|Vintage Chanel jacket in black linen, sourced on etsy.|
Smythson handbag. Eileen Fisher silk charmeuse slip dress, ebay.
Work with a few things that fit you well, are comfortable and that you love and you might end up with better outfits that please you more.
I had nearly given up on this black linen Chanel jacket because the matching skirt is a total disaster. It was too small when I bought it (not the suit's fault, my bottom is one size bigger than my top) and I tried to have it altered but it is simply too tight. So I've given up on the skirt and instead found a couple of dresses in my closet that can pair with the jacket.
The jacket itself is fully lined in silk and it is incredibly comfortable. It has a sort of slouchy fit with a loose belt, which I think suits this Eileen Fisher slip dress. The dress is a double layer of silk charmeuse and has thin spaghetti straps, so it really needs a jacket with a bit of structure to prevent the "here I am wearing a slip" look.
|Smythson Antonia Small Top Handle bag in situ.|
The other element that I find pleasing here are the details: the gold buttons on the jacket, the gold hardware on the bag, the subtle sheen and movement of the silk charmeuse. (By the way, if you ever come across one of these Eileen Fisher silk dresses on ebay they are beautiful. I paid about $65 for mine, it was an ebay bargain.)
I had another dress in my cupboard that I sourced on ebay, back in the days when I would look for older J.Crew pieces on the cheap.
|J.Crew Evana Dress|
I found it on ebay for real cheapie.
Look at the soft sheen of that silk: it is so comfortable.
|The dress with the jacket, sashed up.|
I have organized the items I am no longer keeping into different categories: consign, sell on the JCA exchange, give to charity, give to friends. I had decided to sell this navy cashmere pantsuit but then realized it could take up the position of "new dark suit" which was on my shopping list for the year.
|J.Crew navy cashmere pantsuit 2010.|
Sourced on ebay for cheapie.
But don't worry, I'm not going to get too sensible on you, check out my outfit for tonight:
|Black cashmere Brora jumper 2011.|
Black velvet Brora skirt 2011.
I hope you have a super fun weekend.