Since Jill and I have been on a spending freeze for February (a break from all that buying and shopping and the mentality of more, more, more), it was a great time to look in our closets and find one thing we love above all others for this month’s “How I Wear My” post.
It was a breeze for me to decide which piece to feature today. Not only is it my most cherished, but it’s also one of my oldest pieces of clothing hanging in my closet.
I bought this leopard jacket at Nordstrom back in 1995 when I was 28-years-old.
At the time, I was working in San Francisco for a small personnel placement company. My co-worker and I used to occasionally – okay, frequently – spend our lunch breaks shopping.
Back then, Nordstrom offered a free shuttle service. All we had to do was give the concierge a call and ask to be picked up. Ten minutes later, there would be a white van idling in front of our office building, waiting to deliver us to our favorite department store. Those were the days!
My co-worker, who was 15 or 20 years my senior, was an expert shopper; had a very keen eye. And she had no qualms whatsoever telling me what looked great on me and what looked horrid.
When she saw this jacket she grabbed it off the rack, put it on me, then demanded that I buy it. At $200.00, it was not an easy purchase for me to make. Animal prints were not big back then like they are today. But she was right. Seventeen years later, I am still wearing it and still loving it.
I can wear it dressed up with a pencil skirt…
or a sheath dress and Hermes scarf.
And I can wear it with jeans as I did last Friday night when Bill and I took my girlfriend out for dinner on the spur of the moment.
I brought this jacket with me to Paris twice. Once in 2007…
|Hard to tell, but I really am wearing the jacket.|
and again in 2010.
|Sporting my best deer-in-the-headlights expression.|
It’s so old, I don’t know who made it; the lettering has worn off. But the “Made in” tag is still intact and it reads “Made in England”. England! I don’t know that I have seen that before on any of my clothes. Italy and France, yes – sometimes – but England? To think I never bothered to notice that before now.
I guess you could say that that was the best $200.00 I’ve ever spent on clothing. And now I think I should make a date to go shopping with that friend and former co-worker of mine. Someone call the Nordstrom shuttle!
Let’s see what cherished wardrobe items everyone else is wearing.
Jill from Everything Just So is wearing her cherished and much loved U.S. Navy peacoat of her father’s, circa 1964. He and her mother gave it to her as a Christmas present about 10 years ago. What a treasure!
Carrie, from Expressive Style, shows us her Glossy Red Hunter Boots that she received as a Christmas gift. Aren’t they sassy?
She tells us, “I had been wanting a pair for a while and I am glad I waited for this color. I wear these boots with everything: jeans, leggings, skirts, and a dress as shown. These are great for spring, fall, and winter with the awesome inserts they made.”
Catherine, who writes the blog Not Dressed as Lamb, cherishes her coral-colored brogues. Aren’t they lovely? She bought them in San Francisco. Too bad I didn’t know her then. I would have begged to meet her there.
She tells us, “They were a total impulse buy in the summer sale last year and I was really unsure about whether I’d actually wear them or even if they’d go with anything in my wardrobe. However, they surprisingly go with almost anything and they always lift an outfit. They’re such a talking point – whenever I wear them I get so many comments about them (on my blog and in person)!”
Should you want to find a pair similar (but unfortunately more costly), Catherine gave us a link to check out.
Amy’s most cherished wardrobe item is this fantastically chic Ferragamo purse her husband bought for her on their honeymoon for a wedding/birthday present.
Amy tells us, “Everytime I use it, it reminds me of the wonderful time we had in Capri and Florence, and I will treasure it forever. I used it so much when we got back that the cream color got some stains on it from denim, so I sent it to Bag, Borrow, and Steal and they made it look like new fortunately. Now I only pull it out for special occasions when I’m not wearing jeans!”
We hope you’ll join us on April 4 for “How I Wear My: Colorblocking.” It’s everywhere, those bright colors put right next to each other in solid blocks, and we are giving it a go as a way to welcome spring. Won’t it be nice to have a break from all that navy blue and gray and brown and black?