and yellow, woven into a blue- black base. I know you can not see it here, but fear not, I did get closeups.
This dress, with matching boucle jacket, is trimmed with black wool crepe. This can be a very Uptown, Ladies who Lunch look, but I tried to bring it down a notch with my cabled knit hat, and furry boots. Instead of a precious necklaces, or say, eight of them, I wore an inexpensive large necklace that is clearly costume and somewhat playful. ( this came from the 15dollarstore.com, referenced ad nauseam in prior posts) But hey, I got this necklace, matching earrings and a golden and pearl bracelet for $15.00!
Here is a better look:
I added a simple shoulder bag that I bought years ago at a resale shop that benefits childhood cancer. The leather is still in excellent shape, and the gold hardware is still gleaming and non tarnished. It is made by Jay Herbert, and while the company is no longer in existence, I saw many quality bags by this maker, for small dollars on Ebay, Poshmark, and Etsy. I am not providing a link here, the search will be fun for you. Promise. Details:
My shearling boots are from Tory Burch. The have a four-inch heel with a one inch platform: voila, I am taller! Further, these warm winter boots are soled with rubber, for great traction. I found these originally at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, but luckily purchased them on Ebay, greatly discounted in my tiny size! If you happen to like them, you can check out the link or search Ebay. A photo:
So overall, this outfit- based on a patterned dress and a multi-color, boucle jacket, is fairly old, but still on trend. I know that because the Flagship CHANEL store is only 2 blocks away. So close, in fact, that I often take a "walk" in my neighborhood sans wallet. :) But, I spent very little money on this boucle jacket and dress.
The dress and boucle jacket are made by Atmosphere, and I bought it in London about a decade ago. I did however, shell out a few pennies on a cool new ring while in Mexico, where it so cost much less than here. It is a peach color chalcedony ring set in rose gold and surrounded by diamonds. I love the irregular shape of the stone. I think this shape lends it a more casual look, too. Since you can not see it in the original photo, I have a close up, and in each of these close up photos, you can see the true colors of the boucle jacket, too.
My mom lived in during the Great depression , as opposed to our current not so Great Depression, so I have an acquired preference to buy quality and to think of whether what I buy, will appreciate or not. In this case, like many, I put my bigger dollars in the more expensive ring, ( the item most likely to appreciate) and not in the suit or trendy boots. Gold is one thing that appreciates. I also buy Chanel when it is discounted, at the consignment stores. I have done well there.
It is great to love what you wear, but it is also good know that if need be, .... one can resell what one wears, especially bags and jewelry, and realize much of the cost. Sometimes, in fact, one can profit. It is sort of like wearing your 401K... Now, how is that for exquisite rationalization! One year, I did consign many things that I found in thrift stores, and made a bit of money. How fun to make money while shopping! Of course, I kept a few things for myself!
I wonder if you also shop this way? It is hard to do in general, but easier for me living in New York, when brand new items arrive in consignment stores every day, and are at a fraction of the price that they were originally bought for. At my age, I do have the time to shop. I wonder if the No- Return policy of flash sale sites is also somewhat responsible.
Anyway, I digress. The storm has passed and all is well here. Please let me know how you are: were you in the path of the blizzard? Are you abroad and live in an area where lots of snow is standard?. Or are you summering right now, thinking of snow in the most abstract sort of way?