Monday, December 6, 2010

my 10 wardrobe essentials

    01. White high-top sneakers. Always a classic. I've had my Chuck Taylors since high school and somehow they've lasted all through college. I prefer mine as used up and battered as possible but when they get too dirty it's easy to pop them in the washing machine.
    02. Red nail polish. My shade of choice has always been Chanel's Dazzling from the 2007 Holiday collection. I love painting my nails pink, black, and blue but I always go back to red when I'm bored with everything else. There's an Essie shade I've been wanting to try as well (and for a fraction of the price!) called Silken Cord but I've been putting it off.
    03. Breton shirt. Okay, okay. So I may have gone a little overboard with this striped obsession but I will continue to swear by Saint James tops when it comes to satisfying it. I've never tried the thicker Meridien knit but I think I may prefer the lighter Minquiers top more. I know $65 may seem like a lot for a top but when I finally caved I ended up wearing mine almost every week (and am currently wearing a white and black one right now!). It's cozy, slightly oversized since its unisex, and easy to pull off. BF also bought me the Naval top recently which is a different, more fitted cut with fabric similar to the Meridien top but I still find myself wearing it the same way I would any other breton top.
    04. Oversized black sunglasses. I've had my vintage pair of sunglasses for years after finding them at a flea market for $3 but I'm seriously tempted to upgrade to a similar pair of these Karen Walker frames. For now I'm satisfied with my trusty sunnies since they've never failed me all this time. Actually, I really doubt I'll ever replace them. I'd rather save my money!
    05. Red lipstick. This one is a little tricky. I don't usually wear lipstick (something my mom constantly criticizes me for) but when I want that extra kick I alternate between Opium Red from YSL (which is longer available unfortunately) and MAC's Russian Red. I save the YSL lipstick for special occasions since it's so bright but Russian Red is great for every day wear since it's matte and lasts all day.
    06. Wool cardigan with pockets. Emphasis on the WITH POCKETS bit there. I wont be too specific about color with this one (although a gray cardigan is pictured) but I still prefer this slightly oversized shape and style to most. I found the perfect black wool cardigan by Acne at Barneys the other day for 50% off which I may go back and buy if the small is still around. My favorite thing about cardigans is that you never have to think twice about putting one on if the weather's not too bad. I'm a hands-in-pocket type of walker and it always feels strange to wear any sort of outerwear without pockets...
    07. Dark blue skinny jeans. I seriously live in my pair from the Gap. If you feel self conscious about looking "exposed" when you wear jeggings try wearing longer tops or cardigans over them. I felt weird for a while but got used to it since they're really not as obscene as I thought they would be. They're more like jeans than leggings in my honest opinion but ho-ly crap they're comfy. Like, dangerously comfy. So comfy you think you can get away with eating Burger King and Taco Bell in the same day...
    08. Fjallraven backpack. Maybe one day when I can afford to save up I'll actually get a nice purse (like a Mulberry Bayswater or Celine tote ugh) but for now these backpacks really hit the spot. Right now I have two (Classic Green and Black for those of you who were wondering) but I really want to get another in navy, warm yellow, or rust... ps, did you guys see Camille's ice blue one? So tempting!
    09. Black ballet flats. Alright, I'm totally cheating by posting these Repetto flats since I've been telling myself for years that I'd buy them but I just keep putting it off, mostly because it's hard to find a 40.5 and when I do, I'm saving my money for something else and I feel guilty about not . But uhh, if anyone out there wants to buy them for me I'm totally down (*COUGH*MOM&DADIKNOWYOUREADTHIS*COUGH*). Right now I have a pair from Zara that I bought a year ago but they're not real leather and are falling apart :(
    10. Comme des Garçons wallet. After years of using random wallets (ranging from Hello Kitty to a dinky little coin purse) I finally treated myself to this cute little Comme des Garçons wallet in red after working this summer. The best part about it is that I'll probably end up using it for years so saving up was totally worth it. Feels good man.

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