It’s an individual thing of course and I wanted to share my own investments this year. Bear in mind that I like to wear and use my things as much as possible. Many years ago I decided there was no point in keeping anything for ‘best’ – seeing and using lovely things make me happy. And looking at how my life has evolved in that time, my list of investment pieces has shrunk considerably – thank goodness!
When I was last editing my closet here, I decided to make one addition to my vintage Jaeger tweed skirt because I love wearing thick skirts and knee boots in the Autumn/Winter/Spring. I was really happy this came my way. It may look awful on the hanger but it’s a lovely flared shape.A close up of the tweed:
Also I knew I wanted to add another Chanel jacket to my ivory flecked edge to edge style here. Black was considered for a few seconds then dismissed because I rarely wear black jackets anyway and always preferred the beautiful colours that make up tweeds. Then poof this turned up!A close up:I just think the colours are lovely together and give it versatility through the seasons. The crochet edging really does it for me! The colours work with jeans and my neutrals. Since I don’t wear much pattern at all, I feel I’ve found a way to add colour and texture that work really well for me. Then as if I didn’t feel lucky enough ….. this came my way too!This wasn’t expected and I had to take a longer time to think about it. I carefully weighed up a few different considerations such as that I already have a similar colour, the pattern, it’s a size bigger etc.. In the end, after finding out extra information and research, I decided to make it mine as more of a short coat/slim pea coat which is an important factor in my wardrobe. It has further pockets in the seam at the front which is great.The details – did I mention I love crochet edgings?? You can see the cute buttons and the careful pattern matching of the pocket.
Notes for buying preowned online:
- have clear ideas on the style, colours and of course budget (black jackets are always more expensive by default)
- research as always and sometimes you can find similar items through a simple Google search which may give you alternative views and prices to further guide you
- ask for lots of measurements, photos of the item worn and compare with items you already wear
- check if there’s been any kind of alterations at all, if so whether it was done in house at Chanel or independently
- check if the chain at the bottom of the jacket is still present (it may be removed during alterations and not put back)
- spare buttons and fabric swatches are bonuses
- tweed is thick so you must take that into account when considering measurements for the correct fit – especially important around the waist/hips and shoulder areas
- details such lurex thread and the type/size of buttons matter a lot (plus their spacing) – they can limit the style to a particular season or time of day – I prefer neither golden buttons nor lurex
An Hermès cashmere shawl in a pale colourway was on my list and because I was clear about the colours (less specific about the pattern in this case), I was able to pounce on this beauty as soon as it popped up.I really love wearing these shawls and so they are a good investment for me. This year, I’ve been able to cross off my entire list!
Thanks for reading!