Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Built to Last

Remember how yesterday I mentioned that it had been unexpectedly warm here in San Francisco? Well, that didn't last long, let me tell ya. There were some absolutely glorious sunshiny days over the Thanksgiving weekend, but now it feels like I'm living somewhere in the arctic circle. That's okay though, because it gives me a reason to pull out all my cozy warm items, like this vintage wool dress and matching jacket.

This suit is from the 60's, but there's really nothing 60's about it in terms of the feel. While many clothes from that era are made of scratchy polyester, this suit is made of 100% wool that is plush and soft. Even the lining is great quality -- I think it's a cotton or silk blend, because it doesn't have any of that gross nylon feel to it at all. I can't believe this suit is older than I am -- it looks like it's practically new. I love 60's mod style but hate polyester, so I'm thrilled to own a vintage piece that holds up to today's standards for comfort.

This suit is a great example of an investment piece, something that probably would have been quite expensive when new, but that has stood the test of time both in style as well as construction. While I have plenty of cheap basics in my wardrobe from places like Forever 21 or H&M, those pieces are not built to last; I wear them until they start to pill or fade, then I replace them. But when I find something really unique that's also high quality, I'll spend the extra money knowing that it'll be in my wardrobe for years to come.

What are your investment pieces? What items have you owned the longest that you're still wearing today?

Suit: Violetville Vintage
Shirt: Old Navy
Tights: MP, via Sock Dreams
Shoes: Seychelles, via Solestruck


Megan G said...

A lot of my investment pieces tend to be shoes. I'm looking to invest in a good coat.I think your wool suit was a great investment and looks fabulous~

Sheila said...

I had to give up most of my investment clothing when I lost weight (I lost 50 pounds and got rid of all my "fat clothes").

Right now, my Fluevogs, one or two of my vintage pieces, and a green wool/silk suit that I dropped a bundle on (I wore the jacket today) are the closest things I have. I also have a gorgeous red cashmere coat that was worth every penny.

But I've slowly been building up my wardrobe again, and your point about the quality of the fabric is spot on. Because I shop a lot of vintage, I always, always look for wool - as long as it's not moth-eaten, wool just lasts forever and it's warm, light and durable.

That is a gorgeous dress/jacket combo. Wow, I'm envious!

Alex said...

First things first, I love your blog. I've been finding it quite inspiring!

My investment pieces right now are mostly shoes and coats. I have bought a few pairs of Chie Miharas and Fluevogs in the last year and I just can't seem to get enough of Soia and Kyo coats! A few years ago I bought a great cream wool shift dress that I love. Nicely tailored tweed pants, and unique dresses from local designers are definitely pieces that I have kept for a long time and get a lot of wear out of.

Healthy and Homemade said...

I love this! I have a dress I've been wanting to pair with a button up that would be a little similar to this, but it's too "dressy" for work and if I'm teaching lower grades I cant crawl around in it, haha.

Thank you for all the get better wishes, I'm feeling a bit better now . . .just waiting for my voice to catch up! It's been brrrrr cold down in San Diego, I think it was 80 degrees with Santa Ana winds on Thanksgiving day, and now it wont go above 59!


Lorelei said...

Most of my investment pieces are Peruvian knitwear ... the quality of artisanship in that region is phenomenal! My favorite pieces that I currently own are a stretchy alpaca maxi skirt in lovely deep blues and purples, as well as a short knit cardigan featuring a full moon scene on the back.

Anonymous said...

I adore that little cropped jacket.

Most of my investment pieces are shoes ... but my North Face down coat and everyday handbag also qualify!

Raquelita said...

My investment pieces are my Fluevog shoes and boots and the not very bride-y gown that I bought to wear for my wedding.

Lorena said...

THIS IS what I call STYLE !
Lovely dress... I can almost feel it.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

that dress is rad! (oh, and your blog is awesome--consider it added to my blogroll).

Diana said...

That dress is definitely a worthy investment.

I love 60's mod styles too, but I find it hard to find anything that isn't polyester and that actually fits me.

s.i. michaels said...

I could not love this look more. & adore your shoes.

Dizzy Miss Lissy said...

This outfit is adorable!!!! I love the different textures, although simple. That jacket is perfect for the outfit and is really cute. Thanks for sharing!